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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
7. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen: Sixteen-year-oldMaya’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!
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.
The Book Lover’s 9-Step Guide Guide To Keeping The Magic Of Summer Alive
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.