Nine YA Books with Cute Romances

I don’t know about you, but I’m currently on a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before high right now. After watching the movie, Peter and Lara Jean are all I can think about.

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(I probably won’t stop fangirling about them for a while. Just a warning. Speaking of fangirling about Noah and Lana, I read this Buzzfeed article about them and I honestly can’t handle how cute they are together. Just when you don’t think they could get any cuter they hit you with something like this.)

Anyway, I wanted to suggest some books for those who are looking for some cute book relationships after watching/reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Girl (or guy), I get it. I can’t handle the adorable-ness either.

Some of these book/series are mega popular and you’ve probably already read them, but I hope you find some gems in here that you haven’t tried out.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Movie Appreciation Post

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie on Netflix blew up when it first came out. Everyone is buzzing about it, and not having Netflix access at the moment, I was devastated that I couldn’t join in on all the conversation and fangirling everyone was doing.

Recently, my friend invited me over to her house and we watched the movie together, and let me tell you, the movie is GLORIOUS. It was so cute that I wanted to combust with gooey happiness.

I was so in love that I decided to dedicate a whole post about how much I love this movie. That being said, there are major spoilers in this post, so if you haven’t watched the movie or read the book and plan on doing so, I highly suggest you skip on reading this and come back later.

Just a warning: There is a lot of shouting and fangirling in this post. Not sorry about it.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | Book Review

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“I suppose in matters of the heart, there’s no predicting how a person will or won’t behave.”

Image result for to all the boys I've loved before coverTitle: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1
Author: Jenny Han
Published: April 15, 2014
Genre: contemporary, YA, romance
Pages: 355
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 / 5)
Goodreads page

This review is spoiler free!

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Synopsis

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Book Review

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Series: Creekwood, #1
Author: Becky Albertalli
Published: April 7, 2017
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Pages: 303
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads page

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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

This review does not contain spoilers.

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YA Author Upcoming Release Compilation

If you’re anything like me, you are the last person to know about new releases and book news. I don’t have a lot of social media to keep up with the authors, and I don’t use the ones that I follow authors on that frequently. To be completely honest, it’s a lot to keep track of all the new releases and things that are going on so I decided to take some of my favorite and (I think) well-known YA authors and compile all their upcoming releases.

Some of the information I got off of posts on the authors’ social media or websites (which I’ll link in this post) and others I got off of Goodreads. I can’t guarantee that I will catch all the stories their working on but hopefully this will give you an overview of what to expect.

The authors I’m covering in this post are:

Cassandra Clare || Leigh Bardugo || Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff || Marie Lu
Sarah J. Maas || Tahereh Mafi|| Rainbow Rowell || Adam Silvera
Angie Thomas || Nicola Yoon

At the bottom of the post I put a timeline-ish thing that gives you an overall look on all the authors and what they’re releasing in case you don’t want to read through all the stuff I wrote.

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YA Novels with Male Protagonists

I read a lot of young adult novels. In fact, 95% of what I read is in the young adult genre. What I’ve noticed over the years is that there aren’t a lot of male protagonists. Sure, there are some male main characters, but most of the time the story isn’t focused on them. Often times it is a girl narrating the story or, if it’s in third person, the narrator focuses on the girl more than the guy.

We need more male protagonists in the YA genre. Everyone should have a protagonist they can relate to, and that means boys as well. I came up with a list of books that have a male main characters. The sad thing is, I had a lot of trouble compiling a list because there are so few books with male protagonists that I’ve read. This goes to show that either 1) I’m more interested in books with female protagonists or 2) the world needs more YA books with male main characters.

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera | Book Review

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“Sometimes pain is so unmanageable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible. Other times pain acts as a compass to help you through the messier tunnels of growing up. But pain can only help you find happiness if you remember it.”

Image result for more happy than notTitle: More Happy Than Not
Series: standalone
Author: Adam Silvera
Published: 06/02/15
Edition: paperback
Pages: 300
My Rating: 4 / 5
Goodreads page

ATTENTION: This review is spoiler-free.

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The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia | Book Review

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Title: The Lovely Reckless
Series: standalone
Author: Kami Garcia
Publishes: Oct. 4, 2016
Edition: ARC
Pages: 371
My Rating: 4 / 5
Goodreads page

I was sent an ARC in exchange of an honest review. Thank you to Imprint/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for sending me a copy.

ATTENTION: There are no spoilers in this review.

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