Netflix’s Emily in Paris is BACK with a brand new season! Whether you are genuinely enamored with Lily Collins’ depiction of a wide-eyed Chicagoan taking Paris by storm or are hate-watching, you can’t deny that Emily in Emily in Paris is living the dream: traveling to Paris, pursuing her professional ambitions, and managing handsome suitors left and right. If you find yourself watching (or rewatching) every episode of Emily in Paris in one sitting, here are some books that you should get your hands on.

10 Perfect Books for Fans of Emily in Paris

1. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

You already know that this round-up is going to include all of our favorite abroad stories, but Laura Taylor Namey’s A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is truly a must-read coming-of-age abroad! Nursing heartbreak and a slew of other unexpected personal troubles, Cuban-American Lila Reyes finds herself in England for a summer. Cloudy small-town Winchester is a far cry from Lila’s hometown, Miami, but her outlook on Winchester and her entire life changes when she crosses paths with teashop clerk, Orion Maxwell.


2. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

If you love all of the AMAZING food Emily gets to eat on her adventures then you’ll love A Pho Love Story for both its adorable, swoony romance and delicious book food that will definitely make you hungry! Follow along as Bao and Linh navigate their new relationship against the backdrop of their families’ age-old feud about their neighboring pho restaurants.


3. Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

Jenna Evans Welch’s newest getaway romance abroad is a Mamma Mia! inspired tale about a teen girl finding romance while trying to reconnect with her absent father in beautiful, Santorini Greece. Main character Liv Varanakis is decidedly less dazzled than Emily to find herself in Europe—but Santorini is as undeniably gorgeous as Paris, and her roommate Theo is just as charming as Emily’s favorite neighbor, Gabriel.


4. My Summer of Love & Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

Someone pop the champagne, because this abroad story would be right up the alley of Mindy’s party-loving friends from home. My Summer of Love & Misfortune is a Crazy Rich Asians meets Love & Gelato novel about a Chinese-American teen thrust into the decadent world of Beijing high society when she is sent away to spend the summer in China.


5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

One of the defining features of Emily in Paris is the fact that Emily is seemingly irresistible to every man she encounters, so much so that she finds herself in a love entanglement that is almost a Love Quadrangle or Pentagon by the end of the series. But if you’re willing to settle for a good ol’ love triangle, Jenny Han’s Summer trilogy will hit the spot, starting with The Summer I Turned Pretty.


6. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

If you want a fun romp through Paris (while fighting demons with your hot boyfriend), then The Red Scrolls of Magic is the book for you! Sure, the adventures that High Warlock Magnus Bane goes on in this iconic city are just a little different from Emily’s, but you still get the irresistible Paris ambiance with a little magic thrown in, too!


7. Shine by Jessica Jung

This one is for fans of Mindy and her singing aspirations: Shine is a knock-out contemporary YA written by previous Girls’ Generation member Jessica Jung. Korean-American Rachel Kim would give anything to live her dreams of becoming a K-pop star. After six years of training at DB entertainment, she knows the rules like the back of her hand: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right? Not so much.


8. Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

The woman behind Emily’s show-stopping fashion statements is Devil Wears Prada and Sex in the City costume designer Patricia Field, so we have to recommend Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies, a wickedly funny Devil Wears Prada meets Sex in the City novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City…by lying about being a dating expert on her resume.


9. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Through kitschy hashtags and haphazard selfies, Emily finds herself going viral and developing quite the social media platform. Tash Hearts Tolstoy is also the story of a girl who goes unexpected viral, except her platform is a modern vlog adaptation of Anna Karenina. With a suddenly booming audience, Tash finds herself under increasing pressure to deliver the best web series ever.


10. 26 Kisses by Anna Michels

Emily starts the show with a boyfriend, but pretty soon she finds herself single in Paris. And while getting out of a long-term relationship is hard, stumbling upon a potential new Parisian boyfriend at every corner does make it easier. For similar romantic hijinks to heal heartbreak, read 26 Kisses, a romantic comedy about a girl’s summer mission to get over her ex-boyfriend by kissing her way through the alphabet. Perfect for fans of Morgan Matson!


Looking for more? Check out these must-reads if you want more romances that take place abroad!


The only thing better than an engrossing fantasy world is fantasy embedded in a rich, historical setting. Whether via the dazzling parties of Victorian England or the vibrant streets of 1920s Shanghai, these historical fantasies bring to life real settings of the past, with a twist of magic, monsters, and more.

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The Lady of Rapture by Sarah Raughley
Iris is a girl who cannot die — that is, she couldn't die until her friends discovered her one weakness and killed her once and for all. As a Hiva, the world-ending power she held should have died with her. But there's another Hiva out there with no mercy for humanity and will surely judge that the world should end in destruction. Now that Iris is back with a vengeance, she's prepared to trigger the Cataclysm and take back control of the world's fate.
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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Chloe Gong’s These Violent Delights is a thrilling retelling of Romeo and Juliet is set in 1926 Shanghai. With rival gangs running the streets red, the multicultural city hums to the tune of debauchery—while the country sits at the brink of Civil War. Former flapper Juliette Cai has just returned to her home-city, proud to assume her role as the heir of the powerful Scarlet Gang. But when a mysterious monster threatens a plague of madness on the whole city, she must team-up with the heir to the rival Russian White Flowers, Roma Montagov, who was Juliette’s first love—and first betrayal.
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Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron
Set in the Jim Crow South, Daughters of Jubilation tells the story of Evalene Deschamps, a black teen who must find her place among a family of women gifted with magical abilities. Her family calls their magic jubilation—a gift passed down from generations of Black women since the time of slavery. And as Evvie’s talents awaken, something dark comes loose and threatens to resurface. When the demons of Evvie’s past finally shake free, she must embrace her mighty lineage, and summon the power that lies within her.
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Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Miller
The legends of King Arthur have always laced magic into medieval England. However, in Thomas Wheeler’s retelling of the legend, he imagines what would have happened if the Sword of Power chose a Queen. The Lady of the Lake is the true hero in this cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur. Look out for the original series starring Katherine Langford coming soon to Netflix!
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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
In this take on King Arthur, Bree Matthews must infiltrate a secret society of “Legendborn” students at UNC-Chapel Hill—whose members are descendants of King Arthur’s Knights—to find out what happened on the night her mother died. Although Legendborn is not technically set in the past, the magic in this retelling is deeply rooted in the history of the American South, and as Bree uncovers unique magic of her own, she must make contact with her ancestors in order to find the source of her magic—because a war is coming, and Bree must decide of she’ll use her magic to take the Legendborn society down, or join the fight.
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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
The Last Hours series in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world is set in romantic Edwardian London. Chain of Gold introduces us to American Shadowhunter Cordelia Carstairs who escapes to London when her father is accused of a terrible crime. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is swept up into their world of glittering ballrooms and supernatural salons. But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London, and Cordelia and her friends discover that their connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—that will reveal the true price of being a hero.
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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series is also historical, taking place in London before Chain of Gold, during the reign of Queen Victoria. In Clockwork Angel, Tessa Gray travels to London to find her brother, but upon her arrival, she learns that she is a downworlder with the rare ability to transform into another person, and there are those who will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for their own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. There she finds herself fascinated and torn by best friends James and Will.
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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell
Songs from the Deep is set in a late 19th century island town, where deadly sirens lurk along the shores. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens victims. But Moira Alexander believes the sirens are being framed. With the townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, Moira and her childhood friend Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.
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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
In The Last Magician, Magic is all but extinct in modern-day New York, with those with the affinity for magic forced to live in the shadows by the Order—so talented time-manipulator Esta travels back to 1902, to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order, before the Magician can destroy it and doom all magical people to a hopeless future. But Old New York is a dangerous world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.
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The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley
Set in an alternative 1880s London, The Bones of Ruin follows an African tightrope walker who cannot die. With this strange "power," and no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she was. Then she meets the mysterious Adam Temple, a member of a secret order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam wants Iris as his champion in an upcoming "Tournament of Freaks," a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. In exchange for her participation? The truth about who she really is.

