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    Updated on Jul 27, 2020. Posted on Jul 26, 2020

    17 YA Romances That'll Make You Melt This Summer

    Bring a little joy to your summer with these delightfully romantic reads!

    1. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

    Disney Press / Via barnesandnoble.com, Jessie Weinberg / Via brandycolbert.com

    Release date: July 7

    What it's about: Nothing like a solid political romance in an election year, and Colbert has more than delivered on that with this dual-POV story of a couple who gets together over activism and social justice. Marva has been counting down the minutes until her first opportunity to vote, but it's marred by seeing a guy her age turned away at the polls for being at the wrong center. That guy is Duke, and together, they run around town trying to get him the opportunity to do his civic duty, bouncing up against every obstacle possible in the process, and finding they share a passion for more than justice.

    Get it from Bookshop for $17.47, Target for $16.99, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    2. The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings

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    Release date: July 14

    What it's about: There's something so compelling about identical twins as main characters, especially when they're getting themselves into trouble in the Victorian era. Sophie and Mariah may be polar opposites when it comes to personality, but they do have a singular goal: to spend the summer in London. When their aunt insists she only has space for one, they agree to secretly take turns being Sophie. It'd all be going off without a hitch if it weren't for the fact that they've each drawn the interest of a different handsome boy, both of whom think they're in love with the one and only Sophie Carter. Can the girls come clean without losing their loves or their summer stay?

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.55, Target for $17.99, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    3. Keep My Heart in San Francisco by Amelia Diane Coombs

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    Release date: July 14

    What it's about: Chuck had planned a chill spring break, but all that falls apart when her dad asks her to spend the week working at her family's bowling alley...which is apparently tanking so hard that they might lose it, forcing them out of San Francisco. But who's unexpectedly up for helping? Her hot ex-BFF Beckett, who comes up with the brilliant plan of making some quick cash through SF's bowling scene. Between Chuck's concerns over her own mental health, the financial threat hanging over her head, and her growing feelings for Beckett, there's a lot to wrestle with. But there's also a lot of potential for greatness, if only she can make it all work.

    Get it from Bookshop for $18.38, Target for $15.99, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    4. More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

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    Release date: Jul. 21

    What it's about: Podcaster Luke and music blogger Vada may work in fairly close proximity, but that's only made it harder for them to confess their long-held feelings for each other. When they team up for a competition, they have no choice but to spend more time together, which makes their respective crushes even more painful. If only two people who regularly deal in emotions could find the words to express their own...

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.55, Target for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    5. 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

    Simon & Schuster / Via simonandschuster.com, Dana Foster / Via sandhyamenon.com

    Release date: July 21

    What it's about: Romance master Menon is back with her second book of the year (check out February's Of Curses and Kisses), this one harkening back to the world of the bestselling When Dimple Met Rishi. It stars fiery social justice warrior Pinky, who's tired of hearing parental complaints about her and decides to make herself look good for once by dating Samir Jha, Mama's Boy extraordinaire. Desperate for the internship she promises in return, Samir agrees, but the more time they spend fake dating, the less fake the feelings turn out to be.

    Get it from Bookshop for $17.46, Target for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    6. I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

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    Release Date: July 28

    What it's about: Rhodes and Iliana may be each other's worst competition at school, but online, they're a webcomic co-creation dream team that happens to be falling in love...and has no idea they actually know each other offline. When their rivalry for a prestigious prize hits the breaking point, even their online relationship starts to grow more tenuous. Can they salvage anything good that was between them, or are one too many secrets destined to drive them apart?

    Get it from Bookshop for $17.47, Target for $17.99, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    7. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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    Release date: July 28

    What it's about: Rowan and Neil have been in competition forever, and when Neil takes the valedictorian title, Rowan's determined to win at something to compensate. The only option is Howl, the final senior class event, a scavenger hunt with an Assassins component. But when she learns that some of their classmates are teaming up against them both, Rowan will have no choice but to team up with Neil to win the cash prize, even if they hate each other. Which, spoiler alert, they in fact do not, making for brilliant, hilarious, and oh-so-romantic results.

    Get it from Bookshop for $17.47, Target for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    8. More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood

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    Release date: Aug. 4

    What it's about: Danyal is a hot aspiring chef, but he's tired of people (including his crush, Kaval) thinking he's lacking in the cerebral department. So when he gets a shot at winning an academic championship and proving he's more than people see on the outside, he grabs it, taking teammate Bisma, who's decidedly not interested in him, along for the ride. But the more time they spend together, the greater the chemistry, leading Danyal to wonder if he's finally found the one girl who likes him for what's going on upstairs.

