Let’s celebrate love this Valentine’s Day! Add one of these contemporary romance novels to your reading list. If you’re a sucker for sappy stories, grab the tissues, and let’s go…
‘The Red, White & Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with Prince Henry, English royalty? That’s the premise of The Red, White & Royal Blue, a fast-paced, witty story about star-crossed lovers.
‘The Wedding Party’ by Jasmine Guillory
Jasmine Guillory is the absolute queen of writing romance novels. (Check out our interview with her on her inspo here.) And The Wedding Party is such a treat! Although Maddie and Theo share a best friend, Alexas — they both hate each other. But below the hate, sparks of attraction fly as they work on wedding planning together. Will they get a fairytale ending?
‘The Kiss Quotient’ by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient has such a unique storyline, it’s a must-read: Stella Lane is a logical math genius who hires an escort to give her some much-needed dating experience. Read to find out what happens next!!
‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney
If you’re looking for a soul-shattering, heartrending romance novel, look no further than Normal People. (It was made into a hit T.V. series for a reason!) The story, by acclaimed author Sally Rooney, follows Connell and Marianne’s insatiable attraction as their paths cross again and again, through time and space.
‘A Long Petal Of the Sea’ by Isabel Allende
Another historical novel, Isabel Allende’s masterpiece focuses on the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. As Europe breaks out in war, a young couple escapes on a boat chartered by poet Pablo Neruda. In their exile, they face many challenges along the way — but vow to someday return to Spain.
Young Adult Picks:
‘Eleanor & Park’ by Rainbow Rowell
During one school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park meet, and the two outcasts bond over a love of comics and music. Their love story ensues. This is pegged as a young adult book, but it’s truly wonderfully relatable no matter what age you may be.
‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green
The Fault In Our Stars is a timeless classic that was made into a movie in 2014, after it became incredibly popular. Hazel and Augustus, who are both fighting cancer, go on the adventure of their lives — and fall in love over the course of the beautiful book. It’s a must-read for anyone of any age.
‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han
Adapted into a wildly popular Netflix movie, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the first book in Jenny Han’s popular series. At 16, Lara Jean writes secret letters to all of her crushes. One day, they’re all accidentally mailed out — and lighthearted, wondrous chaos ensues. Read for a story of family, hope and love, all wrapped up in a light-hearted, fast-paced young adult novel.
‘Now That I’ve Found You’ by Kristina Forest
A teen love story with New York City as a backdrop? Sign us up! In Now That I’ve Found You, budding actress Evie, teams up with a handsome musician in a scheme to fix her public image before it’s too late.
‘Girl Crushed’ by Katie Heaney
This coming of age love story is a queer romance about falling in love, heartbreak and everything that goes along with it. When Quinn and Jamie break up, Quinn is devastated. But a new crush brings on a whole new adventure…
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