Now, we all know that I’m really not that big on romance novels, so if you’ve already decided to overlook my opinion on the what’s good in romance and what isn’t, then no hard feelings.
However, despite my dislike for most books that are entirely romance novels, I can appreciate a novel that has some romance in it. As in, it’s not the entire plot but it adds to it. So, for those of you who are like me and think that a book doesn’t have to have an cringe-worthy love plot to make the story worth reading, I’m going to give you 4 recommendations that have romance subplots.
This is a beautiful story about a girl losing her best friend to cancer. It broke my heart but in a good way… ya know? Raquel is struggling to find closure when she discovers some messages that Sasha left behind for her. It’s kind of like a scavenger hunt, if you need a simple explanation. Anyways, there is some romance in this but it in no way overshadowed the grief that Raquel feels. I absolutely loved this novel.
This is another book that deals with the death of a best friend (are we sensing a pattern here??). However, this one is quite different because when Liv wakes up in the hospital, she’s the dead one. At least, that’s what everyone thinks, because Liv seems to be in her best friend’s body. This has some creepy paranormal/mystery stuff going on and it’s so enrapturing. Oh and also, there’s some romance.
Someone is surely aching to chop my head off for even calling this romance, but technically it is. Just a very toxic, manipulative romance. This is a seriously enraging read but also really well done at the same time. It’s romance but… not romantic. It’s about learning to define yourself outside of a relationship and drawing barriers. It’s kind of new adult and it has flashbacks (which I enjoy when done properly) so if it sounds up your alley, I’d definitely recommend it.
OK, hear me out on this one. I know that this one is seemingly all about romance. But also, it’s kind of not? The book is more about Simon coming to terms with coming out and also dealing with friendships. There’s so much more to this book than it immediately seems. I didn’t even like the book as much as I liked the movie (which rarely happens but happens nonetheless) but for this purpose, it’s perfect.
Do you like romance-driven plots? What kind of books are you reading for V-Day? Talk to me (: