25 of the Best Romance Books for Teens

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The best Romance books for teens are the ones that show you what love is all about. The best kind of romance is the kind where the guy and girl are both fierce and strong, but at the same time, and most importantly, provide support for one another.

There is nothing worse than when the main character of a novel is dependent on another character for their happiness. How is that a good love story?

Best romance books will show readers that somewhere along the way, the couple will be strong while being there for one another at the same time. Some of these will be historical romance where love in more predominate. Some will be contemporary where opposites attract.

As you know, reading is important and is helpful in improving your vocabulary, critical thinking, and imagination. Reading is useful for improving your social skills, and it is also useful for improving yourself as a student.

Reading has long been used as a way for learning and improving ourselves.

Reading about romance is a great way to improve your vocabulary, understanding about different types of people, improve your grammar, improve your social skills, and much more.

Reading about a love story is a great way to become more of a romantic. Reading is also great for improving your imagination while helping you dream of what youtoo, can become.

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To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeBest OverallTo All the Boys I've Loved Before
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A Quiet Kind of ThunderUpgrade PickA Quiet Kind of Thunder

1. To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Our rating: 9 / 10

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Pros:

  • Easy to read, but still very literary
  • Motivational and realistic
  • New adult romance
  • Solid character development
  • Engaging

Cons:

  • Some writing things are easy to identify
  • Main character's reluctance plays on a trope

2. The Art of Feeling

Our rating: 8 / 10

The Art of Feeling

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Pros:

  • Heartwarming romance
  • Realistic teen characters
  • Emotional and touching
  • Charming
  • Sweet, light read
  • Humorous
  • Inspiring romance

Cons:

  • Not the deepest story
  • Very unique story
  • Lacks a real plot
  • Occasional perfect characters
  • Little character development

Polly is a shy girl, a loner, not exactly sure where she belongs, and her father is seriously ill. Then she's assigned to paint at an art camp and there she finds the one thing she can do effortlessly, paint and she befriends camp artist Shalini. Shalini's work is magical and from the day Polly sees it she's determined to learn how to make art like her.

I can say that this book was a little unexpected because of the topic. For a good part of the book, I thought there would be some sort of a romance, but it didn't happen. It's not the only time I've read a book and thought there was going to be a romance only to be disappointed.

3. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Our rating: 8 / 10

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Pros:

  • Filled with adventure, romance, and humor
  • LGBTQ friendly read
  • Great for readers of all ages
  • Hilarious narrator

4. Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale

Our rating: 8 / 10

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale

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Pros:

  • Great Romance
  • Loved by Locals
  • Loved by Fans
  • Epic Love Story

Cons:

  • Characters are a bit shallow
  • Book 1 Only (Fortunately Book 2 is equally Loved)

Geekerella follows Geeky teen Elle who is highly disappointed with how her life has turned out, but then she receives a mystery invitation to the grand opening of the biggest comic convention in the country and decides, what the hell, it’s better than sitting at home and getting dumped by her would-be cheerleader friends all weekend.

But is fate on her side? How is it that super-hot billionaire game developer and noted geek Kellan is at the same convention? And why is it that he seems to be interested in her? What follows is a funny, charming and epic love story that feels like it’s plucked straight out of our imagination.

5. Splintered

Our rating: 8 / 10

Splintered

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Pros:

  • Six realms, sixteen families, one sadistic ruler, and two legitimate heirs.

By A.G Howard

Princess Alyssa Rose has been taken by the Goblin King…and she has no desire to return. In fact, she might just like it in the Otherworld. But when her mother, queen of theSix Realms, embarks on a quest to rescue her, Alyssa knows she must return home to prepare for her coronation.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s just walking into a trap.

6. Blood Red Road

Our rating: 8 / 10

Blood Red Road

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Pros:

  • Unique and beautiful world building
  • Excellent setting
  • Excellent writing
  • Ripe with action and adventure
  • A strong female character
  • Gripping and thrilling story

Cons:

  • Taylor is a little too perfect
  • Too much deus ex machina
  • A bit wordy at times

In a post-apocalyptic world separated into three tribes, an unlikely heroine will journey to the edge of her world, fighting for freedom for her people and herself. Like a modern-day Charlie, the story’s protagonist, Saba, will be tested and challenged at every turn. But, like it was for Charlie, the prize is priceless.

