Star-crossed lovers: YA love stories for your TBR
If you can’t resist a star-crossed lovers story about two people coming together from different worlds, these YA books are for you!
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 Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum
Hoodie Rosen’s life isn’t that bad. Sure, his entire Orthodox Jewish community has just picked up and moved to the quiet, mostly non-Jewish town of Tregaron, but Hoodie’s world hasn’t changed that much.
That is, until he meets and falls for Anna-Marie Diaz-O’Leary—who happens to be the daughter of the obstinate mayor trying to keep Hoodie’s community out of the town. And things only get more complicated when Tregaron is struck by a series of antisemitic crimes that quickly escalate to deadly violence.
As his community turns on him for siding with the enemy, Hoodie finds himself caught between his first love and the only world he’s ever known.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray
Koffi and Ekon are from different worlds. But when a deadly creature attacks their city, the two must form a tentative alliance and together enter the Greater Jungle, a world steeped in wild, frightening magic and untold dangers. The hunt begins. But it quickly becomes unclear whether they are the hunters or the hunted.
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
Full of dangerous otherworldly romances, The Beautiful Series is perfect for anyone who loves reading about lovers torn between opposing sides!
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
And of course we can’t leave out a Romeo and Juliet retelling! From the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a fresh and funny queer YA contemporary novel about two teens who fall in love in an indie comic book shop.