Swoon-Worthy YA Romances You Need to Pick Up! (Slideshow)(Recommendation Nation)

Okay, I know Valentines day was a week ago and everyone has already made their list of favorite romances, but I want to do it to.

And to be extra special, I did it in slideshow form. Because I clearly have way too much free time.

Romance plot lines can make or break a book. The majority of YA books include one, but they’re not always great. So, I made a list of YA books with adorable romances (spanning a few different genres) that are perfect if you’re looking to be swept off your feet!

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Featured Books:

Keep reading for a few bonus recommendations!

I also include a transcript of the slideshow below for anyone with screen readers or trouble loading images!

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Bonus Recommendations

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

[ Review ] [ Purchase ]
Content Warning: Violence, Death, PTSD

Think Titanic, but in space. These Broken Stars follows Lilac, the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, and Tarver, a war hero who came from nothing. When their luxury space-liner crashes on an unknown planet, Lilac and Tarver must try to stay alive. This book is so fun, and the perfect mix of funny and heartbreaking!

The Star Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

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Content Warning: Death, Violence

I cannot express how beautifully written this book is. Truly, it is absolutely stunning in every way (and the sequel/companion is just as good, if not better). Maya has been ostracized by her kingdom because of her ominous horoscope. When she marries Amar, she is swept away to become the queen of his kingdom, Akaran. But her new home has secrets, and she must unravel them to save everyone she loves.

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

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Content Warning: Violence, Death, Gun Violence, Panic Attacks, Depression, Suicide, (Drug) Addiction, Alcoholism, PTSD

This book isn’t a very light and fluffy romance. It’s angsty and deals with heavier themes, but oh my god is it good. You’d Be Mine follows Annie, the daughter of two country music stars who died tragically when she was a kid, and Clay, a country music bad boy. When Clay’s drinking gets him in trouble with his label, he needs to get Annie to join him on tour to save face. As Annie and Clay find themselves drawn to each other, Annie must decide if she should follow her heart, or play it safe.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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Content Warning: Gun violence, Addiction, PTSD

Jenn Bennet books are horribly addicting. Alex, Approximately is inspired by You’ve Got Mail, and follows Bailey Rydell. When she moves across the country to California, she’s afraid to tell her online friend Alex, who she now lives in the same town as. Instead, she gets a job, where she meets Porter. As the summer goes on, Bailey must decide between an online crush, or a real life romance.

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What is your favorite YA romance?

This is question is tough, but I think I’d have to go with either A Court of Thorns and Roses (okay, really A Court of Mist and Fury), The Wrath and the Dawn, or Serpent and Dove.

Slideshow Transcript:

Swoon-Worthy Romances in YA

*not all of these books are strictly romance books, but all of them do have strong romance plots at the center of them

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

[ Tweet Cute Review ]

  • YA Contemporary
  • Content Warning: Online Harassment
  • 2 brand twitter accounts at war. But the teens running those accounts find themselves falling for each other.
  • overachiever vs class clown
  • set in NYC
  • cute and fun
  • extremely addictive
  • think “You’ve Got Mail” but with more memes
  • so. many. memes.
  • people online start shipping them

By Your Side by Kasie West

  • YA Contemporary
  • Content Warning: Anxiety, Panic Attack, Drug Abuse (Mention), Car Accident/Injury (Mention)
  • two students locked in the school library for a weekend.
  • Kasie West is the queen of fluffy contemporary
  • high school drama
  • read in one sitting
  • main character has an anxiety disorder
  • lighthearted, cute read
  • slight love triangle but I forgive it
  • fun banter
  • honestly I could put any Kasie West book here- you should read all of them

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

[ Autoboyography Review ]

  • YA Contemporary
  • Content Warning: Mature Content, Homophobia
  • bi main character goes back in the closet when he moves to Utah. Takes a class where he has to write a book in a semester, and starts to fall for the Mormon guy helping the class
  • religious themes 
  • respectful portrayal of Mormonism
  • the angst will destroy you
  • broke my heart but then put it back together again
  • LGBTQ!!!!
  • both adorable
  • and painful

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

[ The Beautiful Review ]

  • YA Historical Fantasy
  • Content Warning: Violence, Death, Gun Violence, Torture, Rape Mention, Rape, Murder, Racism, Racist Slurs, Misogyny
  • book 1 in a duology
  • 1872 New Orleans
  • girl moves to New Orleans & gets drawn into it’s glitzy underworld (and their handsome leader). When a string of murders occur, she becomes suspicious of the very man she finds herself drawn to.
  • atmospheric
  • mystery inspired by a real case
  • one word: vampires
  • dense, & more of a slow paced read but so worth it
  • warning: you will need book 2 immediately
  • beautiful writing

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

[ Serpent & Dove Review ]

  • Upper-YA Fantasy
  • Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Mature Content, Suicide Mention, Self Harm (for magic), Rape Mention, Murder, Illness
  • book 1 in a duology
  • witch & and witch hunter are forced to get married. Shenanigans ensue
  • perfect mix of funny and dark
  • loud, inappropriate girl and priest/soldier guy
  • very witty & full of banter
  • enemies to lovers!!!
  • France inspired fantasy world
  • angsty
  • steamy & adorable romance
  • heavy religious/morality themes

Velvet by Temple West

[ Velvet Review ]

  • YA Paranormal
  • Content Warning: Violence, Death, Mentions of Rape & Sexual Assault
  • book 1 in a trilogy
  • girl almost gets killed by a demon, but her (vampire) neighbor saves her. Now she’s stuck with him as her vampire bodyguard
  • (yes more vampires I’m not sorry)
  • deals with themes of grief
  • this book is hilarious. I can’t count the amount of times I laughed out loud. Best banter ever
  • absolutely adorable (forbidden) romance
  • vampires are just super anemic (and also related to demons)
  • main character is an aspiring fashion designer
  • love interest is a total nerd
  • i cannot emphasize enough how funny this book is

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

[ Daughter of the Pirate King Review ]

  • YA Fantasy
  • Content Warning: Violence, Death, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment Kidnapping, Child Abuse
  • book 1 in a duology
  • pirate lets herself be captured by enemy pirates so she can search their ship for an ancient map
  • steamy romance
  • strong female protagonist with a crew of almost entirely women
  • A+ banter
  • sirens!!
  • fairly light & easy to read for a fantasy book
  • enemies to lovers!!!!
  • very rereadable

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