Have you ever written a love letter that you had no intention of sending? Imagine that letter being sent. This is the predicament Lara Jean Covey finds herself in To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. She's forced to confront her past loves when her most intimate thoughts end up directly in their hands. In the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean is finally settling down with Peter Kavinsky when another suitor re-emerges in her life.
If you were a fan of the first movie adaptation, Netflix is back with the sequel premiering February 12. In the meantime, check out my recommendations for fans of P.S. I Still Love You.
Tahereh Mafi crafts a powerful story of identity and first love in A Very Large Expanse of Sea. Shirin is a Muslim teenager navigating high school one year after the 9/11 attacks. She's cynical and assumes the worst in everyone she meets, but one blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy is persistent in his intent to befriend her. And while Shirin initially brushes him off, her walls slowly start to fall and an unexpected romance blooms between the two.
In Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, Penny is leaving home and heading to college away from her mother, who she despises. Sam is on the mend after a breakup that leaves him broke, homeless and in need of companionship. After a chance meeting on the streets of Dallas, they become each other's lifeline in this poignant coming-of-age story.
Morgan Matson's funny, yet endearing Save the Date is what every family function feels like. Charlie Grant's family is selling her childhood home, but not before they have one last gathering for her sister's wedding. However, with everyone back in town, things get a little crazy. Matson takes you on a wild ride of sibling rivalry, past loves reappearing, family drama and, of course, a wonderfully wild wedding to top it off.
Yvonne is having difficulty taking the reins of her life. After 11 years playing the violin, her heart just isn't in it anymore. She has no idea what she wants to do after she graduates from high school. Pair that with boy trouble, a rocky friendship and a detached relationship with her father. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert takes us on a journey of self-discovery that include highs and lows Yvonne didn't expect.
P.S. Want some more recommendations? Check out Sarah's blog post for To All the Boys I've Loved Before!