Reviews by Category: Romance

Teen Review
The Sun Is Also a Star book cover

The Sun Is Also a Star

By Nicola Yoon
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Bella P.
May 24, 2024

Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star details the relationship between teenagers Natasha Kingsley—a Jamaican American faced with the threat of deportation, and Daniel Bae—a Korean American struggling to live up to his parents’ expectations. Natasha hopes to stay in the United States; she spends her final day in New York City seeking legal help to avoid deportation. The two meet in New York, and Daniel decides to miss out on a potentially life changing interview to spend the day with Natasha.

Teen Review
Betting on You book cover

Betting on You

By Lynn Painter
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Leilani G.
May 3, 2024

Betting on You, by Lynn Painter, is the quintessential young adult romance novel. Bailey is dealing with her parents’ divorce and move to a new town when she meets Charlie, a witty and cynical boy who doesn’t believe in love. They are forced together on an hours-long plane ride, and by the end can’t be more thoroughly annoyed with each other. They part ways, expecting never to meet again, until they find themselves working together at the same waterpark.

Teen Review
If He Had Been With Me book cover

If He Had Been With Me

By Laura Nowlin
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Sumedha S.
May 3, 2024

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin is a moving story about self-discovery that follows childhood best friends who grow apart but continue to have a shared connection. Autumn and Finn have been raised as family since childhood with their mothers being best friends and living next door to each other. After they began middle school, popular Finny and alternative Autumn found different friends, styles, and relationships as they stopped interacting with one another.

Teen Review
The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty

By Jenny Han
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Bhuvana S.
Apr 26, 2024

Belly Conklin has been going to Cousins Beach every summer since she was little with her mom and brother Steven to spend the summer with Beck and the Fisher boys. They would make tons of memories and hang out every summer, but this summer was different. Belly realizes she likes one of the Fisher boys but doesn’t know which one and is stuck in a love triangle between Conrad and Jeremiah. Along with this, something is wrong with Beck, and no one knows what it is. I rate this book a ten out of ten, and I liked the summer vibes of this book.

Teen Review
A Thousand Heartbeats

A Thousand Heartbeats

By Kiera Cass
Star Rating
★★

Rated by
Leilani G.
Apr 18, 2024

If you grew up reading The Selection series, a contemporary YA classic that graced many, many bookshelves in the 2010s, then you might be interested in author Kiera Cass’ other work, A Thousand Heartbeats. Published in 2022, the novel centers on Princess Annika and Commander Lennox, two young people on opposite sides of a violent conflict between their two countries.

Teen Review
The Do-over by Lynn Painter

The Do-over

By Lynn Painter
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Lexiereads
Apr 16, 2024

The Do-over follows Emilie, a teenage girl who is forced to relive the worst Valentine's Day over and over again. Each day she wakes up and it’s February 14th again, and the same things always seem to happen no matter what she does to change it. 

Teen Review
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

By Sarah J. Maas
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Lexiereads
Apr 14, 2024

Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin who has spent the past year as a slave in the salt mines of Endovier. When the crowned prince shows up and takes her away she has to fight for her freedom in a competition to become the king’s assassin. However, dark forces are at play, and she might not make it out of the castle alive. 

Teen Review
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 14, 2024

Pride and Prejudice is a story of the Bennet family, set in England. The Bennet family’s offspring are exclusively daughters, which becomes a point of consideration as the parents look to marry off their daughters. With a local ball coming soon, they came upon a chance to find their daughter's wealthy partners who could sufficiently satisfy their needs. 

Teen Review
Check & Mate

Check & Mate

By Ali Hazelwood
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Lexiereads
Apr 14, 2024

Check & Mate follows Mallory Greenleaf, a teenage girl who has stopped playing chess for good. But when her best friend drags her to a chess tournament where she beats the current world champion she can’t escape the world of chess. 

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