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    24 YA Romance Books Hitting Shelves This Spring That Are Delightfully Charming

    Whether it's time for April showers or May flowers, we've got the perfect teen romance to lose yourself in.

    1. Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp

    laekanzeakemp.com, Little, Brown and Co.

    Release date: April 6

    What it's about: Penelope has culinary dreams to rival her father's; she'd love to open a pastelería next to his restaurant. But her parents are less enthusiastic about the idea. The only person who understands where Pen is coming from with respect to the internal battle of personal happiness versus cultural expectations is Xander, an undocumented new hire at the restaurant who's also determined to pursue life on his terms, now that he's finally on a path toward finding his father. But when things blow up for both of them, they'll only have each other to cling to as they work to set things right, keep Xander where he is, and save the restaurant that's a lifeline to them both.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    2. Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

    Balzer + Bray, goodreads.com

    Release date: April 20

    What it's about: Albertalli is the master of the obscenely charming, slightly awkward, extremely big-hearted rom-com, and her newest might be her best yet, especially if you're a Schitt's Creek fan who's been dying for some David-Stevie vibes in a YA friendship. Here, those friends are Kate and Anderson, best friends who live to share crushes on the same guys...until they both fall hard for the first time, and it happens to be for the very same boy.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    3. The Key to You and Me by Jaye Robin Brown

    Harperteen, Matthew Guillory Photography / Via jayerobinbrown.com

    Release date: April 20

    What it's about: Brown is back with another sweet sapphic romance, this one bringing together a girl who's nursing a broken heart with a girl who has yet to open hers. Piper needs to get away from her ex, and there's no better way than spending the summer with her grandmother and training in horseback riding. Unfortunately, that also means getting the driving lessons that her grandmother is mandating, but it turns out, that's not too bad when the girl giving the lessons is as charming as Kat. For Kat, Piper is the girl she never expected to find, not while she's still in the closet. Coming out feels as impossible in her North Carolina town as Piper getting over her ex. But with the two of them together, maybe they can make the impossible...possible.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    4. What's Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

    Penguin, Sue Grubman / Via emilyandaustinwrite.com

    Release date: April 20

    What it's about: These masterful rom-com collaborators are back at what they do best: charming the pants off readers with smart banter and sizzling chemistry. Their newest book stars overachievers and lifetime rivals Alison and Ethan, who get thrown together for the formidable task of planning an upcoming 10-year reunion for their high school's alumni. With the promise of a coveted recommendation to their shared dream school on the line, the two throw themselves into the job, which means spending a lot more time with each other than either one has ever wanted. And wouldn't you know it, when they're actually working together, there really is nothing they can't accomplish...including falling in love.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    5. She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

    Roaring Brook Press / Via us.macmillan.com, kellyquindlen.com

    Release date: April 20

    What it's about: Sapphic sports romance complete with fake dating, from the author of the excellent Late to the Party? Yes, please! As if basketball player Scottie's night wasn't bad enough, she follows up a loss to her ex with a nightmare fender bender involving none other than her nemesis, cheerleader Irene. With Irene's car wrecked, Scottie has no choice but to play her chauffeur, but things work to her advantage when she realizes Irene is the perfect girl to play her fake girlfriend and mess with her ex...

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    6. Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan

    Inkyard Press, tashiebhuiyan.com

    Release date: May 4

    What it's about: Karina's parents are in Bangladesh for four weeks, meaning she gets 28 days where she can finally breathe without the weight of their expectations. But when she's assigned to tutor the notorious Ace Clyde and finds there's more to the school's mystery boy than she ever imagined, the window also becomes a countdown of the time they have together until her parents inevitably tear them apart.

    Get it from Bookshop or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    7. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

    joyagoffney.com, Harperteen

    Release date: May 4

    What it's about: Compulsive list-maker Quinn keeps her sanity by writing all her fears down, but then the scariest thing of all happens: One of her lists is posted online. Now she's facing down a blackmailer who demands that she face her seven biggest fears on the list or risk her entire journal going public. Together with the boy who was the last to have her journal, Quinn races to find the blackmailer before she has to get through the entire list, and finds she might not be scared of nearly as much as she thought.

    Get it from Bookshop or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    8. This Is for Tonight by Jessica Patrick

    Swoon Reads, jessica-patrick.com

    Release date: May 4

    What it's about: Andi may be dedicated to her YouTube crafting channel, but she isn't exactly raking in the dough as an influencer...yet. To turn it into something that'll help pay for college, she's determined to up her profile by interviewing a famous band. But everything gets foiled by Jay Bankar, whose own channel has the notoriety Andi only dreams of, which is extra annoying because it's all about stupid pranks. They both want the interview, and they'll both do anything to get it. There's just one problem: They also want each other, forcing Andi to choose between her goal and her heart.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local indie through Indiebound here.

