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12 YA Romance Books With
Happy Endings

by Dena McMurdie

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I love a book with a happy ending, also known as a HEA (happily ever after). When I turn the last page of a romance novel, I want everything wrapped up neatly so the main character can ride off into the sunset. If you’re an avid romance reader, you know what I’m talking about. You’ve likely sighed in satisfaction as the characters resolve their differences and decide that their relationship is more important than anything else. Honestly, I don’t think there’s a better pick-me-up than reading a good book with a happy ending.

With everything in the world so uncertain right now, sometimes it’s comforting to know that your characters are going to get the happy ending they deserve. Here are 12 mood-boosting YA books with happy endings.

  • The Moon and More and Just Listen

    by Sarah Dessen

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    Sarah Dessen’s books are a must-have for any YA romance enthusiast. And with this book, you get two happy endings in one beautiful package. Go on a journey of self-discovery in a quaint beach town with The Moon and More, then dive into friendship drama and romance with Just Listen. Both stories are about teen girls discovering who they are and who they want to be while they figure out friends, family, and love.

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  • If I’m Being Honest

    by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

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    I love new twists on old tales, and this YA adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew is perfect for any Shakespeare lover. Cameron has a reputation for being a mean girl who’s brutally honest. In order to impress her crush, she decides to become a nicer person and make amends with Brendan, a boy she tortured in the sixth grade. As she gets to know Brendan, she realizes there is more to him than she thought.

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  • Two Boys Kissing

    by David Levithan

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    Narrated by the generation of gay men who lost their lives to AIDS, Two Boys Kissing follows 17-year-olds Harry and Craig who take part in a 32-hour kissing marathon to break the world record. As the world watches, we're brought into the lives of other teens dealing with their own questions of identity and longing in this book told from a unique viewpoint.

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  • Frankly in Love

    by David Yoon

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    In order to keep their super-traditional Korean parents happy, Frank and his friend Joy hatch a plan to “fake date” each other and keep their real love interests a secret. Inevitably, this doesn’t go quite as planned. Soon, Frank and Joy find themselves falling for each other. If you want a YA romance with Korean-American characters, family drama, and a happy ending, snag a copy of Frankly in Love.

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  • Everything Leads to You

    by Nina LaCour

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    Emi Price, fresh out of high school, has already begun to thrive as a L.A. designer, but she hasn't yet cracked the code for designing her love life. When a letter found at an estate sale leads her to a mystery surrounding a movie icon's hidden life, and subsequently to Ava, things might just fall into place after all.

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  • The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance

    by Beth Reekles

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    With Noah away at college, Elle is having a hard time dealing with the long-distance relationship, misunderstandings, and suspicions that crop up. With a crush-worthy new boy at school, Elle has to decide where her heart truly lies. If you’ve read The Kissing Booth and watched the super-cute Netflix movie, you won’t want to miss this romantic sequel (as well as the movie sequel!).

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  • 19 Love Songs

    by David Levithan

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    What’s better than one happy ending? Nineteen happy endings, of course. Dive into this anthology of love stories written by the author of Every Day and Two Boys Kissing. You’ll discover stories of romantic love, family love, and a whole lot of happy endings. Perfect for any day you need a pick-me-up, this book will make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

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  • Wonders of the Invisible World

    by Christopher Barzak

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    Part ghost story, part love story, this novel centers on Aidan, whose past returns to haunt him when Jarrod moves back to their sleepy farming community. As the line between friends and lovers begins to blur, Jarrod awakens the ghosts of Aidan and his family's troubled pasts. This page-turner is for mystery and romance lovers alike!

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  • Night Music

    by Jenn Marie Thorne

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    Spend a hot New York summer engrossed in classical music and romance with Ruby and Oscar. While Ruby feels oppressed by her failure to live up to her family’s expectations, Oscar is brimming with confidence. Both teens will have to figure out who they are and how they fit into the world, separately and together.

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  • Field Notes on Love

    by Jennifer E. Smith

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    Fate (and the Internet) brings Hugo and Mae together for a coast-to-coast train trip across the United States. Even though they’ve never met before, the two teens quickly realize they have a lot in common. As they make their way across America, they start to fall in love. This is a delightful book to read when you want that satisfying feeling only a YA romance can give you.

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  • Prince Charming

    by Rachel Hawkins

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    Sometimes, you just need a fluffy rom-com to make you smile. When her older sister gets engaged to the crown prince of Scotland, Daisy goes for a visit. There, she meets the dashing and devilish Miles, who causes trouble at every turn. This fun and light-hearted romance novel will have you reaching for the companion novel, Her Royal Highness.

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  • Hearts Made for Breaking

    by Jen Klein

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    Lark never dates anyone long enough for either of them to fall in love. When her friends challenge her to take the plunge, she sets her sights on Ardy, the new boy. But according to all the girls at school, Ardy is “undatable.” Lark is determined to find out why — and prove them wrong.

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