Young adult literature is bursting with romance these days: unrequited, forbidden, triangular. However, it’s those few couples that stick with you, warming (or destroying) your heart, that matter the most.
Graceling (Graceling #1) by Kristin Cashore
KATSA & PO
In a world where some children are born with an extreme skill, dubbed a Grace, Katsa is burdened with the responsibility and power of a Grace to kill. She lives under the command of her uncle, King Randa, who uses her as a thug to punish those under his thumb. Running a secret council in the underground of the castle with her cousin Raffin and companions Oll and Giddeon, Katsa meets a prince named Po who will pull her into a journey that spans nations and a frightening secret that might kill them all.
Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
JUNE & DAY
In a world where the western United States has been converted to a war-ridden Republic, June is a military prodigy and a member to one of the most elite families in the country. Deep in the slum, Day is the Republic’s most-wanted criminal. There’s no reason for their lives to cross until June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day is the prime target. Enraged and alone, June will stop at nothing to avenge her brother’s death, even if it means sinking undercover into the slums herself. However, the closer she gets, the more she realizes how little she knows about her Republic, the secrets behind her brothers death, and Day himself.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray
GEMMA & KARTIK
Sixteen year old Gemma Doyle was raised in the bustling streets of India, far away from the social conventions of the Victorian era. However, the death of her mother forces her to England and to a girls academy shrouded in mystery. Once there, she is plagued by clairvoyant visions as she looks into the magical secrets of the school along with three of her classmates (as well as Kartik, a gypsy with secrets of his own), uncovering a dark past, a different world, and a terrifying future.
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin La Fevers
ISMAE & DUVAL
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escaped from the throes of an arranged marriage and into the convent of St.Mortain, where she discovers she is a daughter of Death; brought down to Earth to serve to learn her skills as an assassin and become a handmaiden of Death. Ismae’s first assignment finds her deep in the political tangle of Brittany, a nation struggling to keep French invaders and it’s own dissidence at day. However, the closer she gets to her targets, the more she realizes how woefully unprepared she is to kill someone who has stolen her heart.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
CATH & LEVI
Cath has always been a Simon Snow fan, ever since she was a child. To cope with her mother’s decision to leave, she and her sister Wren immersed themselves in this fictional word of fandom for solace. However, as college approches, Wren seems to be moving farther and farther away, leaving Cath isolated and on her own in a new comfort zone. She’s now got an obnoxious roommate with a charming boyfriend, a professor who finds her fanfiction to be the end of civilization as he knows it, and a handsome classmate who wants nothing but to talk about words. Can Cath leave behind the things she held so dear and keep looking forward without Wren to hold her hand?
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins
ANNA & ST.CLAIR
Anna has been looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta for her whole life; the year where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a boy on the verge of becoming more. However, when her rich father decides to ship her off to boarding school in Paris, her plans crumble to the ground. Her school is the worst…except for her charming new friends that include Etienne St.Clair: funny, beautiful, and taken.
Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White
EVIE & LEND
Evie is a totally well-adjusted teenager — excluding the fact she lives and works in a International Paranormal Containment Agency, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a fey, and no one knows where her strange ability to see through magical glamour comes from. However, when a new boy named Lend is brought in the IPCA, things start going haywire. Now she’s on the run from all sides of a dark faerie prophecy that has the potential to destroy them all.
If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman
MIA & ADAM
When Mia and her family are hit by a car, she’s rushed to the emergency room, barely hanging on. Mia herself watches from the side-lines, incorporeal and confused, as her family and friends shuffle around her. Here, she recounts the moments leading up to this in her life, the choices she’s made, and the choices she’ll have to make to stay alive or pass on.
Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan
HARRY & CRAIG
Harry and Craig are trying to break the 32-hour Guinness World Record for longest kiss — all of which is narrated by a greek chorus of gay men lost to AIDS. As they pursue their goals, a series of other boys struggle with long-term relationships, coming out, figuring out their identity, and finding someone; all while Harry and Craig try to figure out their own feelings for each other.
Huntress by Malinda Lo
KAEDE & TAISIN
Nature is out of balance in the world and the oracle chooses Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen year old girls, to solve this crisis. They must journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fae queen. As their journey sends them deep into the throes of prophecy and danger, Taisin and Kaede trusts and even grow to love each other as their party is destroyed by fae magic and attacks. However, the world only needs one huntress to save it and what it takes might tear the two apart forever.