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It’s the season of romance so we think it’s time to celebrate the YA couples who remind us what a love story should be <3

Learn more about our favorite books to read, swoon, and repeat here!

June 16: book stack

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9 YA Romances To Seduce You This Summer

Everyone deserves the summer love story they desire…whether IRL or in a book. That’s why we’ve rounded up 9 YA romances that will give your heart what it wants…evaluated by exactly how the book will woo you.

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

The love you need is the kind where you feel seen, even if for the first time. Pro tip: start by looking in a pizza parlor. 

Woo tactic: reserve a private garden room at the pizzeria you’ve been wanting to try, reveal a piano is hidden in the shadows, and proceed to serenade you about the depths of your radiance. *The feels are strong in this one.

2. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour 

Finding love on the L.A. film scene is tricky even when you’re a talented set designer just out of high school. 

Woo tactic: catch your gaze across the cafe and hand you a single daisy before leaving when the sun goes down behind the Hollywood hills. Just. Like. In a movie.

3. Landry Park series by Bethany Hagen

Falling in love just adds more adrenaline when you leave your privileged estate to join a class rebellion.

Woo tactic: intercept various suitors at a society banquet to share a dance and tell you you’re the most captivating person in the room…and also that there’s a rebellion starting outside. 

4. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Beach town girl meets city boy the summer before college: a surefire recipe for feels. 

Woo tactic: fan you with a palm frond, hold your ice cream, and turn the pages of your book while you read on the beach. (i.e. heaven.)

5. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 


Next door neighbors breaking down the fence between their houses and their hearts.

Woo tactic: knock on your door and offer to wash your car, then offer to bake you fresh artisan donuts, then offer to babysit your siblings while you head to the bookstore. A PERFECT 10.0!

6. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

It’s hard to believe love’s a universal language when you have no idea what’s the status on your relationships with your boyfriend, your sister, AND your best friend at the same time.

Woo tactic: notice you are having a mini freak-out in the library, disappear for a second and then hand you a French textbook. Upon opening, you find a handwritten poem, IN FRENCH, equating your ability to power through to Beyonce’s. Unrealistic, but appreciated.

7. Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins

Somehow it’s less surprising when you fall for your enemy since grade school after you acquire powers and join a line of ancient guardians.

Woo tactic: tap you on the shoulder to give you the lip gloss that you dropped…as well as the dagger that fell out of your clutch. Without skipping a beat.

8. Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Sometimes it takes getting stuck in an elevator together during a hurricane to really get to know the person you’ve lived across from your entire life.

Woo tactic: show up at your doorstep with a chocolate stash, first aid kit, and stack of books because there’s an impending storm. You are impressed by the gesture as well as the items selected for survival.

9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

There’s something to be said when you live until sunrise after marrying a Caliph who weds a new bride every night only to have her executed the next morning.

Woo tactic: propose. You live until many dawns together. 


Start reading our #YaSummerLove books!

What type of romance are you looking for this summer?

The Emoji Guide to Falling in Love

How DOES one meet meet that special someone these days? Fear not: we broke down exactly how the characters in some of our favorite YA romances fell in love…using emojis.

Translation: after your family’s world is turned upside down, stumble upon a scrumptious-smelling pizzeria where you will find the best pizza, a best friend, and a boy who’s the best at seeing you for the first time. 

Translation: the summer before college, break up with your perfect boyfriend and open your heart to the city boy working on a documentary about a reclusive artist in your beach hometown.

Translation: when trying to reconcile your dreams of going to university with your family’s intention for you to run the estate, look to the boy who has many secrets – especially when rumors of a rebellion start to spread.

Translation: get stuck in an elevator and finally get to know the boy who’s lived across from you and your strict parents forever when the power goes out at a hospital.

Translation: move past your history of heartbreak after you get an amazing set designing job in L.A. where, when a famous actor dies, you’ll uncover an inheritance letter that will lead you to love. 

