10 New Teen Romance Books You’ll Definitely Fall For

by Iva-Marie Palmer

Those who say romance is dead haven’t seen the latest crop of teen romance books. If you’re a YA fan, romance is more alive than ever. Even self-proclaimed cynics might find something to love within this year’s teen romances — there are love stories with doses of magical realism and fantasy, it-could-happen-to-you contemporary tales, and even a little time travel!

  • Windfall

    by Jennifer E. Smith

    In previous books like The Statistical Improbability of Love at First Sight, Smith has proven herself an author who expertly meshes the magical feelings of young love with the truthful realities of anyone doing some growing up. In her latest, Smith’s protagonist Alice harbors a secret crush on her best friend, Teddy, with whom she’s bonded over their shared misfortune in life. When she buys him a lotto ticket for his 18th birthday and he wins $140 million, they begin to understand that money not only doesn’t buy happiness, it might take some away.

  • What to Say Next

    by Julie Buxbaum

    Perhaps the best thing about a well-written teen romance is that a budding relationship doesn’t have to hinge on a big, dramatic moment. Buxbaum’s novel is a nice reminder for all ages that the smaller moments often matter more, as popular Kit and outsider David form an unlikely bond in the most everyday of ways: Kit, reeling from her dad’s death, sits down with David for lunch. Kit soon finds that David’s odd inquisitiveness — at a time when everyone else around her is trying to be polite — feels like just the thing she needs.

  • Midnight Jewel: A Glittering Court Novel

    by Richelle Mead

    In The Glittering Court trilogy, Mead (the author of the Vampire Academy series) turns her formidable pen from vampires and urban fantasy to a wealthy kingdom in the New World. The trilogy is a set of interlocking novels focusing on three separate young women — in Midnight Jewel, we follow Mira, a war refugee who isn’t looking for romance but to gain freedom in the New World. She chooses a mark named Grant Elliott to get her there, offering to work as his spy associate. The crackling chemistry and the setting make for beyond-compelling escapist fare.

  • Once and for All

    by Sarah Dessen

    Louna’s summer job is helping brides plan their big day. The problem? Louna’s a cynic and doesn’t really believe in true love. After all, her first love ended tragically. Enter girl-magnet Ambrose, who — in Louna — has finally laid eyes on the one girl he’d like to keep around for a while (maybe for always). Dessen, the reigning queen of contemporary YA romance, delivers on a story that’s equal parts heavy and heartfelt, with plenty of humor to boot.

  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love

    by Maurene Goo

    Korean American Desi Lee is what’s known as an overachiever. She can build a carburetor. She gets straight A’s. She was a 5-year-old CPR expert. But she’s never had a boyfriend. In that arena, she’s not even a C student. In her quest for romance — with her eyes on elusive artist Luka Drakos — Desi crafts a plan to win him over, using rules she’s penned from the Korean dramas she watches with her father. Goo’s debut is tons of fun but also holds an important message about real love not being all about drama.

  • A Million Junes

    by Emily Henry

    With her debut, The Love That Split the World, Emily Henry delivered a novel that was the kind of knock-out punch you ask for twice. In her latest — a sort of Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude — teens Jack “June” O’Donnell and Saul Angert are famed names of two Five Fingers, Michigan families: famed because the O’Donnells and Angerts are meant to hate one another. Magic, tall tales, and mystery weave together in a story that’s already being rated “swoon” by Goodreads fans.

  • Romancing the Throne

    by Nadine Jolie Courtney

    Sibling rivalry and royalty: The stage is set for a divine romantic comedy, no? In the case of author Courtney’s YA debut, the answer is an assured yes. Charlotte and Libby Weston have never attended the same school, but when a scandal at Libby’s all-girls school looks like it could ruin her shot at the higher education of her dreams, Libby winds up at social-climbing Charlotte’s elite boarding school. The boarding school where Prince Edward, the next heir to the British throne, happens to be a student. Maybe sisters aren’t supposed to fall for the same guy, but who can mess with chemistry?

  • Cold Summer

    by Gwen Cole

    Kale Jackson can time travel, even when he doesn’t want to. This means he might wind up watching friends die in World War II one day and be back in the present with post-traumatic stress disorder the next. When his ex, Harper, moves back to town, he wonders what life could be like if he could stop time traveling (and overcome his PTSD) once and for all. The already-high stakes are kicked up a notch when Harper sees Kale’s name listed in an old newspaper as a casualty of war. Early fan reviewers are raving about the story and its implications — Kale’s “gift” might make you reconsider any time-travel fantasies.

  • Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

    by Melissa de la Cruz

    YA hit maker Melissa de la Cruz has covered a lot of teen ground, from witches to vampires to au pairs. Now she’s setting her sights on the past in this historical romance that plumbs real history for its plot. Alex and Eliza are Revolutionary War-era Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s right-hand man, and Elizabeth Schuyler, a scion of one of the fledging United States’s most distinguished founding families. When the couple meets at a ball in 1777, a love story that will affect the country’s history begins.

  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean

    by Jenny Han

    The masterful Han tackles teen romance (and angst) with her usual deft touch in this sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You (a sequel that’s rated lots of happy surprise from fans who didn’t know a third book was on the way). Lara Jean, letter writer extraordinaire, has her life in order: she has Peter, the boyfriend she’s in love with; her dad is getting remarried to someone she likes; and her sister is on the way home for the wedding. But she has big life decisions looming about college and the future (and an old flame on the horizon in the form of John Ambrose McClaren). She finds that one’s head and heart aren’t always in agreement — and Lara Jean fans are split on who she should end up with.