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The best young adult romance books

What's not to love about love? In these 10 YA romance books teens battle highschool, illness, time travel (yes, time tavel) and worst of all, love. From bestselling YA authors like Jesse Andrews, Jenny Han, and Rainbow Rowell, these romance books for teens will make you want to laugh, cry, and probably text your crush. Have more YA romance book recommendations? Leave a comment below!

10 YA romance books you have to read

By Jesse Andrews
It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he's figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Then Greg's mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg's entire life.
By Jenny Han
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.
By Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.
By Jennifer E. Smith
Alice has never believed in luck, but that doesn't stop her from rooting for love. After pining for her best friend Teddy for years, she jokingly gifts him a lottery ticket - attached to a note professing her love - on his birthday. Then, the unthinkable happens: he actually wins.
By Maurene Goo
Desi Lee has never missed a day of school and never had a B. But in her charmed school life, there's one thing missing - she's never had a boyfriend. In fact, she's a known disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet. When the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides it's time to tackle her flirting failures.
By Emily Henry
Natalie's last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start until she starts seeing the odd things. They're just momentary glimpses at first - her front door is red instead of its usual green, there's a preschool where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn't right. Then she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it's as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
By Gwen Cole
Today, he's a high school dropout with no future. Tomorrow, he's a soldier in World War II. Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn't had much luck. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past. When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper.
By Adam Silvera
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure - to live a lifetime in a single day.
By Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it's that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn't be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend's things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them...?
By Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Some loves are meant to be. Others are awkward. Get ready for an awkward love story in this laugh-out-loud romance about missed connections and trying to find - and keep - The One.

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