Recommendations for… people who don’t like YA romances

Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic. This month I’m doing books for people who don’t like YA books.

I know there’s a lot of controversy over YA books. Of course, there are some really shitty ones. But that’s true of EVERY genre. There are shitty classics, shitty fantasy, and shitty sci-fi. It’s not exclusive to YA. But they only seem to get pointed out in YA, or all bad ones are assumed to be YA. So here are some YA romances for those questioning YA romances.



Everyday by David Levithan
Why: it explores love, gender, and sexuality; it’s wonderfully written; there’s a plot besides the romance

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Why: it’s well-written; the classic “boy gets girl” ending doesn’t happen; it explores love and life and “the great perhaps”

Legend by Marie Lu
Why: there’s a strong female lead; it’s well-written; it examines questioning what you know and standing up for what’s morally right; there’s no insta-love

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Why: it explores what you would do if you knew you were dying; there’s great female friendship; it explores right and wrong, and good and bad

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Why: it explores rape culture; there’s great female representation; there’s great representation of religion

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Why: explores mental health and social anxiety; the main character is a WOC; the art aspect is cool; there are important messages about life


Have you read any of these? What are your recommendations for people who want to try YA romance?

Thanks for reading! xx

16 thoughts on “Recommendations for… people who don’t like YA romances

  1. I’ve only read Before I Fall and had really enjoyed it. Even though there is a romance, I wouldn’t have thought to put it in that genre. There was so much going on but I did love the romance too. It’s so hard to recommend YA romances for me. Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a super cheesy romance and there are some great choices for that, but other times it makes me want to pull my hair out. I know, it’s terribly inconsistent. For example, I usually hate insta-love and relationships that would be rather abusive in real life, but I loved the Shatter Me series. The world was just built in a way that I understood how all three of them would be totally incapable of recognizing a healthy relationship, let alone being in one. But I felt like they figured it out on their own and recognized that old behaviors were bad. But then the Zodiac love triangle made me crazy and I hated that part of the story.

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  2. I haven’t read any of these, but Legend is on my TBR list. I wasn’t sure about it since Warcross (by the same author) is fun but has a bit of an unbelievable romance in it, so it’s good to know there’s no insta-love in Legend.

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