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    15 New YA Romances That'll Warm Up Your Winter

    Pour yourself some hot cocoa, break out the V-day chocolate, and wrap yourself up in one of these blissful happily ever afters.

    1. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

    Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, elisebryant.com

    Release date: Jan. 5

    What it's about: This warm-hearted debut stars Tessa, a girl who never gets to see people who look like her get happily ever afters. All the more reason for her to do it herself, even if her best friend is the only one who ever reads her stories. Then Tessa starts at a new school where she actually gets to write as part of the curriculum, only to completely lose her mojo. To get it back, she looks to find some real-world romantic inspiration, only to find that her happily ever after lies closer than she realized.

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

    2. Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala

    Sourcebooks Fire / Via Publisher, Lauren Takakjian / Via ryanlasala.com

    Release date: Jan. 5

    What it's about: Raffy is a super talented cosplay designer hoping to win a competition that'll show his mom that his skills and aspiration are legit. The only thing standing in his way? Luca, his obnoxiously hot ex who's competing against him with one of Raffy's former friends. But when their partnerships fall apart, they'll have to rely on each other to get to the top spot, which brings back a whole lot of old feelings and realizations about their relationship.

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

    3. You Have a Match by Emma Lord

    Macmillan, Twitter: @dilemmalord

    Release date: Jan. 12

    What it's about: The Tweet Cute author's bestselling sophomore rom-com stars teen photographer Abby, who discovers via DNA test that Instagram star Savannah Tully is actually her sister. By Abby's side as she and Savvy attend camp together to try to piece together the past is Leo, Abby's best friend, camp co-chef, and serious crush, which means if Abby has her way, Savannah isn't the only person she'll be getting closer to this summer. (Note: Emma Lord is a Market Editor at Buzzfeed.)

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

    4. The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson

    Simon & Schuster, @rhiannon_writes / Via instagram.com

    Release date: Jan. 12

    What it's about: Mia needs a date to her bridezilla sister's wedding, and her rom com-obsessed besties are determined to find her one. While Mia doesn't believe in tropey true love, she does believe in escaping Sam's wrath, which is how she ends up saying yes to a totally un-Mia-like plan: to let her friends stage meet cutes until she finds the wedding date of her dreams. The more meet cutes they attempt, the more certain Mia becomes this is never gonna happen. But then, there happens to have been a meet cute that has nothing to do with her friends, or sister, or any plans, and Mia realizes maybe the key to happiness is following her own heart.

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

    5. Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson

    Sourcebooks Fire / Via kosokojackson.com, Sarah Nicole Lemon / Via kosokojackson.com

    Release date: Feb. 2

    What it's about: Romance gets a speculative twist in Jackson's page-turning debut about a boy named Andre who gets a new liver and inherits the ability to time travel from its original owner. When the donor's family finds Andre, the insist on helping him navigate his new skill, and it's hard to mind getting lessons from their handsome son, Blake, prickly as he may be. But while Andre and Blake are getting closer in the present, the past brings an unexpected complication, in the form of a charming boy named Michael who's stealing Andre's heart back in 1969.

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

    6. A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen

    Razorbill, jenyenwrites.com

    Release date: Feb. 2

    What it's about: When Liza Yang agrees to help her mother at their family bakery during their annual competition, all she's aiming to do is prove that she's a good, reliable daughter — just like her big sister. But Mrs. Yang wants something else entirely for Liza: a match, which she does her best to find by turning the competition into a veritable buffet of Asian American bachelors for her daughter to choose from. Liza is utterly horrified, but the worst part of all is that thanks to the participation of stoic and sexy James, her mother's plan may have worked.

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

    7. Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson

    Bloomsbury YA, Shawnte Sims / Via reneewatson.net

    Release date: Feb. 2

    What it's about: Watson is back in her usual empowering, inspiring, and warmhearted form with the story of Nala, a girl who's determined to find love. When she meets Tye, the sparks are instant, but how much of that is real and how much is because he happens to believe she's an ardent volunteer with the elderly who also happens to be a vegetarian? For a girl who's already living with her aunt after falling out with her mom and who's watching one of her best friends slip away into activism and new friends, loving herself is hard enough, but Nala will have to learn how to do it if she's going to love someone else, and learn how to accept that love in return.

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

    8. Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce

    Harperteen, Monty Soungpradith / Open Image Studio / Via kristyboyceauthor.com

    Release date: Feb. 9

    What it's about: When Ellie's crush shuts her down, she takes her humiliation overseas by joining her school's study abroad trip in England. Determined to get over the last guy by getting under a new one, Ellie pursues hot Brit Will, aided by Dev, a classmate who insists he can help her do far better at romance this time around. But as the two work together on Ellie's mission, it becomes increasingly clear the right romance is with the wrong guy.

