Teenage is undoubtedly the most happening stage of everyone’s life. Apart from pimples, acne, and puberty, for the first time, we start to explore things consciously.
We feel the emotional rollercoaster ride, we’re reckless, carefree, not to mention stupid and embarrassing as well. But this is also the time when we first start getting consciously attracted to people. All those butterflies in the stomach, the urge of being attractive and getting attracted towards others.
We can’t help it, can we?
We don’t realize what it is until the concept of “Love” and “Romance” is introduced to us, not the one we’re taught in our moral science books: gratitude and affection. No, not that. But the one where we like someone, so deeply that their mere presence brings us happiness and their absence, misery.
This is the time where we first fall in love, fall out of love and get heartbroken as well.
This is the time where we don’t understand the concept of love and romance clearly, so we fantasize, our imaginations run like horses in the field and bloom like flowers in the spring and we want them to be true, don’t we?
So, we run to all those famous books and movies, the greatest love stories ever written and told on the screen.
There’s absolutely no doubt in saying that some of the greatest love stories are told in some of the very few books. And we know how much they mean to us.
So, here we bring a list of the best Romance Books for teenagers of all time.
- 1. A Half-Baked Love Story
- 2. The Fault in our Stars
- 3. The Notebook
- 4. Eleanor & Park
- 5. The Sun is Also a Star
- 6. Five Feet Apart
- 7. A Walk to Remember
- 8. Call Me by Your Name
- 9. P.S. I Like You
- 10. Fangirl
- 11. Twilight Series
- 12. The Hate U Give
- 13. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
- 14. Foolish Hearts
- 15. Pride and Prejudice
- 16. Everything Everything
- 17. I’ll Give You The Sun
- 18. Me Before You
- 19. If It’s Not Forever It’s Not Love
- 20. Daughter of The Salt King
Have you ever believed in the concept of Love at first sight?
I’m sure you did at some point in your life, or maybe you still do. But isn’t it beautiful?
Two strangers coming together and falling for each other just in a glance. Well, A Half-Baked Love Story totally gives you that thrill.
Written by these two amazing Indian writers (Anurag Garg & Gunjan Narang) who are very less heard of but have a very beautiful story to tell.
This book not only gives fuel to your teen romance but also teaches you the concept of pain and loss in love.
Aarav and Anamika, two school kids fall for each other on their first day of school (on the very first day when they see each other).
How ideal the story seems, isn’t it?
But the plot has its own thrill. After taking its readers to the heights of pleasure the book turns the chapter of heartbreak to it.
A Half-Baked Love Story not only gives insights into love but also sheds light on the concept of letting go and starting again.
I would personally recommend this book to every single teenager out there because I myself read it the first time when I was 14-years-old. You will love it, take my word.
John Green is known for his deep, insightful, heartbreaking, realistic writing style. What he does with his words, it’s no less than magic or maybe an illusion but indeed an impeccable one.
This story is about two sick teens fighting cancer and with love, because they realize they’re going to die pretty soon and they don’t want to hurt anyone else left behind.
But when you love someone do these things are even in your control?
I don’t think so.
The protagonists, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters fall in love with each other but one of them has to suffer the loss of letting the other go.
I personally started this book and I never wanted it to end.
The Fault in our Stars is one of those books which you read over and over again and never get enough of it.
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3. The Notebook
Nicholas Sparks, the author of The Notebook has presented a very promising story with an impeccable amount of romance and love that has the power to defy all odds.
It is about two teenagers falling in love deeply but getting separated one summer for altered circumstances.
This is one of those books that teach you that love is staying with your partner forever even when the circumstances are not in your favor.
Personally, this one is a must-read if you have come so far to this list.
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Have you ever liked someone just because they had similar interests?
Yes, I did too!
This story is set around two teenagers who meet on the bus on their first day of school and eventually share similar comic and music interests and realize that they’ve grown to like each other and in no time fall in love with each other.
Okay, that’s a lot of “and”(s)!
Although, Eleanor & Park tells us that first love never lasts and it’s the most heartbreaking loss but it also shows that IT IS WORTH GIVING A SHOT!
This one is a must-read for every teenager and young adult out there.
The Sun is also a Star gives you insight into how meeting someone can change your life completely.
How loving someone can make you a completely different person.
Two teenagers who meet by coincidence and then meet again, eventually get attracted to each other. One of them is superstitious and believes in the concept of love at first sight while the other is more into science.
If you’ve ever read Eleanor & Park, this book will give you a much similar heartbreak.
Where Stella is a control freak, Will is carefree.
What’s the point of loving someone when you can’t feel their touch, right? But actually, there is.
Rachael Lippincott has this emotionally, relatable and well-plotted story that teaches you to love from a distance and sheds the light on the fact that if you love someone, they’re meant to leave someday and you have to let them go.
Personally, if I were you, I would not miss this book, at least not in this lifetime.
If you have read works of Sparks before, you would know what’s going to come next. With his A Walk to Remember, he again spreads his magic romance ink.
The story is woven around London Carter’s first experience at love in the 1850s. Sparks is a master of modern faithful romance ballads. And this book is one of his best works.
An autumn romance that everyone craves.
I personally suggest you read this because if you do once you wouldn’t be needing me the second time.
The book, ‘Call Me by Your Name‘ is woven around the character by Andre Aciman who’s a 17-year-old American Italian Jewish Boy named Elio, who grows to like a 24-year-old Scholar named Oliver.
The book is really written ahead of its time when things were not that acceptable.
The book deals with raw, honest emotions and the subtlety of a young mind.
This is one on the list which EVERYONE SHOULD READ AT LEAST ONCE.
It got adapted into a movie later which I so want to watch.
