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Black Romance Reads for Your TBR

Get ready to SWOON. Valentine’s Day might be over, but the love stories keep coming. Scroll down for 6 Black YA romance reads that are perfect for anyone who loves love!

The Davenports by Krystal Marquis

The first in a breathless YA series set in 1910 Chicago, The Davenports offers a glimpse into a period of African American history often overlooked, while delivering a totally escapist, swoon-worthy read

Zyla & Kai by Kristina Forest

Alternating between the past and present, we see the love story unfold from Zyla’s and Kai’s perspectives: how they first became the unlikeliest of friends over the summer, how they fell in love during the school year, and why they ultimately broke up… Or did they?

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Love, Simon meets Bend It Like Beckham in this feel-good contemporary romance about a trans athlete who must decide between fighting for his right to play and staying stealth.

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus’s bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

Last Chance Dance by Lakita Wilson

Leila is crushed when Dev, her boyfriend of four years, breaks up with her right before graduation. Just when she’s thinking she wasted her entire high school experience on a dead-end relationship, her best friend Bree reminds her that Last Chance Dance is just around the corner. Though at times skeptical, Leila embarks on her Last Chance Dance mission. If Dev wasn’t her true love—then maybe someone else is.

Her Good Side by Rebekah Weatherspoon – May 30

A swoony, heart-melting YA romance from beloved author Rebekah Weatherspoon about two awkward teens who decide to practice dating in order to be good at the real thing.

Penguin Teen