The best books for heart-pounding will-they-won’t-they

Who am I?

As a Young Adult writer, I’m, of course, a huge YA reader as well. And one of my favorite things in YA - and in all of fiction - is falling in love with a fantastic ship. A lifelong fangirl, fanfic reader, and fanfic writer, I’ll never get sick of reading about two people falling in love. We can learn so much about a character, and ourselves, by how they approach romantic relationships and romantic tension is my favorite kind of plot tension! I hope you enjoy clutching your face and pacing the room as you wait for these characters to get together - I know I did!

I wrote...

The Infinite Noise: A Bright Sessions Novel

By Lauren Shippen,

Book cover of The Infinite Noise: A Bright Sessions Novel

What is my book about?

The Infinite Noise follows Caleb Michaels as he learns to live with a supernatural ability - he’s Atypical and has an Empath power that means he can feel the feelings of everyone around him. When he starts to feel the emotions of a classmate, Adam Hayes, particularly strongly, his therapist encourages him to explore the connection. The story bounces between the two boys’ perspectives as they grow closer and learn what it means to be true to their feelings.

The books I picked & why

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Tweet Cute

By Emma Lord,

Book cover of Tweet Cute

Why this book?

This story of two high schoolers running social media accounts for their family’s businesses is a classic rival-to-lovers with a mix of good ole You’ve Got Mail secrecy. It is such a fun exploration of social media interactions and falling in love over text, and will have you screaming at the page for these two to get together!

Today Tonight Tomorrow

By Rachel Lynn Solomon,

Book cover of Today Tonight Tomorrow

Why this book?

As a recent transplant to Seattle, I adored this all-in-one-night scavenger hunt through the magical Northwest city. Rowan and Neil have competed for the top spot throughout their high school years but on the final night of senior year, they team up to win the annual scavenger hunt for graduates. They explore Seattle over the course of one night, growing closer and learning more about each other. The tension is palpable and there are several twists that kept me guessing!

The Good Luck Girls

By Charlotte Nicole Davis,

Book cover of The Good Luck Girls

Why this book?

While this story of rebellion and Black sisterhood is not first and foremost a romance, a central relationship in the book had me on the edge of my seat. I wondered if these two characters - who I’m not going to spoil for you - would ever realize how perfect they were for each other and ending up shouting out loud when all the tension finally snapped. Come for the slow burn romance and stay for the incredible commentary about power and politics.

In Other Lands

By Sarah Rees Brennan,

Book cover of In Other Lands

Why this book?

This screamingly funny fantasy epic has several queer characters and wonderful commentaries on gender, friendship, and pacifism. The main character is a classic example of a disaster bisexual and his love triangle - a triangle he’s unaware of for a long time - is so heart-warming and hilarious. When he finally gets together with the person who has been waiting in the wings (pun intended) all along, you’ll be fist-pumping the air in victory!

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

By Mackenzi Lee,

Book cover of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Why this book?

Speaking of disaster bisexuals, Monty is one of my favorites in all of literature! He goes on a delightful romp through Europe in this first book of a fantastic trilogy, all while harboring a crush for his best friend. Will these two get together? Will they get into a lot of trouble as they go on their Grand Tour? The answers to these questions are so worth the incredible journey of this book.

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