Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Valentine’s Day is over, but love is still in the air, and Anna and the French Kiss is the perfect book to finish off February with! Soon to be senior in high school, Anna lives in Atlanta with a job at the movie theater, and a crush on her co-worker Toph, who’s just starting to notice her. She is looking forward to her senior year, until her romance novelist father sends her off to an American boarding school in Paris. Anna’s plans are destroyed, until she meets a charming British classmate: Étienne St. Clair. Anna falls for Etienne, but her crush is complicated by family issues, Étienne’s girlfriend, and Anna’s uncertain relationship with Toph. Filled with tentative romance in the city of lights and love, Anna and the French Kiss is not one to miss. Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After complete the trilogy, following Anna and Étienne’s endearing group of friends across the world.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
If you are looking for a slightly more twisted love story, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is for you. After what seems like a freak accident that kills her best friend, Mara and her family move to Florida to escape the horrors of her past. However, Mara soon realizes that the destruction she thought she had left behind followed her to her new home. Mara’s newly discovered secret continues to haunt her, when she meets Noah Shaw, an intelligent and slightly mysterious boy at her new school. As their relationship evolves, Mara confides in him, and learns that Noah could be the key to her survival and sanity. Together, Mara and Noah embark on a journey to find the explanation of Mara’s strange power, facing danger and romance along the way. The novel is filled with suspense, intrigue and mystery. You will not be able to put it down. Mara’s story continues in The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer.
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
This novel is the quintessential romance novel, on the surface. The beautiful, ex-private school boy and the quiet, average girl fall in love: typical. But his haunted past and twisted best friend/business partner cause some complications in their relationship. Between choking, stealing, lying, and cheating, Grayson and Wren face many obstacles. Yet, their relationship is innocent and pure, and they bring out the best in each other. Plus, Constantine’s writing is sublime. The angst and tension between Grayson and Wren is written to perfectly twist the knife, and the innocence of their relationship is beautifully captured. It is a well-written and intricate romance that is simply amazing.