Four YA Love Stories That Are Perfect For Any Age
By Jillian Davis
If the answer to the question, "Hey, what was the last YA romance you read?" is "Ummm, let me think," you're missing out!
Luckily, we're here for you! Check out these four YA must-reads... at any age.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Shy, bookish Cath has always had the undying support of her identical twin sister, Wren. But when Wren decides that she wants to spread her wings and live her own life for their freshman year of college, Cath feels like she’s in a lurch trying to survive on her own. On top of that, her roommate’s ex boyfriend Levi keeps hanging around their room and smiling at Cath. And talking to Cath. And listening to Cath. And soon she finds herself in uncharted waters by liking a boy who doesn’t even like to read…
Why it’s the perfect love story at any age… because if you’ve ever felt crippling anxiety about being in a new place or a new situation, you are just like Cath. If you are someone who has a twenty-foot wall around your heart, you are just like Cath, no matter what age. She is a character who loves others with great difficulty but is easy to love. When she meets Levi, the down-to-earth ex boyfriend of her roommate, she does her best to keep him at arm’s length… but his persistent kindness wins her over in the end. It’s wonderful to watch the romance between Levi and Cath unfold because he has to earn her trust, and her friendship. He sees Cath through her difficult family drama and acts as an unshakeable foundation for her, and she opens up a whole new nerdy world of wizards for him.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie is an introverted loner with zero friends who has just entered his freshman year of high school. Through a series of letters to a friend that we never learn the identity of, Charlie makes his way through the academic year with the help of a new group of friends, including the love of his life Sam, as they open up a whole new world of sexuality, drugs, relationships, and memories for him.
Why it’s the perfect love story at any age… because Charlie has to make a lot of wrong decisions before he can make the right one. The book is essentially one discovery after another for our protagonist, who frequently follows the charge of Sam, who he can’t help but fall madly in love with. He needs to see her date someone terrible for her, he needs to date someone who is terrible for him, he needs to stand up for a friend and aid his sister in her hour of need and find his footing before he can finally allow himself to be with her.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Picture The Hunger Games in a fantasy world rather than a dystopian universe, and you’ve got Red Queen. Seventeen-year-old Mare is a liar and a thief, but only to help put food on her family’s table. She’s a member of the Red faction of society, the impoverished, oppressed people that are not gifted with powers. Every day is a struggle against the ruling class, known as Silvers, people with extraordinary abilities. When a freak accident at the palace gives Mare the power of lightning, she must navigate the dangerous political world of the Silvers and head up a dangerous rebellion in order to protect her family as well as her people. It certainly doesn’t help that Mare is now engaged to the shy, crafty Maven when she’s slowly falling in love with his strapping, heroic older brother Cal, who is passionately trying to squash the rebellion she’s forming.
Why it’s the perfect love story at any age… this book focuses more on Mare’s foray into the world of Silvers, but what makes this story worth the read is how Cal helps her along the way with his kindness and bravery. It starts with him getting her the position that brought her to the palace, that led to the freak accident that gave Mare her powers, and his protecting her from the political schemes of his people. Cal and Mare teach us that you’re never to young to put the ones you love above all else.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hazel is accustomed to a solitary, unromantic existence, probably because she’s had cancer for most of her life. But when she meets a mysterious new boy with a fresh outlook on life in her cancer support group, her cynicism begins to fade. She experiences life, not as a normal teenager, but as an extraordinary young woman.
Why it’s the perfect love story at any age… it’s really hard NOT to fall madly in love with Augustus Waters. His empathy, kindness, and spontaneity enrich Hazel’s life in so many ways, and in turn she introduce him onto their favorite book, which takes them on an unforgettable trip to Amsterdam. Theirs is a relationship that isn’t shrouded in the thick clouds of mystery and wonder—they teach us that life is short, and love is worth having.
About the Author
Jillian Davis is a writer, podcaster, and cyberstalker based in Los Angeles. She loves all things Jane Austen, John Mulaney, delicious food, and overpriced coffee. She can often be found with her head in the clouds or hanging around comedy clubs. But like, in a totally normal and cool way.