Saba is a former slave with the uncanny ability to sniff out lies. Her father was murdered for trying to save her from a life of servitude. Her twin brother was killed when the bloody red dust settled. At just seventeen, Saba is now alone, and out for revenge.

Loyalties are stretched to breaking points as Saba and her messed-up clan fight to get back what is rightfully theirs. She knows she will have to make a deal with the evil Reds to get back what she wants, but first she must find them. It is a journey that will lead her to question her destiny, her humanity, and her past.

7. The Love Interest

Our rating: 7 / 10

The Love Interest

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Pros:

  • Funny
  • Interesting take on a classic genre
  • LGBT characters

Cons:

  • Some teenagers might feel like great friends really wouldn’t kiss one another on the mouth
  • Some are just plain strange

Romance is such a popular genre. It also attracts almost as many fans as fantasy and science fiction. The most popular subgenres include paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and romantic comedy.

How could there be any romance without kissing? That’s why kissing is one of the most important parts of this genre. Kissing isn’t just an important part of romance in books. It’s also an important part of romance in real life.

Kissing a boy is scary. In fact, young women probably find kissing to be the scariest part of dating and sexual encounters. That may be why there are so many books featuring teens who are hiding a huge secret about who they really are.

8. The Cruel Prince

Our rating: 7 / 10

The Cruel Prince

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Pros:

  • Good plot
  • Complex characters

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air (1)) by Holly Black is an astounding YA fantasy romance book. The narration is quite strong, and the pace is set so that suspense is maintained throughout the book.

The cover and the concept of the book are actually less important than what lies behind them. As this novel was written by a team of writers, the plot is equally good as the lead characters in the book or even better.

A word of warning: If you are a person of weak heart, it is suggested that you stay away from this book. The story revolves around Jude, a teenage boy, who is an abandoned orphan whose status is so low that the father is removed and the mother is an ex-convict. But fate has something in store for him.

9. Heartstopper Volume One

Our rating: 7 / 10

Heartstopper Volume One

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Pros:

  • Main character that is similar to many girls
  • Mystery
  • Love story
  • Drama
  • Humor

Cons:

  • Minor cliffhanger
  • Some characters could be better

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is a book about a girl named Erin and a boy that she likes named Felix. Felix is the leader of a group of kids at their school. Erin and Felix like each other and are trying to have a relationship. Felix's group has a lot of power at the school, along with a lot of secrets and drama. Will Erin and Felix succeed in their relationship?

This book is part of a series of two books, but the first book ends like one of those cliffhanger episodes, which is quite annoying. The second book is out now, but I hesitate to read it because of the cliffhanger in the first book. I also did not like the way the author switched between perspectives. I felt that too many things happened and it was too fast paced. Plus, some of the side characters were annoying.

The book is told through the perspective of the main two characters and a couple side characters. It is written in the third person. There are romance and mystery elements. It is very similar to the show Riverdale because it has romance, drama, and an innocent character that is popular.

10. Autoboyography

Our rating: 7 / 10

Autoboyography

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Pros:

  • Reality TV meets LGBT Fantasy
  • Realism and heartbreak to go
  • Excellent use of inclusive language
  • Relationships that warmed this queer girl’s heart
  • Funny as hell
  • Characters get what they deserve Hallelujah!

None. This story was excellent.

Gray Anderson is a gay teen with a problem. He knows he is very gay, but when a second grader has a crush on him, he has to pretend he is not gay. What’s a gay teen to do?

Where does an 17 year old gay boy find a nice Catholic boy to pose as his boyfriend? The casting couch? No, stupid! That’s the old way.

