"Is this a kissing book?"
Sometimes you just want the characters to fall in love, dammit. There are romantic subplots in SO many books that it can get overwhelming to make a list like this. My brain automatically rejects love triangles of any sort as a love story so there is a distinct lack of dystopian and fantasy here.
My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
“Maybe if I can just sleep for a hundred years, I'll wake up in a better story.”
If ever there was a book about high school romance that I have head-cannoned (I can make this into a verb if I want to) into long term commitment into the future this is the one. Sam and Jace 4-ever.
Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins
“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”
Falling in love in Paris. What could be better? I appreciate that this is a omg-he's-hot to friendship to love story. They really get to know one another which makes them falling in love that much more real.
By Diana Gabaldon
"Not for the first time, I reflected that intimacy and romance are not synonymous."
This might be one of the most intense love stories ever between two incredibly well drawn characters. Many a reread later I still love them.
Morning is a Long Time Coming
by Bette Greene
“Longevity can't be the only test of love.”
I like this book because it shows that until you are okay with yourself, you aren't going to be open to love. If you have read Summer of My German Soldier you know how desperately Patty needs love. Also, everyone should fall in love in Paris.
OCD Love Story
by Corey Ann Heydu
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Published: July 23rd 2013
“It's like, I'm scared and there're a lot of ugly things, but I'd rather be shipwrecked on this lovely island than safe in a sad, gray cell.”
Obsession and love might seem to go together but in this story obsession is in the way of love. Sometimes falling in love isn't pretty.
The Scorpio Races
By Maggie Stiefwater
“There are moments that you'll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you'll remember for the rest of your life, and it's not often they turn out to be the same moment.”
Because Maggie Stiefvater. I think that this is her purist love story.
The Wrath and the Dawn
by Renee Ahdieh
“My soul sees its equal in you.”
I believe it. Which is a big ask for the premise of this book. Girl married King who kills his bride every morning to get revenge for his killing her friend. And finds love. That shouldn't make sense and yet, somehow works.
First & Then
by Emma Mills
“A thousand electric cars could run on how you feel when you know that the person you like likes you back. It feels incredible. Like it shouldn't be possible. Of all the happy coincidences to ever exist, it's one of the happiest.”
I hate sports books. And books where the main character is an athlete in more than the most casual of ways. And yet I loved this book. Consistent I am not.
Take Me There
bt Carolee Dean
“Words are like people, I think. Put too many of them too close together and they cause trouble.”
Dylan is a bad boy after my own heart. I love how this book is about falling in love but also about societies expectations and it's power over our lives.
A Certain Slant of Light
by Laura Whitcomb
“I couldn't take my eyes off him. Like a desert wanderer afraid of mirages, I gazed at my oasis, but he was real.”
I love this book. The writing is perfection. Helen and James are beautiful together. Reading it is a combination of hand on heart with, "Aw!" and sobbing.