10 Young Adult Contemporary Romance Books You Should Read

10 Young Adult Contemporary Romance Books You Should ReadIf you have a teenager or just enjoy reading young adult books, then you should check out these young adult contemporary romance books. Some of these novels are considered “fluffy” romance books that are just fun reads. A few of these books also include heavier topics like grief and death.

One of my goals this year was to read 75 books. I’ve ended up more than doubling this goal because I’ve found so many great books to read. Out of all the books I’ve read recently, these were the books that stood out.


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Where I Read Books

Although I like reading physical books best, I discovered all of these novels through e-books.



Besides reading e-books through my local library, I love reading on Scribd. Scribd is a reading subscription that allows you to find tons of e-books and audio books to read. It’s pretty affordable, and I have found so many good books on there.

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I just recently discovered this website, and I wish I would’ve known about it sooner! Basically, you can buy brand new books from this site for a fraction of the cost. They get books that were returned to publishers.

If you use my link, you will get a $10 off coupon for your first order of $25 or more. This is such a great deal (especially if you have a bunch of books you would like to buy).


#1 — Unmaking Hunter Kennedy

By Anne Eliot

This was the first book I read by Anne Eliot. Vere and Hunter are both such lovable characters that it was easy to root for their relationship from the beginning.

If you like reading books with undercover celebrities, then you will enjoy this book.


Blurb from this book:
After a car accident–an event he considers a prank gone bad–jaded pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work. Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a ‘nice’ guy. Funny thing is…Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out of his heart. Knowing he’d never deserve a girl as sweet as Vere, he resigns himself to the friend zone, and helps his new bestie with her own makeover. She tortures him daily for ridiculous guy advice on how to snag her life-long crush. A guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere, and sadly, one who has taken note of Vere’s stunning transformation. When Vere asks her best friend for some kissing advice, Hunter can’t resist. And that’s when things get out of control…


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| If you like this book, check out Anne Eliot’s book: Almost.


#2 — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

By Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

You may have watched the Netflix adaptation of this book or heard about this book, but if you haven’t read it yet, then you definitely should!

This is the first book in a series of three books. The sibling dynamic is great in this book, and Lara Jean is very relatable.


Blurb from this book:
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


Where to Read:

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| If you like this book, then check out the other two books in this series: P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean.


#3 — Things We Know By Heart

By Jessi Kirby

Things We Know By Heart

I really loved reading this book. It does deal with some hard topics like grief and death. I liked that I got to learn a little bit more about what organ donation is like for the recipients.


Blurb from this book:
After Quinn’s boyfriend, Trent, dies in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the fragments of her now-unrecognizable life. But whoever received Trent’s heart has chosen to remain silent. The essence of a person, Quinn has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then in a way, she will still have a piece of him. Risking everything to get closure once and for all, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas, whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into something more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but the time Quinn spends with Colton makes her feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, though, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost . . . and all that remains at stake.


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#4 — Wanderlost

By Jen Malone


If you like reading books about traveling through Europe, then this is such a fun read! It’s funny and adorable.


Blurb from this book:
Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe. Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story. But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.


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| If you enjoy this novel, check out Jen Malone’s e-book Map to the Stars.


#5 — The Unexpected Everything

By Morgan Matson


I really love Morgan Matson’s books because they’re all so different and fun. This book has a cute romance and dogs!


Blurb from this book:
Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?


Where to Read:

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| If you like this book, check out other books by Morgan Matson: Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, and Save the Date.


#6 — The Heartbreakers

By Ali Novak

The Heartbreakers

If you’ve ever wanted to meet a member of a famous boy band, then you’ll enjoy this book. This is one of a few books by Ali Novak that I really enjoy.


Blurb from this book:
“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.” Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara-even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again. Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life? But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver – dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band – when her sister could be dying of cancer?


Where to Read:

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| If you enjoy this book, check out the sequel: Paper Hearts or another book by Novak called My Life with the Walter Boys.


#7 — Love, Lucas

By Chantele Sedgwick

Love, Lucas

This is a beautiful story that deals with loss and grief. This is the first book in the series, and each book deals with important themes.


Blurb from this book:
When Oakley Nelson loses her older brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend a few months in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try. In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on. If only it were that easy. But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and that’s when things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things? With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley knows she must learn to listen and trust again. But will she have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future?


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| If you like this book, then you will like the other books in this series: Switching Gears and Interlude.


#8 — Royally Lost

By Angie Stanton


This book is a fun read that takes place in Europe. If you like adventure and royalty, then you will enjoy this book.


Blurb from this book:
Dragged on a family trip to Europe, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, overeager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. Until she meets Nikolai. Nikolai has everything—he’s a crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn’t have is freedom . . . so he flees his kingdom and goes on his own European trip. And when Nikolai and Becca meet, sparks fly. But Becca’s family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say good-bye, or will they change history forever?


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| If you like this book, then check out my favorite series by Angie Stanton: The Jamieson Collection (Rock and a Hard Place, Snapshot, and Under the Spotlight).


#9 — Lucky in Love

By Kasie West

Lucky In Love

Kasie West is one of my favorite authors. This novel in particular is enjoyable because it takes place in a zoo (and I love animals).


Blurb from this book:
Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment — She wins! In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun . . . until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust. Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?


Where to Read:

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| If you like this book, then check out some of Kasie West’s other books: The Distance Between Us; The Fill-In Boyfriend; On the Fence; P.S. I Like You; By Your Side; Love, Life, and the List; Listen to Your Heart; and Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss.


#10 — Romeo & What’s Her Name

By Shani Petroff

This book made me laugh a lot. It’s silly and cute, and it’s a lot of fun to read.


Blurb from this book:
Understudies never get to perform…which is why being Juliet’s understudy in the school’s yearly Shakespeare production is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it’s just: a) Shakespeare is HARD, b) Amanda (the “real” Juliet) makes her run errands instead of lines, and c) there’s no point, since Amanda would never miss her chance to be the star of the show. Then Amanda ends up in the hospital, and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star in the most famous scene from Romeo and Juliet opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?


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What are your favorite young adult contemporary romance books?

Comment down below! I would love to know your recommendations.


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