Winter is here! I am one of those rare breeds who actually love winter, and it’s not because I love getting out in the cold. There’s just something wonderful about being able to snuggle in with a good book, some hot chocolate, and a blanket when it’s bitterly cold outside that invigorates me. And lucky for readers, there are so many excellent books that will take away those winter blues. For this reader in particular, I happen to adore a good love story in winter. Maybe it’s because Valentine’s Day is already being pushed onto us (have you seen the candy aisles at your local stores?) or maybe it’s because love is the perfect antidote to those cold winter days. Who knows! In any case, here are some of my favorite teen romances to push away those winter blues.
There is, of course, no shortage of YA writers who include romance in their books. It’s what I love about young adult lit so much, that it is about relationships, whether romances or not. Of course, I do happen to enjoy a book that makes my heart go pitter-patter a bit, and these authors and their books definitely do that!
Jenny Han’s fabulous Summer series (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, and We’ll Always Have Summer) is one of my absolute favorite go-to series for romance. Belly is in love with two boys and while readers know how boring the love triangle can get, Jenny Han also knows this and shows just how complex being in love can be. Belly (you’ll have to read to understand the nickname) is a fabulous character.
Stephanie Perkins is becoming a name-brand for well written teen romances. Anna and the French Kiss recently became a finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of the Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards). This is a book that has gotten a lot of press and buzz and it lives up to the hype! France, a boarding school, a cute guy with an accent, and a strong female character? It’s a win/win! The second book, very loosely connected, Lola and the Boy Next Door, also has a great romance at its center. If you haven’t read Stephanie Perkins yet, what are you waiting for?