You can’t choose your family…but if you could, what type of family would you choose? Would you go with a crazy big bunch like Charlie’s family in Save the Date, or maybe a family who knows what you need, like in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before…? We’ve picked 9 for you so you can imagine how life would be in each of them…you’re welcome!

9 YA Families We Wish We Were A Part Of

1. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Running is Annabelle’s way of coping. Her past has been like the deepest of darkest nightmares. Her family, however, is the sun beaming down on her face, waking her up to her bright future. Everyone wishes they had a grandpa like Grandpa Ed, who follows Annabelle as she runs across the country. He is right there behind her every step of the way, literally. Her brother is her mind’s savior as he continues to push her to do her very best. With them by her side she can run across the country.


2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Where to begin with all the love? Between Lara Jean’s sisters (the Covey girls), her little sister, Kittie, getting the story started. Margot always giving good advice and a dad whose understanding. Their little family is always tight-knit, even in romantic crisis.


3. Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

Even in the worst conditions, Alyssa has her family who tries their best to keep the family safe. As the neighborhood crumbles, Garrett, Uncle Basil, and Alyssa’s parents work their very hardest for each other as best they can. Resources are scarce but one thing that won’t run dry is their love for each other.


4. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Weddings, dogs, and crazy girlfriends, all under one big house? What could go wrong? Even though this family seems completely dysfunctional with all the commotion that’s going on, there’s never a dull moment and we all want to be a part of the chaos that makes up the Grant family.


5. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Sooooo getting trapped in the forest with your nemesis probably sounds torturous. Yet, the families in this book give you a taste of both pies as they couldn’t be any more different. Zorie’s family likes the calm side of the river and lives a pretty structured lifestyle that keeps you Zen as you read. Though there’s something about Lennon’s family that is exciting and exhilarating, making you only want to learn more. This book leaves us completely starry eyed for both their families.


6. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

One girl. THREE older brothers! Holy, clovers!!  However, Walter and Archie may be annoying but no matter how bad one tries, their wit can’t be ignored and these jocks have got Addie’s back. Then there’s Ian, a little more complicated and the two of them got off to a rocky tumble (literally) but Addie and Ian soon realize that through their journey in the lucky, green land, there’s no one else they’d rather take the adventure with. Ian’s always Addie’s partner in crime no matter the time or country their headed through.


7. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

When there’s so much magic going on, it’s hard to know what’s real and fake anymore. Julien’s older brother gets on his nerves for sure and they have definitely had their ups and downs. However, Jules can always count on his brother Mark. Even if he doesn’t want to admit it, Julian loves Mark and would go through anything with him.


8. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Sometimes people’s differences bring them together. Ari’s family doesn’t like to talk about the discomforts that are happening in their lives. Though Dante’s are very close and he can confide in them. Yet, as this beautiful and unique story comes together the two families become close and give the boys the realization to learn something beautiful about themselves.


9. The Jasmine Project by Meredith Ireland

Jasmine’s family in The Jasmine Project is huge, caring, and overprotective. A bit…over overprotective. So protective, they create The Jasmine Project after Jasmine’s boyfriend cheats on her. The plan is simple: use Jasmine’s graduation party as an opportunity for her to meet the most eligible teen bachelors in Orlando. And maybe one will win her heart.


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