Top Ten Contemporary YA Titles (with Romance!)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Contemporary YA is kind of my thing. Throw in some romance and I’m hooked. BUT not all YA contemp novels are created equally… and some of those potentially great love stories fall flat. Luckily, I’m here to point you in the direction of a few that didn’t disappoint!


The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
Rothenberg’s debut surprised me… I wasn’t really expecting, or looking for depth, but that’s what I ended up finding. And the characters have just sort of stuck around in my head. Loved it!

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
To be honest, I’ve always kind of hated football. Luckily, Kenneally writes a pretty fantastic love story – and you don’t have to care about football one bit to fall for this book.

Stay by Deb Caletti
This is my favorite Deb Caletti book, hands down. I adored the comparison of the main character’s past unhealthy relationship to new,  healthy one that develops throughout the novel.

Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Why are road trips so damn amazing? The music and romance in this book kept me glued to its pages.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
This book is so romantic to me. Some of my all time favorite quotes originate within its pages as well.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
I’m pretty sure I almost hyperventilated while reading this book. Such a powerful novel in general, but it features a pretty steamy romance as well.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
My favorite part of this romantic plot line was the humor… I was officially in love with Roger by the end of the book.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Love/Hate relationships usually suck in real life, but Keplinger made me want one anyway. Plus the romantic lead bears a happy resemblance to Logan Echolls (in my mind at least).

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
I don’t think Echols will ever write a romance that I love more than this one. I think John After is my ultimate book boy crush… Gotta love a man in uniform!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Oh, St. Clair. There aren’t even words for you


Also, in writing this post, I’ve realized that most of my favorites are a bit old… Do you have any titles (recent or older) that you recommend I pick up???


16 thoughts on “Top Ten Contemporary YA Titles (with Romance!)

  1. The only one of these I've read is 'The Sky is Everywhere' which was my favourite read of 2010. A couple of others are sitting on my shelf, waiting. I'll have to check some of these out!

  2. I'm so into YA Contemporary right now that I almost can't read anything else. It doesn't interest me. I'm in a mood or something. I've read most of the books on your list but a few I haven't so I'm deffo putting them on my list because I need something new!

  3. Oh I love your list!St. Clair is so swoony. I have a hard time deciding who I like more — him or Cricket.If I had to recommend or add any — I would say anything by Sarah Dessen. She's like the queen of contemporary YA with romance.

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