Do you remember that special feeling of falling in love for the first time? Many of us have experienced this feeling and found it both exhilarating and terrifying. If you are looking for a way to relive this emotion, you might turn to the popular genre of young adult romance books.
With so many titles to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth the time investment. To make things easier, this article will provide an overview of the best young adult romance books to add to your collection — full of delightful surprises, passionate stories, and timeless themes.
Whether you’re a fan of the genre or are looking to explore it, these books are sure to satisfy.
Read on for the best young adult romance books.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Fifteen-year-old Ari and Dante couldn’t be more different. But when their worlds collide at the local swimming pool one sweltering summer, an unexpected friendship sparks. Through their profound connection, Ari and Dante discover truths about themselves—and each other—that open their eyes to the secrets of the universe.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a stunning young adult romance that will captivate your heart with its honest and powerful narrative of identity, sexuality, family, friendship, and love. An unforgettable experience that won’t leave you unchanged, this book is sure to become a treasured favorite.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean has a secret – and it’s a big one! Her carefully penned love letters have been mysteriously sent out, leaving her crushes in a whirlwind of confusion and curiosity. As Lara Jean takes on the consequences, she unexpectedly finds herself in a romantic journey with one of her past crushes, Peter Kavinsky.
This coming-of-age rom-com has it all – secrets, scandal, and forbidden feelings – yet is relatable and charming enough to appeal to romance-seeking teens everywhere. Experience this heartfelt story of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky and be prepared to fall head-over-heels in love!
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Chloe Green is on the edge of accomplishing her dream: becoming valedictorian at Willowgrove Academy. But then Shara Wheeler, the school’s sharp-tongued it-girl, turns Chloe’s world upside-down when she kisses her the weekend of the senior prom. All Chloe has is a series of letters and the two other people she kissed—Rory, the boy next door, and Smith, her quarterback boyfriend—but no clue as to where Shara has gone. The trio forms an unlikely alliance to search for Shara and uncover the truth.
Casey McQuiston’s I Kissed Shara Wheeler is an outrageously funny book that promises readers wit, warmth, clever plot twists, and a cast of unforgettable characters. From crashing parties to breaking and entering, the trio’s hilarious journey is a must-read for teens and young adults who love LGBTQIA+ romance stories. So grab your beach towel and get ready for the summer’s best YA read.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This coming-of-age romance follows 17-year-old Simon Spier on an honest and heartfelt journey as he navigates coming out as a young and closeted gay teen. When he falls for an anonymous classmate online, Simon embarks on a hilarious and tender quest of self-discovery.
Becky Albertalli’s debut novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda tells a heartfelt and entirely unforgettable story about friendship, first love, self-discovery, and the unbreakable bond of family and friends. As one of the best young adult romance books , you do not want to miss out on this beautiful story.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Ben De Backer is thrown out of their home after coming out as non-binary, and their anxiety disorder only adds to the pressure of their senior year. But then classmate Nathan Allan enters Ben’s life, and the friendship between them blossoms into something much more.
Mason Deaver’s incredible debut YA novel, I Wish You All the Best, is an unforgettable coming-of-age romance exploring identity, self-acceptance, and family. Woven through with powerful emotion and heartwarming moments, this is one of the best young adult LGBTQIA+ romance books available.
Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
High school senior Liz Buxbaum has been dreaming of a romantic meet-cute with her childhood crush Michael since forever. But when her rival Wes Bennet crashes the moment, Liz knows she’s going to have to get creative if she wants to make Michael’s radar. She dives in headfirst and sets off on a mission to make Michael fall for her—with Wes as her secret weapon.
When the plan backfires, and Liz starts to develop unexpected feelings for her nemesis, Better Than the Movies brings readers on an unforgettable comedic ride filled with teenage angst, hijinks, and enemies-to-lovers romance. If you love teen romance books with a hint of fake dating and drama, then Better Than the Movies is the book for you!
All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown
In a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a deadly pathogen, Andrew must remain ever-vigilant against the dangers of other survivors. His caution is tested when he stumbles upon Jamie’s home, starved and injured, forcing him to put his trust in the other boy.
When danger turns up at their doorstep, the pair must flee south to search for civilization. Despite their easy friendship, Andrew can sense Jamie is holding back something that could hurt them, but Jamie has secrets of his own.
