HAPPY VALENTINE’S Y’ALL! Despite my being forever-alone, I really do like Valentine’s just because of how cute it is.
SO ANYWAYS. IN DEDICATION TO THIS HOLIDAY ALL ABOUT LOVE, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite love stories. I tried to pick books that were romance/relationship-centered, or else this book would include so many high fantasies. So many. (THRONE OF GLASS AND DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE HELLO).
(I couldn’t resist the naked baby graphic, sorry y’all)
Anna and the French Kiss
The first one is the most obvious of all the books. Frankly if you haven’t read it by now, I need to ask what the hell you’ve been doing because this is pretty much a YA classic that everyone I know is in love with. It’s fabulous and heartfelt and filled with the best parts of falling in love in the city of love.
The Distance from A to Z
AND ON THE SUBJECT OF FRENCH LOVE STORIES, The Distance from A to Z is one that’s a lot less well known but just as fabulous. Honestly, I had SO many emotions throughout this entire read and it’s oddly reminiscent of the previous story mentioned. French speaking swoony love interests and main characters who are as hilarious and complex as we like them.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Honestly, I’ll never not find a way to incorporate this one. It’s one of my absolute favorite contemporaries (MORGAN MATSON Y’ALL. MORGAN MATSON) and most definitely my favorite Road Trip romance. (That deserves a genre all it’s own.) Adorable and lovely and a fabulous read no matter what, I’m never going to not recommend this one.
FANGIRL IS ANOTHER. Okay, I’m cheating on this one because it’s not necessarily a love story, but fuck it. Levi and Cather are fucking adorable.
Just One Day
This is by far one of the more tragic love stories on this list. One day spent together, and they’re in love. They search the globe for each other to no avail, but you know how fate is. But it’s not just that. This is so fabulous for its complex characters and the discoveries the characters make about themselves and those around them rather than the (brief) love story. BUT STAR CROSSED LOVERS INDEED.
Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Heartaches. God. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender has that A PLENTY. Though not necessarily a love story, it goes through the lineage of Lavender women and their tragic romances, failed, lost, and catastrophic as they were. It’s one of my favorite magical realism books–and I have yet to run into a magical realism YA that I haven’t fallen in love with, head over heels. There were tears.
I’ll Meet You There
I’ll Meet You There, though, most definitely wins for most tears cried. I read this during finals week guys. FINALS WEEK. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS. It means that this book is filled with emotion and love and acceptance and the ache to break out of a town that offers nothing. Absolutely absolutely wonderful (in fact, I may be rereading this one today!)
Catastrophic History of You and Me
Okay. Oh god, this book. The Catastrophic History of You and Me SLAYED me. It was heartbreaking and gorgeous and the whole Til death do us part doesn’t really apply here. It’s a glorious story about redemption and love and you know what, AS CHEESY AS THAT SOUNDS, it’s not. This one is just. Gah. GAH. It has so many seemingly cliche YA aspects, but manages to fit it all into a love story that makes my heart ache.
AND NOW WE’RE ON TO THE FANTASIES. Cruel Beauty, of course. Because it’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and because Ignifex is all the swoons. Theirs is a romance that’s not as Disney-esque as you’d expect, filled with selfishness and gloating and of course a typical hate-to-love story. Though it’s definitely more extreme. AND THE ENDING. Oh my gosh, the ending.
The Wrath and the Dawn
Of course, I have to bring up The Wrath and the Dawn now. A retelling of the infamous Arabian Nights, this one captures a love almost similar to Cruel Beauty’s in the hate-to-love aspect, but different in so many ways. This one is a bit more bittersweet and a bit more heartbreaking.
Love and Other Theories
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, MY FAVORITE FAUX-LOVE STORY. Because, despite its title, Love and Other Theories isn’t a love story. But it’s lovely all the same and I adore it. It’s a bit hard to start at first (VERY questionable characters), but it’s a beautiful character driven novel that has complex characters developing and growing with every page. Lovely lovely lovely.
TL;DR I HOPE Y’ALL HAVE A LOVELY DAY AND Y’ALL SHOULD REALLY READ SOME OF THOSE ^^^