Your Ultimate Guide to the Cutest YA Love Stories

Lately, I’ve been in a romance mood. ALL THE ROMANTICAL BOOKS, PLEASE! So I decided it was time to make a list of the best young adult romance books around. The thing is, I KNOW I haven’t read ALL THE ROMANCE BOOKS. So I’m going to need your help. I’ve added some of my favorites, but I want to hear from you! What is your favorite romance book? Your favorite fictional crush? Let me know so we can make the best guide to YA romance books the internet has ever seen! (Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post.)

contemporary young adult romance novels

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | It’s by Kasie West. Need I say more? (Okay, fine, I’ll say more.) Xander and Caymen are seriously one of the cutest (non)couples ever and you’ll find yourself cheering them on through the entire book.

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller | Even if you aren’t a comic book nerd or into live-action role play, as long as there’s a little bit of nerdiness in you, you’ll be interested. I mean, what’s not to love about a nerdy boy?

Will The Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin | Swoons abound in this super cute romance that’s inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Bianca has an awesome team of friends and family supporting her as she realizes that her Prince Charming isn’t quite that.

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison | In one of my favorite books of all time, Anikka will go far to fulfill her little brother’s wish before his cancer surgery. His wish? To meet Teen Robin Hood. Now Anikka must steal a famous actor to make her brother’s wish come true.

Timeless young adult romance novels

Once Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold #1) by Jean Ferris | A commoner. A cursed princess. Can love succeed? (Includes humor, dwarves, and messages by carrier pigeon.)

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine | In this loose retelling of Cinderella, Ella is cursed with the “gift” of obedience, and must go to far lengths to break the curse. And of course she meets a handsome prince on the way.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman | One of the funniest books you’ll ever read, and a sweet love story to boot. (Added bonus: An intelligent Sicilian, a rhyming giant, and a sword-fighting Spaniard with a vengeance.)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | Every word of this book is beautiful and romantic, and you’ll find yourself wanting Celia and Marco to find their way to each other.

historical young adult romance novels

Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter | A love story set in the time of Pompeii. You’ll wonder how this romance will pan out before the island goes up in smoke.

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson | A Russian aristocrat flees her country after the Russian Revolution and finds work as a maid for the Westerholme family. Then she finds herself falling for the Earl of Westerholme.

To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker | When hot pirate James Sterling steals Annalisa’s father’s treasure, she sets out to get revenge. But now, James just might steal her heart.

Ophelia by Lisa Klein | Like Shakespeare? This retelling of Hamlet is told from Ophelia’s point of view.

futuristic and dystopian young adult romance novels

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass | Thirty-five girls compete for the prince’s heart and princess’s crown. Fiesty America’s love is back home, but maybe Prince Maxon will change her mind.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1) | In this futuristic retelling of Cinderella, Cinder is a cyborg who manages to catch the prince’s attention. The problems? A deadly plague, a cyborg draft, and an evil moon queen. And Cinder’s in the middle of it all.

Matched by Ally Condie (Matched #1) | Cassia and Xander are meant to be together according to very in-depth research and calculations by the government. But what’s a girl to do when she falls for another guy?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver | Love is a disease. Thankfully, there’s a treatment for it that all citizens receive upon their eighteenth birthday. Lena is seventeen and has sworn to herself to not become infected. One guess as to what happens.

Christian young adult romance novels

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones | Finley goes to Ireland to follow in her deceased brother’s footsteps. There she meets a movie star who won’t leave her alone.

First Date by Krista McGee |This book is based off the story of Esther, and Addy is in a competition to win a date with the president’s son.

So Not Happening (The Charmed Life #1) by Jenny B. Jones | What’s a New York girl to do when she’s forced to move to… gulp… Oklahoma? Join the school newspaper, sniff out a local mystery, and deal with the annoying (but hot) newspaper editor.
Fancy Pants (Only in Gooding #1) by Cathy Marie Hake | In this historical tale, Sydney is forced to disguise herself as a male and work alongside Tim, who isn’t so happy when he finds out he’s been deceived.

fantasy and supernatural young adult romance novels

Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier | Time Travel! Gwyneth discovers she has the ability to travel into the past. Unfortunately, the only other time traveler is a (admittedly good-looking) guy who gets on her nerves.

Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods. #1) by Tera Lynn Childs | Phoebe finds out that her mom has been keeping a secret from her—she’s a descendant of a Greek god! Her mother drags her across the world to go to a school for the gods’ descendants, and she meets her very own Adonis.

Beastly by Alex Flinn | When the absolutely-perfect-in-ever-way Kyle is turned into an ugly beast, he must learn to love to break the curse. (Does this sound familiar to any fairy tale fans?)

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1) by Anna Banks | If you’re a fan of mermaids and/or sirens, you can’t miss this book! Make sure you have book two nearby, because it ends in a cliff hanger!


What romance books do we need to add to our list? What’s your favorite romance book?


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