In a world where trust is a luxury, Jamie and Andrew must do the impossible and lay all their secrets bare if they hope to survive together.
For those whose hearts beat for young adult romance books with a post-apocalyptic twist, All That’s Left in the World promises captivating storytelling and engaging characters all wrapped up in a beautifully written romance. You will not be able to put this book down, and you may just find yourself wishing for a film adaptation!
The Long Run by James Acker
Sebastian Villeda, known by his peers as “Bash the Flash,” longs to break away from the shackles of his reputation and discover his true identity. Along his journey of self-discovery, he befriends Sandro Miceli, the captain of the field team, who is nicknamed “The Italian Yeti” for his extraordinary body hair and height. Despite his seemingly inviting demeanor, Sandro has no friends…until Bash.
In James Acker’s young adult debut novel The Long Run, readers are taken on a powerful and touching journey through teenage struggles, familial relationships, and the spirit of first love in a toxic world of masculinity. With an honest, heartfelt examination of teenage angst, this book is sure to stay with young adult romance fans for years to come.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
When Anna Oliphant reluctantly leaves for Paris for her senior year of high school, she expects to hate everything about her new home. But she is surprised to discover some friendly faces at the boarding school and an especially charming classmate, Étienne St. Clair. It looks like Paris could be more pleasant than she had thought.
Anna and the French Kiss is a captivating young adult romance novel perfect for teens who dream of falling in love in the city of love. From Stephanie Perkins, this unforgettable story is sure to leave you swooning. With its enchanting Parisian setting and heartwarming romance, it is undoubtedly one of the best teen romance books you will ever read.
The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School follows Yamilet Flores, a Latina teen who, after being outed by her former best friend, switches to an exclusive, predominantly white Catholic school. To keep her sexuality a secret and avoid her mother’s possible disapproval, Yami resolves to stay under the radar. But this resolution is challenged when she meets Bo, an unapologetically out and proud student who champions being true to oneself. How will Yami navigate this newfound attraction while maintaining her own secret?
Filled with humor and love, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School offers teen readers an inspiring adventure of self-discovery, acceptance, self-love, family dynamics, and first love. Sonora Reyes’ YA debut is a must-read for any fan of young adult romance!
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
Zayneb isn’t afraid to share her opinions, no matter the cost. But when an argument with her teacher ends with her on suspension, Zayneb takes a journey to Doha, Qatar to discover ‘a nicer version’ of herself. Her journey takes her to unexpected places, beginning with a chance encounter with Adam, a teen struggling with a recent Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. Through their journey of love and self-discovery, Zayneb and Adam explore topics of family, friendship, religion, health, and first love.
Love from A to Z is an inspiring young adult romance for readers of all ages. From heartfelt emotions to unforgettable moments, this book has all the elements of a classic YA romance. Come along on Zayneb and Adam’s journey and be prepared to be moved.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Tanner Scott was a California teen forced back into the closet when his family relocated to Utah three years ago. Now in his last year of high school, Tanner intends to coast through the year until his best friend Autumn challenges him to join the prestigious Seminar class at Provo High.
Despite his uncertainty, he takes the dare and soon finds himself writing a book within four months—with the help of prodigy Sebastian Brother, the former Seminar student whose own novel was published the previous year. Both Tanner and Sebastian discover an unexpected connection as they face difficult choices about family, faith, and love.
Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography is an unforgettable coming-of-age love story of two boys from very different worlds, brought together by the struggle to accept their feelings for each other. Surrounded by progressive and conservative ideas, these two must find a way to form their own unique path as they discover love and hope in the midst of change. Teen readers who love young adult romance will fall in love with Tanner and Sebastian’s tale of love.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Haan
Belly is fifteen and counting down the days until her summer vacation at the beach house of her mother’s best friend. This time, she is more eager than ever to reunite with Conrad and Jeremiah, the two boys who have served as pseudo brothers and crushes for Belly. Little does she know that her vacation will be drastically different from those of summers past.
