Book List

26 Adorable Romances That Will Make You Believe in Love

July 7, 2021
Annika Voss

I’m a complete hopeless romantic. Nothing makes me happier that reading stories where the characters fall in love. I don’t care if it’s love at first sight, the enemies-to-lovers slow burn, or the characters that realize their soul mate was their best friend all along, I will read them all. These YA romances are some of my favorite and are so adorable that once you’ve finished them you’ll want to pass them along to your younger siblings to read as well!

26 Adorable Romances that Will Make You Believe in Love

1. Prom Theory by Ann LaBar

In this heartwarming and whip-smart YA spin on The Rosie Project, a teen girl is determined to prove that love, like all things, should be scientifically quantified…right?


2. Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

In this rom-com about rom-coms, in the spirit of Kasie West and Jenn Bennett, a hopeless romantic teen attempts to secure a happily-ever-after moment with her forever crush, but finds herself reluctantly drawn to the boy next door.


3. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

A wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a hopeless romantic cater-waiter flirt and fight their way through a summer of weddings in this effervescent romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Today Tonight Tomorrow.


4. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

This book was a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA pick and deservedly so. This feel-good romance, set in the English country side will warm your soul. Not to mention, make you hungry after you read all the delicious food descriptions.


5. Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.


6. The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

Sky may be openly gay, but sometimes in his small town it’s easier to be invisible than it is to be himself. But that doesn’t stop Sky from planning an extravagant promposal to ask his crush, Ali, to prom. Unfortunately, before Sky can prompose, his plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a deeply homophobic eblast. Sky is fully prepared to drop out and skip town altogether—until his classmates give him a reason to fight back by turning his thirty-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator.


7. The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

Emily always felt lucky—that is, until her mother passed away three years ago. And things get even worse the summer before her senior year, when her boyfriend breaks up with her and her dad decides to sell their house. With her best friend away for the summer, the only person Emily can talk to is Blake, a girl she barely knows.Then Emily finds her mom’s senior year summer bucket list. When Blake suggests that Emily take it on as a challenge, the two set off on a journey to complete each item on the list. AsEmily begins to feel closer to her mom again, her bond with Blake deepens, too…into something she wasn’t expecting.


8. Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

It’s officially wedding season! In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever.


9. The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson

Mia hates rom-coms, her friends, on the other hand, love them. When Mia finds herself in needing a date to her sister’s wedding, her friends have the perfect idea. It’s a little crazy, a little out there, and a lot inspired by the movies they love that Mia begrudgingly watches too. Mia just needs a meet-cute.


10. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

This book will warm your heart and will definitely leave you hungry. This funny, smart romantic comedy, follows two Vietnamese-American teens who fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.


11. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster – all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. The only problem? The weekend is shaping ups to be an absolute disaster.


12. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Belly loves the summers. She loves hanging out at the beach house and more importantly reuniting with Jeremiah and Conrad. Belly has known the boys for years. They’ve been brother figure, crushes, and more. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.


13. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Can you imagine being trapped in a care on a road trip with your brother and his cute friend? Well that’s exactly what happens to Addie in this adorable book about a heartwarming road trip through Ireland that’s filled with love and adventure. Also there are cute Irish accents. Need I say more?


14. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Well that’s the reality for Will and Stella. Both of them have Cystic Fibrosis and are not allowed within 6 feet of each other because it could cost them their lives. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?


15. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

When Zayneb is suspended for standing up to her Islamophobic teacher her parents send her to her aunt’s house in Quatar to get an early start on spring break. Adam is also heading to Qatar for spring break to visit his family. He was diagnosed to Multiple sclerosis in November and is intent on keeping it a secret from his father, who’s still grieving the death of Adam’s mother. When the two Muslim teens meet in the airport, something marvelous happens.


16. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Can you imagine if all your crushes suddenly found out how you felt about them? That’s exactly what happens when Lara Jean’s secret love letters get mailed out to all the boys she’s ever loved. Now things are out of control. So she makes a deal with resident cute jock, Peter Kavinsky to fake being boyfriend and girlfriend. But fake dating might just lead to real feelings.


17. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

It’s Amelia’s last summer before college and she’s just been named Head Girl of Meade Creamery, the female-run local ice cream store. But when the owner suddenly passes away, Amelia has to learn to work with Grady Meade, the owner’s great nephew, who’s now in charge of the ice cream shop. Believe me, nothing is sweeter than an adorable romance surrounded by ice cream.


18. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.


19. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Ashish is done with love, especially after he was dumped by his ex-girlfriend. His parents on the other hand, think they can set him up with someone better and in a moment of weakness, he challenges them to set him up. Enter Sweetie, a self-proclaimed fat athlete who is determined to show the worl what she;s really made of. When they decide to date, they both have something to prove – to themselves, to their families, and to the world – but they might be surprised with what they find.


20. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Lina’s mother’s dying with was that she get to know her father, which is how Lina finds herself spending the summer in Italy trying to get to know the man who hasn’t been around for the past 16 years. Then she’s given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy and soon she, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, is inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps and discover a secret that has been kept for far too long. If you love this book as much as I think you will, check out the companion novels, Love & Luck and Love & Olives!


21. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?


22. American Panda by Gloria Chao

17-year-old Mei is a freshman at MIT, following the next step in her parents’ plan for her to become a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer.  What Mei can’t tell them is that she hates germs—and that she has a massive crush on her Japanese classmate. 


23. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

The books in Elisabeth’s world are not normal. Books of magic are dangerous and can transform into terrible monsters, and she’s spent her entire live protecting the kingdom from their power. When the library’s most dangerous book is released, Elisabeth finds herself framed for the crime. Now the only person she can turn to for help is her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn.


24. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her dad recently died in a car accident and her mom has decided to move all way from California to Connecticut right before Amy’s senior year. In order to escape, Amy hits the road, driving cross-country away from the home she’s always know, heading towards the new life that awaits.


25. Between You, Me, and the Honeybees by Amelia Diane Coombs

Perfect for fans of Jenn Bennett and Sarah Dessen, this swoon-worthy novel follows a teen girl during her California summer of beekeeping, secrets, and stolen kisses.


26. As if on Cue by Marisa Kanter

A pair of fierce foes are forced to work together to save the arts at their school in this swoony YA enemies-to-lovers romance that fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson are sure to adore.


27. Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle

Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this “mega swoon-worthy, effortlessly cool” (Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author) novel about a self-professed teen love doctor with a popular radio segment who believes he can get a girl who hates all things romance to fall in love with him in only three dates.



Not really into romance? Check out this list of sizzling thrillers perfect for hot summer days.

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