Oct 11 2016 1:00pm

What Does Your Favorite YA Romance Say About You?

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Today we're thrilled to host author Kami Garcia (The Lovely Reckless) on Heroes and Heartbreakers. You could say she knows how to tell a great love story, so it's no surprise her newest novel. As a resident expert on YA and what makes us love love, Kami tells us what the books we keep returning to say about our hopeless romantic hearts. Thanks, Kami!

1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

You saved your cassette tapes, Walkman, and your battered motorcycle jacket from the ‘80s. When you're watching The Breakfast Clubor listening to The Cure, you have no trouble remembering how much high school sucked and the one person who helped you get through it.

2. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

You're a night owl or possibly an insomniac. You could spend hours walking along the boardwalk on a summer night, dreaming of meeting the perfect guy/girl. Chances are, you would also love riding an old-school BMX bike.

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3. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

You’re no stranger to the emotional scars left by tragedy—but you’re a fighter, and you don’t let that stop you. Like Noah and Echo, you’re searching for someone you can relate to.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Love isn't defined by gender, race, religion, or ethnicity—something you truly believe. Whether it’s realizing your sexual orientation, like Aaron, or discovering something else about yourself, you're brave enough to embrace who you are—even if it was difficult to find that kind of courage. You love books and movies that make you think, like this one.

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

You love stories with bittersweet endings, and you’re a skeptical romantic—though you probably wouldn’t admit it. Your ideal romantic partner is funny, sarcastic, and full of heart.

6. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Friday Night Lights and Any Given Sundayare probably your favorite movies. Or, if you're on the younger side, you love the TV show Friday Night Lights(and remember how hot Taylor Kitsch looked). You probably grew up or live in a small town, hanging out at field parties.

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7. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

You've been lucky enough to get a second chance at least once in your life. You know what it's like to be on top and at the bottom, and that understanding gives you courage and empathy. Loving someone else begins with loving yourself—something you’ve learned the hard way.

8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

You're a hopeless romantic who doesn't always fit in. You spend your time daydreaming and possibly pairing your name with the last name of a hot guy/girl at school. You fly under the radar, and the situation Lara Jean ends up in is your worst nightmare.


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Learn more about or order a copy of the books mentioned in this post:

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Timesbestselling author, and the coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Kami's solo novels include Unbreakableand Unmarked, in The Legion series, and her forthcoming YA contemporary romance, The Lovely Reckless, which releases on October 4, 2016 (Imprint/Macmillan). If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake.

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1. xoumamah
I love this. I've read like 60 percent of these books and they are ALL amazing. Should have included Huntley Fitzpatrick though :) She can tug at the heartstrings as well
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
Ooooh, To All the Boys is 100% me! Poor Lara Jean. But I do love reading about it...
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