These swoonworthy YA romances all take place abroad! Read these books if you’re looking for getaway-via-armchair travel romance.

12 YA Romances That Take Place Abroad

1. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

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In this Love & Gelato meets Don’t Date Rosa Santos romantic coming of age, a Miami girl who unexpectedly finds love—and herself—in a small English town. Don’t miss the charming, heartfelt story that is A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow!


2. One Great Lie by Deb Caletti

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This compelling and atmospheric YA from the ever-enthralling Printz Honor-winning author Deb Caletti is a story of romance, mystery, and power. One Great Lie is about a young woman discovering her strength while at a writing workshop in lush Venice.


3. Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato comes Love & Olives, a Mamma Mia!-inspired tale about a teen girl finding romance while trying to connect with her absent father in beautiful Santorini, Greece.


4. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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This list would not be complete without our favorite study abroad YA romance comp, Love & Gelato. Lina is spending a summer in Tuscany because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home. Then Lina is given a journal that her mother kept when she lived in Italy, and suddenly Lina uncovers a magical world of secret romances, breathtaking art, and hidden bakeries. Now a movie on Netflix!


5. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

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The second book in Jenna Evans Welch’s YA romance abroad companion series is Love & Luck, a heartwarming tale of a road trip through Ireland filled with love, adventure, and the true meaning behind the word family.


6. Shine by Jessica Jung

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Shine is a knock-out rom-com about a Korean American teen who is thrust into the competitive world of K-pop in bustling, technicolor Seoul, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Girls’ Generation. Think Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl by way of Jenny Han. Once you’ve read Shine, pick up the sequel, Bright!


7. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

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From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes Love from A to Z, an unforgettable romance that is The Sun is Also a Star meets Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip in Doha, Qatar. Once you’ve finished Love from A to Z, make sure to pick up the sequel, Love from Mecca to Medina!


8. Your Heart, My Sky by Margarita Engle

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Your Heart, My Sky is a young couple that finds love against all odds in el período especial en tiempos de paz in Cuba—which despite its name, which means “the special period in times of peace,” is a historic period of starvation in Cuba. Love can feed souls and hearts—but is it enough to survive?


9. My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

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Confessions of a Shopaholic meets Crazy Rich Asians in My Summer of Love and Misfortune, a hilarious, quirky novel about a Chinese-American teen who is sent away to China for a summer, and finds herself thrust into the decadent world of Beijing high society.


10. Facing the Sun by Janice Lynn Mather

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Prepare to be transported to the Bahamas in Facing the Sun, a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets The Education of Margot Sanchez story about four friends who experience unexpected changes in their lives during the summer when a hotel developer purchases their community’s beloved beach.


11. Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

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The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in Cassandra Clare’s newest New York Times bestselling series The Last Hours, which continues with Chain of Iron.


12. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

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Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Serpent & Dove, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in atmospheric 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster at the depths of the Huangpu river. Once you’ve read These Violent Delightsmake sure you pick up the sequel, Our Violent Ends!


Looking for more? Check out these historical YA romances!

We all love a good boarding school story. Preppy, privileged, competitive teens who not only have to see each other in class every day, but also must live together without parental supervision? Yes, please. Drop-in a scholarship new kid, an angsty outcast, maybe some magic, and let the drama begin… Check out our favorite books set in boarding schools below!

Books That Take Place At Boarding School

1. Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon

From the queen of hate-to-love romance Sandhya Menon, comes the second novel in a brand new series, The Rosetta Academy, set at a boarding school where all our favorite fairytale royals go to meet their destiny. In this contemporary spin on The Princess and the Frog, Caterina is determined to transform Rahul from a frog to her prince in order to keep her status as queen of the school.


2. Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful, well-behaved, and they receive a well-rounded education that promises to make them better people. But the girls’ carefully controlled existence is not quite what it appears, and Mena and her friends will uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are. Continue the adventure with Girls With Razor Hearts, available on March 17, 2020!


3. Chosen by Kiersten White

Cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer may not be a boarding school story, but Kiersten White’s Slayer series set in the Buffy universe totally is. Nina and her sister, Artemis, attend Watcher’s Academy, a boarding school where teens are trained as guides for Slayers. Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle, instead following her instincts to heal as the school medic. But Nina’s life changes forever when it is revealed that Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.


4. Private by Kate Brian

Private is a classic elite boarding school story at its best. When scholarship student Reed Brennan arrives at the tradition-steeped campus of Easton Academy, she’s confronted with more wealth and privilege than she ever thought possible. When she meets the Billings Girls—the most beautiful, intelligent, intensely confident girls on campus—she’s determined to get into their inner circle. But she quickly discovers that in their designer clothing-packed closets, the Billings Girls have skeletons, and they’ll do anything to keep their secrets ~private~.


