My last post recommended recently published YA books that would make good Christmas presents. I decided to restrict it to recently published books because otherwise I’d have written a novel not a post – there are so many good books out there to recommend. This time I’m going to recommend books that fall into the romance category – they aren’t necessarily purely romance books but they do lift your heart and make it beat that bit faster.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – a classic book, beautifully written about a romantic young girl in a bohemian and exotic family. Although the book was written during the second world war, this book is still magical today. A perfect present for lovers of romance and dreaming and beautiful writing. Suggested age 14+.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – another lovely classic. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, this is the story of the four March sisters. It follows them as they grow up, find their purpose in life and fall in love. It is beautifully written and pulls on the heart strings. Suggested age 12+ although readers need to be comfortable reading a more traditional style of writing.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler – Min recounts the story of her love affair with the school sports hero, Ed. From the title you know it is going to end badly but you so don’t want to believe it (perhaps like many people in a relationship that is going nowhere). Funny and sad this is a great walk through the highs and lows of young love. Suggested age 15+
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – a high school romance and a girl with a dysfunctional family. The story is told alternately by Eleanor and Park and is beautifully written. Sad in places, it is not a gooey love story but a lovely story with the promise of hope. Suggested age 14+
Fynn Series by Sophie Mckenzie – consisting for four books, Falling Fast, Burning Bright, Casting Shadows and Defy the Stars, this series is about a deep but ultimately destructive love. The fact that the title of the final book comes from the play Romeo and Juliet is no surprise. A straightforward and addictive read. Suggested age 14+
The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison – written in diary form, these are laugh out loud books following the antics of Georgia as she looks for love. Purely good fun. Suggested age 12+
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai – Manny is a typical teen but he feels stifled by his Sikh family who want him to have an arranged marriage, This is the story of how he finds himself. Romance is part of the story but not the main point of the story. A good book for readers who enjoy romance but also like books to make them think and question. Suggested age 13+
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Three short love stories, written by three different authors. The characters in the stores are linked to each other and the setting is Christmas time – perfect for a Christmas present and perfect for a reader who is not into long books. Funny and slightly wacky in places, this book is good fun. Suggested age 13+
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. There are two Will Graysons and one day their world collides. Both find the opportunity for love and both struggle with it. The authors have written the story of one character each – John Green’s Will Grayson is a good friend and unsure of how he feels for Jane. Dvid Levithan’s Will Gryson is coping with depression and the fact that he is gay. Interesting and unusual. Suggested age 14+
I have to stop somewhere so I will stop here but there are plenty more excellent romance books some tied in with dystopia or detective style novels or war or fantasy or horror. A full list of Books to Make You Find Romance can be found here.