11. To Kill a Kingdom

Our rating: 7 / 10

To Kill a Kingdom

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Pros:

  • Complex characters
  • Fantastic Female protagonist

Cons:

  • Some details aren’t explained as thoroughly as expected
  • Some grammar errors

To Kill a Kingdom is a fantasy novel aimed at the Young Adult Fiction crowd. Kerstin Gier did a fantastic job creating two different perspectives from the same events. Readers see events through the eyes of Amer, a girl who has some connection to the fantasy world, and Syrenka, a mermaid princess.

This story sets up the two different narratives quite nicely and leads the story through the plot points in a refreshing and entertaining way.

This is the first novel in a series that has a lot of promise. It’s a great novel for those who like a good coming of age fantasy novel with interesting characters and an intriguing plot.

12. A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Our rating: 7 / 10

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

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Pros:

  • Heartwarming
  • Interesting and diverse characters
  • Quick Read

Cons:

  • The romance may be too young for some
  • The romance may be too tame for some

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder is a young adult romance novel that will have you glued to the pages until the final page. It tells the story of a deaf boy named Thunder who is struggling with acceptance in his new school. When he meets a classmate that he has feelings for, he must decide if he will open up and expose his true self or keep it closed and hidden.

13. Spin the Dawn

Our rating: 7 / 10

Spin the Dawn

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Pros:

  • Wonderful fantasy elements
  • Awesome female MC
  • Spirited female sidekicks
  • Excellent setting

Cons:

  • Setting can be confusing
  • Story can get draggy

"What would it be like to live in a world where the sky is full of floating Islands? Life would be different. That’s true in Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. It’s also a world where people are divided into two types of “ Spinners and Weavers. Can you guess who’s who?

You may wonder why we included romance books in a list of the top fantasy books for teens.

The reason why we added romance novels to the list of the best fantasy books for teens is because many of today’s greatest epic fantasy writers were inspired to write their fantastic stories after reading the fantasy books they loved as kids.

14. Ramona Blue

Our rating: 6 / 10

Ramona Blue

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The popular YA novel by Julie Murphy is on our list. The novel clocks in at near-perfect: there are no plot holes and the story has a clear beginning, middle, and end, as you would expect from a YA novel.

Our YA bookclub in Orlando loved the novel, as well as its protagonist, Ramona. We love her sarcastic remarks and courageous attitude. The story also has a certain background that takes place in Appalachia. This is definitely a must read.

Teens and even adults will enjoy this book. It’s a good book for the whole family.

15. An Enchantment of Ravens

Our rating: 6 / 10

An Enchantment of Ravens

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Pros:

  • A Cozy Brew of Magic and Romance
  • Has a Whimsical Plot
  • Has an Awe-inspiring Ending
  • Has an Addictive Read

What a sweet, quirky story! Enchantment draws you in with its endearing characters and quirky details. It has a magical quality that makes you believe in the unbelievable.

It's about seventeen-year-old Mélusine, a sorcerer's daughter, who is trying to prove herself in future-gazing, and falling in love with the most unexpected man.

16. What If It's Us

Our rating: 6 / 10

What If It's Us

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Pros:

  • Very funny
  • Funny dialog
  • Warm and endearing
  • You’ll swoon over the bickering+bantering
  • There is a cute love-story here
  • Extremely enjoyable

Cons:

  • No cliffhanger
  • Young YA romance

This book truly is adorable and funny. It is a very sweet story given to us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera that will give you a lot of laughs. The setup is pretty simple, yet also very endearing. The story is told in a quite unusual and style, which totally works with this book and what it wants to be. A lot of people will love this one.

What I liked:

  • The set-up of the story is great.
  • The book is very funny, playful and warm. I loved how the characters were so funny and kind.
  • The dialog was so well written and the banter so well done, it was amazing.
  • They way they come together is great. Love the chemistry between them.
  • The ending was very satisfying and sweet.

17. I Wish You All the Best

Our rating: 6 / 10

I Wish You All the Best

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Pros:

  • Beautifully written story
  • The supporting characters were well developed
  • Teens will appreciate the theme of inclusion and kindness
  • Readers cannot help but root for the protagonist to win

Cons:

  • The plot may seem a bit slow
  • The subject of suicide can be hard for some readers

I Wish You All the Best is an indie YA high school romance. It stars 16-year-old Vivian who tries to end her own life after she is sexually assaulted.