5. Breaking Bailey by Anonymous

Bailey welcomes a fresh start at the prestigious boarding school, Prescott Academy, expecting rigorous coursework and long hours studying. What she doesn’t expect is to be inducted into the “Science Club,” a group of wealthy students who run a business cooking up drugs in their spare time. Suddenly, Bailey has all she’s ever wanted—including a sweet and handsome boyfriend who also happens to be the brainy lead chemist of the Club. But as she wades deeper into their business, Bailey finds herself struggling to ignore the moral dilemmas of her new life.


6. Alanna by Tamora Pierce

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In a time where girls are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be a knight. So she finds a way to switch places with her twin brother, Thom, and, disguised as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page. As a part of this training, she must attend classes at the palace of King Roald—and live in the page dormitories alongside the other boys training to become knights of the realm.


7. Very Bad People by Kit Frick

In this dark academia young adult thriller for fans of The Female of the Species and People Like Us, a teen girl’s search for answers about her mother’s mysterious death leads to a powerful secret society at her new boarding school—and a dangerous game of revenge that will leave her forever changed.


Looking for more? Check out these must-read contemporary romances!

Grab your hats and scarves and get ready to wear tights for the first time in months. The mornings are all chilly and you can see your breath and draw little pictures on foggy windows…because it’s RED season, Swifties, and we have a book to go with EVERY SINGLE TRACK on Taylor Swift’s Red Re-record! These books are a MUST for your cozy autumn in your feels (Taylor’s Version).

Books to Read When You Listen to Red (Taylor’s Version)

1. “State of Grace” – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple definitely never saw Rishi coming in When Dimple Met Rishi. When hopeless romantic Rishi introduces himself to Dimple with “Hello, Future Wife!”, Dimple tosses her iced coffee at him and runs. Even though Dimple thought her parents had finally let go of their fixation on finding her the “Ideal Indian Husband”, they were really setting her up yet again. But what neither Dimple nor Rishi ever saw coming after this inauspicious start is an incredible bond.

2. “Red” – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

For the song about the whirlwind of highs and lows in a passionate relationship, we have the series that started a whole saga of love stories and adventures: Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones. We love the Shadowhunters books for their stunning twists, the epic world, and, most of all, the palpable bonds between the characters that keep our hearts racing and our pages turning!

3. “Treacherous” – The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

“Treacherous” is about attractions that are as undeniable as they are dangerous. In The Witch Haven, Sasha Peyton Smith’s protagonist Frances would surely understand this song as she finds herself drawn to Finn, a boy with magic and therefore a sworn enemy of Haxahaven, the witch school that saved her from her life of loneliness and condemnation. As her feelings for Finn grows, and her hunger for the answers about her brother’s disappearance, so does the threat to her school and her fellow witches.

4. “I Knew You Were Trouble” – Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

In Blood Like Magic, Luc would say he knew Voya was trouble when she walked in. Luc and Voya first met when he tries to block her from entering a NuGene info session, but Voya finds a way not only into that info session, but also into Luc’s hard-won heart. Little does he know, Voya has a terrible task at hand. In order to save her family’s magic, Voya must kill her first love—and NuGene’s matchmaking program says that Luc and Voya are soulmates.

5. “All Too Well” – Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

For this fan-favorite about the way love affairs linger, we have Chasing Lucky. Josie and Lucky were once best friends—before Josie left town, before Lucky never wrote back, before everything fell apart. Now Josie is back in town and Lucky makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. But when Josie accidentally lands herself in some big-time trouble, Lucky unexpectedly takes the blame. Could it be that Lucky remembers how everything was before…all too well?

6. “22” – Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

Nima Kumara-Clark isn’t quite 22, but in Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens she discovers what it means to be happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way. Perpetually awkward, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure, Nina is barely coping day-to-day, until she finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene at the other side of town. Nima becomes closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love.

7. “I Almost Do” – Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

We could probably write a whole article about ALL the Taylor Swift songs that feel like they were written for the angst of Chloe Gong’s These Violent Delights, but surely the song match for Our Violent Ends is Taylor’s “I Almost Do.” Although Roma is convinced that Juliette has irrevocably betrayed him for the last time, Juliette lives every day in agony as she hides her true feelings (and a number of other secrets) from Roma in order to protect him. I’m sure she hopes that he knows that every time she doesn’t reach out… she almost does.

8. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Preto

Our favorite snarky break-up bop is the perfect match to Nicki Pau Preto’s Wings of Shadow, the finale to the epic trilogy about a pair of orphaned sisters who find themselves helming opposite sides in a world-shattering war of phoenix riders. They are never ever getting back together, but will they survive being apart?

9. “Stay Stay Stay” – Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The cutest song has to go with the cutest love story. Rowan and Neil in Today Tonight Tomorrow have been academic rivals for years, but it’s the last night of high school and for the annual 24-hour scavenger hunt, the pair finds themselves on the same side for the first time. Rowan has never been able to stand Neil, but at the end of this day, she might just find she may not have exactly been hating him for quite some time…

10. “The Last Time” – Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

In “The Last Time,” Taylor begs to be put first, and Gary Lightbody duets an apologetic farewell response. Love & Olives’ Liv Varanakis would understand Taylor’s pleas, as her greatest heartbreak was when her father walked out on her family. But her father would empathize with Gary’s side as well. After Liv receives a postcard from her father asking her to help him on a documentary about Atlantis, she finds herself in beautiful Santorini with more questions than ever. Will she get the answers she’s looking for? Or is their father-daughter relationship as lost as the city of Atlantis?

11. “Holy Ground” – Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The special magic of a first love affair is captured in “Holy Ground,” and it’s also captured in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys series. Always and Forever, Lara Jean is truly an ode to first loves, and how while life is always going to move forward and change is inevitable, there are bonds that you will cherish forever.

12. “Sad Beautiful Tragic” – When We Were Them by Laura Taylor Namey

When they were fifteen, Willa, Luz, and Britton’s friendship was everything. When they were sixteen, they stood by each other no matter what. When they were seventeen, they went through the worst. And when they were eighteen, Willa ruined it all. Is there anything more “Sad Beautiful Tragic” than a friendship break-up? And Laura Taylor Namey brings this one to life so gorgeously and gut-wrenchingly in When We Were Them.

