Books to Read after Watching "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"
Netflix’s adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was such a hit, it’s possible you saw it without having read the book first. That’s the obvious first place to start to get your fix of teen romantic comedies, but if you want more, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these heart-eyes-inducing teen reads. In the immortal words of Peter Kavinsky, “Girl come on, you know I already got it.”
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Go back to where it all began with the first book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. As in the film, our heroine writes letters to ease the perils of her crushes. After a cleaning spree, Lara Jean’s letters are mistakenly -- or are they? -- sent out to the addressees, including the one and only Peter Kavinsky. With a scheme to make Peter’s ex-girlfriend jealous and a boy-next-door to forget, Lara Jean enters a fake relationship with Peter. But is it fake?
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
After she’s surprisingly cast as Juliet in her school’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Meg is plagued with feelings of insufficiency. It was bad enough when all her relationships ended up with her partners finding The One, but now this director-by-nature has to play at being an actor. As her new crush develops, Meg makes a deal with the show’s stagehand, Owen, to fake date in pursuit of the guy she really wants. But like Lara Jean, Meg might have something to learn about reality.
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
Coming in for her first year of college, Penny is just glad to be away from her mother. Soon, she learns her new roommate isn’t so unlike her mother and she ends up meeting her roommate’s cousin, Sam. This would be the end, except Penny happens to be nearby when Sam experiences what he thinks is a medical crisis. The pair exchange phone numbers as “emergency contacts” and lean on each other as the weeks go by for emotional support. Meanwhile, Sam is dealing with an erratic ex-girlfriend and trying to figure out his own life, but there’s something calming about Penny.
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
When Molly returns from a year away after her mother reveals her indiscretion through a novel, things are awkward to say the least. Her ex-boyfriend, Patrick, won’t speak to her, his sister is making Molly’s life a living hell, and the boy with whom she cheated on Patrick -- Gabe, Patrick’s brother -- is still annoyingly present. As Molly navigates the time between senior year and college, she counts down the summer days before she’s out of her town forever. But can she redeem herself and stand up against the sexism rampant in her hometown?
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Finally at her dream camp for coding, Dimple can’t wait to get started on the project that will finally connect her to her idol -- if she wins. But things aren’t to go smoothly. In a meeting of chaos, Dimple discovers her parents have set her up in an arranged marriage with the accommodating Rishi, who will attend camp alongside Dimple. Headstrong and determined, Dimple isn’t interested in marriage, let alone an arranged marriage -- she’s just got her eyes on the prize. Will she come around to Rishi as she fights for her trophy?
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
An LA set designer, Emi wants to finally leave her ex behind and start making some serious progress in her career. When she goes to an estate sale in search of the perfect furniture for a set, a mystery involving a letter and a movie star leads her to Ava, who is unlike anyone she’s ever met. But Ava has troubles of her own, and maybe she doesn’t want a relationship. With her history of a revolving door relationship, Emi isn’t sure she can make a move. Will the set designer be able to design the life of her dreams?
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
When a prom prank goes terribly wrong, Clara knows she’s earned her punishment -- but it doesn’t make it any more appealing. Stuck working on her dad’s food truck with her nemesis, Rose, Clara can hardly wait until the summer is over. But then she meets Hamlet, the cute boy who runs a coffee stand in some of the areas the KoBra (the Korean-Brazilian fusion food truck her dad owns) visits. As the summer rolls on, will Clara bury the hatchet with Rose? Will she win over Hamlet, despite -- or because of -- her wiley ways?