After her failed suicide attempt, Vivian draws closer to a new group of friends, while her former friends continue to harass her on social media. The story is told from Vivian’s perspective, with flashbacks to her time with her old clique.

Although there are some weaknesses, teen readers will enjoy Vivian’s journey towards survival, forgiveness, and friendship.

18. Princess of Thorns

Our rating: 6 / 10

Princess of Thorns

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Pros:

  • A great Fantasy revenge story
  • Fabulous female lead characters
  • Romance that will make your heart melt
  • Complex story with a satisfying ending

Cons:

  • Too many characters
  • Inconsistent story flow

Princess of Thorns is great for any brave soul who wants to venture into the world of epic fantasy. This book has been described as The Princess Bride meets Xena Warrior Princess. This is a fresh, new take on a classic fairy-tale story.

Princess of Thorns is a story in which the princess doesn’t get saved by the prince. It’s a tale of revenge in which the strong-willed princess takes the lead in saving herself.

This second book in the series is just as good with many twists and turns. This is a must read for any fantasy lover.

19. When Dimple Met Rishi

Our rating: 6 / 10

When Dimple Met Rishi

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Pros:

  • Funny and smart
  • Fast-paced
  • Offers different perspectives
  • Deals with issues like class, age, and racial differences
  • Great diverse cast of characters

Cons:

  • Some parents may not like the casual way in which some characters have sex
  • Not for everyone due to the diversity

(Young Adult/Coming of Age/Diverse)

Rishi Patel has been stifled by his parents’ overprotectiveness ever since he was little. His father is desperate to see Rishi married off to a nice Indian girl, and his mother just wants him to be happy.

Rishi wants to break free from all his parents’ restrictions and ventures out to Dimple’s parents’ house, where he meets Dimple for the first time.

20. The Wrath & the Dawn

Our rating: 6 / 10

The Wrath & the Dawn

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This book follows a sixteen year old girl named Shahrzad who is a part of the royalty and has to marry the caliph of Khorasan. Her first husband was her best friend, and he was executed for a murder she knew nothing about.

She hates the caliph for killing her husband but has to marry him. She recollects a story to her friend that her grandmother would tell her about the original caliph. That story turns out to be the most horrible, bloody, and violent story that anyone has ever told her.

This story begins to unfold at the time of her wedding when she gets a few visits from a guard who is there to tell her that she will be executed in the morning.

21. Emergency Contact

Our rating: 6 / 10

Emergency Contact

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Pros:

  • Lovable characters
  • Humorous and realistic take on high school love
  • Heartwarming romance
  • Easy to read book

By Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact is a totally relatable high school romance book…with an age twist.

Our protagonist’s romantic interest is a super popular high school girl who is also a teacher. Plus, she has managed to retain the heart of her very own teacher. Soon, our protagonist is working with her to complete a class assignment…which leads to a whirlwind romance.

22. Taxonomy of Love

Our rating: 6 / 10

Taxonomy of Love

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Pros:

  • Well-written
  • Engaging characters
  • Great exploration of issues and short-term consequences
  • Intimate in scale, despite the big-picture approach

I really liked this teen novel. While you might think of it as belonging to the romance genre, it actually incorporates a lot of different themes that run the gamut from family relationships to mental health issues.

The protagonist, Alice Goodwin, is a New York City doctor with bipolar disorder. She becomes involved with a priest named John. The two have an intense, intimate friendship, but they keep the relationship secret because John is a clergyman. Meanwhile, Alice is juggling a handful of other relationships as well, which doesn’t make for the easiest juggling act.

I’m always intrigued by debut novels, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. I appreciate that it’s full of riveting drama focusing on everyday people living real lives, with real problems, making real mistakes. It’s an intimate, honest look at life from all angles.