Translation: when you can’t understand what’s going on with your relationships with pretty much everyone in your life and your sister gets engaged to the worst guy ever, open your eyes, look around, and rewrite your definition of love.

Translation: after getting special powers that turn you into a guardian-debutante hybrid, reevaluate your current relationship and put a fresh pair of eyes on your nemesis since grade school.

Translation: after admiring the extremely large and super fun family next door for years, finally break down the fence and get to know what’s been there all along.

Translation: if the young Caliph in your land weds a new girl and has her executed each morning, volunteer to marry him for the sake of revenge and make it until dawn…you may find that things are not as they seem.


What love story are you looking for this summer?

Read the first few chapters of each of these #YaSummerLove books! 

August Book Photo Challenge Day 16: favourite fandom

the young adult fandom of course

14 Books To Read Under Your Desk This Year

You may not be able to control what’s on your required reading list, but no one said anything about having two! Add some serious color to your fall semester with these 11 YA books that won’t be on the final but DO deserve their own highly relevant classes:

1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

COURSE TITLE – FAIRYTALES AND RETELLINGS YOU MIGHT FEEL GUILTY FOR LIKING BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL 101

2. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

COURSE TITLE – BRIDGING THE DANGEROUS GAP: WHEN FANTASY AND REALITY COLLIDE

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

COURSE TITLE – OPPRESSIVE EMPIRES SCARIER THAN WHAT YOU JUST TOOK A QUIZ ON IN WORLD HISTORY BECAUSE THIS TIME THEY HAVE MAGIC

4. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

COURSE TITLE – TRUST ISSUES: A STUDY ON NARRATORS WHO MESS WITH YOUR MIND AND WHY IT’S FRIGHTENING BECAUSE REVENGE IS INVOLVED

5. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

COURSE TITLE – HOW TO FALL FOR THE RIGHT GUY, FINALLY

*Pizza will be served frequently to engage further with the text

6. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

COURSE TITLE – COURSE OR COINCIDENCE? WHEN DARK FAMILY SECRETS START GETTING SUPERNATURAL

*Please wear a helmet and bring bandaids to class.

7. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

COURSE TITLE – A HISTORY OF WHY THE GOOD DECISION ISN’T ALWAYS THE RIGHT ONE AND OPPOSITES FREQUENTLY ATTRACT AND PLEASE JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY I’M SHIPPING YOU LIKE FEDEX RN

8. Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

COURSE TITLE – THE CONSEQUENCES OF GETTING LEFT BEHIND DURING AN IMPENDING 14 YEARS OF NIGHT

*Flashlights will be provided

9. Trouble is a Friend Of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

COURSE TITLE – A THEORY OF MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATIONS AND WHY IT’S BETTER WHEN THEY’RE HILARIOUS

10. Soundless by Richelle Mead

COURSE TITLE – RIDIN’ SOLO: NATURAL CONSEQUENCES WHEN YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN YOUR SOCIETY WHO CAN HEAR NOISE

11 & 12: The Glass Sentence and The Golden Specific by S.E. Grove

COURSE TITLE – THE GREAT DISRUPTION OF 1799, WHEN EACH CONTINENT WAS FLUNG INTO A DIFFERENT TIME PERIOD

13. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

COURSE TITLE – AP SPONTANEOUS ROADTRIPS

14. The Mickey Bolitar series by Harlan Coben

COURSE TITLE - HOW TO BUST CONSPIRACIES, AVOID NEAR-DEATH SITUATIONS, AND SAVE PEOPLE ON TOP OF YOUR OTHER EXTRACURRICULARS

With Valentine’s Day nearly at our front doorsteps, we bet there are at least a few of you looking for a little clarity in your love life. Fear not, because the answers all lie within books! Read on for advice to make February 14th go smoothly WHATEVER your romantic situation:

When you’ve been helping a guy get with your friend, but you’re starting to fall for him:

Or you’re the most powerful female jinni on earth and you start to fall in love with Aladdin when you’re supposed to be setting him up with a princess like in THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury.

