With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we always crave a book with a swoon-worthy romance. We’ve lined up 14 of our fave YA couples to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit. Tell us your favorite down below!
1. Xander and Caymen: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Caymen couldn’t stand Xander the first time she met him. In her mind, every rich person was trouble. Xander keeps showing up and convincing Caymen to spend time with him. The two had more in common than they thought…they both felt their parents dictate their future careers. That’s when they created career days. They’d each plan a day to help the other to decide what to do with their lives. The chemistry could not be denied in West’s first contemporary YA. Xander charmed us instantly and we loved Caymen’s dry sense of humor. The two may be stubborn, but they brought out the best in each other. The Distance Between Us is one of our favorite books from West.
2. Sonny and Jacob: Westcott High by Sarah Mello
We’ve been huge fans of the Westcott High books for a while. You can check out our reviews for Book 1 and Book 2. Sonny and Jacob are our favorite Westcott High couple for their adorable banter and supportive relationship. Though they’ve had their ups and downs, they always gravitate toward each other. Jacob is legit swoon-worthy and is always there for Sonny. If they aren’t endgame we will protest!
3. Ash and November: Killing November by Adriana Mather
Killing November hooked us in the first few pages. Imagine waking up and not knowing where you are. None of the students at Academy Absconditti know where it’s located and November’s classmates are less than friendly. Except Ash, her roommate’s older brother. With his cheeky smile and ability to read anyone, November questions Ash’s motives from the start. Circumstances and dark secrets bring the two together and put their trust to the test. The two had an instant spark. However, it took time for both of them to let down their walls. If we were being hunted by members of a secret society, we hope Ash would have our back.
4. Pip and Ravi: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is one of our favorite YA thrillers. So if you’re in the market for romance with a touch murder, then this is the book/couple for you. Pip and Ravi are a crime solving duo out to solve the murder of Andy Bell and clear the name of Ravi’s brother, who was accused of the crime and committed suicide. Pip and Ravi have witty, clever banter and always make us laugh. They think super highly of each other and Ravi is always up for Pip’s crazy antics. Though their relationship has subtle romantic undertones at first, by the end of the book you’ll be hardcore shipping them!
5. Charity and Noah: Glimpsed by G. F. Miller
Noah and Charity are our most recent obsession. Charity isn’t your average fairy godmother and Noah is more than an adorkable nerd. If you love an enemies-to-lovers plot, then you’ll love Glimpsed. Charity and Noah hated each other from the minute they met, and their relationship evolved naturally. Our favorite parts of the book always involved their crazy fairy godmother-ing. And their grand gestures at the end left us swooning. Literally fate— talk about an OTP!
6. Devon and Ezra: First & Then by Emma Mills
If you’re a fan of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and are looking for a similar vibe in a YA contemporary, check out First & Then. Devon and Ezra are basically a modern day Elizabeth and Darcy, undergoing similar misunderstandings and misconceptions The couple has great banter and grows closer over the course of the book. Nothing about their relationship is forced and you’ll spend the entire time begging for them to get together. Ezra was a dream boat AND he had hidden depth. We love a good hate-to-love trope, and enjoyed watching Devon chip away at Ezra’s tough exterior.
7. Mallory and Noah: London Prep by Jillian Dodd
London Prep screams unsupervised teens, so if you love those types of books, then buy this book ASAP! Noah and Mallory are basically forbidden from dating. She is staying with his family for a two week exchange in London and basically are only separated by a wall. They absolutely hate each other in the beginning, but as they grow closer, they realize there’s more to the other than meets the eye. Noah is your typical hot-then-cold dreamboat and Mallory doesn’t take his B.S. We love watching them challenge each other. Plus, he’s British— yes please! Check out our review if you need more convincing!
8. Jamie and Maya: Yes No Maybe So By Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
Jamie and Maya are our favorite political activists in YA fiction! Check out our full review of Yes No Maybe So to read more about the plot. We loved seeing Maya and Jamie come together over their shared beliefs and politics. We’re big into politics so we loved seeing them geek out over volunteering for their local campaign. Jamie was laugh-out-loud adorable and always supportive of Maya during her hardships. Their trips to Target together were adorable, and we’d definitely go on a date to the Target outdoor seating area (ha!).