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Charming contemporary romance hits all the right notes. Right?
Junior Lily Abbott turns down every effort of her best friend to set her up with a guy. She thinks she’ll never become this confident girl who could live up to someone’s expectations but turns out she falls in love with this guy who shares a similar taste in music as she does.
She is a big music enthusiast and eventually, she finds this songwriting competition where the winner gets a scholarship to a prestigious music school.
P.S. I Like You is one big roller coaster of emotions ups and down, struggling between love and passion.
If you’re one of those who like to read between the lines and appreciate twists in the story rather than a predictable one, then this one is for you.
Fangirl is basically woven around the changes a girl goes through during her young adult ages.
A phase of her life where she has to choose between friends, love, and career, choosing between relationships, moving from one to another.
The subtlety with which the concepts are explained through a story of a girl’s life is worth praising.
If you’re one of such girls, who is stuck in a two-way, then this book is for you.
11. Twilight Series
Twilight is the story of a 17-year-old girl Bella who moves to live with her dad and falls in love with a vampire named Edward without realizing who he is.
Engulfed in her romance, her life turns upside down with the involvement of other vampires. The Story keeps you hooked till the end because of its thrill and impossible romance that is depicted by Meyer.
Realizing the fact that Edward is a Vampire and all he thirsts for is human blood, Bella describes him as perfect, thus risking her life in a course she doesn’t have the smallest bit of idea.
For every teenager, impossible fiction romance is like sugarcoating the cake and I would personally recommend you read the entire series.
12. The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give is a 2017 young adult novel by Angie Thomas.
When you’re reading such books, you’re reading someone’s decision against silence.
This book will make you feel every single possible emotion at the same time. It is truly incredible and I have so much to say about it. But all I can say is this book is worth giving a shot!
I personally would like everyone to read this piece because it teaches us a lot of the things which we don’t realize when we’re young.
The best thing about this book is that if you don’t read its second part, you won’t enjoy it completely, which I guess, makes it even more interesting.
The story revolves around a girl Lara who writes a letter to all her lovers but never means to send them. What’s then the point of writing them, right? But for teens, there is much more drama than this.
To all the boys I’ve loved before will give you peaks of emotions, and once you get over the fact of the letters, this is a really interesting read.
If Jenny Han would not have written its second part maybe I’d be disappointed as well but I am not since she did it.
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14. Foolish Hearts
A contemporary young adult novel by Emma Mills about a high school girl whose high school production project leads her to new friends and maybe a new lover.
Funny, smart, witty, and beautifully flawed Claudia experiences disappointment in both friendships and love life. Perhaps attachments are not such a good thing.
Foolish Heart teaches us to keep expectations from ourselves and not someone else, by expanding our boundaries, being vulnerable at times and letting people in and out.
This is actually a must-read for people who are in their early teens.
Pride and Prejudice is an old classic and is considered one of the best books of all time.
It would be perfectly fair to say that Jane Austen gave her one of the best works through this book.
A romantic comedy of a man’s pride and a woman’s prejudice. The book revolves around Jane’s vivaciously, intelligent, and headstrong characters Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.
With all those sparkles of Austen’s wit, flirtation, and intriguing characters, the book becomes much more interesting.
Pride and Prejudice is one of the best classic romance novels I’ve ever read and I would recommend every teenager out there to read it.
Everything Everything is one of those amazing books which you start and don’t stop reading until you are finished.
This story keeps you hooked throughout its ocean of emotions and you are like a ship that is sailing in a heavy storm. At one point it gets all dark and the next soothing as sunshine.
This is one of those stories which tell you to break free in life, get outside of your bubble, and live your life.
This story is written so impeccably that you can just feel the rush of emotions in you while reading it.
I would personally recommend you to read this piece and give it a shot and to all the others by Nicola Yoon.
I’ll give you the sun is again one of those which I’m sure, you’ll read in one go. This book actually talks about the concept of duality.
Two teens, one of them tries to explore the boundaries and becomes a cool part person while the other explores herself and gets indulged in spirituality.
All the characters are portrayed so beautifully that you just can’t get enough of them. Even the romance part of the story is so subtly inked where one is gay and tries to win his lover’s heart while the other falls in love with a guy she meets in the church.
Unlike most of them in this list, this one has a happy ending and you should definitely go for it.
18. Me Before You
Me Before You is another heart-wrenching novel, with all those twists and turns of emotions. The story revolves around the concept that no matter how tough life gets or what fate brings for you, you should never give up on your love in hardships.
Just like the fault in our stars this book will leave you sobbing and changing your perspective towards life.
The most important thing Jojo Moyes tries to say through this story is sometimes we become incapable of living for ourselves but we have to live for the ones we love and the people who love us.
This book is worth every penny of yours.
The story revolves around the main character Deb. He struggles with PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and is haunted by the images of the horrific day.
Written in simple and understandable language, this book is a mysterious piece with an ending you can’t predict.
It will take you on an adventure of love, loss, anxiety, sadness, and every strong emotion you could name.
This could be by far Durjoy Datta’s best work.
Just give it a read.
As a daughter of the Salt King, Emel is supposed to be among the most powerful women in the desert. Instead, she and her sisters have very little freedom and their own father uses their beauty to seduce wealthy rulers for the quest of marriage.
This book is an adult fantasy story, set in ancient times where the girl finds her father’s biggest and deepest secret: a wish-granting jinni.
If you like strong female protagonists, unrequited love, the comfort of friendship, and the complexity of family, with darkness, then this novel is for you.
So, this was my list of the best romance books for teenagers that I think, no one should miss reading. Do let me know in the comments below if you have more recommendations for the same.
Happy reading 🙂
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