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.55, Target for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    9. Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

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    Release date: Aug. 4

    What it's about: The third book in Poston's utterly charming fairytale-inspired Once Upon a Con series takes on Beauty and the Beast and stars a girl named Rosie who's feeling stuck in small town life. Bumping into a troublemaking celebrity and having to work off a debt for a destroyed book isn't exactly how she dreams of shaking up her life, but when it turns out there's more to Vance than meets the eye, Rosie might finally find her happily ever after.

    Get it from Bookshop for $17.46, Target for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    10. Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

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    Release date: Aug. 18

    What it's about: Bestselling genre chameleon Dunn's first contemporary romance stars a Thai American girl named Orrawin (aka Winnie) who's forbidden to date, until her older sisters' clever strategy has Winnie's parents changing their number one rule. Now Winnie has to date, but her parents are still the ones in charge, picking not just the suitors but the dates themselves, using their favorite rom coms for reference. And of course the first guy they choose is the childhood friend Winnie couldn't be less interested in...right?

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.54, Target for $9.99, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    11. Now That I've Found You by Kristina Forest

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    Release date: Aug. 25

    What it's about: Fresh off her adorable debut rom-com, Forest is back with some more lovey goodness in this story of a girl named Evie who finds herself blacklisted from her Hollywood dream. The only way to get back into the industry's good graces is to appeal to her famous but reclusive grandmother, Gigi, and to do that, she'll need help from the last person to see Gigi pre-disappearance: the hot and morally questionable Milo. Together, they roam the streets of NYC in search of Evie's grandma, having no idea they might find love along the way.

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.55, Target for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    12. Recommended for You by Laura Silverman

    Margaret K. McElderry Books / Via simonandschuster.com, Katie King / Via laurasilvermanwrites.com

    Release date: Sept. 1

    What it's about: A bookseller rom-com? Yes, please! Once Upon isn't just Shoshanna's place of employment; it's her respite from home and it's a chance to get enough cash to fix her car, thanks to a holiday bonus challenge. The only person standing in her way is Jake, who may be cute, may also be a rare fellow Jewish person in their southern town, and may be a good bookseller — but who has nowhere near the passion for reading Shoshanna does and no business potentially taking the title. But there is that whole unfortunate "cute" thing...

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.55, Target for $17.99, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    13. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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    Release date: Sept. 1

    What it's about: This warm, affirming, and action-packed paranormal romance stars gay trans brujo Yadriel, who tries to raise the ghost of his murdered cousin in order to prove his true gender to his family and ends up accidentally raising school bad boy Julian Diaz instead. Now the two must work together to solve the mystery of Julian's death and set things back to rights, but what if Yadriel's not ready to let him go?

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.54, Target for $12.59, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    14. Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

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    Release date: Sept. 1

    What it's about: The Greek myth of Orpheus and Euripides gets thoroughly modernized for this contemporary romance between two Afro-Latinx teens finding each other in the Bronx. Eury's come from Puerto Rico to rebuild her life after Hurricane Maria, a frankly terrifying prospect made a little more bearable by the presence of the very charming Pheus. But can they overcome all the odds against them and make it work?

    Get it from Bookshop for $17.46, Target for $18.99, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    15. The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters

    Interlude Press / Via barnesandnoble.com, Vanessa North / Via julianwinters.com

    Release date: Sept. 8

    What it's about: Best friends to lovers is one of romance's sweetest tropes — and this one stars biracial gay comic nerd Wes Hudson, who's on the precipice of college but still trying to figure out what future feels right to him, especially if it means pulling him away from his best friend and longtime crush, Nico. But everything falls to the wayside when the bookstore that's both his employer and his second home falls into financial trouble, and he and his friends scheme over how to save it.

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.54, Target for $17.99, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    16. Far From Normal by Becky Wallace

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    Release date: Sept. 22

    What it's about: Maddie is bored with just about every aspect of her existence, until a dream internship with a sports marketing firm shakes things up. Her biggest task? Reforming the rep of notorious soccer bad boy Gabriel Fortunato by helping him develop relatable family-level content for social media. But losing your heart on the job isn't exactly the height of professionalism, and when Maddie does that, she'll have to make a choice between the guy she's falling for and the best chance she'll ever have at her dream of the future.

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.55, Target for $17.99, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    17. Shine by Jessica Jung

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    Release date: Sept. 29

    What it's about: Who knows K-pop romance like an international K-pop star? Jessica Jung brings her experiences from Girls Generation into this debut about a Korean American girl named Rachel Kim who's been in the K-pop world for six years, always abiding by the "no dating" rule. But when sparks fly between her and fellow K-pop star Jason just when Rachel's at her lowest, she has to decide whether following her heart is risking everything she's worked so hard for.

    Get it from Bookshop for $17.47, Target for $15.19, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

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