Star-crossed lovers have been one of the most popular tropes throughout history, and for good reason. Sometimes, all you want to read is a heart-wrenching love story and get way too emotionally invested in the lives of fictional characters. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Whether the book ends with the couple reuniting or torn apart forever, there’s just something special about experiencing the rollercoaster of star-crossed love.
Scratch your star-crossed lover itch with this list:
There’s nothing like a time loop to keep you from your true love. Clark has woken up and relived the same monotonous Monday hundreds of times—and he doesn’t know why. Then, Day 310 comes around and Clark meets someone new, a charismatic boy named Beau, during a math class he has gone to 309 times before. While they only spend one day together, Clark and Beau go on a series of “errands” that changes how Clark thinks about his time loop and what he can do to finally break out of it.
Stevie and Nora have a secret, epic, once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. However, when Stevie has an accident and loses the last 2 years of her memory, she also subsequently forgets Nora and coming to terms with her sexuality. While it seems like all the odds are against Stevie and Nora, you won’t be able to help root for these two throughout the book.
What happens when you take a couple and force them to relive their tragic love story over and over again? For All Time tells the incredible story of Tamar and Fayard, who have lived a thousand lives to fall in love, but never actually experience it. You’ll be on the edge of your seat until you find out what it’s actually going to take to finally break the cycle.
Nothing is more starcrossed than Voya and Luc’s tragic and doomed lovestory. Voya is a budding teen witch in a long line of magical ancestors. When Voya fails the trial that grants her powers, her second chance to redeem herself is shocking— all she has to do is kill her first love. And if she doesn’t, her entire family’s magic is at risk.
One of the most classic and well known starcrossed lovers is Romeo & Juliet. You’ll love this heart-stopping retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, where Juliette and Roma are heirs to rival gangs. While they deal with their forbidden feelings, there is also a mysterious and sinister monster lurking in the depths of the Huangpu River that threatens the lives of everyone—no matter which side they’re on.
If you want a book where you won’t be able to predict what comes next, it’s time to start The Mara Dyer Trilogy. After Mara survives a traumatizing accident where the majority of her loved ones die, she begins to be haunted by corpses and having strange visions. And then there’s Noah, the handsome boy at school that is desperate to help Mara uncover what’s going on—even when she is seemingly surrounded by death.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, in this start to the Dark Artifices series. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions… The forbidden but destined love between Emma and Julian is one for the history books!