9. Bex and Jack: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Bex and Jack meet in the middle of the night on the bus in downtown San Francisco. Jack may be charming and extremely attractive, but he also is one of San Francisco’s notorious street graffiti artists. As Jack and Bex grow closer, she starts to tear down his walls and discovers his family’s secrets. It’s hard for him to let anyone into his world. Like Bennett’s other books, The Anatomical Shape of Heart made us swoon. We loved that both Bex and Jack were artists, but in extremely different ways. Both also had complex family lives and gave each other someone solid to depend on.
10. Wes and Sophie: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
If you’re looking for a YA romance that will also make you burst out laughing, 10 Blind Dates is for you. Sophie’s recent break up left her heart shattered. Together with her large Italian family for the holidays, they are determined to help her move on. Her nonna devises a plan: 10 blind dates in 10 days. Members of her family sign up to plan the perfect date and find Sophie her perfect guy. However, the person who she least expected might have been there all along. After going on a serious of ridiculous dates, her cousin’s best friend, Wes, is ready to finally get his shot with Sophie. We shipped this friends to lovers match right away. Wes was there from day one and even drove Sophie somewhere in the middle of the night after an emergency. Talk about a great guy!
11. Zach and Cammie: Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
After Cammie lost her her first boyfriend because she had to stay undercover at her spy school, Cammie swears off guys. She has her best friends Bex, Macy and Liz. Then her school announces that for the year the school will be hosting the Blackthorne School for Boys, the male equivalent of the Gallagher Academy. Even though most girls want Zach’s attention, Cammie tries to stay away…easier said then done. With the two of them getting thrown together all the time, the two wonder what it would be like for a relationship under normal circumstances. Zach and Cammie are one of our favorite YA couples ever. They will keep you guessing in books two through six of the Gallagher Girls series.
12. Andie and Clark: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Andie likes to be able to plan every detail of her life. That happens when your alone most of the time. She has her future set and dates a string of guy, as long as they don’t go over the three week mark. But when her internship falls apart, Andie has to get a job and has no idea how to fill her summer. Enter a dog walking business and a cute guy named Clark. Clark isn’t like the other guys Andie dates. The best part of this book is Andie’s character growth. She’s pretty shallow and guarded at first. Clark and a pack of cute puppies might be exactly what Andie needed to relax and enjoy her summer. The Unexpected Everything highlights the importance of happy surprises and teaches Andie that maybe she didn’t always need a plan, especially in the romance department.
13. Ella and Jensen: The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Need a dark twist to your romance? Then Jennifer L. Armentrout’s will leave you terrified and swooning simultaneously. Ella is attacked at the end of summer party while walking to her car. At first she thinks it’s a random attack. When other people in her town start to go missing, they are all connected in some way. To make things more difficult, Jensen is back in town and determined to protect her. Her former best friend and the guy who broke her heart are everywhere. Ella doesn’t know if she can trust Jensen again. Except, she needs someone on her side when everything falls apart. Be warned, this YA thriller is one of the darkest we’ve read. However, Armentrout is a genius at mixing both horror and romance together. We’d love to see this turn into a movie.
14. Emily and Frank: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson is one of the best YA contemporary authors out there for her engaging writing and romances. Since You’ve Been Gone is no exception! Emily’s best friend Sloane ups and disappears one summer, but not before leaving behind a to-do list for Emily to conquer. Sloane has always encouraged Emily to go out of her comfort zone, and the list is meant to make Emily’s summer beyond epic. With the unexpected help of Frank Porter, Emily begins checking items off Sloane’s list. We absolutely loved how relatable Frank and Emily were. Unlike most YA characters, they weren’t crazy gorgeous or popular— they were average. And that is what made them such a great couple! They truly came together over the course of the novel and we loved how supportive Frank was of Emily’s list, even going as far as helping Emily track down Sloane. This is the perfect book for lovers of coming-of-age stories and friends-to-lovers tropes!