13. “The Lucky One” – Shine by Jessica Jung

An aspiring celebrity wondering about her place in this industry and thinking about the idols that came before her? Yeah, that’s giving Shine. K-Pop superstar Jessica Jung’s YA debut is about Rachel Kim, a DB Entertainment recruit that is hoping to debut as a K-pop star, but runs into the trouble of falling for DB golden boy Jason Lee despite one of the ironclad rules of DB Entertainment: no dating.

14. “Everything Has Changed” – Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Sometimes you meet someone and you just know everything is about to change. Penny and Sam’s first meeting in Emergency Contact is like that, except it’s less of a meet-cute and more of a collision of unbearable awkwardness. But the two exchange numbers, and soon they become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams and opening themselves up to each other in ways they never thought possible.

15. “Starlight” – Social Intercourse by Greg Howard

This song about unforgettable nights of dancing, letting go of your worries, and potentially falling in love is the perfect pair for Social Intercourse, the bright laugh-out-loud novel about a gay teen and a golden boy football player from South Carolina teaming up to throw their conservative hometown’s first Rainbow Prom. Hearts will be broken, new romance will bloom, but nothing will go down the way Beck and Jax have planned.

16. “Begin Again” – Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

For committing a terrible magical sin, Tamsin was banished from her witch community and cursed with the inability to love. Wren, who hides her own powerful magic, has been tied to her hometown for her whole life as the only caretaker to her ailing father. But when a terrible plague strikes the land and Wren’s father is affected, Wren strikes a bargain: she will give Tamsin her love for her father for Tamsin’s help. But in Sweet & Bitter Magic what begins as a dangerous bargain may end up as a beautiful new beginning.

17. “The Moment I Knew” – Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Lennon may not have missed Zorie’s birthday in Starry Eyes, but in this best-friends-turned-almost-lovers-turned-best-enemies premise, Lennon stood Zorie up for homecoming right after they both decided to take the leap romantically, and they haven’t spoken since. That all changes when a camping trip goes south and they find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

18. “Come Back … Be Here” – Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Dive into the agonizing feels of a long distance relationship with Permanent Record, the story of college dropout Pablo Rind and pop juggernaut Leanne Smart who meet at 5:00 AM at a bodega and find an unexpectedly strong connection, which then must span distance, time zones, and social media platforms.

19. “Girl at Home” – Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson

In Together We Caught Fire, Lane Jamison has always had a crush on Grey McIntyre, but Grey has a girlfriend, her friend Sadie. To make matters more complicated, her father introduces her to his new fiancée, Grey’s mother. In the face of all this mess, Lane decides to take a page out of Taylor’s book and steps away from a taken man by befriending Connor, Sadie’s brother.

20. “State of Grace” – For All Time by Shanna Miles

Taylor’s album opener about epic, life-changing love takes new (read: sadder) shape in the acoustic version. Shanna Miles’ epic love story, For All Time, is the perfect fit. This is a vivid, utterly romantic debut novel about two teens who relive their tragic love story over and over until they uncover what they must do to change their fate.

21. “Ronan” – Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott and Mikki Daughtry

We paired this song with Five Feet Apart because they both tell stories about holding onto blind hope in the face of the tragic reality of health conditions that you simply cannot change, and young people who must face their mortality far too young. Rachael Lippincott’s #1 New York Times bestseller is about two teens who fall in love with just one major complication—they can’t get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives.

22. “Better Man” – We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Belly has always wished Conrad was a better man. She wishes that he was different, so they could have had a different ending—and she also wishes that she didn’t feel this way. Because she has Jeremiah now, Conrad’s brother, and she’s almost positive Jeremiah is her soulmate. But in Jenny Han’s We’ll Always Have Summer, the conclusion to her Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy, Jeremiah makes a big mistake, and Belly must face the reality that the Fisher brothers are both imperfect—but she has feelings for them both, and she has to break one of their hearts.

23. “Nothing New” – Kind of Sort of Fine by Spencer Hall

For the song where Taylor and Phoebe Bridgers wonder about the viciousness and transience of people’s perception of you, we have Kind of Sort of Fine where two teens from opposite social spheres inadvertently rehabilitate and bolster each other’s reputation. It seems like they’re both getting what they want—except what happens when who you’ve become isn’t who you really are?

24. “Babe” – The Jasmine Project by Meredith Ireland

The Jasmine Project shares a premise with “Babe”—Jasmine Yap’s life is turned upside down when she catches her long-time boyfriend Paul cheating. But her family is sure that they can help, so they decide to throw a graduation party for Jasmine as a way for her to meet the most eligible bachelors in Orlando. There’s no pressure for Jasmine to choose anyone. Jasmine’s family just wants to show her how she should be treated. But soon enough the family begins fighting for their favorites, bachelors go rogue… and then Paul shows up.

25. “Message in a Bottle” – What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

There’s nothing more exciting than the beginning of a love story, even if like in “Message in a Bottle” the object of your affection is far away. Sometimes it’s even more exciting that way; you can hold onto that hope forever. Halle would agree. In What I Like About You, Halle has the online persona of Kels, and Kels has a best friendship/flirtationship with Nash. Kels is much cooler than Halle, and Halle never expects Kels’ life to mix with hers. But then Halle moves to her Gramps’ small town, and Halle finds herself face-to-face with real, not-behind-a-screen Nash.

26. “I Bet You Think About Me” – Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon

Making an ex regret they ever left you is the name of Caterina LaValle’s game in Of Princes and Promises, who is determined to show that she’s still the queen of St. Rosetta’s Academy after her ex-boyfriend is caught cheating on her. Caterina makes over adorkable Rahul Chopra, who has always been in love with her, with a magical hair gel with the power to alter the wearer into whatever his heart desires. But what happens after Rahul contorts himself to be a part of Caterina’s upper crust circles? And what happens when they like Rahul more than Caterina herself?

27. “Forever Winter” – When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

“Forever Winter” is a song straight from Beth’s heart in When We Were Infinite. Beth would have never guessed everything that Jason was going through, but after she witnesses a private act of violence in Jason’s home, Beth and her friends make a pact to do whatever it takes to protect Jason. But when even their fierce loyalty isn’t enough to stop Jason from making a life-altering choice, Beth must decide how far she’s willing to go for him—and how much of herself she’s willing to give up.

