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The Best Books About Young Love

“What are the best books about Young Love?” We looked at 125 of the top Young Love books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 16 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Young Love” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 16 Young Love Books

16 .) Autoboyography written by Christina Lauren


Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Epic Reads 2

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah. But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity. It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

15 .) Fallen Too Far written by Abbi Glines

	Fallen Too Far

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Goodreads

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

14 .) Geekerella written by Ashley Poston


Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Epic Reads 2

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again? Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

13 .) Let’s Talk About Love written by Claire Kann

	Let’s Talk About Love

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Refinery 29

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done. But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!). When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

12 .) My Life Next Door written by Huntley Fitzpatrick

	My Life Next Door

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Goodreads

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.” The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself? A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

11 .) Perfect Chemistry written by Simone Elkeles

	Perfect Chemistry

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Goodreads

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

10 .) Royals written by Rachel Hawkins


Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Reads 2
  • Refinery 29

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

9 .) The Sun is Also a Star written by Nicola Yoon

	The Sun is Also a Star

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Epic Reads

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

8 .) The Upside of Unrequited written by Becky Albertalli

	The Upside of Unrequited

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Refinery 29

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

7 .) The Way You Make Me Feel written by Maurene Goo

	The Way You Make Me Feel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Epic Reads 2

From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck. Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

6 .) Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell

	Eleanor & Park

Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Reads
  • Goodreads
  • Refinery 29

Two misfits. One extraordinary love. Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor. Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

5 .) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight written by Jennifer E. Smith

	The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Epic Reads
  • Refinery 29

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row. A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more? Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

4 .) This Lullaby written by Sarah Dessen

	This Lullaby

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Refinery 29

When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

3 .) When Dimple Met Rishi written by Sandhya Menon

	When Dimple Met Rishi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Epic Reads
  • Refinery 29

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

2 .) Anna and the French Kiss written by Stephanie Perkins

	Anna and the French Kiss

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Epic Reads
  • Goodreads
  • Refinery 29

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

1 .) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before written by Jenny Han

	To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Epic Reads
  • Epic Reads 2
  • Goodreads
  • Refinery 29