From the author of the beloved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before comes The Summer I Turned Pretty, a young adult romance novel about an unforgettable summer. Follow Belly as she experiences life-changing moments and discovers it’s never too late for a fresh start.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
John Greene’s widely-loved young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars, makes for an emotional and moving story about two teens in love. Hazel Grace Lancaster and Gus Waters, two teen cancer patients, embark on a powerful journey of love and self-discovery after meeting at a support group. This best-selling romance is the perfect read for teens looking for inspiring tales of young love in the face of adversity.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Xiomara Batista is fed up with keeping her secrets and longs for the freedom to express herself, especially when she finds herself falling for Aman, a boy her family can never know about. When she receives an invitation to join the Poetry Slam Club, Xiomara knows it’s risky – but she won’t let anything stop her from finally finding her voice.
Elizabeth Acevedo’s award-winning debut novel-in-verse, The Poet X, is a must-read for teen romance fans. With stunning poems about adolescence, family, religion, sexuality, gender, and race, this New York Times bestseller offers an inspired journey into coming-of-age. Don’t miss out on this powerful and mesmerizing story!
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Alex Claremont and Henry–the first son of the United States and the Prince of England–have never seen eye to eye. But when their two nations’ relationship turns hostile, they begrudgingly team up to paint a picture of unity. Little do they know, their tense alliance will soon pave the way for something greater.
Casey McQuinston’s Red, White & Royal Blue paints a vivid picture of star-crossed love. Fueled by its trademark slow-burn and enemies-to-lovers romance, this hilarious MM tale will definitely have you swooning and laughing out loud! Aimed squarely at romance addicts craving a royal fix, it’s an absolute must-read. Delight your inner royalist and add this award-winning hit to your TBR today!
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
In Aiden Thomas’s Cemetery Boys, readers are transported to a world of magic, mystery, and heart-warming romance.
Dealing with the consequences of summoning the ghost of Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, the YA novel follows Yadriel, a transgender teen who must figure out how to get Julian to rest in peace. Filled with lovable characters, this romantic fantasy is easily one of the most popular YA books on the market currently, promising to take teens on a riveting adventure as they follow Yadriel’s story.
Whether you’re looking for a sweet romance, a supernatural mystery, or a powerful tale of self-discovery, Cemetery Boys is sure to leave you with a smile.
Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
As the clock ticks down to the end of senior year, it’s time for Rowan Roth and Neil McNair’s biggest rivalry yet: Howl, a heart-pumping, high stakes senior class game that takes them all over Seattle. With Neil reigning as valedictorian, Rowan is determined to go out with one last victory—no matter what
In Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, Rachel Lynn Solomon presents an unforgettable YA romantic comedy full of swoon-worthy moments, side-splitting laughter, and powerful messages of female empowerment. It’s the perfect read for any teen romance fan looking for a thrilling ride.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Charlie Spring never expected to find love in a classroom, but when he meets rugby player Nick Nelson, their friendship blossoms into something more. Nick is struggling with his own feelings, but together, the pair embark on a heartwarming journey of friendship and first love. Follow their awkward and cute story as they navigate young love in the beautifully crafted YA LGBTQIA+ graphic novel series, Heartstopper.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
From the moment Julie and Bryce met in second grade, Julie felt an undeniable connection much to Bryce’s dismay. But as they enter eighth grade, the situation flips. Julie sees Bryce in a completely different—and unsatisfying—light, while Bryce finally discerns that Julie might be more special than he ever imagined.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen is an irresistible young adult romance that captures the hilarity and drama of their switched roles. Dive into this romantic comedy and find out what happens when the tables get flipped!
The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
Max Morrison and Jordan Edwards, two teens navigating the tumultuous path to first love, embark on a memorable journey in Bill Konigsberg’s The Music of What Happens.
Set in the scorching landscape of Arizona, the two find solace and connection working on a mobile fast food truck together. And as their summer unfolds, Max and Jordan uncover an unexpected bond, leading them to an unfamiliar yet powerful emotion.
Unafraid to tackle complex family dynamics and heavy topics, Konigsberg tenderly crafts an unforgettable tale rooted in friendship, bravery, and love. Readers looking for heartfelt young adult romance books will love The Music of What Happens.
Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle
Prince Jones is determined to take his chance at love and help others do the same.
When he gets the opportunity to have a segment on his beloved uncle’s popular radio show, Prince eagerly offers his romantic advice to help listeners with their relationship woes. But while he’s helping others, he’s also navigating his own tumultuous love life.
Will taking his own advice be the key to his happily ever after?
