Diversify YA Life: Interracial Couples

As you walk down aisles and aisles of books, that one cover catches your eye.  There’s a couple gazing longingly into each other’s eyes or perhaps it’s just hands inches from touching.  You take that book home to read about that girl who’s suffered a loss and goes to beach to wash her troubles away.  During her moment of reflection, a swoony bad boy walks by and smiles.  Hooray, a new ship has sailed your way.

Find your next OTP (One True Pairing) from the romance titles below.

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler


After a serious accident left singer Elyse mute, she decides to live a life of solitude.  During a party Elyse meets Christian, a playboy who doesn’t treat her like glass.  Will Elyse give her heart to a boy who steals many hearts?

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 

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Nix is a member of a four man crew aboard The Temptation-captained by her father.  Captain Slate is fiercely searching for a map from 1868 to go back into time to save his one true love.  Will Nix help him or sabotage his search?

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

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What was Blackbeard, the pirate, like as a teenager?  Blackhearts imagines Blackbeard as a teen as he falls in love with Anne, his father’s bi-racial servant.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

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Aaron has a girlfriend who loves him but his friends aren’t always supportive. His mother loves him unconditionally but his father recently committed suicide. His older brother ignores him but he’s found a new best friend. Aaron is more happy than not.

Winter by Marissa Meyer (2012 Teens Top Ten)

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Winter, Levana’s stepdaughter, refuses to use her glamour which makes her mentally unstable.  When Cinder arrives on Lunar, will Winter be strong enough to help her reclaim the throne?

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


Etta was a semi-content violinist when she’s suddenly pushed back into time.  If she wants to save her mother, she must travel time and location to find a special device.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (2011 Teens’ Top Ten)


Searching for her brother, Tessa finds herself in the underbelly of London.  With the help of The Institute, home of the Shadowhunters, Tessa battles paranormal monsters while on the hunt for her missing brother.

Legend Series by Marie Lu (2012 Teens’ Top Ten)


June is a military prodigy. Day is a felon on the run. The government enlists June to go undercover to capture Day but when she discovers he’s wrongly accused, will June turn him in or help him escape?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

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Kaz, a member of the Dregs gang, has scored a big heist but he needs help.  He enlists five others to help him break into the unbreakable Ice Court to steal some precious cargo.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (2016 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers)


Madeline suffers from the bubble boy syndrome where she’s allergic to everything and can’t go outside. Her only human contact are her mother and her nurse. One day a new family moves in and she fall in love with Olly.

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith


Finn suffers from epilepsy and just happens to be a character in his father’s popular book.  When a new girl comes to town, Finn falls in love. When she suddenly leaves town, Finn and his best friend set out on a road trip to get her back.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga 

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Jazz’s father is a notorious serial killer Billy Dent who is currently serving time.  When a copycat murderer begins killing young women in his small town, Jazz and his friends help local law enforcement to find the killer.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


Laia is a Scholar, the lowest of the low, and her brother has been taken by The Masks.  He is her only living family member and she will risk her life to find him.  Elias is a Mask but he doesn’t want to be.  Laia and Elias’ paths cross when Laia goes undercover as a slave at Elias’ military school to get information on her brother.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults)


Cady remembers waking up in the lake in only her underwear but doesn’t remember how she got there.  In order to stop her debilitating headaches, Cady returns to her seaside summer home for answers.

Like No Other by Una LaMarche


Devorah is a good girl from a Hasidic home and Jax is a nerdy kid uncomfortable around girls.  Although they live in the same neighborhood, their paths have never crossed until a chance meeting in an elevator.  Devorah’s family forbids the relationship but will she disobey her parent’s wishes for the sake of love?

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson


The world is going to end on January 29, 2016 and the aliens are allowing Henry Denton to decide to save it.  Between his father’s abandonment, his aging grandmother, and his complicated relationships, Henry’s not quite sure the world’s worth saving.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


Have you ever wondered what the teens from District 3 were doing while Katniss and Peeta were saving the world? Well, wonder no more.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers


Know one wants to believe Romy when she says the sheriff’s son sexually assaults her.  When a fellow classmate goes missing along with the sheriff’s son, Romy sets out to find the missing girl and expose the truth.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (2016 Morris Finalist)


Minnow’s compound has burned down and her cult’s leader was murdered. Minnow is in juvenile detention accused of the crime and  while she tries to survive life outside the cult, Minnow must decide if she can trade her secrets for freedom.

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— Dawn Abron, currently reading a YA fantasy novel.

2 thoughts on “Diversify YA Life: Interracial Couples”

  1. I loved this post! The interracial couple for the I Hunt Killers trilogy is Connie (not Candy) and Jazz – loved them!!! Thanks for such a great list, any books I haven’t iread yet are going on my TBR.

  2. OMG, I have no idea where I got Candy from. I read and loved the series. Thanks for the catch!

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