Romantic Thursday Rec: YA Summer Romances

Romantic ThursdayIt’s Romantic Thursday with Book Munchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.


Hey guys! I’m back again! This time to talk about something I’ve only recently gotten into: YA contemporary romances! I’ve been resistant to them for so long for no real reason. But here are a couple authors you need to check out while on vacation for some good beach reading and some glorious feels inducing romances.

3. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

This is the romance that got me into this genre. It’s about a girl from the not so great part of town during the summer before she’s about to go off to college and a boy who’s come back from war a changed man. This book deals with some very real issues, poverty, PTSD, etc., but that doesn’t detract from how easy it is to get swept up in their lives and romance. I do this book no justice in my summary because it’s so amazing and so much more than I can describe, so just read the book, fall in love with the characters, and maybe read it again. That’s what I did.

I'll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosHardcover: 388 pages
Publication date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Add on: Goodreads

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

2. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

When you think summer reading, you think of something light and easy to fall into. Kasie West 100% falls into that category. The Distance Between Us is this very cute romance that has you smiling when you read it and it’s a fast, easy read.

The Distance Between Us - Kasie WestPaperback: 312 pages
Publication date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Add on: Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

1. Emery Lord!!!!

Of course at the top of my list is Emery Lord! She’s magic! Her two books, Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You, were absolutely perfect. If you only ever read one of her books, you have to read The Start of Me and You. The development, the characters, and the emotions were all spot on. From start to finish, I couldn’t put the book down.

The Start of Me and You by Emery LordHardcover: 384 pages
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Add on: Goodreads

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Author: Kim

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0 Replies to “Romantic Thursday Rec: YA Summer Romances”

  1. I’ve grown a bit tired of YA contemporary, but fully agree with your picks. Especially Kasie West!

    1. I’ve never been one for YA contemporary, but these were so fantastic that I couldn’t help but love them. Haha.

  2. I really, really, really need to start Emery Lord this summerrrrrrrr!

    1. Whaaaaaat? You haven’t read her yet??? It’s right up your alley!

  3. I’ve heard really fantastic things about The Distance between me & You and I’ll Meet You There! This is a great list.

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