Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances by Mauren Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle
Three stories, each featuring its own adorable couple, are woven together into one snowy Christmasy story [which, like Love Actually, can be enjoyed year round]. Funny, relatable, and reminiscent of being a teenager.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna, aspiring film critic with a stripe of purple in her hair, has been sent to boarding school in Paris for her junior year, where she develops a crush on a cute English boy with a French name and a girlfriend. Perhaps the most compellingly real depiction of romance I’ve read. Way better than the title implies.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Please read all of Jane Austen, but if I have to choose, Persuasion has the best love story. Years later, Anne Elliot is still haunted by her decision to break off her engagement to the love of her life. And now he is back.
Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale
This real-life memoir, told through letters and emails, follows friendship after college. It includes many stories of really bad relationships, and one really good one.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
As much as I don’t really get the appeal of Mr Rochester, it is clear to me that he and Jane improve each other. My tutor called me a romantic for this argument, but it is all in the text, okay!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars could be described as a novel about cancer, but it is really a novel about love – young love and true love. Prepare your handkerchief, though.
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
“Love poems” have a cheesy connotation, but Pablo Neruda’s are anything but. His writing is vulnerably romantic and earnest.
Which books would you add to this list? I’m always looking for more!