Riot Recommendation

22 Romances Based on Misunderstandings

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This installment of the Riot Recommendation is sponsored by A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall.

a little something differentLea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at the local Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….


Maybe the heroine overhears a conversation out of context. Maybe the hero sees his love interest hugging a strange man in a restaurant and gives up hope (turns out, it’s her cousin). There’s something especially rewarding about watching a couple who just. Can’t. Get it together. Finally find themselves in each other’s arms.

We asked you to tell us your favorite romances based on misunderstandings, and you delivered. Here are your top 22 picks:


Emma by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Also Known As by Robin Benway

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sushi For Beginners by Marian Keyes

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Paradise by Judith McNaught

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Highland Fling by Nancy Mitford

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion