I suck at romance stuff. SUCK AT IT. Since today is Valentine’s Day, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is supposed to be “all about romance tropes/types” meaning you choose a particular trope and talk about your favorites or something like that. Only problem: I don’t read nearly enough romance to have a trope I love enough that I can list 10 books about it.
So I was going to change this to my favorite YA romance books because I thought for sure that I could come up with a decent number of them, even if I didn’t make it all the way to ten. I managed to come up with 5 and two of those aren’t even 100% romance books. I’m going to talk about them anyway though because they’re all good books that I think are worth mentioning. (I should note that I also considered doing favorite YA couples, but that was an even bigger failure.) So which YA romances do I actually like enough to remember reading?
This was the very first one that came to mind and is probably my #1 favorite YA romance. You might remember me reading this back in September and then raving about it for awhile because I absolutely adored it. It’s a self-published book, so you probably haven’t heard much about it, but if you like YA romance, you should definitely give this one a shot. I still need to read Lora Richardson’s other book, Outspoken, which I bought a day or two after finishing this one. Check out my five-star review here.
Truthfully, I don’t remember a whole lot about this book as I read it back when I was maybe a freshman or sophomore in high school (and I’m almost 22 now). What I do remember is that I read and loved a lot of Sarah Dessen books and this one was my absolute favorite. I remember just feeling like the romance was written really well without feeling like it was totally unrealistic. I should probably reread this at some point and remind myself of its awesomeness.
And here we start to get into the books that I don’t feel can be considered 100% romance. If I Stay is a great book and I loved the relationship between Mia and Adam. I thought they were a great couple and I just really loved them. I say it doesn’t feel like 100% romance though because to me it had a lot to do with familial love and making choices, not just falling/being in love. Still, it has a lot of romance to it and so definitely deserves a spot on my list.
Another one that I don’t think you could really classify as 100% romance. This is more contemporary realistic fiction, I think. But throughout the majority of the book, romance is probably what dominates. There’s still a lot about finding your independence, friendship, heartbreak, etc. though. Anyway, this is a contemporary book I really enjoyed and it had some really great romance, too. So again, I’m choosing to ignore the fact that it doesn’t totally fit this theme.
I’ll be honest: I really didn’t want to include this because it just seems like such a cliche answer to give. But oh well. I’m not the biggest fan of John Green (I’ve read three of his books and this is really the only one I can say I really thoroughly enjoyed), but I loved this book. It’s simultaneously a really cute, heartwarming romance but also a completely heartbreaking story. I’m sure you all know. I read this book in one day which is borderline miraculous for me, honestly, and a testament to how good I thought this book was.