Looking for some romantic reads this Valentine’s Day? Here are some YA picks to warm your heart (or give to your bookish Valentine).
Eleanor & Park
Rowell’s YA debut is a story of two teenage outsiders in the 1980s, both dealing with harsh family lives, who find acceptance through their unlikely romance. The novel was recently awarded the 2014 Printz Honor, which recognizes outstanding works of fiction for young adults.
“Fangirl,” another equally heartwrenching and hilarious novel by Rainbow Rowell, centers on eighteen-year-old Cath Avery, a reserved fanfiction writer dealing with the ups and downs of her first year of college.
The Fault in Our Stars
Green’s YA best seller tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a cancer-afflicted teen, who meets the love of her life, Augustus Waters, at a group therapy meeting for kids with cancer. Funny, full of wit, and inevitably heartwrenching, “The Fault in Our Stars” is a book you’ll definitely want to read with a box of tissues on hand. And after you’ve finished, be sure to check out the recently released trailer for the upcoming film adaptation, which hits theaters June 6.
The Summer I Turned Pretty
It’s been a brutal winter all across the country so far, so why not take a (mental) break from the cold and snow by getting lost in a book set at the beach. Jenny Han’s story of first love and long days spent in the sand and surf will have you daydreaming of warm days to come.
Die For Me
For those who want a slightly darker romance for Valentine’s Day, try these next three picks.
First up is Amy Plum’s “Die For Me.” After moving to Paris following the tragic death of her parents, Kate Mercier is drawn into the world of the mythical Revenants (think zombies minus the decaying flesh and uncontrollable desire to munch on brains). With a perfect blend of danger, excitement, and romance, “Die for Me” will have you swooning over Kate and her French Revenant boyfriend, Vincent.
Lips Touch: Three Times
Before publishing her wildly successful YA paranormal romance trilogy, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” the last of which comes out this April, Laini Taylor wrote a collection of three dark fantasy stories, each revolving around the tempting yet destructive power of a kiss. Each story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations drawn by Taylor’s husband, Jim Di Bartolo.
If you’re enjoying the freezing temperatures and endless waves of snow this winter, you might want to pick up Maggie Stiefvater’s paranormal romance, “Shiver.” Set in the snowy town of Mercy Falls, Minnesota, “Shiver” is the story of Grace, a teen who falls in love with the werewolf boy, Sam, who has kept watch over her ever since she was a little girl.