When you’re supposed to be thinking about romance, but you have your heart set on pizza:

Or you’ve finally found the right guy AND his family happens to own a pizza joint like in SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen.

When it feels like you’re just on a totally different page than him sometimes:

Or the gorgeous football player you met actually belongs to a whole different time and plane of existence, like in THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD by Emily Henry.

And his texting game is always so confusing:

When you’re starting to wonder if he has any other mode that isn’t “goof off”

Or you’ve fallen for your little brother’s best friend who doesn’t have the best track record like in THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

Thanks to authors Jessica Khoury, Sarah Dessen, Emily Henry, and Huntley Fitzpatrick for giving us infinite wisdom by writing these texts!

And check out the best books to read, swoon, and repeat right here!

First day outfit? Check. Pencils? Check. New book boyfriend to gush to your friends about? Double check. Open up your backpack and read on for the most crushable fictional bachelors we met this summer!

1. Elias from An Ember in the Ashes

First date: sneaking out under the cover of darkness to a festival where you dance under the stars. 

*Warning: you may want to reconsider once you meet your future mother-in-law.

2. Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn

First date: a flirtatious archery competition followed by telling endless stories until dawn.

*Note: make sure your story is really, really good. Otherwise he may have to have you executed.

3. Farrell from A Book of Spirits and Thieves

First date: lattes at a cafe in Toronto followed by an afternoon dodging evil-doers in ancient Mytica.

4. Mac from Saint Anything

First date: he teaches you how to make homemade pizza at his family’s restaurant then presents you with a mega-sized bag of root beer lollipops…and doesn’t judge when you eat all of them. 

5. Tiny Cooper from Hold Me Closer

First date: spontaneously joining a flag football game, and then spontaneously joining a musical in the park – both of which he’s probably better than you at.

6. Digby from Trouble is a Friend of Mine

First date: will be a surprise, but you can assume it will involve breaking and entering and potentially a giant bear suit.

7. Tim Mason from The Boy Most Likely To

First date: might involve dealing with some of his baggage, and your family might be hanging around…but he’ll still charm your socks off.

Who are your favorite new book crushes?

All that space you made spring cleaning? You know what it’s for. Fill it with fresh new YA books that came out in April! 


1. The Edge of the Water by Elizabeth George#2 in a paranormal mystery series that will seriously up the suspense factor on your bookshelf.

2. The Truth Commission by Susan JubyThis hilarious contemporary wins your heart over in the first paragraph, and then again and again in the footnotes. 

3. Still Waters by Ash ParsonA triple shot of raw, gritty feels that will remind you of the first time you read The Outsiders.

4. As Simple as Snow by Gregory GallowayPrepare to be hooked as you follow the unanswered questions about Anna’s disappearance at a frozen river.

5. Scan by Walter Jury and Sarah FineA sci-fi with the heart of a thriller, meaning that you won’t even think about putting it dwn – the action won’t let you.

6. What I Thought Was True by Huntley FitzpatrickA complex, thoughtful love story set by the beach that will add much more depth to your summer reading. 

7. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen: Sixteen-year-old Maya’s memoir shows that she learned more than how to wear pearls properly when she followed a 1950′s popularity guide.

8. Just One Day Collection by Gayle Forman: Gayle Forman’s heart wrenchingly beautiful saga of love and self-discovery in one great box set, with steamy sequel novella Just One Night in print for the very first time!

9. Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me by Meredith ZeitlinZona’s trip to Greece makes you laugh out loud and squeezes your heart at the same time.

10. Legend Graphic Novel by Marie LuMarie Lu’s bestselling LEGEND come to life in a vividly-illustrated graphic novel!

11. First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano: This debut about evolving friendships and first love will soak you in bittersweet feels.

12. Miss Mayhem by Rachel HawkinsThe sequel to Rebel Belle delivers another excellent dose of hilarity and kicking butt in heels.

13. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirAn epic high fantasy about fighting for what you want most that leaves you with one thought: I NEED MORE.

