- Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones: Oh Polly and your two sets of memories. Oh Tom and your mysterious past. This is probably the most recommended book in my entire book reading history.
- Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta: While this does have a cute romance, the part I really love is the emphasis on friendship and family.
- A Little Wanting Song or Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley: Really both books are fantastic stories about growing up and friendship. And yes there are cute boys. Impossible to pick just one.
- Dream Hunter and Dream Quake by Elizabeth Knox: These books are stunning on every level. The writing itself is swoon worthy.
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: My favorite of Maggie’s books and my go to readalike for Diana Wynne Jones. Who doesn’t love these characters?
- For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: You wouldn’t think a post-apocalyptic sci-fi retelling of Persuasion would work. But it totally does!
- The Archived by Victoria Schwab: This one actually has no romance but I love the banter and dynamic between the two main characters all the same.
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: I haven’t posted my review yet so you’ll just have to trust me, but oh em gee this book is amazing!!!
- In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin: I just love this series and this ending was so spot on. Plus Yuji <3 Review coming eventually. Promise.
- Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier: A haunting retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses where the male lead is a frog? Sounds absurd yet totally works!
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: Bonus book! Lola and Cricket are easily my favorite fictional couple. I love their give and take throughout the story and I especially love that they are both such snappy dressers.
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