It’s that time of year again. Summer. Sun. Traveling. No school. Time for catching up on all of the great romance novels, and looking forward to the new ones. Who doesn’t love a book about a classic romance? Summer is the season of great romcoms.
With my book count up to 13 for the summer, I’ve had time to reread some of my favorite romcoms from years past, and now, I’m going to go through some of them here.
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy by Jenny Han
How can I not include a Jenny Han series? She masters the fake dating trope like a pro. Lara Jean Covey has to be my favorite Young Adult (YA) protagonist. She’s authentic, relatable and a well-balanced character. Seeing the love story between her and Peter Kavinsky evolve throughout the series makes fans want more of our favorite couple. It’s hard to pick a favorite out of the trilogy, but I would have to say the first or third.
“Counting Down With You” by Tashie Bhuiyan
Fake dating? Diverse friend group? Good girl and bad boy trope? Yes, please! Where do I start with Tashie Bhuiyan’s debut novel? Karina Ahmed and Ace Clyde have set my standards way too high for relationships. I mean, he buys her books. Ace is a complex character himself — existing as a character, not just a love interest. Every character is interesting. The book is so diverse with its characters and their cultural experience that not only do readers get swept away in a whirlwind romance, they learn about different perspectives through Bhuiyan’s writing. I’m excited to read her new book ‘A Show for Two’, which is finally in stores!
“Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins
This Parisian romance by Stephanie Perkins is a huge guilty pleasure of mine. The story follows Anna, an American girl sent to a boarding school in Paris. She meets Etienne (AKA St. Clair) and instantly falls for him. Problem? He has a girlfriend. Following these flawed characters and their horrible decisions is refreshing, hence the guilt.
“Kate in Waiting” by Becky Albertalli
Becky Albertalli is known for writing humorous, captivating YA books, and “Kate in Waiting” is no exception. The story follows Kate and her best friend as they both fall in love — with the same guy. A story of friendship, heartbreak and complicated relationships, this book is another romcom that I look forward to reading again.
“The Summer I Turned Pretty” trilogy by Jenny Han
With how much I’ve been talking about this series, it had to be on this list. Han’s first YA series fills its readers with joy and optimism — then destroys it right at the climax of the first book. It’s a wash, rinse, repeat cycle of sadness, happiness, youthful optimism and then more sadness. Basically, it’s like a good Taylor Swift song. Main character Belly and the Fisher brothers, Jeremiah and Conrad, add an intriguing twist to the love triangle cliche. Typically, love triangles can get stale, but Han’s writing keeps the audience interested to see what happens next — even if it breaks our hearts.