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

The 100+ Additional Best Books About Young Love

179 Days & 9 NightsKatie CotugnoEpic Reads 2
1899 daysKatie CotugnoBookriot
A Ring of Endless Light: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 4
Flashlight Worthy Books
20Along for the RideSarah DessenGoodreads
21Always Never YoursEmily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-BrokaRefinery 29
22American PandaGloria ChaoBookriot
23Amy and Roger’s Epic DetourMorgan MatsonBookriot
24Barely BreathingRebecca DonovanGoodreads
25Beautiful Creatures 
Flashlight Worthy Books
26Beautiful DisasterJamie McGuireGoodreads
27Boy Meets BoyDavid LevithanBookriot
28Breaking DawnStephenie MeyerGoodreads
29BreatheAbbi GlinesGoodreads
30Breathe, Annie, BreatheMiranda KenneallyBookriot
31BullyPenelope DouglasGoodreads
32City of BonesCassandra ClareGoodreads
33CrashNicole WilliamsGoodreads
34Crossing the LineSimone ElkelesEpic Reads 2
35Crown Duel 
Flashlight Worthy Books
36DivergentVeronica RothGoodreads
37Dumplin’ Epic Reads
38EasyTammara WebberGoodreads
39EclipseStephenie MeyerGoodreads
40Emergency ContactMary H K ChoiBookriot
41Every DayDavid LevithanRefinery 29
42Everything Leads to YouNina LaCourBookriot
43Fallen Crest HighTijanGoodreads
44FangirlRainbow RowellGoodreads
45Foolish HeartsEmma MillsBookriot
46Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden FruitJaye Robin BrownBookriot
47Going Too Far 
Flashlight Worthy Books
Flashlight Worthy Books
49HopelessColleen HooverGoodreads
50I Believe in a Thing Called LoveMaurene GooBookriot
51I See London, I See France Epic Reads
52I’ll Give You the Sun Epic Reads
53If I StayGayle FormanGoodreads
54If I was Your GirlMeredith RussoBookriot
55Invisible GhostsRobyn SchneiderEpic Reads 2
56Jellicoe Road 
Flashlight Worthy Books
57Just One DayGayle FormanBookriot
58Keep Me in MindJaime ReedBookriot
59Leah on the OffbeatBecky AlbertalliEpic Reads 2
60Letters to the LostBrigid KemmererBookriot
61Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles #1)Jaime ReedBookriot
62Looking for AlaskaJohn GreenGoodreads
63Losing HopeColleen HooverGoodreads
64Love & LuckJenna Evans WelchEpic Reads 2
65Love and GelatoJenna Evans WelchBookriot
66Love and Other Train Wrecks Epic Reads
67Love, Life, and the List Epic Reads
68Making FacesAmy HarmonGoodreads
69Maybe SomedayColleen HooverGoodreads
70Missing at 17Christine ConradtEpic Reads 2
71More Than ThisJay McLeanGoodreads
72My So-Called Bollywood LifeNisha SharmaBookriot
73Never NeverColleen HooverGoodreads
74New MoonStephenie MeyerGoodreads
75Night of Cake & Puppets Epic Reads
76Nowhere but HereKatie McGarryBookriot
77P.S. I Like YouKasie WestBookriot
78Paper PrincessErin WattGoodreads
79Plain VanillaInes Bautista-YaoBookriot
80Point of RetreatColleen HooverGoodreads
81Pushing the LimitsKatie McGarryGoodreads
82Queens of GeekJen WildeBookriot
83Reason to BreatheRebecca DonovanGoodreads
84RuleJay CrownoverGoodreads
85Save the DateMorgan MatsonEpic Reads 2
86SempreJ.M. DarhowerGoodreads
87Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda Epic Reads
88SlammedColleen HooverGoodreads
89Sloppy Firsts: A Jessica Darling Novel 
Flashlight Worthy Books
90Something in BetweenMelissa de la CruzBookriot
91Stay SweetSiobhan VivianBookriot
92Stepbrother DearestPenelope WardGoodreads
93Summer of SaltKatrina LenoEpic Reads 2
94Tell Me Again How A Crush Should FeelSara FarizanBookriot
95The Anatomical Shape of a HeartJenn BennettBookriot
96The Bird and the BladeMegan BannenEpic Reads 2
97The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom WindowKirsty MoseleyGoodreads
98The Coincidence of Callie & KaydenJessica SorensenGoodreads
99The DealElle KennedyGoodreads
100The Distance from A to ZNatalie BlittBookriot
101The Edge of NeverJ.A. RedmerskiGoodreads
102The Emerald SeaRichelle MeadEpic Reads 2
103The Fault in Our StarsJohn GreenGoodreads
104The HeartbreakersAli NovakBookriot
105The Hunger GamesSuzanne CollinsGoodreads
106The Last Summer of the Garrett GirlsJessica SpotswoodBookriot
107The Only Thing Worse than Me is YouLily AndersonBookriot
108The Problem with ForeverJennifer L. ArmentroutBookriot
109The Road Home 
Flashlight Worthy Books
110The Secret of Ella and MichaJessica SorensenGoodreads
111The SelectionKiera CassGoodreads
112The Start of Me and You Epic Reads
113The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)Amy SpaldingBookriot
114The Summer of SloaneErin L. SchneiderBookriot
115The Summer of UsCecilia VinesseBookriot
116The Truth About ForeverSarah DessenGoodreads
117The Victoria in My HeadJanelle MilanesBookriot
118The Vincent BrothersAbbi GlinesGoodreads
119The Weight of FeathersAnne-Marie McLemoreBookriot
120TwilightStephenie MeyerGoodreads
Flashlight Worthy Books
122Wait for YouJ. LynnGoodreads
123Walking DisasterJamie McGuireGoodreads
124WanderlostJen MaloneBookriot
125While It LastsAbbi GlinesGoodreads

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Goodreads Popular Young Love Books
Refinery 29 Best Young Adult Romance Books