Find Teenage Love in These Young Adult Romance Books
Love can often be complicated and confusing—especially in high school. Teenagers already have to deal with new and difficult emotions, as well as the pressure to conform to social norms. Add in the all-consuming passion of young love and there’s bound to be heartache and drama. But, teenage love—with all its nostalgia, innocence, and adventure—can be pretty amazing, too. Young adult romance books perfectly encapsulate teenage love in all its angst, glamour, and relatability.
We’ve all had our fair share of high school crushes and clueless love interests. But young adult romance books remind us that teenage love isn’t as simple as all of that. These stories allow readers to identify with the characters, their emotions, and their experiences. Young adult romances teach us about what it means to find love and to be loved.
If you’re looking for heartwarming, romantic stories or wanting to rediscover young love, young adult romance books are for you. They may even help you navigate your own romantic situations. The characters in these books go through many hardships, but they always find their happily ever after with someone special. Whether you need some sweet romance in your life or just want some hope that you’ll find your own happily ever after (because they do exist), young adult romance books are perfect for anyone that wants to read about young love. Below are some great books that will give you all the feels when it comes to teenage love!
Our 6 Favorite Young Adult Romances
1. My Heart to Touch
by S.B. Alexander
Outcast Quinn Thompson believes boys only want one thing. Basketball star Maiken Maxwell believes girls are too pushy and talk too much. But they’re about to change each other’s opinions until their enemies step into the picture… Read more.Buy on Amazon Buy on NookBuy on KoboBuy on AppleBuy on Google Play
2. Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston
Alex Claremont-Diaz is smart, handsome, and charming—everything the White House would want out of a First Son of the United States. He’s practically the American equivalent of a young royal. There’s just one problem: he has beef with an actual royal. Henry, the Prince of Wales. When an altercation lands the two of them in the tabloids, U.S. and British relations take a turn for the worse. Read more.Buy on Amazon Buy on NookBuy on KoboBuy on AppleBuy on Google Play
3. When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
Dimple Shah can’t wait to get a break from her family’s unending obsession with finding her the perfect Indian husband. Her summer program for aspiring web developers is the perfect excuse to get away. Rishi Patel is excited to be attending the same summer program. A hopeless romantic who looks forward to having an arranged marriage, he knows his future wife will be there and that he’s only attending to woo her. It’ll be a summer to remember for both of them. Read more.Buy on AmazonBuy on NookBuy on KoboBuy on AppleBuy on Google Play
4. Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park fall in love in 1986. They are two star-crossed lovers, much like Romeo & Juliet. They are wise misfits who don’t believe in the permanency of love, but are willing to give it a shot nonetheless. This story, their story, is sure to remind you what it feels like to be young and in love. Read more.Buy on Amazon Buy on NookBuy on KoboBuy on AppleBuy on Google Play
5. The Wrath & the Dawn
by Renée Ahdieh
Khorasan is a land ruled by a killer—Khalid, the 18-year-old Caliph. Each night, he takes a new bride, only to have her executed at sunrise, bringing horror to many families. But, when 16-year-old Sharzad volunteers to marry Khalid, she does so with the intention to exact revenge for the murder of her best friend. When she makes it to dawn unlike any of the girls before her, she finds that there’s a catch…she’s falling in love with him. Read more.Buy on Amazon Buy on NookBuy on KoboBuy on AppleBuy on Google Play
6. Opposite of Always
by Justin A. Reynolds
Jack and Kate hit it off at a party, falling for each other hard and fast. But before their story can even begin, it ends when Kate dies. Or, at least that’s what Jack thinks. When Jack finds himself standing before Kate again, back in the moment when they first met, where she’s alive, happy, and healthy, he becomes determined not to let her death happen again. Read more.Buy on AmazonBuy on NookBuy on KoboBuy on AppleBuy on Google Play
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best young adult romance books. Young adult romance books are a great way to experience (or re-experience) the difficulties and joys of teenage love and relationships. You’ll learn a lot about life when you read these books—often in a relatable, reminiscent, and romantic way.
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