The 14 Best Young Adult Books to Read for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! If you’re looking for some romantic reads to get ready for the holiday, then you found the right post. We’re here to share with you some of our favorite ya romances guaranteed to make you swoon.

This post is all about finding the best young adult books to read for Valentine’s Day. For more Valentine’s Day content, check out our previous posts: 14 Couples to Swoon Over for Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day Book Tag and 14 YA Romances to Read Before Valentine’s Day.

1. The Do-Over by Lynn Painter

Emilie Hornby is having the worst Valentine’s Day ever. She couldn’t wait to spend the day with her boyfriend Josh, but the universe had other plans. She gets into a car accident, she see her boyfriend kissing his ex, she doesn’t get an internship and her dad announces he’s moving to Texas. Could things get any worse?

Yes, because the next day she has to relive it again. Emilie is doing everything she can to change fate. However, once she lets go, she finds out living her life for fun is way better than planning out every detail. On the day she decides to throw caution to the wind, she has the best time and has an unexpected romantic encounter.

If you’re in the mood for a hilarious, witty and sweet story set on Valentine’s Day, pick up The Do-Over.

2. So, This is Love by Tracy Andreen

We had so much fun reading So, This is Christmas that we couldn’t wait to read the sequel, So, This is Love. Finley Brown and Arthur Chakrabarti Watercress spent an interesting holiday season in Christmas, Oklahoma. Now that they’re back at their boarding school in Connecticut, everything is different.

Didn’t Arthur kiss Finley at the Christmas Eve party not that long ago? Arthur is acting weird at school and Finley’s enemy isn’t hiding her interest in Arthur. What can Finley do to recreate the magic of Christmas? Well, there’s always Valentine’s Day.

3. 19 Love Songs by David Levithan

19 Love Songs is a unique book because it’s a collection of stories on love told in many different ways. There’s fiction, non-fiction and even poetry. Levithan’s goal was to capture the feeling of young love.

There are also bonus scenes from Levithan’s other books here, including Every Day and Two Boys Kissing. This collection is perfect to read for Valentine’s Day and give as a gift.

4. Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

Never Ever Getting back together has been on our TBR for a while and we’re just getting around to reading it. We loved The Bachelor vibes we got from the plot and knew we would be obsessed with the reality TV setting.

Now that Jordy is famous, he’s been given a TV show where he re-dates his ex-girlfriends. Maya says yes to being on the show for revenge, after all, he cheated on her. Skye is hoping to rekindle their romance, thinking they could be perfect for each other. But through a series of events, could Maya and Skye realize that they’ve found an unexpected romantic connection with each other?

5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty is a long-time favorite series of ours. It’s become popular again because of the Amazon Prime TV series adaptation. To learn about the differences between the book and the show, check out Book vs TV Show: The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Belly Conklin has always measured her life in summers. After all, her best memories occur during her summer trips to Cousins Beach. But this summer is different. Belly’s turning 16 and guys are starting to take notice, even Conrad Fisher and Jeremiah Fisher. They’ve always been like brothers to her, but this summer romance will change everything.

The Summer I Turned Pretty is the first book in a romantic trilogy about Belly finding herself and deciding which Fisher brother is her perfect match.

6. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

How long does it take to fall in love? The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight asks that question. On a flight from New York to London, Hadley and Oliver never expected to fall for each other. But the two are going through a tough time and over the course of a transatlantic flight, are able to open up to each other.

However, they get separated at London Heathrow, which leads Hadley on a quest to see if she and Oliver could make this work. The Statistical probability of Love at First Sight is a great Valentine’s Day book because it’s sweet, romantic and set in a beautiful city. It’s also an emotional read, which leads to important character development.

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss is always going to be one of our favorite YA contemporaries. First of all, it’s set in the most romantic city in the world: Paris, France. Also, we just love the characters so much.

Anna Oliphant doesn’t want to spend her senior year in Paris. But things turn out okay when she joins a friend group, which includes the charming Etienne St. Clair. He’s everything Anna wants in a guy…except he already has a girlfriend. Join Anna as she explores Paris, gains confidence and has one of the cutest love stories.

8. Meet Cute by various authors

Who doesn’t love a good meet cute? Meet Cute is a short story collection from some of the biggest authors in YA. If you love the part of a romance novel where the characters meet, this book is definitely for you. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Gift for YA romance readers. You’ll find yourself swooning the entire time and struggling to decide which short story was your overall favorite.

9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Samantha Reed has spent years living next to the Garrett family. The Garretts are everything Reeds aren’t: loud, messy and btw, there’s so many of them. One night Samantha has a run in with Jase, the Garrett sibling who is her age. Quickly, she’ swept into Jase’s world and starts to find herself.

My Life Next Door is a really sweet romance. However, it also deals with subjects like mental health and trauma. Samantha also has to realize that what she wants is the opposite of what her mother has planned for her.

10. Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

Can a rock tour around the United States reconnect Vee and Cam? It’s been to years since Cam broke Vee’s hear and now two are stuck together on a rock tour bus all summer. Cam is determined to reconnect, but Vee just wants her space. To make things worse, the band is on a reality show, meaning that everyone who watches has an opinion on Vee and Cam.

Love Songs & Other Lies is a second chance romance about living your dreams and forgiveness. It’s also a fun novel if you’ve wondered what it would be like to travel around the United States on a bus.

11. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Hearts and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. Beatrix is planning on spending her summer drawing cadavers in order to win a scholarship content. When she tries to sneak into a hospital one night to accomplish this, she meets Jack, San Francisco’s most impressive graffiti artist.

Neither of them planned on falling in love. But after their first encounter, they can’t stay away from each other. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is a powerful romance that takes readers all around San Francisco.

12. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

The title, Listen to Your Heart, makes us think of Valentine’s Day. Even though the story isn’t set around this holiday, it’s an amazing romance that you won’t want to miss. We love the plot and had trouble putting this romance down.

Kate Bailey prefers to spend her time at the lake. Too bad her best friend signed her up for the school’s podcast, where she now has to stay late and give advice to people. When a guy keeps calling about his anonymous crush, she’s pretty sure the guy is Diego Martinez and the crush is her best friend. Too bad Kate starts to develop feelings for Diego as well.

13. Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce

Hot British Boyfriend is a really cute and fun romance set in England. We started thinking about the book again when we received an ARC for Hot Dutch Daydream, the companion book.

Ellie decides to spend a semester in England to run away from the humiliation she faced in DC. On her agenda: find a hot British guy. But to get the guy, Ellie changes who she is so he will fall for her. Her new friend group advises against this, especially Dev, who has feelings for Ellie.

Hot British Boyfriend has some important life lessons, but it’s also a great book for travel lovers. Even though Ellie didn’t have to travel all the way to England to find love.

14. The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

The Lucky List is all about deciding what you want and being true to yourself.

Emily is having trouble: her dad is selling the house, she screwed things up with her boyfriend and she’s lonely. Everything changes when Emily finds a list her mom made of everything she wanted to do before graduating high school.

At the same time, Emily’s dad’s friend and the friend’s daughter Blake move to town. Emily and Blake set off to accomplish everything on the list together, which sparks an unexpected romantic connection over the course of the summer. The Lucky List is a sweet story about getting out of your comfort zone and being true to yourself.

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  2. I haven’t read any of these, but they do sound perfect to read for Valentine’s Day! I’m intrigued by a few including The Summer I Turned Pretty (which is already on my TBR) as well as Meet Cute and Hot British Boyfriend!

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