Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: What Are Your Favorite Unconventional YA Love Stories

Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

This Riot Recommendation asking for your favorite unconventional YA love stories is sponsored by Flatiron Books.

Birthday by Meredith Russo cover imageFrom the award-winning author of If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo, comes a heart-wrenching and universal story of identity, first love, and fate. Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan’s destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they’re meant to be—and if they’re meant to be together.



We’re a sucker for a love story. All love stories, especially the ones we usually don’t get to hear about. The unconventional YA love stories are the ones we’re really craving to curl up with now that we can read outside in the sunshine amongst the flowers—perfect love story reading atmosphere. And we want a big stack to read through, so drop down into our comments section and tell us your favorite unconventional YA love stories. We’ll be back next week with a swoon-worthy list that’ll pump all the blood into even the blackest of hearts.