To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a modern young adult classic. It is not surprising that Netflix picked this series as it has everything readers love in a book: a fantastic send-off (pun intended), a great meet-cute and a romance for the ages. We’ve rounded up 12 YA books like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (both standalones and series) that will hit all of the points you know and love. From enemies to lovers or fake dating or fantasy, contemporary and science fiction, these romance books will become your new favorites to go back to once you finish watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 2: P.S. I Still Love You.
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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