YA Books You Should Read Based on Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor

The third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day, but, really, isn’t every day ice cream day? It’s not a question of whether to indulge but how: cup or cone? Sprinkles or plain? Single scoop or double? Ice cream sandwich or sundae? And which flavor should you choose? There are as many ways to eat ice cream are there are days of the year, but—lucky you!—that gives you a chance to sample all the possibilities! Dip into our list of popular ice cream flavors matched with YA book titles. We hope you’ll come back for seconds!

YA Books to Try if You Love Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Cookie dough ice cream is a classic: delicious chocolate-chip cookie dough mixed into creamy vanilla ice cream. If you love baked goods as much as you love ice cream, we recommend you try Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love by Jared Reck. This book, about a teen and his grandfather who run a food truck specializing in Swedish pastries, made our mouths water.

Did you know that cookie dough ice cream was invented in 1984 by an anonymous ice cream lover who wrote it on a suggestion board? Another ’80s-inspired creation: Alma Presses Play by Tina Cane. This lyrical novel-in-verse is set in 1980s New York City and is about a girl trying to cope as everything around her seems to be changing.

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love

A sweet romantic story about donuts, food trucks, family, and first loves.

It's easy to look at high school senior Oscar Olsson and think: lost. He hates school, struggles to read, and wants nothing to do with college. But Oscar is anything but lost---he knows exactly what he wants and exactly how to get it. Oscar and Farfar, ...

YA Books to Try if You Love Rocky Road Ice Cream

Rocky road ice cream is chocolate ice cream studded with sweet mini marshmallows and crunchy nuts, which means a tasty surprise in every bite! If you love books filled with unexpected bits of wisdom, heartbreak, and sweetness, we have two recommendations. In Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon, cynical Evie suddenly acquires the ability to see the future of relationships. As fate would have it, she’s just met the perfect guy herself. Will her romance go the distance?

The road to fame can definitely be rocky, filled with challenges and unexpected twists. In Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins, Latina pop star Natalie is blindsided by a humiliating public breakup. But a fake romance with a cute indie film star puts her on a new romantic path.

Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing


"A charming, wholehearted love story that's sure to make readers swoon."—Entertainment Weekly

"Nicola Yoon writes from the heart in this beautiful love story."—Good Morning America

“It’s like an emotional gut punch—so ...

YA Books to Try if You Love Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee ice cream is both bitter and sweet, creamy with an unexpected kick. If you love coffee ice cream, we have two suspenseful books that will give you an adrenaline rush. A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee, set at a boarding school with a history of witchcraft, will keep you flipping pages late into the night.

If horror is more your speed, check out Small Town Monsters by Diana Rodriguez Wallach, a terrifying tale of evil in a small town.

A Lesson in Vengeance

A Lesson in Vengeance

A dark, twisty thriller about a centuries-old, ivy-covered boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past. The dangerous romance and atmospheric setting makes it a perfect read for fans of dark academia.

Felicity Morrow is back at the Dalloway School. Perched in the Catskill...

YA Books to Try if You Love Strawberry Ice Cream

Sweet and fruit-forward, strawberry ice cream tastes like a spoonful of summer. If strawberry ice cream is your top pick at the ice cream counter, we have the perfect YA books for you. Sunkissed by Kasie West is a sweet romance that takes place during one life-changing summer. Stuck at a remote camp with her family, Avery finds the courage to live out her dreams.

And we’re beyond excited about the new installments in the Kissing Booth series by Beth Reekles: a new book in the series, One Last Time by Beth Reekles AND The Kissing Booth 3 dropping on Netflix. This sweet, romantic series is as perfect for summer as ice cream itself.

The Kissing Booth #3: One Last Time

The Kissing Booth #3: One Last Time

The third book in The Kissing Booth series - soon to be a Netflix film this summer starring Joey King, Jacob  Elordi and Molly Ringwald!

Elle is spending the summer before college at her family beach house with her boyfriend Noah and best friend Lee hoping to have the best summer ever--until new choices about college make he...

Become a Book Nerd

When you’re not reading books, read our newsletter.