We’re Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Books About ALL Kinds of Love

Phew, y’all. We made it through the whole year of January. (JK—we know it was only a month, but yikes!) Finally, February— the shortest month of the year—is here!

Spring is just around the corner (we hope?), and love is innnn the airrrrr. Whether you’re a romantic, an anti-Hallmark Valentine’s Day rebel, or a Galentine’s Day supporter, all that pink and red has got to have you feeling some type of way.

Over here we’re gearing up for this sappy season of chocolate hearts and red roses with some lovely love stories.

When you hear “love story,” you might think of something like this:

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Or this:

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But we want to celebrate that love stories can also look like this:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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Sure, it can be easy to think love story = rom-com basics (boy meets girl; boy annoys girl and/or girl annoys boy; hilarity ensues; boy and girl kiss). We’ll never say no to that kind of cheese, but wouldn’t it be just a little more interesting (and make a lot more sense) to celebrate and explore love in all of its many forms?

LOVE IS EVERYTHING, Y’ALL.

We’re talking LGBTQ love, parent-child love, sibling love, best friend love, community love, even self-love! Aren’t those love stories, too?

If you didn’t know Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie before Beyoncé’s “Flawless,” we’re assuming you know her now. Besides being a boss in educating folks about the true meaning of feminism, she is also known for her TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story,” in which she discusses the very real importance of telling rich and detailed stories in order to not ignore entire aspects of our shared experience. When there is only a single story about, for example, love (like love being only between a boy and a girl), we lose so much color in the rich tapestry of human life. It might sound dramatic, but this stuff is important! If our very basic knowledge of the Beatles taught us anything, it is that all we need is love.

We’ve made a list of incredible love stories for you to enjoy. We all benefit from reading and knowing all types of stories, including ones that differ from our own!

HOORAY FOR LOVE!

Every Day Movie Tie-In Edition

Every Day Movie Tie-In Edition

By David Levithan

A special movie tie-in edition of David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller, now a major motion picture starring Angourie Rice of Spiderman: Homecoming and The Nice Guys—in theaters February 23, 2018!

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day. But can Rhiannon love someone who is destined to change every day?

Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue

By Cath Crowley

“One of the loveliest, most exquisitely beautiful books I’ve read in a very long time. . . . I didn’t just read the pages, I lived in them.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
 
A beautiful love story for fans of Jandy Nelson and Nicola Yoon: two teens find their way back to each other in a bookstore full of secrets and crushes, grief and h...

Everything, Everything Movie Tie-in Edition

Everything, Everything Movie Tie-in Edition

By Nicola Yoon

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller--now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly. 

Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally all...



The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in Edition

The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in Edition

By Nicola Yoon

The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the author of Everything, Everything is now a major motion picture starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton! This movie tie-in edition features key movie cover art and a photo insert.

Natasha:
I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl w...

Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe

By Jennifer Niven

New York Times Bestseller

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to k...



And here are a few more stories about LOVE:

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

By Jared Reck

Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this unrequited-love story will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, John Green, and Jesse Andrews.
 
Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it’s different? You see that goofy grin a thousand times and just laugh. But goofy grin #1,001 nearly stops your heart?
 
...



A Totally Awkward Love Story

A Totally Awkward Love Story

By Lucy Ivison

Some loves are meant to be. Others are awkward. Get ready for the second type in this "laugh-out-loud" (Bustle.com) romance about missed connections and trying to find—and keep—"The One." Written by a former real-life couple! 
 
The summer before college, Hannah swears she’s finally going to find The One. And for five perfect minutes, she does. She just wishes she’d caught his name.

For ...



What to Say Next

What to Say Next

By Julie Buxbaum

"What to Say Next reminds readers that hope can be found in unexpected places." –Bustle

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. Nicola Yoon, the bestselling author of Everything, Everything, calls it "charming, funny, and deeply affecting."...

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

By Becky Albertalli

Of Fire and Stars

Of Fire and Stars

By Audrey Coulthurst

An atmospheric and romantic debut fantasy perfect for fans of Ash and The Winner’s Curse.

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms.

But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden.

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