Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the perfect ending to Jenny Han’s sweet series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Relatable and romantic, all while keeping it real, she’s done it again with this modern day look at love on your own terms. You can watch her final installment of this trilogy come to life on the small screen with the help of Netflix on February 12th! If you’re as big of a fan as we are, we’ve got a list of books that will help keep the love alive!
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Lara Jean’s senior year could not be going any better. She’s blissfully in love with her boyfriend Peter, her sister Margot is coming home for the summer, and she’s spending her spare time helping to plan her dad’s long-awaited wedding. Although Lara Jean is living it up now, she knows change is on the horizon since she plans to move away for college in just a few short months. Logic tells her leaving for school is the right thing to do, but her head and heart are clearly in a tug of war. How will Lara Jean be able to stick to her plans and leave Peter behind without breaking her own heart along the way?
Now & When by Sara Bennett Wealer
Skylar Finch cannot stand Truman Alexander. Everything from the way he dresses to the way he talks just grinds her gears. She tries her best to ignore him at school and it’s a little easier with help of her perfect boyfriend, Eli. With a bright future ahead, Skylar’s skies start to turn grey when her phone begins to mysteriously send messages from the future, indicating that she is coupled up with Truman! In an effort to turn back time, she must complicate the present, which also comes with consequences. This novel takes you here, there, and everywhere, and keeps you guessing until the very end.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Frank Li is as Californian as they come. Born and raised in SoCal, he has very little connection to his Korean culture. Even so, his traditional parents have high hopes that he will end up marrying a Korean woman. However, Frank has other ideas, as he’s already fallen for an all-American girl named Brit. Frustrated with their unrealistic expectations, he seeks solace in Joy Song, a trusted family friend. Together, they come up with a plan, but it only leads to more questions and confusion. The ups and downs of teenage love, along with the challenges of mixed cultures, will give you all the feels.
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley
Megan is the girl before the girl…the steppingstone for all her exes on their path to true love. Instead of spending her time dating, she decides to focus her energy on getting into the school of her dreams. In order to do that, she must have a theater credit, so she pursues the smallest acting role possible. Much to her surprise (and horror), she gets cast as Juliet in her high school play. But everything changes when she meets Owen on set. He’s nothing like her exes and perhaps that’s a good thing! Maybe Megan has finally found her own Romeo.
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
For Lourna, happily-ever-after is not a thing. After her first true love succumbed to a tragic ending, she lost all hope. Even though she’s a skeptic when it comes to romance, she has landed herself a summer job planning weddings of all things. In comes Ambrose, the ladies man who is about to turn everything upside down. Maybe learning to love again isn’t so bad after all. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be rooting for Loruna all along the way.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
This is a story of second chances, and we are here for it. Before Rachel moved away, she slipped a love letter into Henry’s favorite book at his family’s shop. The silence became deafening as time went by and she never heard a word from him. Fast forward to the present moment and not only is Rachel back in town, but she’s working side by side with Henry. However, she’s now mourning the loss of her brother, and nothing feels right anymore. This book takes us on a journey of love and loss, while at the same time offering hope for a new beginning.
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
If there’s one thing Mia can’t stand, it’s romantic comedies. She finds them to be ridiculous, cheesy, and completely unrealistic. On the flip side, her friends love them; in fact, they’re almost obsessed! Mia just doesn’t have time to watch movies anyway. She’s too busy trying to make the most of her junior year while navigating a contentious relationship with her bride-to-be big sister. So, when Mia needs a date for the wedding, she starts to panic. However, her friends come to the rescue with a rom-com inspired idea, making Mia the main character in her very own romantic story!
August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
High school is hard enough – finding your way from the teen years to adulthood, all while trying to figure out your future. It’s even harder when you’re the subject of hurtful rumors and your best friend has passed away. Quinn should be looking forward to graduation, but she can’t help but feel an impending doom about what’s next. Spending summer break with her aunt at the Jersey Shore seems like the break she needs before college life begins. Then she meets Malcolm, and everything changes. This story about finding yourself, and finding love, will leave you with a renewed sense of hope.
It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura
Sana is sixteen and full of secrets. Some of the secrets are starting to become too big to hide, like her father’s affair or that she wants to date a girl. But not just any girl…her best friend. Then her family decides to pick up and move to California and she thinks it might be a good time to come clean, especially when she meets a gorgeous girl named Jamie. However, things get complicated when Sana’s family disapproves of Jamie’s friends. To make matters worse, a sweet boy named Caleb is crushing hard on Sana. She quickly learns that even if honesty is the best policy, it doesn’t make the choices easy.
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Alice has been crushing on her best guy friend Teddy for years, and what better time to tell him than on his birthday? As a joke, she buys him a lottery ticket and confesses her feelings with a handwritten note attached. Against all odds, Teddy’s ticket is the lucky winner of the $140 million jackpot! At first, it feels like a dream come true, but quickly turns into a nightmare when fame and fortune take over. Alice is starting to think that this stroke of luck is more bad than good. Will these two realize that without love, nobody really wins?
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Loved the first book and the first movie? The sequel will have you falling all over again. Laura Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter when they were pretend-dating. Now Laura Jean is confused. When another boy from her past walks back into her life, Laura Jean’s heart will be pulled in two different directions.
Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins
This contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is clever, funny and adorable – all of the things we love about TATBILB. Edie’s story is a modern-day fairy tale, and we’re not sure who will win her heart: #TeamSebastian or #TeamHenry. Edie Price has no interest in moving to Mansfield, Massachusetts and spending her final summer before college in a wealthy suburb. She’s determined to get a job, apply for scholarships and not fall for any boys along the way. Unfortunately, that plan’s ruined when she’s drawn to her childhood friend Sebastian and also to bad-boy Henry.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Just like fake dating, enemies to lovers is another one of our favorite romance tropes. This standalone is witty, romantic and funny and you’ll devour it in one bite. Pepper is a perfectionist who runs the Twitter account for her family’s massive fast-food chain, Big League Burger. Jack is the class clown – and the thorn in Pepper’s side – who works at his family’s local deli. When Big League Burger steals his grandma’s grilled cheese recipe, Jack is determined to take the company down with the help of Twitter. But just as a Twitter war erupts between the two companies, Jack and Pepper are falling for each other on an anonymous app that Jack built.
Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
This sweet yet determined romance features totally opposite characters we loved. Divya Sharma is a queen – aka D1V – on the most popular online game, Reclaim the Sun. And in the real world, she trades that status for sponsorships to help her single mom pay the rent. Aaron Jericho would much rather write games for a local developer than become a doctor like his mother. When his character ends up on the same planet as D1V, they begin to rely on each other within the game. When virtual harassment by a troll group seeps into real life and threatens everyone and everything that is important to Divya, she’s determined not to go down without a fight.
Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning
Deals always seem so easy in the beginning, but they turn out much more complicated than expected. Maybe that’s why they’re some of our favorite story starters – and a good romance helps to shake things up. Liv Rodinsky loses her scholarship to her private school and her friends and her boyfriend when she throws one ill-advised punch at the most important softball game of the year. When she’s forced to transfer to Northland, the local public school, she is determined to prove to the coach she deserves a spot on the softball team even as she faces the teammates of the girl she punched every day. Grey is an injured quarterback at Northland who strikes up a deal with Liv: be his temporary replacement and he can guarantee her a spot on the softball team come that spring. But it just might not be as easy as that.
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
This story is so cute and super timely with it being an election year. But beyond that, this story really shows that anyone can make a difference – and that romance may be unexpected in all of the best ways. Jamie Goldberg enjoys volunteering for the local state Senate candidate – as long as it’s behind the scenes. Maya Rehman’s summer is over just as it begins as her family trip is canceled, her parents have decided to separate, and her mother suggests she goes political canvassing with a guy she barely knows. But when Jamie and Maya go door to door together, they begin to bond in ways they would have never expected.
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
This contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast is sweet, funny and a perfect read once you finish watching TATBILB for the millionth time. The Raos and the Emersons have had a feud lasting centuries. When Princess Jaya Rao and Lord Grey Emerson end up at the same boarding school, she’s determined to win his heart – and then break it – for revenge. Grey has a curse placed on him due to the feud and knows that he’s doomed once he turns 18. But Jaya has a ruby necklace – and it just might have to do something with his curse.
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
We love a meet-cute. Pairing it with some juicy drama and the race to Mars makes us want to read this standalone now. Cal is used to being in the spotlight as a social media journalist with half a million followers. But when his pilot father is selected to be an astronaut on the NASA mission to Mars, his family moves from Brooklyn to Houston and they are thrust into the media spotlight. Cal and fellow “Astrokid” Leon fall for each other fast, but when secrets of the mission are revealed, Cal must decide what to do to save those most important to him.
When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis
Sometimes romance is just fated to happen like Peter and Laura Jean. When Ashton walks back into Devon’s life, this science girl has to decide to either follow her heart or her head. When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of a romantic summer, Devon’s crushed. Over the course of a year, she slowly begins to heal. Now Devon is determined to have a great senior year and to focus on a future studying the stars. But when Ashton walks back into her life again, Devon must decide if she should forgive him or let history repeat itself.
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
Darcy and Asher are an adorable pair as they grow to know one another. They have a lot in common, and they are constantly rooting for each other. Darcy Wells has always avoided the world around her – and her mother’s hoarding – by diving deep into books. When a new property manager arrives and wants to become more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, Darcy must find a way to save her home. When Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with a shattered future, enters her life, Darcy opens up to him in ways she never has before.
The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Here’s a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion that shoots for the stars. This story has everything you will love: space, sabotage and a daring romance. Princess Leo is heir to a faded European spaceship and is determined to marry someone who can save her family from financial ruin. But when her childhood friend and first love Elliot – the boy her parents deemed unfit for Leo – returns as a captain of a whiskey ship – and now the biggest catch of the season – Leo must decide who she should and should not fall for in a game of lies and love.
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
For all of you will they/won’t they, fake dating fanatics, this standalone is the perfect story for you to read. Becca Hart hasn’t believed in true love in years, and when a friend teases her about not having a boyfriend, Becca implies that she has been seeing someone. Brett Wells is more focused on his future than who should be his prom date. When he overhears Becca’s lie, he makes a bargain with her: she can keep up the ruse and people can get off his back about not dating. But acting like a perfect couple isn’t easy, and when they each open up to one another, they realize they have more in common than they thought. Now Brett and Becca must decide if they are still faking their relationship – or turning it into something real.
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