No one understands the absolute misery of having a crush better than Taylor Swift. You know who else gets it? YA book characters!
We read YA, so we know that pining for someone from afar basically makes us feel like this:
But there is hope! We have a list of 8 YA books that prove Taylor should have gone for the guy she’s singing about in her new song, “Gorgeous.” What do these gorgeous YA books teach us? ALWAYS GO FOR IT!
To get you in the mood, here are the lyrics to the chorus of “Gorgeous” in case you haven’t already memorized them:
You’re so gorgeous
I can’t say anything to your face
‘Cause look at your face
And I’m so furious
At you for making me feel this way
But, what can I say?
And here are the books we all need to read to give us the courage to tell our crushes how we feel:
A Short History of the Girl Next Door
By Jared Reck
Matt is in love with his best friend Tabby, but he’s too scared to tell her how he feels. He stays silent and watches from the sidelines as she falls for the senior basketball star. Visions of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” music video are probably popping into your head right now.
The Sun Is Also a Star
By Nicola Yoon
Whyyyy would the universe be so cruel and make Natasha and Daniel meet when she is literally about to be deported in the next 12 hours? Talk about wanting what you can’t have! But, sometimes it just comes down to fate. Daniel spends the next 12 hours convincing Natasha to fall in love with him even if they can’t be together. It’s romantic and adorable and it hurts our hearts.
By Lauren Kate
When you’re in love, it’s easy to think of your crush as perfect, angelic even. And for Luce, her crush turns out to actually BE an angel. Luce is drawn to him like Taylor Swift is drawn to every guy in her songs, but Daniel (the fallen angel) avoids her at all costs. Turns out there are evil forces trying to keep them apart. Can’t a fool in love just catch a break?
Once and for All
By Sarah Dessen
One of the biggest problems with first loves is first heart breaks. After Louna’s first love ended tragically, the last thing she wants to do is fall for a serial dater like Ambrose. But Louna happens to be exactly what Ambrose is looking for so he won’t give up. Will he be able to win Louna’s heart? Will Louna let her guard down? To quote T. Swift, “I’m so furious at you for making me feel this way.”
The Upside of Unrequited
By Becky Albertalli
Molly knows quite a bit about unrequited love. She’s had 26 crushes and 0 kisses. Not because she’s not awesome, but because she is desperately afraid of rejection. When all of a sudden she can’t stop thinking about her cute and quirky co-worker, she refuses to fall for him. Molly, that never worked for Taylor and it won’t work for you. Just tell him you love him!
Anna and the French Kiss
By Stephanie Perkins
Anna is falling in love with a boy at her fancy French boarding school who is literally “so gorgeous it actually hurts.” It’s like staring into the sun. It’s just not safe. Could this beautiful, mysterious, brooding boy actually love her too? Is the song, “Gorgeous” actually the plot of Anna and the French Kiss? Yes.
True Letters from A Fictional Life
By Kenneth Logan
James Liddell is a star athlete, decent student, and the sort of boyfriend of Theresa. But he is lying to everyone, including himself. He can’t admit that he is secretly pining for someone who just so happens to be a boy. He only tells the truth when he writes letters that he never intends to send. Is he destined to live a life of fiction forever?
Ok, guess we’ll all just stumble on home to our cats and read these books alone, unless you want to come along?