With sweet, uplifting writing and relatable characters, this young adult romance novel takes readers on an inspiring journey of family, friendship, independence, and self-empowerment.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything stars Maddy and Olly, two teenagers ready to take on the world to be together. Against all the odds, this heartwarming story of teenage romance will have you rooting for the couple every step of the way as they fight to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.
Nicola Yoon has crafted a beautiful tale of young love that fans of YA romance will absolutely adore. An inspiring adventure filled with unforgettable moments, it’s a must-read for anyone who loves heartfelt stories of real-life drama.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
When Felix Love becomes the target of a transphobic online bully, the hopeless romantic refuses to leave the hurtful posts unanswered. His quest for revenge leads him to an unexpected discovery: love and the path to self-discovery.
Kacen Callender’s Felix Ever After is an emotionally-charged young adult romance book many teens won’t want to miss. Through Felix’s story of friendship, forgiveness, and first love, readers will learn how to redefine their most important relationship: the one with themselves.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
In Adam Silvera’s heartbreaking romance, They Both Die at the End, two teens, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, are brought together by a mysterious company called Death-Cast. Receiving a 24-hour call alerting them that their time is up, they turn to an app called Last Friend to connect, form new memories and say their final goodbyes.
Lauded on BookTok for its thoughtful and powerful storytelling, this tear-jerking tale will make you both laugh and cry as you embrace each moment with Mateo and Rufus. A must-read for teenage romance readers.
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
Humaira “Hani” Khan and Ishita “Ishu” Dey have a plan. When Hani’s friends don’t believe she is bisexual, she must prove it by having a girlfriend – Ishu. In return, Ishu requests Hani’s help in becoming head girl. Sweet, cute, and full of romantic comedy, Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating delights readers who love young adult romance and grumpy/sunshine fake dating tropes. Follow this beloved duo as they tackle real-life issues with heart and humor.
Humaira “Hani” Khan isn’t sure how to prove to her friends that she’s bisexual—until she impulsively claims she’s already in a relationship with Ishita “Ishu” Dey, the grumpy academic overachiever. But Ishu won’t just agree to play along without a price: she wants Hani’s help becoming head girl.
Sweet, cute, and full of romantic comedy, Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating delights readers who love young adult romance books and grumpy/sunshine fake dating tropes. Follow this beloved duo as they tackle real-life issues with heart and humor.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Experience the power of love in Five Feet Apart, a dramatic young adult romance.
Stella Grant and Will Newman, two seventeen-year-old cystic fibrosis patients, defy the odds when they fall in love—but must remain six feet apart at all times.
Their emotional journey will have you on the edge of your seat with every split-second decision and will remind readers of the connection felt in The Fault in Our Stars.
The Selection by Kiera Cass
America Singer isn’t thrilled when she finds out she’s one of 35 girls Chosen to compete for the heart of Prince Maxon. It means ending her forbidden romance with Aspen, a boy from a lower caste. But when she meets the Prince, she quickly realizes that everything she thought she knew about him was wrong. He’s sweet, honest, and kind—and she’s not the only one taking notice. Twenty-four other young women are also vying for Maxon’s affections and they’ll do whatever it takes to win. America must decide whether she’s willing to take the risk to follow her heart.
The Selection is an entertaining must-read perfect for fans of young adult romance books, The Bachelor, and dystopian worlds.
The Star and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
When Audre’s deeply religious mother catches her with her secret girlfriend, she sends her off to live with her father in Minneapolis—much to Audre’s devastation. But despite the unexpected move, Audre quickly finds an unlikely and entirely welcome connection with Mabel, the daughter of her father’s friend.
The Star and the Blackness Between Them is an emotionally charged romance that takes teen readers on a powerful journey of self-discovery, acceptance, family ties, friendship, and spirituality.
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Avery Grambs never would have believed it if someone had told her a week ago that she, an ordinary teen, would become the sole heir to the massive fortune of the recently deceased billionaire Tobias Hawthorne. But when she receives her inheritance, she must move into Hawthorne House and face the disgruntled, suspicious grandsons of her benefactor.
If Avery wants to survive and come out on top, she must uncover the clues left behind by a man still playing games even in death.
The Inheritance Games is a highly-readable YA series from Jennifer Lynn Barnes, with a combination of Knives Out and Truly Devious that will keep teen readers hooked on the secrets, high stakes, and unexpected twists. Get ready for an exciting and mysterious read full of unique entertainment!
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