We all know love is one of the most powerful human emotions, especially young love! Check out these YA titles that explore young romance:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Enjoy a tale of star-crossed lovers set in 1980s Nebraska. Eleanor and Park are two teenagers struggling to survive high school when they fall in love on the bus. Unfortunately, life, it seems, is stopping at nothing to tear them apart.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean Song writes secret love letters to the five boys she loved. She pours her heart out in each letter, knowing they are for her eyes only. That is, until her love letters accidentally end up in the mail. Soon Lara’s love life goes from dreaming to out of control!
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon Spier has a secret; he’s gay and the only other person who knows is a guy he met on the school’s Tumblr web page. When one of his emails falls into the wrong hands, Simon is forced into a series of uncomfortable events. Will Simon be outed? Will he ever meet his anonymous pen pal?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Teen cancer patient Hazel has lived under the weight of a terminal diagnosis, that is until a miracle drug shrinks her tumor. Hazel isn't sure what to make of her new lease on life until she meets someone in a support group, someone worth living for.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Madeline Whittier has a rare disease, which keeps her locked away from the world, and she was happy with her little inside world. That is until she caught a glimpse of Olly, the new boy next door. Now Maddie is willing to risk it all for a new feeling – love.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
In this arranged marriage rom-com featuring two very different Indian-American young adults, Dimple Shah is a strong-willed computer code junky. She thinks arranged marriages are a bit silly, but secretly holds a desire to please her parents and their traditions. Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic who believes in the power of tradition. The Shahs and the Patels think they would work as a couple, so they send them to a computer convention and sparks fly when they meet; maybe there’s something to arranged marriages after all.
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
College dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t seem to have much going for him besides a dead-end deli job and piles of student debt. Pablo’s life is about to change when pop star and social media phenom Leanna Smart walks into Pablo’s deli. The two hit it off, but can these two people from vastly different social worlds make it work?
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Louise le Blanc and her coven are on the run; witches are hunted by the church. Reid Diggory is one such huntsman, a principled man who vows to never suffer a witch. Yet through cruel fate, Louise and Reid meet and fall in love. Can Reid set aside his vow? Can Louise truly love a man responsible for so much suffering?
Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton
This romance short-story anthology is centered around the theme of a blackout in New York City. When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths, old flames rekindle and longtime friends discover they might be something more than friends.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett Dragna and her sister Tella dream of escaping their tiny island and their overbearing father to participate in the magical Caraval festival. They get their chance when a mysterious, handsome sailor offers passage to the festival. However, when Tella is kidnapped by the festival’s organizer, Scarlett must find out if she can trust her new flame in order to rescue Tella from Caraval.
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
College bound students expected their summer program to be a strictly educational affair. Instead, they are greeted with Loveboat, an unsupervised romantic cruise. The students embark on an emotional journey of romance and self-discovery.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, prompting the bisexual teen back into the closet. With only one semester of high school left and looking forward to the freedom of college, Tanner enrolls in a writing course led by honor roll student and charismatic Mormon prodigy Sebastian Brother. Tanner develops feelings for this forbidden fruit. Could Sebastian possibly feel the same?
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
Literary genius Darcy Wells prefers the tidy world of books to her very messy homelife with her hoarder mother. Her world is turned upside down when former pilot Asher Fleet walks into her bookstore and straight into her heart. Darcy, never short of words, finds herself going blank.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Mabel and Marin are close friends, but after a night on a San Francisco beach, they might be more than friends. When Marin’s grandmother suddenly passes away, Marin decides to leave for college early and leave her previous life behind, Mabel included. Loneliness soon overtakes her and she decides to go back to California for the winter break. Can Marin reconcile her feelings with Mabel?
She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott, Alyson Derrick
Alex Blackwood is a chaotic flirt. She knows how to get a girl but not so much about keeping one. Molly Parker is the polar opposite. She’s got everything under control, except for her total awkwardness with love interests. When the two meet on campus, they agree to help each other get their perfect partners. One problem– they start to fall for each other.