6 YA Books for When You Just Need to Feel Good
So, I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I think that you like what you like, and no one should make fun of you for it. And I like—no, LOVE—light, fluffy rom-coms. But I will admit, I may have watched Netflix’s new adaption of the delightful Jenny Han book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before a few too many times. It’s totally normal to just watch it over breakfast every morning, right?
If you’re longing for more feel good fuzzies, don’t despair! There are so many wonderful YA romantic comedies out there, and don’t let anyone tell you that they aren’t “good books” just because they have a happy ending. So here’s a list of six YA romantic comedies to devour when you just need something to make you smile.
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
We can all agree that there aren’t enough stories featuring queer characters out there, but there definitely aren't enough happy queer stories! So often any romance featuring an LGBTQ+ character is tragic, and that’s just not representative of the real world. Enter Jaye Robin Brown’s charming novel about a queer girl in the South, whose growing feelings for a classmate make her life a little more complicated. This books deals with romance and religion in a light but heartfelt way that made me melt.
Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare
If you like your romance with a side of snark (and who doesn't, really?), then Surviving Adam Meade is perfect for you. Claire Collins is determined to get out of North Carolina, but will her plan be foiled by Adam Meade, the local football star who she can’t seem to stop thinking about? With all the feels of Friday Night Lights and plenty of sass, this is a rom-com that you’ll tear through.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
I fell in love with both Dimple and Rishi from the very first page of this lighthearted novel about two teenagers at a summer tech camp whose parents may or may not be playing matchmaker. With the best anti-meet-cute you’ll ever read and two extremely cute romantic leads, Dimple manages to discuss identity and culture but never lose its sense of fun.
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
You can tell from the cover that this one is going to be a wild ride, and Matson doesn’t let her readers down. At Charlie Grant’s sister’s wedding, everything that can go wrong does, with hilarious results. Add in a compelling reflection on changing family dynamics and (of course) a super cute boy, and you have a recipe for the perfect romantic comedy.
The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
The nerdy love story of my dreams, this retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is chock full of Doctor Who references, snarky dialogue, and enough swoonworthy moments to keep you going for weeks. Plus, it’s super hilarious and who can resist an enemies to lovers plotline? Not I!
What if It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Okay, so technically this isn’t out until October, but I guarantee you it’s the perfect book for this list. Two boys meet in a post office in New York and must figure out whether the universe is pushing them together... or pulling them apart. Featuring the PERFECT meet-cute and a whole lot of New York references (shoutout to Levain cookies!), you’ll devour this book in an afternoon and walk away smiling.
Your turn, Swooners! Share your favorite feel-good YA rom-coms in the rom-comments. ;)