Book List

Books Featuring Star-Crossed Lovers to Break Your Heart

May 26, 2023
Remi Moon

Star-crossed lovers have been one of the most popular tropes throughout history, and for good reason. Sometimes, all you want to read is a heart-wrenching love story and get way too emotionally invested in the lives of fictional characters. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Whether the book ends with the couple reuniting or torn apart forever, there’s just something special about experiencing the rollercoaster of star-crossed love.

Scratch your starcrossed lover itch with this list:

Forget Me Not by Alyson Derrick

Stevie and Nora have a secret, epic, once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. However, when Stevie has an accident and loses the last 2 years of her memory, she also subsequently forgets Nora and coming to terms with her sexuality. While it seems like all the odds are against Stevie and Nora, you won’t be able to help root for these two throughout the book.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

One of the most classic and well known starcrossed lovers is Romeo & Juliet. You’ll love this heart-stopping retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, where Juliette and Roma are heirs to rival gangs. While they deal with their forbidden feelings, there is also a mysterious and sinister monster lurking in the depths of the Huangpu River that threatens the lives of everyone—no matter which side they’re on.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

If you want a book where you won’t be able to predict what comes next, it’s time to start The Mara Dyer Trilogy. After Mara survives a traumatizing accident where the majority of her loved ones die, she begins to be haunted by corpses and having strange visions. And then there’s Noah, the handsome boy at school that is desperate to help Mara uncover what’s going on—even when she is seemingly surrounded by death.

Time Out by Sean Hayes

Sometimes the thing keeping starcrossed lovers apart is themselves. When highschool basketball star Barclay Elliot decides to finally come out in his small Georgia town, he does not get the reaction he hopes for. Suddenly, his popularity and place on the team is at stake. When he starts getting close to the handsome but aggravating Christopher, Barclay has to make choices on if who he used to be will keep him from not only loving another but also accepting himself.

If I See You Again Tomorrow by Robbie Couch

There’s nothing like a time loop to keep you from your true love. Clark has woken up and relived the same monotonous Monday hundreds of times—and he doesn’t know why. Then, Day 310 comes around and Clark meets someone new, a charismatic boy named Beau, during a math class he has gone to 309 times before. While they only spend one day together, Clark and Beau go on a series of “errands” that changes how Clark thinks about his time loop and what he can do to finally break out of it.

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