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Amanda Nelson

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Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

This post is sponsored by South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf.

south of sunshineKaycee Jean McCoy has lived her entire life in Sunshine, Tennessee. She knows what is—and what isn’t—expected of her. She certainly would rather let gross Dave Bradford kiss her on occasion than come out. But then Bree Dawson—beautiful, sexy, impossibly cool—moves to town, and Kaycee is swept up in a whirlwind of exciting new emotions and lets her guard down. When her best friend catches them kissing, Kaycee’s whole world goes to hell in a handbasket. What is she willing to risk for the sake of love? And for acceptance?

Young love is so fraught and we assign it so much meaning and depth and angst, it’s no wonder it’s an excellent subject for fiction. Talk about built-in drama and conflict! YA love often includes so many issues adults usually don’t have to face: will my parents forbid me from seeing this person? What do we do with the knowledge that this probably isn’t forever (and might not even be Past This Summer)? How am I going to get involved with someone while I’m busy saving the world from doom?

With this in mind, we asked you for your favorite YA romances, and here’s what you came up with! Enjoy:


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Shatter Me series by Taherah Mafi

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

The China Garden by Liz Berry

Love and Other Four Letter Words by Carolyn Mackler

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Anna and the French Kiss (and its follow-ups) by Stephanie Perkins

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh