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    Mar 26, 2020

    21 Brand New Young Adult Romances You Absolutely Must Read This Spring

    Fall in love with one of these swoontastic reads!

    1. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

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    Release date: Apr. 7

    What it's about: This truly adorable rom com combines so many of my favorite things. It stars a Jewish teen book blogger/baker named Halle (aka Kels, aka @OneTruePastry) who moves to a new town her senior year and finds herself face-to-face with Nash, her online BFF, who has no idea who she is IRL. Nash is cute, funny, and completely in love with Kels, but Halle can't bring herself to confess that she and her online persona are one and the same, especially when their confidence levels don't quite match up. The problem is, the very real Halle likes the very real Nash a lot, so how does she compete with...herself?

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    2. This is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio

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    Release date: Apr. 14

    What it's about: Blending a nuanced look into mental health with a sweet, interracial romance, Gregorio's sophomore novel has definitely been worth the wait. Jocelyn is determined to help her family's Chinese restaurant succeed, and Will is the perfect guy to help her do it. Too bad they're both interested in more than the job and Jos's dad is not having it... Together they try to change his mind and keep the doors open, but they still face one more obstacle: their brain chemistry. With Will battling anxiety and Jocelyn struggling with what she's only just coming to realize is depression, can they get the help they need and still make it work? (For another great Spring 2020 title with strong mental health themes and an adorable pairing, check out Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan, out Apr. 21!)

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    3. The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund

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    Release date: Apr. 7

    What it's about: At 18, Keely's tired of being the only virgin in her friend group, and she's determined to do something about it. When she meets college guy Dean, he seems like the perfect choice for a bed mate...but maybe not for a first time. And so she enlists her best friend, Andrew, a major player who'll show her the ropes so she can get ready to play in the big leagues. Surely there are no flaws in that plan, since she and Andrew are strictly friends. Surely.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    4. Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally

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    Release date: May 5

    What it's about: Kenneally's very first YA outside of her famed Hundred Oaks series takes place over the course of four tumultuous years between Lulu and Alex. What starts as a rivalry turns into a hookup, relationship, messy breakup, tenuous friendship, and everything in between, all shown over each respective year's class trip, giving the settings every bit as much variety as their relationship status.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    5. Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

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    Release date: May 5

    What it's about: YA rom com staple Bennett is back with another sweet, chemistry-filled charmer! When Josie and her mother fled the town of Beauty while Josie's best friend, Luke, was in the hospital, it shattered them both and whatever friendship they had left. But now they're back in the town that almost broke them, and Josie's counting down the days until she can graduate and fulfill her secret plan of moving in with her dad across the country. But when she and Luke end up crossing paths over and over again, it becomes impossible to ignore that there's a very big reason for her to stay.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    6. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

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    Release date: May 5

    What it's about: There's a lot going on in this tale of a girl named Kit who's fighting for the right to become a knight at the Medieval-themed restaurant where she works, but in the background of it all is the absolute sweetest budding romance. Kit's too-handsome-for-his-own-good best friend Jett will do anything to help Kit achieve her dreams, but will that keep up when her dreams expand to violating their "strictly friends" pact?

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    7. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

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    Release date: May 12

    What it's about: When Nishat meets Flávia at a wedding, the sparks are instantaneous, but it's a little tough to pursue a relationship with another girl when your strict Muslim parents don't take your coming out so well. And that's only roadblock number one. The girls also find themselves in deep competition at school, where they've both decided to pursue henna as their chosen business, despite it only being part of Nishat's culture. There are so many reasons Nishat should not be falling for this girl...but what if she is anyway?

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    8. By the Book by Amanda Sellet

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    Release date: May 12

    What it's about: Fans of classics by Austen and the Brontë sisters will adore this debut rom-com about a bookish girl named Mary who uses her knowledge of great romantic mistakes of literature to create a Scoundrel Survival Guide in order to protect her peers from embarking on similarly ill-advised journeys. Truly, she's great at looking out for her friends, but when she falls for the number one scoundrel on her list, she'll have to fend for herself in matters of the heart.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    9. More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

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    Release date: May 12

    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 Amazon for $17.99, Barnes & Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    10. Date Me, Bryson Keller! by Kevin Van Whye

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    Release date: May 19

    What it's about: Everyone knows that if you ask Bryson Keller out first thing on a Monday morning, he's bound by a long-term dare to say yes. And that's exactly what Kai Sheridan is counting on when he asks. Kai isn't yet out as gay, but dating Bryson for the week is the perfect way to test the waters, especially when Bryson agrees to keep the identity of that week's paramour a secret. But neither of them expects the week-long relationship to turn into something real, especially since no one knew Bryson liked guys...including Bryson himself.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    11. Camp by L.C. Rosen

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    Release date: May 26

    What it's about: Rosen is once again bringing tough and necessary conversations to gay YA books, this time with a summer camp romance that explores toxicity, identity, and masc4masc culture. Everyone is queer at Camp Outland, but not everyone expresses themselves the same way, and Randy's out to make a change. When he returns for his last summer as Del in order to finally land his longtime crush, Hudson, it means dropping his beloved theatre and other things he loves for "more masculine" pursuits. After all, once Hudson falls for him, he'll be able to ease back into who he really is and have everything he's always wanted, right? But what if what Hudson wants isn't that cut-and-dried either?

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    12. Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith

    HarperCollins Publishers / Via harpercollins.com, Via goodreads.com

    Release date: May 26

    What it's about: When trans boy Pony transfers to a new school, he plans to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But when trouble comes in the form of an extremely cute cheerleader, it's just too impossible to resist. The banter is sparkling, the connection is immediate, but his identity may be too much for her to overcome.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

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

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    Release date: June 2

    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 Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    14. The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson

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    Release date: June 2

    What it's about: Gay YA staple Hutchinson reaches across the aisle in this political YA romance about the sons of two opposing candidates who find they have at least one thing in common: being into each other. But politics aren't the only thing getting in Dre and Dean's way...not when there's a third-party candidate determined to do anything to get himself some real standing in the race.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    15. I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre

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    Release date: June 2

    What it's about: Emma and Sophia may have opposite personalities, but they have the same thing on their minds: winning a contest with a grand prize of a trip to an L.A. film festival. But they might have room for just one more thing to think about: each other. Way too much.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    16. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

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    Release date: June 2

    What it's about: Being poor, Black, and weird has always made Liz Lighty a standout in her small Indiana town, but when winning prom queen becomes her only hope at a scholarship, she's got to find an entirely different way to make her mark. The opposition is strong, but the biggest problem among her rivals isn't the cattiness: it's the cute, fun, sweet, kinda oddball new girl Liz would rather kiss than compete with. Sound squee-rific? It is, and then some!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes & Noble for $17.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    17. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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    Release date: June 9

    What it's about: The lone paranormal romance in the bunch 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 Amazon for $12.59, Barnes and Noble for $12.59, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    18. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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    Release date: June 16

    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 Amazon for $18.99, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    19. You Say it First by Katie Cotugno

    HarperCollins Publishers / Via harpercollins.com, Via katiecotugno.com

    Release date: June 16

    What it's about: Cotugno's smart romances with complex characters are always a good time, and this long-distance friendship-turned-romance prompted by a voter registration phone call by volunteer Meg to small-town boy Colby promises to be every bit as delightful as its predecessors. As the two bond over the phone, they grow closer and closer despite never having met, and despite their considerable differences. But if they can bridge those gaps, they might have a chance at landing the real thing.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    20. Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

    Penguin Random House / Via penguinrandomhouse.com, Ashley Poston / Via ashposton.com

    Release date: June 16

    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 Amazon for $18.99, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    21. 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

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    Release date: June 30

    What it's about: Romance master Menon is back with her second of the year (check out February's Of Curses and Kisses), this one hearkening 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 Amazon for $18.99, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or from a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

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