Reading List: 8 Romance Books That Broke (Then Repaired) Our Hearts

We’re suckers for a good teen romance book. We love every part of them: the highs, the lows, the will they/won’t they. If it’s got two characters exploring their interest in each other, we’re there with full hearts and tissues. There have been many iconic romantic moments in literature, and we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite YA books that broke (then repaired) our hearts. Have a look!

House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows

By Erin A. Craig

Annaleigh has a hunch that the deaths of her sisters were not accidents. Once she investigates the tragedies that have been plaguing her family like a curse, she stumbles upon more than she ever could have imagined. Along the way, she falls in love, and it takes this story to a new level—we can’t get enough!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

By Becky Albertalli

Hailed by many as one of the best YA novels of 2015, Simon tells the story of Simon Spier, a closeted high school student who develops an anonymous online relationship with a schoolmate going by the name “Blue.” When someone threatens to release their private emails, Simon is forced to come out while also trying to hold on to his connection with Blue. This story doesn’t hold back and is another example of prime YA romance literature.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

By Jenny Han

letters she’s written to all the boys she’s ever had feelings for. When her letters are actually mailed, she must maneuver through the fallout while also trying to pursue her current crush. It’s a great story that draws readers in and doesn’t let go.

Random Minis: Everything, Everything

Random Minis: Everything, Everything

By Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon’s debut YA novel will forever hold a spot in our hearts. It delves into the life of Madeline “Maddy” Whittier, who has a rare genetic disorder that prevents her from leaving her house. When a new family moves in next door, Maddy falls in love with their son Olly. This is a love story not to be missed.

Hope and Other Punch Lines

Hope and Other Punch Lines

By Julie Buxbaum

Abbi Hope Goldstien and Noah Stern both have connections to the September 11 attacks. Abbi was the subject of an iconic photograph taken that day; Noah’s world was irreversibly shattered. When they both end up working at the same camp, their stories intertwine as they learn more about what happened.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre is one of the greatest romance books ever, evidenced by the fact that it has stood the test of time. The love story between Jane and Edward Rochester is iconic. Enough said.

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

By Margaret Mitchell

It’s Gone with the Wind; need we say more?

Jackpot

Jackpot

By Nic Stone

Nic Stone’s latest YA book tells the story of Rico, a high school student working as a cashier. After selling a winning lottery ticket, she embarks on a quest to find the ticket holder, who has yet to claim the massive prize. Along the way, Zan, a classmate, decides to involve himself, and a strong connection develops between them. It’s an instant classic!

What did you think of our list? Which young adult romance book is your all-time favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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