28. “Run” – Starling by Isabel Strychacz

For “Run” we chose, Starling by Isabel Strychacz, a lushly romantic book about two teen sisters who fight to protect a mysterious stranger who literally fell from the stars into their backyard. With the whole town against them, Delta and her sister go to incredible lengths to protect their mystical visitor—especially as Delta’s growing feelings for Starling could prove the greatest risk of all.

29. “The Very First Night” – A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Speaking of secret relationships that seem like they’re built to fall apart but spark SO much joy… A Pho Love Story is a frothy and smart romantic comedy in which two Vietnamese American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring pho restaurants.

30. “All Too Well (10 minute version)” – One Great Lie by Deb Caletti

Taylor’s 10-minute version of “All Too Well” sheds new light on an unforgettable relationship, ruminating on the darker parts of their story and illustrating how some power dynamics are impossible to get around. These elements of the song are powerfully captured in One Great Lie. When Charlotte wins a scholarship to a writing workshop in Venice with the charismatic Luca Bruni, it’s a dream come true. But as Luca’s behavior becomes increasingly unnerving, Charlotte begins to unearth the long-lost work of previous workshop member Isabella, and other things begin to rise too, secrets about the past…and secrets about the present.


Want more Taylor-inspired book recs? Read these books while listening to Fearless (Taylor’s Version)!

I love the movies almost as much as I love to read. The big screen, snacks, and a great film. What’s better than planning a perfect movie night right at home? Take this quiz and get a book recommendation!

Plan Your Perfect Movie Night and Get a Book Rec


Want to take more quizzes? This one will help you decide which Shadowhunters character you’ll dress up as for Halloween!

Sometimes falling in love is easy and charming, and other times it’s just plain awkward—in a cute way though! Read these books if you’re looking for relationships that start with an adorably awkward first crush!

Adorably Awkward First Crush Moments From YA Books

1. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon 

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Quinn and Tarek’s lives have always been intertwined in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This; Quinn’s family owns a wedding planning company, and Tarek’s family owns a catering company. Last summer, Quinn confessed her feelings to Tarek right after he left for college—but she never got a response. Now it’s a new summer and Tarek is back in town for another busy wedding season. Things are about to get AWKWARD, especially since despite Quinn’s insistence that they can still be friends, it’s increasingly clear that the two of them are more than just friends…


2. Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

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Wes Jung of Sarah Suk’s Made in Korea is the definition of adorkable. Unfortunately for this pure-hearted boy, his like-at-first-sight crush Valerie Kwon has no time for nonsense like falling in love. The only thing important to Valerie is the success of her Korean beauty brand V&C Beauty. So things get even worse when Wes accidentally finds his classmates clamoring to buy his mom’s K-pop branded beauty products—putting him in direct competition with Valerie.


3. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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When Sam and Penny cross paths in Emergency Contact it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to, you know, see each other.


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

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Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky have been through so much, it’s hard to remember sometimes that this all started with one simple letter: a love letter to a middle school crush that was never meant to be sent out. And we can only imagine how stressed and awkward Lara Jean felt when she saw her secret letter in Peter K’s hands! Of course what follows is a fake dating scheme for the ages and a first love story that we’ll never forget. Go back to the start with Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.


5. Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

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Bringing the boyfriend home to meet the parents is always a little awkward—but we imagine it’s even more awkward when it’s not even your REAL boyfriend. When Rent a Boyfriend’s Chloe Wang hires a boyfriend to bring home over the holidays to get her parents off her back, she’s not sure what to expect. But what she really doesn’t expect is to start falling for the real Drew—who is nothing like the perfect guy she’s introduced to her parents.


6. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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Jenny Han’s first trilogy, The Summer I Turned Pretty series, puts protagonist Belly in a love triangle between her childhood best friends Jeremiah and Conrad—who are also brothers. Though this isn’t the WORST situation to be in, Belly finds herself torn between two boys she loves equally in this coming-of-age summer story.


7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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So we’re always ready to talk about our favorite ‘ships from Shadowhunters but have we ever taken a moment to appreciate the AWKWARD origins of our faves? First off, when Clary first met Jace, no one else could see him. Second of all, Clary’s best friend Simon was in love with her even though she was clearly into someone else. And then that awkwardness really got turned on its head when Clary thought Jace was her brother, and so she dated Simon, even though she was still into Jace… (And let’s not forget when she and her actual brother kissed?)


8. A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson

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In A Complicated Love Story Set in Space, when Noa closes his eyes on Earth and wakes up on a spaceship called Qriosity just as it’s about to explode, he’s pretty sure things can’t get much weirder. Boy was he wrong. Trapped aboard Qriosity are also DJ and Jenny and together the three of them face dangers like murder, aliens, a school dance, and one really, really bad day. But none of this matches Noa’s biggest and strangest challenge: falling in love.


9. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

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Halle has always felt more comfortable online. Online, she’s Kels. Kels is enigmatically cool and confident, has a loving group of friends, a growing book blogging platform—and she has Nash. Nash is her best friend, her closest confidant, maybe something more. So when Halle moves to spend her senior year in her Gramps’ hometown in What I Like About You, you can’t blame her for feeling a little awkward when she finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Especially when it’s clear that Nash is in love with Kels.


10.Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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When Tanner Scott’s family moved from California to Utah three years ago, Tanner temporarily put himself back in the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, the only thing on Tanner’s mind is coasting through his remaining classes and clearing out of Utah. That is until he joins Provo High’s prestigious writing Seminar, and he meets Sebastian Brother, a Mormon writing prodigy—who Tanner finds himself falling completely and irrevocably in love with.


Looking for more? Check out these adorable YA romances that will make you believe in love!

Olivia Rodrigo’s seminal teenage angst masterpiece SOUR is half an hour of pure feels. To accompany SOUR on repeat, we have a book pairing for each song on the album!

Books to Read While Listening to Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR Album on Repeat

1. “brutal” — Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

God, it’s brutal out here—is pretty much an apt summary of any coming-of-age story, but Permanent Record’s college drop-out protagonist Pablo Rind would find this line especially resonant. He would’ve never guessed that an unexpected run-in with a pop star in a bodega in the middle of the night would result in a real, deep connection. But even more unexpected is the pain and struggle of maintaining this connection when they’re worlds apart, both metaphorically and geographically.