23. A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Our rating: 6 / 10

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

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Pros:

  • An intriguing paranormal story
  • Features magic, death and mystery
  • Well-written plot, realistic and fast-paced

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer is the first book in a new YA fantasy series called The Cursebreakers. In this tale, 17-year-old Emma Barnes is down on her luck and cursed with a power to see the evil lurking in people's souls. Emma has just moved back in with her dad, after her mother's untimely death, and she feels alone and abandoned. The only bright spot is her reunion with her once best friend, Jay’s older brother. Things are finally looking up—until Emma finds a body in the woods.

As her haunted past returns, Emma realizes that all her troubles were tied to her town's founding families. And now the curse has a hold on her again, a cruel reminder that destroying her mother's murderer won't save Emma from a death wish…or a murderer's plan.

24. Release

Our rating: 6 / 10

Release

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Release is the first book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. It is the story of Todd Hewitt, a boy whose town has just been invaded by an alien species. The Spackle, as they are called, have eight legs and only communicate using clicks and hand gestures.

When a Spackle named Viola falls from a hovering spaceship to Todd’s yard, the two become unlikely friends and quickly discover the purpose of their visit to New Prentisstown. A deadly virus has killed off most of the female settlers, and the Spackle have been brought in to prop up the society as a means of repopulating.

Release is told in the second person, exclusively from Todd’s point of view. It is an action-packed adventure of love, friendship, and self-discovery.

25. Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Our rating: 5 / 10

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

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A visually stunning retelling of Snow White,set in a magical, ice-bound land, this is a ravishing feminist take on a classic fairytale. Framed by dark, blustery landscapes, Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a wintry, atmospheric and mysterious story of intrigue.

I love the cover because it’s unique and captivating. The rich colors and intricate details of the artwork immediately drew me to it. It’s so different from a lot of the other YA novels on the market. Love it!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is an enchanting coming-of-age story, full of skilled plot twists and beautifully rendered characters.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a good book for a 14 year girl?

Paper is a good book for a 14 year old girl. She is a young girl herself, but also an orphan, raised by her horrible uncle. She is sent to a boarding school. At the school, she makes friends and falls in love with a guy called Archie.

Most girls will like this book. It’s about friendship and love and the choices you make in life. The book is very easy to read too.

If you like books about boarding schools and falling in love with a boy, than you will probably like this book.

What books should every teenager read?

We wanted to share with you a variety of recommendation for a variety of age groups. Here you will find the five best romance books for teenagers.

We understand that not all parents want their kids to read about sex, so we have given you five recommendations for books that are more on the tame side.

It was really hard to choose between these books. They are all so amazing, so do yourself a favor and read them all!

What books should a 16 year old read?

Check out these good recommendations of romance novels.

These are first and foremost Young Adult books (although adults will enjoy them too), so you should know that they are not as steamy as the Romance novels written specifically for adults (like "Fifty Shades of Grey"). But they are good love stories that are sweet and romantic, and will certainly give you some ideas on how to approach the most important relationship of your life: the one you have with your significant other.

You should also know that this list was generated based on the top selling romance books that are currently out; it is not a collection of the greatest romance novels of all times.

Try to choose a book that has as much diversity in terms of writers and characters (e.g. a guy and a girl or two guys, two girls), as you can. This will help you have an open mind towards peoples and character from different backgrounds and parts of the world.

What books should a 15 year old read?

Answering the question of what books should a 15 year old read is complex and depends entirely on the interests and maturity of that 15 year old. If your teen is a slower reader or has not demonstrated an interest in reading in the past, books with large narrative arcs and interesting plots will be motivating and keep your teen interested. If your teen has a natural inclination to read, he or she will likely be bored by books that are too easy.

All of us—young or old—like to read books that are designed to make us feel clever or learned. A popular genre in which smart teenagers can read about having clever thoughts is nonfiction. A great example of this is Malcolm Gladwell, who writes with a voice that comes off as clever and erudite. Being smarter than everyone else might seem like a downside to some, but to others, it’s the ultimate asset.

Conclusion

Young adult literature is a growing market. More and more, readers are expanding the genres of books that they read to cover romance as well as some of the darker stories that can be found in the pages of young adult fiction. This is a great place to start if you are trying to figure out what to read next!

Our Recommendation

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To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeBest OverallTo All the Boys I've Loved Before
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