February is just around the corner and, for many people (at least the Valentine’s Day-loving romantics), it will be the month of love.
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If you’re looking for a swoony book to curl up with next month, here are seven suggestions that approach the elusive concepts of love and romance from a variety of angles.
If you like: The Fault in Our Stars
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In this touching story, Lily (who has ADHD) and Abelard (who has Asperger’s) meet in detention and bond over their shared love of love letters.
They fall for each other, but struggle with making a connection. It’s not just a great love story — it’s a great insight into living with these conditions.
If you like: Sixteen
If you’re a sucker for anthologies or just looking for an absorbing, quick read, try Three Sides of a Heart, a collection of short stories about love triangles from some of the biggest names in YA lit.
If you like: Thirteen Reasons Why
Read: Before Now
This book, which features a biracial Haitian American protagonist, tells the story of a heartbreaking romance — in reverse. It’s fresh and gripping.
If you like: The Upside of Unrequited
Read: Here, There, Everywhere
When Zeus moves to the small town of Buffalo Falls from Chicago, he thinks he’s in for the worst year of his life — until he meets (and quickly falls for) Rose.
Rose, however, is waiting on her own chance to leave Buffalo Falls, so Zeus will have to open up to her about his feelings before it’s too late.
If you like: When Dimple Met Rishi
This isn’t just a compelling coming-of-age and love story — it’s also a much-needed #OwnVoices book with an Indian-American Muslim protagonist. Add it to your must-read list.
If you like: Seven Ways We Lie
Read: Let’s Talk About Love
FINALLY: A book with a biromantic, asexual woman of color protagonist. This book will broaden your ideas about what a romantic book is.
If you like: The Romantics
This book tells the tight, 24-hour story of two teens who meet on train in a snowstorm and are forced to spend the day together — in spite of a not-so-great first meeting. That day might be all they need to change their minds about love. ~swoon~