2. “traitor” – Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

Betrayal is at the center of “traitor,” and it’s also at the center of Liselle Sambury’s Blood Like Magic, a rich, dark urban fantasy about Voya, a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem is, she’s never been in love. She’ll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him. This one is a must-read, because Voya isn’t the only traitor in this thrilling page-turner.


3. “drivers license” – A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Olivia really captures ~heartbreak~ in her viral hit “driver’s license.” This song takes us back to our first heartbreak, our last heartbreak, our heartbreak that hasn’t even happened yet… As a companion and a salve to this song, we have A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. After a series of heartbreaks leaves Lila Reyes’ post-grad summer in shambles, her parents ship her off to the English countryside to recuperate. Although Lila is initially apprehensive, the picturesque town—and its people—find a way into Lila’s heart, and a new future begins to form in Lila’s mind.


4. “1 step forward, 3 steps back” – Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

“1 step forward, 3 steps back” is a song for those frustrating hot and cold relationships that you’re probably better off leaving behind. But if you’re looking for happy ending, you should read Chasing Lucky. Lucky and Josie used to be best friends, but then Josie left town and everything changed. Now Josie is back and Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. Then, Lucky takes the fall for Josie’s impulsive mistake, forcing Josie to question what she knows about Lucky and their relationship.


5. “déjà vu” – What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Nash from What I Like About You DEFINITELY gets déjà vu, but it’s not exactly his fault. While sparks are flying with new girl Halle Levitt, he’s always had a crush on his longtime virtual best friend and fellow book blogger Kels. But it turns out his longtime virtual best friend Kels IS Halle Levitt. Can a love triangle have only two people in it?


6. “good 4 u” – Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Preto

We’re pairing the snarky break-up banger “good 4 u” with Nicki Pau Preto’s Wings of Shadow, because the only thing more explosive than a break-up of a then-secret-but-now-public relationship between two teen Disney idols is a break-up between orphaned sisters… who then have to go to war with each other. Plus, there are phoenixes involved. Don’t miss this series conclusion to the Crown of Feathers trilogy!


7. “enough for you” – Kind of Sort of Fine by Spencer Hall

This song reaches deep into your soul and calls on the universal desire to be enough for the people around you. Sometimes that means changing yourself in order to meet their standards, even when we know we shouldn’t. In Kind of Sort of Fine by Spencer Hall, Haley and Lewis also struggle with wanting to be someone other than who they are in order to stand out and feel good about themselves, and the book explores how becoming that person can sometimes be detrimental to you in the long run.


8. “happier” – When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

There’s a specific brand of pain that comes with seeing the person you have feelings for go after someone else, and Olivia Rodrigo captures it perfectly in this song. Love can be complicated, and no matter how much you care about someone, it’s hard to root for them to end up with someone other than yourself. In When You Were Mine, Rosaline has to watch as the boy she loves, Rob, is swept off his feet by someone else—and worse, it’s her old best friend, Juliet.


9. “jealousy, jealousy” – How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

In this song, Olivia explores the very real struggle of comparing yourself to others. In How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe, Moon relates all too well considering her twin sister is rocketing to social media stardom while Moon has accepted her fate as the ugly, unwanted sister hidden in the background. But Moon soon starts to question if that’s really her destiny after all…


10. “favorite crime” – These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

This is THE song for the lovers-to-enemies trope. To fall in love with someone and to put everything on the line for them… only for them to turn around and betray you? And even then, to still yearn for them despite everything? These Violent Delights’ Roma and Juliette are extremely familiar with this as they are heirs to rival gangs—and they were once in love, before Roma betrayed Juliette in the worst way possible. Yet neither can deny the attraction that exists between them when they secretly team up to save Shanghai from a monster hidden in the shadows.


11. “hope ur ok” – The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

This is inarguably one of the most powerful songs on the album, reminiscing on Olivia’s old friends who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. This song commends them for being courageous enough to unlearn all of the hatred projected upon them by those around them. In The Sky Blues, Sky shows a similar brand of courage in the face of homophobia by choosing to fight back against an anonymous hacker and plan the gayest promposal his small town has ever seen, straying true to who he is.


Looking for more? Check out these books to read while listening to Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Wedding season is upon us and you’re invited! If nothing gets you more hyped than a wedding, you have got to read these books!

If You Love Weddings, Read These Books!

1. Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

In S.K. Ali’s fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Misfit in Love, Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, she’s reuniting with her mom whom she’s missed the whole summer—and Nuah will be here for the weekend. The last time Janna saw Nuah, Janna wasn’t ready to reciprocate his feelings for her. Things are different now, and Janna is thrilled for her (carefully planned) summer of love to begin. But it wouldn’t be a wedding if everything went according to plan.

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2. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Quinn Berkowitz is the wedding planner’s (planners’) daughter in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. Quinn swore off all things romance last summer when she finally declared her love for Tarek Mansour and he left for college without responding. But she’s known Tarek for years and he’s not so easy to shake—especially since his parents own a catering company. So when another summer of weddings rolls around, Quinn must brace herself to face Tarek, because despite her convictions, Quinn can’t deny her feelings for him are still there. Let this effervescent summer of flirting and fighting begin…


3. The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson

Mia’s friends in The Meet-Cute Project love rom-coms. Mia hates them. They’re silly, contrived, and not at all realistic. Besides, there are more important things to worry about—like how to handle living with her bridezilla sister, Sam. But when Mia must find a date to Sam’s wedding and her options are practically nonexistent, Mia’s friends have an idea. It’s a little crazy, and a lot inspired by the movies that they love and Mia hates, but they think it just might work.

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4. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Graduation is approaching in Always and Forever, Lara Jean, the last installment of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys series, and in order to avoid worrying about college, Peter, and everything she’s ever known and loved ending… Lara Jean throws herself into planning her father and Trina’s wedding (and stress baking). Not the healthiest coping mechanism, but the results are gorgeous.


5. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

In Save the Date, Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait. For the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend before the house is sold and everything changes. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with her longstanding crush Jesse Foster can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. Only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.



6. Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Chain of Iron in Cassandra Clare’s The Last Hours series seemingly opens with the perfect bliss of Cordelia Carstair’s fairytale engagement to the boy she has loved since childhood, James Herondale. But while there is a beautiful wedding early on in the book, Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with someone else, and then there’s the matter of her recently resurfaced father, the legendary sword Cortana which belongs to Cordelia but burns her when she touches it, and also the serial murderer targeting the Shadowhunters of London…

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7. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Destination wedding anyone? Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding in Jenna Evans Welch’s Love & Luck, hoping that the theatrics and the change in scenery will distract her from her regret and heartbreak. Unfortunately, she’s trapped on a road trip across the Emerald Isle with her brother who isn’t about to let her forget her terrible mistakes.

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8. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the past two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. But when Jeremiah decides to make things with Belly forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never—tell Belly how he feels or lose her forever. We’ll Always Have Summer is the final book in Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty series, and it definitely features a memorable wedding. The question is, whose wedding is it?


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In addition to dancing in a storm in your best dress, and playing both the queen bee AND the girl-next-door in your love story fantasy, read these books to dive back into Taylor Swift’s Fearless Era (Taylor’s Version).

The Best Books to Read While Listening to Fearless (Taylor’s Version) On Repeat

1. “Fearless” — A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Bao and Linh are destined to be enemies because of their parents’ rival pho restaurants, but when their paths unexpectedly cross, they find themselves undeniably drawn to each other. The closer they get, the more they realize they need each other. A book about the partners in life that can make your braver, and the courage you need to pursue your dreams, Loan Le’s A Pho Love Story is a perfect pair to Taylor’s titular track, “Fearless.”


2. “Fifteen” — Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash

It’s her freshman year, and she’s gonna be here in the next four years in this town… except Virtually Yours’ Mariam Vakilian is not fifteen, she’s eighteen, and it’s her freshman year of college at NYU. But Mariam knows a little bit about boys changing their mind—her high school sweetheart Caleb broke up with her five months ago. Now she’s turning to a new virtual reality dating service to get back in the game, but things begin to get spicy when one of her three matches is none other than Caleb himself.


3. “Love Story” — These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Taylor gave new power to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with her happily-ever-after twist to the classic tale in “Love Story.” Chloe Gong also rejuvenates the story of these famous star-crossed lovers in These Violent Delights—but with more violence, more intrigue, and the waning possibility of a happy ending. In this thrilling retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, Roma and Juliette are the heirs to rival gangs who must team-up to investigate a fantastical monster threatening their city.


4. “Hey Stephen” — Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

For this song about trying to convince your local golden boy to choose you, we have Lynn Painter’s Better Than the Movies, a book about hopeless romantic Liz Buxbaum attempting to secure a promposal from her childhood crush, Michael, who has just moved back to town. Only issue? Michael still sees her as “Little Liz,” and seems to have caught the attention of the most popular girl in school. Liz’s only option is to enlist the help of her popular but annoying next door neighbor, Wes.


5. “White Horse” — When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Fearless is all about dreaming of happily-ever-afters—and mourning the moments when your vision of a fairytale ending is shattered. Taylor’s “White Horse” is the clearest encapsulation of the latter feeling, and the romantic tragedy When You Were Mine fits the bill as well. Fittingly, this is another play on Romeo and Juliet, but it’s told from the point of view of Romeo’s first love. Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. But then Juliet moves back to town.


6. “You Belong with Me” — Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain

The girl-next-door on the marching band. The queen bee cheerleader with a convertible. And a boy-next-door football star love interest who just doesn’t know better (but figures it out in the end). “You Belong with Me” brings iconic high school archetypes to life in a way that somehow cuts to the heart. For another high school story that leans deeply into stereotypes but is still deeply resonant, read Bridget-Jones-Diary-esque Confessions of a High School Disaster. Chloe Snow is also in love with a guy who has a girlfriend, and Taylor would surely approve of the romantic coming-of-age hijinks that ensue.


7. “Breathe” — A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Both “Breathe” and A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow are about coming to terms with loss. While Taylor’s loss seems to be of a significant other, Lila Reyes’ story begins with every plan she had for her life falling apart. Instead of moving in with her best friend, working in her abuela’s panaderia, and living happily-ever-after with her boyfriend, Lila loses it all and is shipped off to dreary England to reset. Lila is living her personal nightmare—but as she gets to know Winchester (and its people), a new future begins to take root in her heart.


8. “Tell Me Why” — SLAY by Brittney Morris

Kiera is a Black honors student at Jefferson Academy, a hard-working daughter, a loving girlfriend, and secretly, the developer behind the popular Nubian MRPG, SLAY. She handles everything with grace, including her boyfriend’s insistence that video games are responsible for the “downfall of Black men.” But when an in-game dispute results in a murder and SLAY is labeled as racist and exclusionist, Kiera’s balancing act begins to crumble, and she must take a page out of Taylor’s “Tell Me Why” by standing up for herself.


9. “You’re Not Sorry” — Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Preto

Another song about being fed up, “You’re Not Sorry,” is a great match to Nicki Pau Preto’s Crown of Feathers series which begins with orphan Veronyka setting out on her own after a shocking betrayal from her sister, Val. Veronyka is determined to find the Phoenix Riders, become one of them, and survive outside of the controlling grip of her sister. But as the series unfolds, Val reveals a number of truths that not only shake Veronyka’s world, but also threaten the realm. Veronyka and Val’s conflict comes to a head in the epic series finale: Wings of Shadow.


10. “The Way I Loved You” — We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

When you just can’t let go of that old (potentially toxic) relationship, even though your new relationship is perfect on paper, you listen to “The Way I Loved You.” Or, you could read Jenny Han’s We’ll Always Have Summer. Belly chose Jeremiah years ago. Jeremiah, who she’s always loved. Jeremiah, who has always known Belly is the girl for him. Conrad may have been her first love, but he let her go time and time again. Yet she can’t seem to shake Conrad, especially after Jeremiah asks her to make their relationship forever.


11. “Forever & Always” — Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

In the face of a sudden break-up, Taylor Swift wrote a Grammy-award-winning album packed with bangers like “Forever & Always” about the feelings of a sudden break-up. In the face of the sudden break-up in Mary McCoy’s Indestructible Object, laser-focused sound tech extraordinaire Lee begins a new podcast: “Objects of Destruction,” where she investigates whether love actually exists. But as she dives into the love stories around her, Lee begins to realize that she’s the one who’s been holding love at arm’s length—especially when she begins to fall for someone new.


