Welcome to Top 10 Tuesday! This is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s challenge is about YA romance!
Okay, so I’m changing the prompt again this week. I will still be doing this week’s prompt (“books I love that were written over 10 years ago”), but I’m going to post it next week instead (since I didn’t really have many ideas for “completed series I wish had more books”). Last month, I did a wedding-themed post in honor of my two-year wedding anniversary. Well, now that we’re married, we don’t really need to celebrate dating anniversaries anymore, but today is a pretty special one. Today is our ten-year dating anniversary! Although we’ve only been married for two years, we’ve officially been together for ten, which definitely feels like it’s worth celebrating! Therefore, I wanted to do another anniversary-themed post. My husband and I started dating ten years ago while we were still in high school, so for this post I wanted to highlight some of my favorite YA romances (some of which I read around the time we started dating!). Without further ado, here are my top ten YA romances!
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1. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
I’ve read every Sarah Dessen book, and this one has always been my favorite. Maybe it’s just because I’ve re-read it so many times, but I can remember the romance so clearly even though it’s been years since I last read it.
2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Even though romance isn’t the main point of this series, I just always found the romance in this story to be so sweet. And I was definitely really invested in it when I read it as a teen.
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I mean, of course, right? One of my all-time favorite books, and I’ve always been resolutely Team Peeta.
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I have a feeling if I re-read this now as an adult, I would cringe through most of it. But when I read it as a teen, I thought the relationship was so cute, and tragic, and romantic!
5. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Such a cute and wholesome romance! I wish this one had existed when I was a teen.
6. Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez
I thought the way the romance was handled in this book was really unique and well-executed.
7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I know, I know, definitely not the greatest (or healthiest) romance of all time… But when I read it as a teen, I probably would’ve disagreed with that. What I see now as obsessive and creepy, I interpreted at 13 as passionate and romantic. What can I say? At the very least, it’s an entertaining “love” story!
8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Another very cute and wholesome romance!
9. The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown
This romance is unique in that the two partners have already been separated at the start of the story. I don’t want to say too much (because I don’t want to give the whole story away), but it’s a really beautiful and moving love story.
10. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
I read this somewhat recently and found the romance and dialogue to be super corny and cringey, but I know if I had read it as a teenager I would’ve been completely absorbed and on board with it!
Have you read any of these books? What would your top ten be?
Let me know in the comments!