Let’s be honest—we all have a favorite YA romance trope we can’t resist. Tell us your romance trope of choice (your secret is safe with us), and discover your next favorite novel! Whether it’s second-chance romance or forbidden love, we’ve got a YA book rec that you’ll adore.
YA Romance Trope: Dating a royal
Book Rec: American Royals by Katharine McGee
This series ticks several romance trope boxes, so there’s a good chance it will appeal to you even if you enjoy one of the other tropes on this list. Forbidden romance, love triangles, and royals dating commoners combine into an irresistible trilogy that any YA romance reader will adore.
YA Romance Trope: Dating on a dare
Book Rec: Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye
We know that dares can be dangerous, but this one goes very, very well. A simple dare gives Kai Sheridan a chance to date the boy of his dreams—Bryson Keller. But Bryson is straight, and Kai knows that he only has five days to (secretly) live out his fantasy before Bryson moves on.
YA Romance Trope: Second-chance romance
Book Rec: Girl Crushed by Katie Heaney
If you love second chances as much as we do, then you’re going to adore Girl Crushed! It’s about a teenage girl named Quinn who falls in love with her best friend, Jamie, then falls out of love with her and starts exploring other options. When you need a story about the ups and downs of love, you’ll love this book!
YA Romance Trope: Sworn off dating romance
Book Rec: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
Would you still fall in love if you knew your relationship would end? Evie Thomas can foresee the ending of every romance, so she swears off dating forever. But when she meets X at a dance class, she must decide if the inevitable heartbreak is worth the joy of finding love.
YA Romance Trope: Dating on vacation
Book Rec: Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
Okay, Mia isn’t technically on vacation—she’s in Paris for a summer ballet program. But with a cute French boy, sightseeing, and delicious food tossed into the mix, this swoony novel gives off plenty of dating-on-vacation vibes. And since international travel isn’t possible for everyone, this story offers an effortless escape to the City of Love.
YA Romance Trope: Fake dating
Book Rec: Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins
What should you do when your pop star persona takes a public hit? Hire a fake boyfriend, of course! Grab your favorite drink and snuggle up with this adorable and upbeat romance novel about music, fame, and fabricated love turning real.
YA Romance Trope: Enemies to lovers
Book Rec: Love from Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill
Get ready for the yummiest enemies-to-lovers romance novel of the season! Food, rivalry, and a cooking channel internship unexpectedly bring Reese and Benny together. But even though they drive each other crazy, their show’s viewers (and ratings) are counting on them falling in love.
YA Romance Trope: Opposites attract
Book Rec: The Matchbreaker Summer by Annie Rains
This novel is like The Parent Trap in reverse—summer camp, a devious breakup plot, and an unexpected romance! Paisley’s mom is getting remarried and closing the summer camp they run together. So Paisley teams up with her (cute but annoying) coworker Hayden to plot her mom’s relationship’s demise. But she doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.
YA Romance Trope: Study buddy romance
Book Rec: Salaam, with Love by Sara Sharaf Beg
The best part of reading a YA romance is the feel-good vibes, and this adorable novel delivers heaps of them. It’s about Dua, a Muslim teen spending Ramadan with her relatives in New York City. She wants to memorize verses from the Quran and enlists the help of Hassan, a cute drummer in a band. This heartwarming novel will keep you smiling the whole way through.
YA Romance Trope: Forbidden romance
Book Rec: Sunkissed by Kasie West
Dirty Dancing die-hards, this book is for you! A summer-long family camp at an exclusive resort results in Avery stretching her wings and learning more about herself. From secretly singing in a band to falling for a very off-limits staff member, Avery’s summer turns out far more exciting than she expected.
YA Romance Trope: Love triangles and squares
Book Rec: Year on Fire by Julie Buxbaum
There’s nothing better than a love triangle, except maybe a love square. Whatever your desired romance shape, you’ll find plenty of messy friendship and relationship drama in Julie Buxbaum’s latest novel. And if you need more complicated love stories featuring quirky, cute, and adorkable teens, pick up her other novels, too.