We all love a good love story…but not all love stories necessarily have smooth courses (or happy endings). Come to think of it, a lot of love stories have a few bumps (or 200) along the way. Here are 9 love stories that don’t go quite as you’d expect!
Wildcard by Marie Lu
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Talk about a love story gone wrong. It’s just the worst when it turns out your boyfriend is trying to take over the world.
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
Two words: Spontaneous. Combustion. How can there be room for romance when people are literally exploding? And yet… Mara finds herself falling for Dylan (in spite of his insane reputation) anyway.
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Henry Page has never been love, though he fancies himself a hopeless romantic. Enter: Grace Town. He’s immediately drawn to her, and is determined to win her over, despite all the warning signs.
The Ember quartet Sabaa Tahir
Laia. Elias. Helene. Keenan. These characters CANNOT catch a break and their love lives are no exception. And depending on who you ship… well…*worries obsessively about book four*
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Okay, so it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing in The Cruel Prince either. But you better believe Jude doesn’t have to be one of the fey to be as cruel as Cardan in book 2.
The Dark Days series by Alison Goodman
Talk about a killer love triangle. Isn’t it just the worst when you’re supposed to be getting ready for your wedding except you can’t because you have to defeat the big bad with the dangerously charismatic Lord Carlston? Oh, and it just so happens the two of you are a dyad, bonded in blood, and can only defeat the Grand Deceiver together.
The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Falling for your brother’s killer? Yeah. Marie Lu is sort of an expert at this destroying-your-feelings thing. June and Day have an epic Romeo and Juliet romance that spans the books of Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy. It will both kill you and give you life.
Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin has loved Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar since childhood. So clearly after she disrupts his life one night, and disappears the next day, he has to go find her and find out what happened. But the closer he gets to finding her, the more he realizes he doesn’t really know her at all.
The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
Love is difficult when you’re living in two different versions of the same town—which is exactly what Natalie and Beau have to overcome.
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Everyone knows the handsome guy you meet on page 2 is supposed to be THE ONE.
Not so, friends. Little did we know, Sarah Glenn Marsh does not bow to the unspoken rules of YA and was waiting right around the corner waiting to KILL. HIM.
Okay, okay, she DOES give us another really great love interest later. And we may love the new one even more. But that was still a solid kick in the feels.
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