I’m a sucker for a good romance, as I think most readers of YA are. In honor of this day of chocolate, Hallmark, and love, I bring you my favorite YA romances!
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry | Goodreads
This is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite romances in YA. I love Echo and Noah as separate characters, but together they simply are perfection. They care for one another in such a beautiful and heart-wrenching way, and everytime I read about them, my heart heals a little bit.
(Also, any Katie McGarry is a good bet. Literally. ANY.)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas| Goodreads
Feyre and Tamlin are just.
Their romance is beautiful, powerful, and utterly unstoppable. I loved seeing them grow and develop over the course of this book, and also learning more about their fantastical world. Maas is a world-builder extraordinaire, and if you somehow HAVEN’T read her books before, do it. The worlds + the romance = FREAKING AMAZING.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | Goodreads
This was one of my favorites of 2015, and one of those reasons was the romance. Shahrzad, the main character, is planning to kill 18-year-old Capliph of Khorasan, Khalid. Except, when she gets to know him, she realizes that she may not be able to kill him.
In fact, she may be falling in love with him.
(That was my little summary and if you are like HOLY WOW I NEED THIS, aka me upon reading the actual summary, then GO. NOW. GO GET IT.)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin | Goodreads
Oh, Mara and Noah, how I love you.
This is one of the few paranormal series that I truly love (you’ll meet the other one later in this list) and one of the reasons I love it so is the romance. Noah and Mara are incredibly supporting of one another, and this series is filled with sacrifices, pain, and true love.
I need to reread this series.
A Thousand Piece of You by Claudia Gray | Goodreads
Thisis a recent read of mine and OH I LOVED IT. It’s kind of historical fiction, but also futuristic and also science fiction. And time travel. It’s kind of everything rolled into one book.
Also, the romance between Marguerite and Paul? *heart eyes*
(Get excited for the part set in Russia. Get really freaking excited.)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman | Goodreads
One of my favorite authors and one of my favorite love stories.
If I Stay is stunning. It’s heart-wrenching, poetic, romantic, and packed with a punch. Mia and Adam take my breath away everytime I read their story. I love their fierce love filled with music, and how their love tells the truth about long-distance relationships.
Gayle Forman is also a queen of romance, so all of her stuff is a go-to for me.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater | Goodreads
This is my other favorite paranormal series. It’s about werewolves, something I’m not really a fan of as a general rule, but the wolves of Mercy Falls? YES. Grace and Sam’s love story is all about fighting for the people you love, and oh boy do they fight for each other. It’s a tale of forbidden love against a backdrop of the woods, and it takes my breath away every time I read it.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Goodreads
If somehow you haven’t read this book already, go find a copy. I don’t care where you have to go to get one – GO.
Tahereh Mafi is not only a stunningly beautiful writer, she also is a talented crafter of love stories. Whether it be Juliette and Adam or Juliette and Warner, each time I’m as in love with the couples as they are themselves. This story is also one of the first dystopians I read and made me fall in love with the genre.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | Goodreads
You thought you could get away with not seeing Jellicoe Road on this list, hmm?
Well guess what. You failed.
Jellicoe Road is my everything. Taylor Markham and Jonah Griggs are also my everything.
Please go read this book. I beg of you.
I hope you enjoyed my list and let me know yours in the comments!
Have a lovely day of love and chocolate and books.