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

    9. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, goodreads.com

    Release date: Feb. 9

    What it's about: This utterly delicious debut follows Vietnamese American "restaurant kids" Bao and Linh, who've been kept apart for years by a family feud between their competitive parents and have only just found each other again. With similar backgrounds both culturally and in upbringing, writer Bao and artist Linh find comfort and more in each other as they struggle to be the children their parents need them to be. But when they find out there's more to risk by being together, and more to the feud than they ever knew, they have to decide if family loyalty is worth giving up on true happiness.

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

    10. Prepped by Bethany Mangle

    Margaret K. McElderry Books, Twitter: @bethanymangle

    Release date: Feb. 23

    What it's about: A comedic and heartfelt YA about Doomsday preppers might be the last place you'd expect to find a touching romance, but that's exactly what Mangle delivers in this debut about a couple who's been paired for reproduction in their community for years, only to discover on the verge of one's potential escape to college that neither of them are Believers. It's stunning to Becca Aldaine when she learns her official boyfriend is every bit as desperate to escape their Doomsday upbringing as she is, and for the first time, it looks like going to college won't mean being all alone. But when an accident puts her cult leader father in the hospital, Becca has to decide whether she can really leave her little sister behind. The decision is only made more difficult by the fact that a potential future with Roy adds a layer of comfort and happiness to the escape of which Becca would've never dared to dream.

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

    11. Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira

    Harperteen, lasmusasbooks.com

    Release date: Mar. 2

    What it's about: Thanks to an academic flub, Carmen is stuck spending her summer masquerading as a Disney princess in order to graduate, and it extremely does not help matters that the new Beast to her Beauty is none other than the worst guy in her ex file, Mauro. As if that weren't bad enough, her newest assignment adds insult to injury by forcing her to work at her spoiled cousin's quinceañera, when Carmen herself never got to have one. But as much as she's dreading it all, there are definitely some bright spots to this summer. Carmen just never expected Mauro himself to be one of them.

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

    12. I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre

    Underlined / Via penguinrandomhouse.com, Nadja Tiktinsky / Via aurianedesombre.com

    Release date: Mar. 2

    What it's about: Emma loves love, which is perfect, since she and her friends are about to film a queer rom-com to enter a film festival. Then Sophie returns from her year abroad and joins them, only to promptly tear the project apart with her cynicism about romance. They're the last two people who should be working together, and it's tearing their friend group apart. But as they piece it back together while working on the film and finding common ground, they find themselves starring in their very own love story.

    Get it from Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, or a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    13. Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

    Wednesday Books / Via us.macmillan.com, Melbourne Actors Headshots / Via sophiegonzalesbooks.com

    Release date: Mar. 9

    What it's about: Darcy has two major secrets: she's in love with her best friend, Brooke, and she's the anonymous advice giver behind locker 89. When she's caught in the act of the latter by certified pain in the butt Alexander Brougham, she'll do anything for him to keep her secret and risk losing Brooke for good. In this case, "anything" means helping him get his ex back, which sounds like no big deal...until she realizes somewhere along the way, she started wanting him for herself.

    Get it from Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    14. It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Vania Stoyanova / Via laurenmorrill.com

    Release date: Mar. 9

    What it's about: It's been sixteen years since Beck was born in the bathroom of pizzeria, and she's been enjoying the benefits (notoriety! free pizza!) ever since, including a much-needed job slinging the cheesy pies now that she's of age. It isn't something she ever expected to like, especially since it's a considerably different life than the one her usual friends enjoy, but between fun coworkers and a crushable delivery guy, pizza pushing has its perks. Then disaster strikes, forcing everyone to work together to save it, and pushing Beck to decide where are real friends are, once and for all.

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

    15. The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

    Feiwel & Friends, J Elliott / Via Author

    Release date: Mar. 16

    What it's about: When Ciela is sexually assaulted along with a stranger at a party, the last thing she expects is to see that stranger show up in her class, with no memory of that night or that he's met Ciela before. Ciela can't help but befriend Lock, hoping to bring him some comfort during the ugly aftermath. But when their friendship grows deeper and turns romantic, Ciela has to decide what's more likely to tear them apart: telling him the truth about that night, or keeping it from him forever. McLemore's trademark magical literary style is in full effect here, but it's the brutal and haunting realism that accompanies this love story that'll really stick with you.

    Get it from Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

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