    9. Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

    Harperteen, emeryleebooks.com

    Release date: May 4

    What it's about: All Noah Ramirez wants is to create a little light for his fellow trans kids, to show them that the future is bright with romantic possibility if they want it. Who cares if his site that showcases all those hopeful stories is technically a lie? Well, someone does, and they're coming after him, threatening everything Noah has built with Meet Cute Diary. So when he meets the seemingly perfect guy, Noah finds the perfect way to fix things: live out the stories himself with his new bf; what could be more real than that? After all, Noah and Drew are meant to be, aren't they? And his confusing feelings for someone new couldn't possibly get in the way of that...

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    10. From Little Tokyo, With Love by Sarah Kuhn

    Viking Books for Young Readers, heroinecomplex.com

    Release date: May 11

    What it's about: Kuhn's follow-up to I Love You So Mochi stays on the theme of celebrating Japanese culture and further discovering family, all while the main character falls in love with an absolutely adorable boy. Here, our story focuses on Rika, a biracial (Japanese and white) girl with anger issues who never feels like she fits in, even (especially!) in her family. When a secret about her mother, who supposedly died giving birth to her, is cracked wide open, Rika is determined to track down the truth — and thankfully, she has the perfect partner in crime in Henry Chen, an actor whose star is on the rise, muscles are on point, and wide-open heart is exactly what she needs. This sophomore YA is a love letter not just to romance but to Los Angeles, the Asian community, and biracial kids everywhere.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    11. Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass

    Harperteen, harpercollins.com

    Release date: May 11

    What it's about: Set on the Caribbean island of Tobago, this retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion stars Reyna, a girl who was left behind two years earlier by her childhood best friend turned first love, Aiden. But when Aiden, now a superstar in the music world, returns to the resort where she works, he's definitely not the guy she used to know, and he doesn't seem to be single, either. It seems like the time for them has passed, but maybe, just maybe, there's room in his new life for the best part of his old one.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    12. Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey

    Harperteen, kelseyrodkey.com

    Release date: May 18

    What it's about: Fans of You've Got Mail assemble, because this one's for you. Madeline can't wait to take over her family's independent bookstore once she graduates from college, but when a new branch of a bookstore chain opens up right across the street, she worries that the store won't make it that long. Determined to take them down, Madeline prepares for war but isn't prepared for just how cute the enemy soldier — er, bookseller — is.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    13. Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan

    Amber Hooper Photography / Via jldugan.com, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

    Release date: May 18

    What it's about: Dugan returns to the sweet sapphic vibes of Hot Dog Girl with this newest tale, about two girls with undeniable chemistry and one big obstacle to being together. Lesbian track star Morgan meets bisexual car enthusiast/pageant girl Ruby when she's forced to transfer schools because being queer violates her Catholic school's code of conduct, and now that she's moved, she's done being in the closet. But Ruby isn't ready to come out, especially since it means upending her relationship with her mother. They'll need to figure out how to meet in the middle without breaking any hearts in the process.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    14. Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

    Farisia Thang / Via sarahsuk.com, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Release date: May 18

    What it's about: K-beauty goes high school–competitive in this rivals-to-lovers tale of two teens who both find themselves seeking to become their school's top cosmetics dealer. For Valerie it's especially maddening, considering that she and her cousin have been running the top beauty business at school for a while now, while Wes is a newcomer. And it's not as if this is what Wes wants to be doing; he's desperate to pursue music. But when the products his mom gives him in order to make friends turn into the only way he'll be able to get out from under his parents' thumb and pay his own way to music school, it's full speed ahead into the beauty biz, no matter what he has to do to take down the competition. But you know what they say: The harder they fight, the harder they fall...

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    15. Shipped by Meredith Tate

    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, Jon Siegel / Via meredithtate.com

    Release date: May 18

    What it's about: Stella and Wesley are perpetually in competition, and with the valedictorianship and its associated scholarship on the line, things are more heated between them than ever. But there is one place they can both find solace: chatting online with a fellow fan of TV sci-fi series Warship Seven. Of course, neither one has any clue they're talking to the other, so when they plan to meet up for the "first time" at SciCon, there's no telling what awaits, especially as Stella and Wesley grow closer over a school project.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local indie through Indiebound here.

