Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
by Sarah Dessen
Sydney’s charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention in the family. When he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.
My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
When Samantha, the seventeen-year-old daugher of a wealthy, perfectionistic, Republican state senator, falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is large, boisterous, and just making ends meet, she discovers a different way to live, but when her mother is involved in a hit-and-run accident Sam must make some difficult choices.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
The Love that Split the World
by Emily Henry
At the beginning of her last summer in Kentucky before leaving for college, Natalie is once again visited by the apparition she calls “Grandmother” and meets a new boy, Beau, who changes her life. Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken. This book has some fantastical elements to it, but it’s really a romance at its heart.
Open Road Summer
by Emery Lord
Open Road Summer follows seventeen-year-old Reagan as she tries to escape heartbreak and a bad reputation by going on tour with her country superstar best friend–only to find more trouble as she falls for the surprisingly sweet guy hired to pose as the singer’s boyfriend. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
Isla and the Happily Ever After
by Stephanie Perkins
Isla has had a crush on classmate Josh since their freshman year at the School of America in Paris, but after a chance encounter over the summer in Manhattan they return to France for their senior year where they are forced to confront challenges every young couple in love must face. This book is technically the third book in a series by Stephanie Perkins – it can easily stand alone, though. If you liked it, check out the first two books by Stephanie Perkins – Anna and the French Kiss, and Lola and the Boy Next Door!
by Marie Rutkoski
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other. This is the first book in a series. If you like dystopian novels, check it out!
On the Fence
by Kasie West
Sixteen-year-old Charlie has always been a tomboy, but when she accidentally becomes a makeup model, her newfound femininity draws her into an unknown social world, complete with guy troubles she’s never had before. On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.