February is the month for love, especially since it’s the month of Valentine’s Day! In celebration of this holiday, here are five love books to indulge in!
1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Series By Jenny Han
Most of you have probably heard of this book before since the extremely popular movie aired on Netflix. This book series makes the most sense to read in honor of this month’s holiday of love. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is a three-book series. This book is about a young teenage girl named Lara Jean who’s had five major crushes in her life, and for each crush, she wrote a love letter. But when the letters get out, her life gets turned upside down. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a young adult romance novel about first loves and the ups and downs of it all.
That’s the beauty of first love though: the first time falling for someone and not knowing what’s going to happen, and doing it anyways. Reading a novel such as this really brings back all those feelings of when you first have a crush on someone and you’re not sure what to do about it. However, once you get the courage to speak up, that’s when feelings start to spark into love.
2. Red, White, & Royal Blue By Casey McQuiston
Love is a complex feeling, and sometimes you just cannot help who you fall for. Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is a love story between the Prince of England and the son of the President of the United States who cannot seem to stand each other. However, because of some tough events, these two get pushed to work together and learn about each other.
But an unfortunate affair turns out to be fortunate for these two gentlemen. Unfortunately for these young men, being connected to a political lifestyle and being under that spotlight means some things are harder for society to accept. In the end, love always seems to find a way to push through and find “the one”.
Politics are always a sensitive subject, whether it is about what side you’re on or your morals and beliefs. So, imagine how difficult it is for these two gentlemen to be on completely opposite sides of the world, living different lives. But finding each other and falling in love despite all of their differences, because really that’s what love is, continuing to fall in love with someone regardless of the things you don’t have in common.
3. First Love By James Patterson & Emily Raymond
This young adult novel by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is about two best friends, Axi and Robinson, who understand each other more than anyone else truly does. Axi’s has always been a “good girl,” known to follow the rules and do what she’s supposed to.
So, when she suggests that they take a sudden road trip, leaving everything behind, Robinson is more than shocked. First Love is about two best friends who explore new parts of the world and themselves. It is a complete “Friends to Lovers” type of book. For those of us who have had, or do have, a crush on our best friend and didn’t know if there was a way out of the friend zone, this book is one you can relate to and enjoy.
4. Did I Mention I Love You? Series By Estelle Maskame
Love is a tricky thing, but even more tricky when your step-brother is a bit of a hotter messy than you expected him to be? Did I Mention I Love You is a trilogy by Estelle Maskame; it’s about how Eden Munro has to spend the summer with her dad and his new family and things get a bit more complex than simply learning to like her new extended family. Eden and her new step-brother, Tyler, cannot seem to get along when they first meet. Does Tyler hate Eden or does he like her a bit more than society will allow — because at the end of the day unconventional love is still love.
The thing about love is, that sometimes it’s not the “norm” that society is used to; it makes people uncomfortable even. The fact that Eden and Tyler’s feelings aren’t a stereotypical type of love story, doesn’t make it any less. Reading these books can make someone feel awkward at first, to say the least. Knowing they are supposed to be step-siblings, Tyler and Eden feel wrong about their feelings about each other. While in reality, they aren’t siblings, so their attraction towards one another is as natural as any other love.
5. The Hating Game By Sally Thorne
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is about two employees, Lucy and Josh, who happen to be competing for the same promotion at their company. The book is about two co-workers fighting for the upper position which would become the boss of the other. The possibility of two enemies becoming lovers with time puts everything through a loop. Is it possible for these two to turn things from enemies to something else completely opposite? You’ll have to read and find out for yourself!
Do you think it’s possible to fall for your nemesis or perhaps you already have once upon a time? Because sometimes the tension between two people might feel like hate at first, but really it’s from some unnoticeable feelings lingering in the air. For Lucy and Josh, these feelings aren’t easy for them to confront, but it never truly is at first.
Love Is In The February Air
With Valentine’s Day being the most popular holiday in February, it tends to take over the whole month. The books listed above aren’t the only forms of love, obviously; there are loads of different types of love. The fact that one is able to celebrate it however they want, that’s the fun of this holiday; whether it’s with family, friends, or with their partner.
This holiday is all about telling whomever you care about that you love them. So, go cuddle next to your valentine and read one of the love stories.