Two years ago, Kirsten and my son bonded over their love of young adult romance books like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. When Kirsten first read the series, she immediately watched the movie on Netflix about 657 times. Now, the final movie in the Trilogy is coming to Netflix this weekend and we had a preview last night!!! It was fantastic. If you have already read the series and are looking for some more YA romances, we have a list for you. Each of these books has a great story and the perfect amount of teen angst without being too silly or cheesy. The list is divided into two groups. The first is fiction and the second includes books with a fantasy edge. Whatever your guilty pleasure, we have you covered
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Young Adult Romance Books Like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
When Abby signs up for a DNA service, she does it to support her best friend and secret crush, Leo. She doesn’t expect to find an older sister she never knew she had. To find uncover the entire story and get to know her green juice loving, Instagram queen sister, Abby heads off to camp where her sister works. It also happens to be the same camp where Leo works as a staff chef. This Reese book club YA winter pick is a perfect YA romance with a little more depth and emotion.
I read this book as my escape to Italy for our January Reading Challenge. It was the perfect read. In addition to offering a perfect description of all things food related (yum), there was a sweet romance included. It was like a double scoop of happy. There are two more books in the series and I think I would like to indulge in both!
This is a YA romance that has some depth as Frank Li must navigate his first love and making his parents happy. They sacrificed everything to come to The United States from Korea and they want him to be with a nice Korean girl. Frank’s first love is white girl. This book is funny, sweet, and a wonderful debut.
I got this book a few months ago when I was just not able to concentrate and somehow this adorable romance got put in my TBR stack. Well, I picked it up at the perfect time! I have been having trouble reading and concentrating and this adorable romance was the PERFECT book for the season. When 16 year old Emmie sends her name and email address attached to a red balloon, it travels over 100 miles and leads her to Lucas. Now 14 years later, Lucas is getting married. The problem? Lucas is her best friend who she is also in love with. This adorable romance is the perfect book to sit and snuggle with this holiday season.
Aza is a 16-year-old who, along with her best friend, is searching for a lost billionaire in order to get the reward money. Along the way, she finds Davis, the billionaire’s son, and her childhood friend. Love, loss, and resilience are all themes in this book that will capture you and keep you reading until the last page.
This accurate depiction of high school crushes also focuses on Maya, an Indian-American Muslim, who faces Islamophobia in her suburban Chicago school. In the story, Maya’s budding relationship with a non-muslim classmate helps her break out of her shell and determine what kind of life she really wants, even if it goes against her strict parent’s wishes. The love story feels genuine and realistic for high school and the end left me with the warm and fuzzies.
This graphic novel is centered around Callie. She loves theatre and wants to try out for the school musical except she can’t sing at all. Oh, did we mention the boy she has a crush on who doesn’t feel the same way about her? Enter stage right: a new guy. This book does take place in middle school so it is on the lower end of the age range for YA but, it is not missing any of the DRAMA- pun intended.
Dimple Shah is not ready to break away from her family and attend a summer program for web developers. She does not want an arranged marriage and thinks her family is finally on board. Rishi Patel, on the other hand, is a romantic who is ready for an arranged marriage. When he attends the same program as Dimple with the intention of winning her over, what is the worst that can happen right? This book is sweet, fun and romantic. It is easy to love the characters and cheer them on. 10 Things I hate about Pinky by Sanhya Menon is another great book to add to this list.
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This National Book Award finalist is the story of Natasha and Daniel. They meet 12 hours before Natasha and her family are being deported to Jamaica. Where will their story take them? You can’t fall in love in 12 hours, can you? This was such a great read. It is well written and fast-moving.
When Park moves over on the bus to make room for Eleanor, their unlikely friendship starts. This isn’t a lovey-dovey, hearts flashing, music playing romance. Rather, it is a story about friendship, daring to be different and finding someone who loves you exactly the way you are. This is one of those books that is perfect for everyone to read.
Violet and Finch meet unexpectedly on the top of the bell tower at school. She is counting the days until graduation will take her away and he is finding reasons to keep on going. This is a love story that you will not forget.
Fantasy YA Romance Books Like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
While this book is not strictly a romance, there are some romantic elements and it was one of my favorite books in 2020 (if not my #1 pick). If you like magical realism, romance and a book that will leave you feeling happy, this is the book.
In a society where you are told what to read, what to think and what to believe, it is not a surprise that they will tell you who your perfect match is. When Cassia sees Xander’s face on her screen indicating that he is the perfect match, she doesn’t question it until another face shows up and then disappears. Was it really a glitch or is there more than it seems in the perfect society?
While technically not a YA book, this family-friendly book tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life. He is not like other people. He can stop a tornado and make a forest grow with a feeling. Wyelyn’s story is told from all the people who knew him and loved him- especially Mary. An adult fairy-tale at its finest, Beasts is feel good from start to finish.
When Stargirl arrives at a quiet high school, Leo instantly falls for her. But, high school students can be fickle and while Stargirl is “it” initially, people are quick to turn on her. This story is about first love and navigating the social rollercoaster that is high school.
This story is Romeo and Juliet with a magical twist. The O’Donnell’s and the Angert’s have had a feud for a century that started with a cherry tree. When Saul Angert comes to town after years away, June finds that as much as she tries, she just cannot stay away. There is magic in this story in more ways then one. I loved it.
Luce Prince attends Sword & Cross Boarding school- just another in a long line of schools. When she meets Daniel Grigori, there is something so familiar about him. Despite his best efforts to push her away, she is drawn to him no matter the consequences. This is the first in the series and it is totally addictive.
Everyone knows the story of Twilight unless you have been hiding somewhere for the last dozen or so years. While the last few books in the series are a little more mature, this first book is definitely PG enough for middle schoolers and older to enjoy.
Cinder is the first book in a series of twisted fairy tales that all come together. Meyer did a great job of modernizing and adapting these stories without making them too mature and graphic. I loved the series and I know many a middle schooler and high school student who feel the same. A good book is appealing to all ages. And don’t forget to check out our post of books to read if you loved the Lunar Chronicles.