Top 5 YA Summer Romance recommendations

Top 5 YA summer romance recommendations

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order. May contain spoilers for the books.)

  1. The replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts


My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

The replacement crush

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.


This story’s set up and pay off was fantastic and the characters were really relatable throughout the entire story. It was literally heart wrenching not to see the characters end up together till the end of the book. Definitely recommended to those who enjoy a good read with contemporary elements.

  1. One paris summer by Denise Grover Swank

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

One paris summer

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.


This book was really good, and I don’t read much contemporary books since I’m not a big fan of the genre, however, the storyline was well written and the protagonist, Sophie was really relatable. There was a really good character arc and I almost cried at the end of the book. Definitely recommended as a book to binge read while sitting by the pool or just laying on the sofa.

  1. 26 kisses by Anna Michels

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, contemporary, romance

26 kisses

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Getting dumped by her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. So she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, to move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.

From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the break-up doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.


It was a really nice casual read but the plot was intense and dramatic. The entire idea of 26 kisses was crazy, but it ended up really cute as well. This book is definitely recommended to those who enjoy a dash of drama with their summer drinks.

  1. Love fortune and other disasters (Grimbaud #1) by Kimberly Karalius


My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

Love fortunes and other disasters

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?


The character arc in this book was really well developed, a definite read for those who want to break away from the expected. The characters are contrasting, which makes the conflict in the entire story way more interesting. It is part of a series, but all books in the series can be read as stand alones as each book features a different character as its protagonist. This book may just be our 100% true love fortune ticket for the summer 😉

  1. The boyfriend app by Katie Sise


My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Chick lit, Fiction

The boyfriend app

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Computer-whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn’t been the same since her dad died. And her ex-best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned into her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college-that is, if she can find a scholarship.

So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler-with $200,000 in prize money-Audrey is spurred to action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can’t believe it hasn’t been done: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples in high school, and people start to take notice. But it’s not quite enough.

To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper. And she does-right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love?


The concept of this story was really interesting and the progression of the book was really good. The obstacles that Audrey faces were really well thought out, each becoming more difficult than the previous one. The romance was really cute and the characters were really relatable.




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