    16. Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

    Page Street Kids, adibajaigirdar.com

    Release date: May 25

    What it's about: When Hani's friends refuse to believe she's bisexual because she's never been with a girl, she decides it's time to prove it to them once and for all, even if it means lying about having a girlfriend. Prickly Ishu isn't exactly the most logical choice for a fake girlfriend, but when it turns out she wants something from Hani, too — the popularity she needs to have a shot at becoming Head Girl — the two establish a fauxmance complete with a rule book. Only, it's hard to keep things fake when it turns out that not only do you have chemistry, but you help each other feel comfortable and at home in a way no one else does.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    17. Don't Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

    Bloomsbury, Twitter: @alexisthenedd

    Release date: June 1

    What it's about: Emilia and Jake met at a birthday party when they were just kids, with no real plans to see each other ever again. They certainly don't expect to reunite at a life-changing gaming tournament. In fact, being recognized is a dangerous proposition for Emilia, a female gamer who's also living a double life as one of the best e-athletes in Philly. Jake agrees to keep her secret, but he can't help wishing there could be more between them. Too bad that would probably mean both their teams dropping them, and nothing's worth that...is it? This debut brims with wit, authenticity, warmth, and straight-up nerdery, with a couple you can't help cheering on.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    18. The Passing Playbook by Isaac FItzsimons

    Dial Books, Raquel Toledo / Via isaacfitzbooks.com

    Release date: June 1

    What it's about: Spencer's barely at school five minutes when a solid kick lands him on the soccer team, alongside the extremely cute boy he (literally) couldn't help noticing on his way to the building for the first time. But he has no idea if his crush is gay, and he knows Justice doesn't know he's trans. As their flirting (Spencer is at least pretty sure it's flirting) intensifies, Spencer needs answers, but with Justice's family's religious background, those answers aren't all things he wants to hear. If they're going to make it work, they'll need to embrace each of their respective truths to get the sweet ending they deserve. Equal parts heartwarming and funny, this delightful debut romance is not to be missed.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    19. We Can't Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

    Simon & Schuster, rachelsolomonbooks.com

    Release date: June 8

    What it's about: Despite working in the family wedding-planning business, Quinn's not a big believer in happily ever after, especially since she spilled her feelings to longtime friend Tarek, only to be ghosted for a year in response. But when Tarek returns to his parents' catering business, Quinn finds that her feelings are far from gone, and might even be far more reciprocated than she'd been led to believe. But the problem remains that she and Tarek have very different ideas about romance. Solomon just keeps getting better and better, and both the Jewish and mental health rep in this one make it especially lovely alongside all that heat.

    Get it from Bookshop or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    20. Heartbreakers and Fakers by Cameron Lund

    Razorbill, cameronlund.com

    Release date: June 8

    What it's about: The author of the wildly fun The Best Laid Plans returns with a rom-com about a girl named Penny who flushes her social life down the toilet when she wakes up after a party and realizes she cheated on her boyfriend with her worst enemy — who also happens to be her best friend's boyfriend — the night before. To set matters right, Penny convinces Kai to pretend they've fallen in love and get their now-exes to see what they're missing and take them back. After all, they're obviously just faking it...right?

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    21. Love & Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura

    Harperteen, misasugiura.com

    Release date: June 8

    What it's about: In this totally twisty fauxmantic delight, Nozomi is spending the summer with her uncles in San Francisco, hoping against hope to leave a brutal rejection behind her and finally find love. And she does, sort of, with the gorgeous Willow...who begs her to fake it in order to make her own ex jealous and get her back. Nozomi's happy to play along, because surely she can turn it into something real, especially since Willow's ex has clearly moved on. But when absolutely nothing goes according to plan, Nozomi must follow her heart on a most unexpected path.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    22. Down With this Ship by Katie Kingman

    Flux, authormentormatch.com

    Release date: June 8

    What it's about: Fanfic is Kole's passion, and frankly, she's great at it, even if no one knows about it. And then, suddenly, they do, thanks to a contest win that skyrockets her popularity and finds her the object of shipping in a most uncomfortable fashion. With her most beloved pastime tainted, Kole has to find a way back to happiness and a life that isn't rife with anxiety. And maybe, just maybe, there's room for a certain love interest in there too.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local indie through Indiebound here.

    23. The Summer of Lost Letters by Hannah Reynolds

    Razorbill, hannahreynolds.net

    Release date: June 15

    What it's about: Abby's flying solo this summer, which makes the discovery of her Holocaust refugee grandmother's mysterious love letters all the more intriguing. They lead her on a trip to Nantucket, the source of the missives, but she doesn't expect the original sender's hot grandson to be at her destination. And she doesn't expect to have the guy she's drawn to try to stop her research in its tracks. With so much baggage in their families' pasts, they'll have to work together if they want to have a future.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    24. Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud

    Scholastic Press, debbierigaud.com

    Release date: June 15

    What it's about: The author who brought you the freaking-cutest must-read for Meghan-and-Harry shippers is back with the sweet, fun, and charming story of Simone, a daughter of Haitian immigrants who has no desire to let her parents plan everything out for her the way they did her older sister. That includes picking her prom date, even if it means devising the shadiest of plans with her similarly suppressed friends to get out of it. But no one's more surprised than she is when it turns out she isn't as different from her mom as she thought, and maybe Mother does know best after all...sort of.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

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