Before it became an instant rom-com classic on Netflix, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was part of Jenny Han’s bestselling trilogy. As we patiently await for Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky to reunite for the much-anticipated sequel, check out these 10 contemporary YA novels with equally adorable characters that will give you the same OTP feels.
#1 P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
If you can’t wait for the onscreen sequel, how about reading it instead? Following the events of the first book, the second installment in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy will answer all your burning questions about the elusive John Ambrose McClaren and reveal big secrets about Gen – all while feeding you with more Covey and Peter cuteness.
#2 Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ high school romance? Simon Spier is a seemingly ordinary teenager with a big secret. When a fellow classmate unintentionally discovers his email exchange, he is blackmailed into helping this classmate get close to a girl. As his secret about his sexual orientation hangs in the balance, he must find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he compromises his shot at happiness with his adorable crush… whom he’s never met before.
#3 Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
How would you feel if the one guy you can’t stand is actually the boy of your dreams? Well, that is the case for classic movie fan Bailey who has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she’d met online named Alex. Though they’ve tried to make plans to meet in person, Bailey was never ready to take the next step. When she moves to the same town as her online bae, she decides to keep it a secret. Little does she know that her dreamy love interest turns out to be her IRL archnemesis, the irritating (but super hot) Porter Roth.
#4 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Meet Dimple Shah, a determined go-getter who doesn’t conform to the traditions of her Indian culture; and Rishi Patel, a hopeless romantic who believes in traditions. Their paths intentionally cross when Rishi decides to join the same summer program for aspiring web developers in an attempt to woo Dimple. Told from two points of view, this is an unconventional love story where love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
#5 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Travel with Anna to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, where she meets a gorgeous Brit boy named Etienne. They quickly become best friends, but things get complicated when their platonic friendship starts developing into romance. Just how will they end up together if they both already have someone back home?
#6 I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Perfect for all you K-drama lovers, this is a story about Desi Lee who tackles her flirting failures with guidance from Korean dramas that her father obsessively watches. Armed with her ‘K-Drama Steps to True Love’ guide, Desi attempts to go after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos with boat rescues, love triangles and staged car crashes as portrayed in the shows. But when the fun and games turn to true feelings, Desi finds out that real love is way more than just drama.
#7 Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Embrace your inner geek with this fantastic retelling of Cinderella set in the world of pop culture conventions and all things cosplay. Elle is a teenager who adores everything about the classic sci-fi series Starfield. She enters a cosplay contest tied to a promotion of the latest movie in the franchise, and ends up winning an invitation to the ball at ExcelsiCon where she meets the guy playing the prince in the reboot. Chockfull of heart-fluttering moments, this is a modern-day fairytale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
#8 Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various YA authors
Whether or not you believe in fate, luck or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. In this anthology of original short stories, you will experience 14 diverse love stories from finding love with a missing library book, to a missed connection on a subway. With a variety of different writing styles and relatable characters to immerse yourselves into, this page-turner will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
#9 Love, Life and the List by Kasie West
Follow the story of aspiring artist Abby Turner, whose paintings have been rejected from an art show because her works “had no heart”. Determined not to let another opportunity slip by, she gives herself one month to accomplish 10 things on her list; including confessing her love to her best friend and longtime crush, Cooper.
#10 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Molly is a plus-size girl who has lived through 26 experiences of unrequited love. She often crushes hard in secret (similar to Lara Jean) as she can’t stomach the idea of rejection. Just when she thinks she’s brave enough to get close with one of her sister’s new guy friends, she starts getting friendly with her co-worker, Reid. Though he isn’t the usual kind of guy she’d fall for, there’s just something about this awkward Tolkien superfan that makes her heart skip a beat.
Are you swooning yet? Let us know in the comments section if you have more recommendations!