14. I Am Her Revenge by Meredith MooreBoarding school is pretty stressful when you’re there to seek revenge on behalf of your controlling mother.

15. Shattered by Teri TerryThe conclusion to the Slated trilogy doesn’t let up on terrifying suspense as Kyla fills the blank spaces of who she is. 

Which of these are you excited to read? 

7 Books To Give To The Romantic In Your Life

We all have a friend in our lives who swoons over tales of true love. But what do you give them for the holidays? We used our holiday gift guide to make a list of 7 perfect reads for the romantic in YOUR life. 

Get more recommendations and make your OWN wish lists with our holiday gift guide here!

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

What does it feel like to fall for the right guy…finally? Sydney has always felt invisible – until she meets Mac, who makes her feel truly seen for the first time.

2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

When a free-spirited actor asks you join him for one day in Paris on the last day of your European tour, do you say yes? Allyson did, and those 24 hours of freedom, risk, and romance will transform her life forever.

3. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Tim’s the most likely to avoid the “right” decision, and Alice knows falling for her younger brother’s best friend isn’t a smart choice…but when they collide, sparks will fly.

4. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The story of two teens with cancer falling in love in spite of the odds will bring on a new level of feels – you just bring on the tissues.

5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This coming of age story about the people who live in our hearts will leave you breathless and teary and laughing – often all at once.

6. Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Set on the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii, the story of Lea Lane’s junior year is one of identity, transformation, and how unexpected first love can be. 

7. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Two cities, one love story: the tale of Isla and Josh spans from NYC to Paris and will have you wondering if a romantic getaway is in store for this holiday season…

Want more recommendations? Check out our holiday gift guide and make your own wish lists for everyone you know right here!

The Book Lover’s 9-Step Guide Guide To Keeping The Magic Of Summer Alive

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Summer readin’, happened so fast… Chances are, if you’re a book lover, the past few months have been a blissful blur of reading beachside, turning pages in the extra hours of sunlight, trekking to the bookstore in flip flops, and basking in limitless possibility. So if you sense some serious separation anxiety coming on, we don’t blame you…in fact, we’ve put together a 9-step guide to keeping the summertime magic alive!

1. Set the scene.

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It’s key not to let your beautiful book memories fade away, but to honor them. Set up a sanctuary of summer memories in your reading nook so you’ll never forget what it looked like the time you turned the last page of that paperback under a gorgeous sunset.

2. Strategically stack your shelves.

It’s a very special kind of book that replicates the feeling of basking in sunshine: it contains 1 part abundant romance, 1 part beach-breezy feels, and 1 part bountiful heart-warming. Your best bet to hold on to summer is with these beauties!

3. Then form a support group (book club).

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You’re not alone in this. Keep that warm feeling alive by sharing a carefully-crafted list of romantic summer reads with friends, family, and acquaintances who are equally reluctant to let the season go. 

4. Make the sunshine permanent with the perfect playlist.

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Make a playlist now with the songs that kept your spirit going this summer so that come January, you can take a trip back with one click. Oh and dance parties. Always dance parties.

5. Have a serious talk with your favorite bookstore/library.

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Pending weather, you may be better off ordering your books to be delivered for a while. But that doesn’t mean you’re breaking up. You’ll be back come spring, and remember – absence makes the heart grow fonder. 

6. Make sure your reading snacks channel summertime splendor.

If the best reading snacks are ones you can eat one-handed, and the most refreshing summer snack is inherently popsicles, what are you waiting for? Try this recipe from The Comfort of Cooking.

7. Make your book transportation methods an homage to summer.

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As we all know, the optimal way to carry books is via tote bag. So stock up on ones that will safely preserve your tomes AND brighten your day a little. 

8. As well as your page-saving accessories. 

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So each time you pick up where you left off, you pick up a little essence of summer.

9. Above all, remember that this isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later.

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Even though you’re going to love your fall, winter, and spring reading immensely, the glimmer of another epic summer will always be on the horizon.