12. “The Best Day” — Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Olives’ Liv Varanakis once had the type of parent-child relationship Taylor sings about in “The Best Day”—but when Liv was eight her father left her family for Greece. All Liv has of him is the box of things he left behind, some fond memories of their shared love of Atlantis, and a plethora of questions. Then Liv receives a postcard from her father explaining that he’s working on a documentary about Atlantis, and before she knows it, Liv is touching down in gorgeous Santorini, expected to reconnect with a man she hasn’t seen in ten years.


13. “Change” — The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

“Change” is a bright anthem about a coming revolution, and Robbie Couch’s The Sky Blues is just the book to go with it. In Sky Baker’s small town, it’s always been easier for him to be invisible rather than himself. But it’s senior year and Sky is determined to use the thirty days before prom to plan the gayest loud and proud promposal ever. Then Sky’s plans are leaked through a homophobic e-blast, and Sky’s prepared to skip town altogether—until his friends decide to turn his thirty-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator.


14. “Jump Then Fall” — When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The electric feeling of the height of a crush is captured perfectly both in Taylor’s “Jump Then Fall” and Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi, a hate-to-love romance about an ambitious coding whiz and an artistic hopeless romantic whose parents set them up.


15. “Untouchable” — In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

The infatuation Taylor sings about in (her cover of) “Untouchable” is definitely what Prince Tal feels in F.T. Lukens’ In Deeper Waters. Though Athlen is a prisoner on Tal’s ship, Tal feels an intense connection with the mysterious rogue—so he’s quite affected when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears. Tal is certain that Athlen could not have survived the open ocean, so he’s surprised when he runs into an unfazed Athlen days later on dry land. Before Tal has a chance to truly question Athlen, Tal is kidnapped by pirates, and Athlen may be his only hope for rescue.


16. “Forever & Always (Piano Version)” — All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott

Again, but sadder, said Taylor when she wrote the piano version of “Forever & Always.” So for this one, we have another book that begins with a sudden break-up, with some added layers of devastation. From the team behind Five Feet Apart comes All This Time. On the night of graduation, Kyle’s high school girlfriend Kimberly breaks up with him and his entire world is upended—literally—because on their way home, their car crashes, and when he awakes, Kimberly is dead.


17. “Come in with the Rain” — Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario

To go with this song about being tired of fighting for the person you love, we have the gripping novel-in-verse Turtle Under Ice. Ever since her mother died a few years ago, Rowena and her sister Ariana have drifted into their own corners of the world, each figuring out how to cope without their mother separately. But then Ariana disappears, and Rowena must grapple with all the questions of grief, identity, and guilt that she left in her wake, hoping that navigating these questions will lead her to her sister.


18. “Superstar” — Shine by Jessica Jung

You know the feel when your guy is also a teen heartthrob that everyone is obsessed with? No? Maybe not all of us can relate first-hand to Taylor Swift’s “Superstar” (though a girl can dream), but Shine’s Rachel Kim definitely can. Her guy happens to be K-Pop sensation Jason Lee. But she has bigger problems than his adoring fans. Rachel is a trainee at DB entertainment, and according to DB’s rules, she is absolutely not allowed to date.


19. “The Other Side of the Door” — Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

In “The Other Side of the Door,” Taylor admits that despite her claims during a heated fight, she’s still very much in love. For more stories about pairs that fight as passionately as they love, you should look to Jenn Bennett, the queen of second chance hate-to-love romances. In Starry Eyes, ex-best friends Zorie and Lennon stopped talking after homecoming last year. But after a series of unfortunate of events, the two of them find themselves stranded in the California wilderness together, with nothing to do but face each other and everything that happened between them.


20. “Today Was a Fairytale” — Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

“Today Was a Fairytale” is a snapshot of a perfect date, capturing all its beautiful banal magic. Always and Forever, Lara Jean, the third in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys series, is also about trying to hold onto the magic of a perfect young relationship. Lara Jean couldn’t be happier in her life at home, with her high school friends, and with Peter. But it’s senior year and change is unavoidably on the horizon. How can LJ prepare for her future when it means letting go of her blissful present?


21. “You All Over Me” — Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson

The complicated and sometimes toxic forbidden love explored the enthralling contemporary novel Together We Got Fire is all about the type of feelings Taylor sings about “You All Over Me”—the ones that you know you are better off without, but you can’t seem to let go of.


22. “Mr. Perfectly Fine” — My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

We missed snarky Taylor, and she flexes her full powers in “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” a song about a good for nothing ex who has moved on and left you broken-hearted. Like Taylor in this song, My Summer of Love and Misfortune’s Iris Wang begins her journey with an ugly romantic revelation: her boyfriend is cheating on her—but this and a number of other reality checks lands her in a Beijing for a summer, where she can lose herself in high society glamour, realign her life, and maybe find herself through the melee.


23. “We Were Happy” — Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

When Pablo and Leanna meet at a bodega at 5:00 AM, their connection is immediate, and despite the fact that Pablo is a lost college drop-out and Leanna is a pop juggernaut on the rise, it seems at first that their love will defy all expectations. But of course, because we’re comparing Permanent Record to “We Were Happy,” we know that that’s not where the story ends. Pablo and Leanna must navigate their relationship as their lives become increasingly complicated and the gap between their worlds continues to widen.


24. “That’s When” — Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

We’re tapping in Jenn Bennett again for this feel-good song about ex-lovers who have found their way back to each other. Lucky and Jodie in Chasing Lucky were once inseparable—until Jodie left town. Now Jodie is back and Lucky wants nothing to do with her. But when an emotional act of revenge lands Josie in some big time trouble, Lucky takes the fall for her, and “That’s When” things get interesting…


25. “Don’t You” — We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

In Rachel Lynn Solomon’s We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This, Quinn Berkowitz has known Tarek Mansour her whole life, as their families have been in the wedding business together for years, and last Summer, Quinn finally worked up the nerve to confess her feelings for Tarek, only for Tarek to leave for college without responding. So when another summer of weddings rolls along and Tarek is back in town acting like nothing ever happened—well let’s just say Quinn is going to be blasting “Don’t You” non-stop.


26. “Bye Bye Baby” — Road Tripped by Pete Hautman

Taylor grapples with letting go of a lost love in “Bye Bye Baby.” Similarly, when Stiggy’s girlfriend in Road Tripped ghosts him (and everything else in his precarious life seems to fall apart), Stiggy literally says bye bye—by hitting the road armed with his mom’s credit card, a tourist map of Great River Road, and his dad’s car.


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