10 Love Stories That Will Make You Forget You Ever Hated Valentine's Day

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           Okay, Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and for a lot of people, the good ole day of love is a sore spot. Maybe it was because a few years back a lover broke your heart and you vowed to avenge said broken heart by never ever participating in anything remotely lovey-dovey. Or maybe it was because you just happen to believe the holiday was made up by Hallmark and candy companies as a ploy to make more money. Or maybe you’re just bitter because you’ve been alone for so damn long. Or maybe you just really don’t give a shit about Valentine’s Day so why celebrate?

            But, if you’re anything like me, you absolutely love love and can’t get enough even if you are alone. I’m not exactly sure what it is about romance novels that attract me. I guess I just really enjoy the way they make me feel. I love falling in love. I love reading about people falling in love. I enjoy reading about love more than actual love, but let’s not get into my commitment issues right this second. My therapist would be pissed that I’m not talking about these issues with her.

            Anyway, my job today is to convince you to pick up a romance novel before Valentine’s Day and hopefully fall in love, thus forgetting your bitterness towards Valentine’s Day. And if you don’t have a Valentine this year, be your own Valentine! Buy yourself dinner, pick a book off this list and curl up with it, and hold your own damn hand. You do not need anyone else, you hear me?! You’re beautiful before and after anyone enters your life and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Now, let love take you on a journey. Good luck and be brave.



            Now, these books are not in any particular order. I went through my Goodreads lists and picked out a few of my favorites. Obviously, all of my readers know how much I enjoy romance novels so I tried to pick ones I haven’t talked about before. I hope you enjoy and please, if you have any recommendations, let me know!

Maybe Someday

By Colleen Hoover



            Maybe Someday holds a special place in my heart. It was the first Colleen Hoover novel that I read and I fell head over heels in love with the way Hoover writes. The book centers around Sydney, who just found out that her boyfriend cheated on her. Now, I know you’re thinking, “Chase? You just said you were going to pick out books that will make me fall in love. Why would I want to read about a scumbag boyfriend?” Don’t lose me, already! The cheating douchebag leads Sydney to move into her own apartment and there she meets her mysterious and beautiful neighbor, Ridge, who intrigues Sydney by passionately playing his music every night on his balcony. The book takes the reader on Sydney and Ridge’s tumultuous journey of friendship, betrayal, and true love.

            Sydney and Ridge are one of my all time favorite book couples. Also, the way Hoover writes will actually take your breath away. You will probably, more than once, have to sit the book down and take a breather—it’s that intense. There are actually so many heartbreaking scenes in this novel that will leave tears falling down your face, but I promise you, it is so worth it because you will most definitely fall in love with Sydney and Ridge as individuals as well as a couple.

Beautiful Bastard

By Christina Lauren



            I know, I know… I talk about Christina Lauren constantly. And, like I’ve said every single time, Christina Lauren will make you feel something. Hopefully that something is you falling in love with their stories, characters, and/or writing.

Beautiful Bastard starts out by introducing our protagonist, Chloe Mills. She’s working toward her MBA—she’s hilarious, very intelligent, and the only thing standing in her way is her boss, Bennett Ryan. Bennett Ryan just took over his family’s huge corporation and moved back to Chicago from France to do it. And while he’s not known to sleep with his coworkers, Chloe is making it hard to remember why. Chloe and Bennett take butting heads to a whole new level, and before long, the sexual tension is unbearable and bound to backfire.

If you need to swoon, seriously pick up any Christina Lauren book. I just really enjoyed Beautiful Bastard because I love when people show how thin the line between love and hate is. And how easy it is to cross over from one to the other. Also, I really enjoy taboo relationships mainly because I would never do that in real life.

The Sky is Everywhere

By Jandy Nelson



You’re all probably so annoyed because I’ve always talked about Colleen Hoover, Christina Lauren, and now Jandy Nelson. But seriously, these three authors are all staples in the romance genre. Of course, Nelson is young adult rather than new adult. If anyone will make you fall in love, it’s Jandy Nelson. Her writing is extremely lyrical.

The Sky is Everywhere forces the protagonist, Lennie Walker, into the proverbial limelight when her sister dies. Lennie is used to being in the shadow of her older sister and she doesn’t mind it at all, so when her sister dies, she has no clue what to do. She has no idea what to do when Toby, her sister’s boyfriend, mirrors her own grief. She has no idea what to do when Joe, the new boy in town, makes her weak in the knees. And she has no idea what to do if these two separate worlds collide.

I read this last year and I still get chills just thinking about it. For one, this book has one of my favorite book boyfriends. Joe is an incredible, happy person. I said it once and I’ll say it again: I fucking love happy people. So many boys in books are brooding, unemotional creatures, but Nelson gives us a larger-than-life character and you will fall in love with him, I promise. You will always be rooting for Lennie the entire novel because you will wholly care about her.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

By Benjamin Alire Sáenz



I’m sure you’ve all heard about this book—at least, I hope you’ve heard of it. If you haven’t, I want you to finish this post because I’ve worked hard on it, and then go and buy this book. Immediately. For one, it’s an LGBTQIA+ novel. For two, it was one of the best written and most romantic novels I have ever read.

The book follows Aristotle—Ari for short—and he’s an angry boy. His brother is in prison and he thinks the world is out to get him. He meets Dante, a boy who is probably the complete opposite of Ari. The book follows their friendship and it’s a novel that deals with sexuality, first loves, and much more.

Honestly, I feel bad just trying to write a summary for it because nothing will ever do it justice. Just know this: you will feel all of the things. The book is written so well and the story and the experiences are so extremely moving without being preachy and contrite and cheesy. And it’s the perfect book for falling in love. Trust me.

Anna and the French Kiss

By Stephanie Perkins



There is something so special about this book, Stephanie Perkins, and the other books in this “series.” I put series in quotation marks because each of the three books is a standalone, but they all feature the same setting (except for Lola) and they all feature different characters but characters from the other books make appearances.

This lovely book takes you on Anna’s journey as she is disrupted from her normal life in Atlanta to spending her senior year abroad at a boarding school in Paris. While she’s there, she
meets the beautiful, charming, and adorably short Étienne St. Clair. He seems to have everything he wants—including a serious girlfriend. The romantic tension between Anna and St. Clair builds and builds until it’s obvious that an explosion is waiting to happen.

Like I said, Stephanie Perkins is so special, just like her writing. I’m pretty sure I read this in one sitting. I read it back in 2014 so I can’t really remember, but I do remember how amazing this book is. I mean, I have a thing for boarding schools. I don’t know why; I just really enjoy reading about them. So pair that with a gorgeous Frenchman and you instantly get heart eyes. It’s just an extremely fun group of characters and you will definitely want to read Perkins’s other novels.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

By Jenny Han



            Even I’m surprised that I haven’t ever talked about this book on my blog before. I think I might’ve talked about it in my botched BookTube videos, but anyway. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Han’s Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. It felt too juvenile for me—middle grade rather than young adult. I actually never finished it. I only ever read the first two books. I need to finish it, to be honest. I fell in love with Han, though, because of this book. (Also the Burn for Burn trilogy is amazing!)

            So, TATBILB is about Lara Jean Song and every time she falls in love, but knows it will not work out, she writes a love letter to the boy and then stores it in a hat box and forgets those feelings ever happened. (I wish it was that easy.) One day, though, the letters get stolen and they all get mailed out. This brings all of her old crushes out of the woodwork and they all confront her about the letters. And one old crush might turn out to be more than just a crush…

            There’s just so much to love about this story—from the cover, to Lara Jean, to Peter Kavinsky who is one of my all-time favorite book boyfriends, to Kitty, Lara’s younger sister. I’ve reread this book so many times before the sequel came out because that was one helluva cliffhanger. Something about this book just screams Valentine’s Day. This book is cute and I mean that in the best possible way.

How to Love

By Katie Cotugno



            I think Cotugno’s 99 Days was on my best of 2015 list so that’s why I didn’t put it here. Either book would be perfect for this list, though. Cotugno has such an elegant and beautiful voice, it’d be hard to not fall in love with her stories and characters.

            How To Love isn’t the happiest love story. At least, not in the beginning. The chapters have a sort of dual-narrator. There’s the before chapters that show how Sawyer and Reena were before Sawyer got Reena pregnant and left. The after chapters, of course, show what Reena’s life is like with her daughter Hannah. And as quickly as Sawyer disappears, he shows up again and Reena has to decide whether she can let him be in Hannah’s and her own life.

            Again, the first thing I fell in love with was the cover. It’s so simple yet so elegant. And like I said earlier, Cotugno has such a beautiful voice. This story is simply incredible. One of the best parts about it is the contrast in the Before Reena and the After Reena. It shows how quickly she had to grow up when faced with a pregnancy. There’s something so real and raw about this book. Also, you can’t help it—you’ll be swooning over Sawyer by the end of the book. It’s inevitable.

Fangirl

By Rainbow Rowell



            I know… I’ve talked about this book countless times. And I’ve talked about how Levi is probably number one on my all time favorite book boyfriends. I just had to include it in this list because the book was published in 2013 and I still think about it every day.

            Fangirl follows Cath, a college freshman, as everything around her is changing. She gets a moody roommate that always has a beautiful boy hanging around instead of rooming with her twin, Wren, because Wren wants to branch out. Cath writes fanfiction for her favorite book series and finds it hard to leave that world behind because she just doesn’t want to. She finds solace in the fandom. Cath must learn to balance the old with the new and if she has a boy who can’t stop smiling by her side, it might help a little.

            If I haven’t convinced you to read this book by now it probably won’t ever happen. I always return to this book when I need a pick-me-up. There’s something so relatable about Cath and of course I’m so in love with Levi and even Cath’s moody roommate is so much fun to read about. The book is so much more than you’d expect.

Two Boys Kissing

By David Levithan



            I don’t understand why David Levithan always writes such short stories. I’m always left wanting so much more after I finish his books. (I mean that in a good way.) Levithan has written mostly LGBTQIA+ novels, but he’s written a few that aren’t. And his writing is just incredible.

            Two Boys Kissing tells the story, which is based on true events, of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds, who want to set the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss. As these two boys set out to accomplish this feat, they become a focal point for other teen boys who are facing many hardships in their lives, whether it be with relationships, self-acceptance, or homophobic loved ones.

            If you like emotional books, this is the one for you. Maybe Someday and AADDTSOTU are both extremely emotional, too. But this book made me sob. There’s one particular scene that really made me let loose, but of course I will not tell you that scene. This is just one beautiful book that deals with so many important queer issues and they’re handled in such an effortless and eloquent way.

The Lover’s Dictionary

By David Levithan



            Finally! The very last book on our journey towards love! Now, this is a book that you can read in literally a couple of hours if you have the time. With that being said, it is such a beautifully crafted novel. There are no character names but the story is told through the style of how a dictionary is put together. I just really love how unique it is and because there are no names, you can put anyone in there. I think that makes the story mean so much more. The book takes the reader through all of the events that happen in a romantic relationship. It’s seriously just an excellently crafted book.

            Okay! So, we are finally done. I hope you enjoyed this journey and I hope you pick out at least one of these books and fall in love. I promise you won’t regret it.

Happy Reading!

Love,
The Cosmic Reader

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