Teen Romance in YA Lit


October is an exciting month for any YA lit fan, because it includes Teen Read Week! In honor of this annual celebration of young adult literature, YALSA invited book-loving teens all over the world to apply to share their enthusiasm for reading in a guest post for The Hub. Thirty-one talented young writers were chosen, and we’ll be featuring posts from these unique voices all month long. Here’s Karina Hernandez from New Jersey.

Young adult books with teen romance are the stories that take you on a roller coaster of emotion. It’s the moment when the two characters meet. It’s the love that grows between the two of them. It’s the introduction of a good love triangle. It’s the struggle when the couple refuses to accept their love for each other. It’s the tears shed, the pillows punched in frustration, the smile released when they finally kiss.

The many emotions of YA lit
The many emotions of YA lit

Everyone has their favorite couple from a YA- Hazel and Augustus, Anna and Étienne, Tris and Tobias, Sophie and Archer, Hermione and Ron, Samantha and Jase, Willem and Allyson, Eleanor and Park. Everyone also has their favorite love triangle – Katniss/Peeta/Gale, Bella/Edward/Jacob, America/Maxon/Aspen, Clara/Tucker/Christian, Juliette/Adam/Warner (Why does it seem like all the love triangles are two boys and a girl, anyway?).

These are the stories that leave us either sobbing at the end or just closing the book and letting out the biggest smile. These stories make us fall in love and just feel happy from head to toe. They take us on a crazy adventure from start from finish, leaving us rapidly turning the pages, thirsty for more.

Now I’ll quickly take you through some of my favorite teen romances in young adult lit and describe the story, the feels, and the love.


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Divergent by Veronica Roth


The Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand


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


This is What Happy Looks Like, The Geography of You and Me, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith


–Karina Hernandez


Hi, I’m Karina. I’m 17 years old and a high school senior from New Jersey. I love reading. My favorite genres are Young Adult and Contemporary; anything with a good love story. You can find me talking about more books at mylifeinstory. Besides reading I sing in three of my schools’ choirs. Netflix is my best friend. Hope you enjoy my blog post!