Top Five Favorite YA Romances | A TTT Failure

Top Ten Favorite YA Romances

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?

The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson

the edge of juniper by lora richardson book cover

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. Β Check out my five-star review here.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman book cover

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.

City Love by Susane Colasanti

City Love by Susane Colasanti book cover

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.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green book cover

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.

So now that I’ve given you my completely pathetic list… What are some of your favorite YA romances? I clearly need some recommendations!

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24 thoughts on “Top Five Favorite YA Romances | A TTT Failure

  1. Just Listen was one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books as well! I don’t remember many details about it because I read it in middle school and they all sort of blend together after a while, but I do remember really loving it. I also really like her books The Truth About Forever, Along for the Ride, and The Moon and More. Happy Valentine’s Day! ❀

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    • Same here, haha. I have a hard time remembering anything specific about books that I read a long time ago πŸ˜› I want to read more of her books though because even though I read quite a few, I know I didn’t get to them all. I just recently bought Saint Anything so hopefully I’ll get to that sometime soon.
      Thanks, Holly! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too!

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  2. I read the fault in our stars years ago when it was just getting a lot of hype and it absolutely killed me! I tried to read if I stay as well but just couldn’t get into it. I haven’t read any of the other books on this list but I have to say I’m not massively into romance books, I don’t mind them occasionally but they’re not my favourite. I totally get what you mean about coming up with 10 items for these lists though. I never do TTT cause I just can’t think of anything for themπŸ˜‚!

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    • I read The Fault in Our Stars a couple of months before the movie came out and loooved it. Same thing with If I Stay. I’m not huge into romance either, as you can tell from my list, haha. I always enjoy them when I read them though so I’m not quite sure why I don’t read them more often. πŸ˜› I usually don’t have a problem coming up with 10 but this week felt impossible, haha!


  3. I failed on my TTT for this week as well! I’m really picky when it comes to YA romance, but I somehow always fall in love with the super cliche/cheesy stories. I really love THE HEARTBREAKERS by Ali Novak.


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