8 Romance Novels for Teens That Will Make Hearts Flutter
Fall in love with a great young adult romance!
Awesome Young Adult Romances
Whether you're a teenager or an adult, everyone can enjoy young adult romance novels. The stories are universal because even as adults, we remember our teen years, some with a certain fondness, some without. And if you are a teenager, young adult books are incredibly relevant because the plots of many of the books are your here and now.
Let's face it: young adult was once looked down on as lesser fiction, but people seem more ready to accept some of the best writers today are young adult writers. This includes young adult romance, tales about falling in love for the first time all while going through major life changes and challenges. We all experience it a little differently in our lives, meaning there are million (actually more) different ways for authors to tell the story. And they do!
1. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
In Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo, Lucky is the hottest K-pop star at the moment. She just finished performing to thousands of screaming fans in Hong Kong and she'll soon perform on The Tonight Show in the U.S., something that could be a breakout performance for her. At the moment, however, Lucky just really wants a hamburger. Jack works for a tabloid and sneaks into the hotel for an assignment. Along the way, Jack sees a pretty girl, a kind of familiar-looking girl. They hit it off right away, and Lucky decides to keep her real identity a secret for now. It turns out Jack is hiding something too.
2. Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
Gideon is the one who always has a plan. He's running for class president, leads yearbook committee, and got into a bunch of colleges. However, his plan wasn't to realize he's gay and fall for his best-friend-slash-nextdoor-neighbor. Kyle is a jock dating the head cheerleader, so Gideon's feelings are pointless. Right? Kyle is out as bisexual to his parents and close friends, but hasn't been able to bring himself to tell his girlfriend Ruby. Then Gideon and Ruby both start acting really weird, his spot on the basketball team, and Kyle has no idea what he did wrong.
3. Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne
In Jenn Marie Thorne's Night Music, Ruby has always been known as renowned composer Martin Chertok's daughter, her future already laid out for her as a future pianist. Then she a horrible audition for the prestigious music school her father teaches at, and Ruby suddenly finds herself lost without music. But she also knows she wants her distance from classical music. According to his 1.8 million YouTube subscribers, Oscar is a musical genius. He might have a crush on Ruby Chertock, but he isn't about to let a little crush jeopardize his chances of studying with her father. Especially as a black guy within the super white world of classical music. Feelings between Ruby and Oscar grow. Will they find a way to make it work?
4. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
The summer between her high school graduation and college, Winnie is staying with her grandmother to work in the diner she owns like she does each summer. Winnie dreams of the day the diner will be hers, but those dreams become dashed when the diner runs into financial trouble. Her name unknowingly gets entered as Summer Queen by her ungirlfriend who Winnie loves but doesn't want to be exclusive with. As queen, Winnie meets Dallas, the king, and she falls for him too.
5. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
Zayneb is forced to endure a teacher who constantly "reminds" her class that all Muslims are bad. Zayneb is the Muslim in class and she knows she isn't bad. Instead, she's angry. Angry enough to confront her teacher. With everyone on her teacher's side, she gets suspended, and leading Zayneb's teacher to begin investigating all her activist friends. She heads to her aunt's house in Qatar for spring break, feeling guilty about getting her friends in trouble and resolved to create a "nicer" version of herself. Then she meets Adam. In November, Adam was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Because his mother recently died, he's intent to keep his mother's memory alive for his sister and keep his diagnosis from his grieving father.
6. It's Not Like It's a Secret by Nisa Suguira
Sana Kiyohara has secrets. Small secrets like how it bothers her that her friends don't invite her to parties anymore. Big ones like how she's pretty sure her dad is having an affair. Ones she can't admit to herself: the crush she has on her best friend. Her girl best friend. Sana's family moves to California and Sana thinks it she might be ready to be honest with herself. Especially after she meets smart, beautiful Jamie Ramirez. But Sana's new friends don't trust Jamie's friends, and it seems the feeling is mutual. Then her dad's affair becomes more and more apparent. Sana thought the most difficult thing would be to admit she likes girls, but life seems more complicated than that after all.
7. Better Than the Best Plan by Lauren Morrill
By Lauren Morrill, Better Than the Best Plan is about Ritzy, a seventeen-year-old just beginning the summer before her senior year of high school. Her plans? To get a summer job, hang out at the beach with her friends, and to look after herself because her mom bailed on her. Then someone reports Ritzy and she ends up in foster care. It turns out the woman she ends up staying with was her foster mother when she was an infant too. It surprises Ritzy just how much she likes living with Kristin, and makes her wonder, if her mom hadn't gotten her back, just how differently her life could have been.
8. Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
They say Rosa Santos is cursed. Cursed by the sea, and that's why no one will date her. Rosa feels stuck between, torn. Her abuela is a pillar in their community, a healer, while her mother is an artist who comes and goes, always leaving a trail of damage like a hurricane. Rosa soon has to make a decision about what college she wants to go to, which is when she meets Alex Aquino, a "mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina." Falling in love with Alex puts her heart, her family, and her future on the line. But could Alex help Rosa break her curse? Will he help her finally find her place?
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