The Valentine’s Funk
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story, by: Josh Sundquist
misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.
We Should Hang Out Sometime is one of the most recommended books that I own. Josh Sundquist tells the tales of all his past crushes and encounters with girls while he is growing up. Told through the eyes of his future (and married) self, it pokes fun at young love and romance as a teenager. One of the reasons that I love this books is that Josh’s voice is so prominent, and made me laugh out loud throughout the story. I think that we have the same sense of humor, so the sarcasm and self-deprecation would catch me off guard and left the people around me very confused. It’s the perfect Valentine’s pick-me-up with is honesty and awkwardness.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before, by: Jenny Han
The Lara Jean trilogy is one of the cutest things I have ever read. At the beginning of the story, Lara Jean’s secret love letters she wrote to her past crushes get sent, leading to a domino effect of hilarious and clumsy events. She ends up pretending to date Peter, but as the book progresses, she has to question whether they are faking it. I love it because along with being a book about romantic relationships in high school, it covers topics of family, friends, and moving off to college. It’s a fabulous read for all, but a perfect story for high schoolers looking for a story to relate to as they get closer to university.
The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love, by: Sarvenaz Tash
how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be…even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.
Have you ever wanted to go to a nerd convention? (Sure you do. You’re reading this blog, for goodness sake.) The post-Valentine’s Day season is the perfect time to travel to one with a new book. Told over the three-day madness that is NYCC, Graham has some wild experiences regarding the geekiest things he loves and romantic relationships. I loved this book because it is as relatable and light as it is cute and awkward. It is not very often that a book is written specifically to appeal to the nerdiest of us, but it’s a good thing this novel is the exception and not the rule.
Rebel Belle, by: Rachel Hawkins
Who needs a Valentine when you can read about Harper Price, a southern belle by day, and a kick-butt Paladin guardian? Rebel Belle is the perfect book boost for Valentine’s Blues. Not only does this book feature plenty of heroine action, but it also has some unexpected love and hilarious dialogue. This book is another laugh-out-loud read, which is what I loved about it. It’s witty characters and snarky comments struck a chord with my sense of humor and promised to have something for everyone.
Do you have any go-to books that fill the “rom-com” shaped hole in your heart? Let me know in the comments.
Happy Valentines Day to those who have found love, in whatever shape or form, and to those who are still hunting, don’t give up. If you feel bad, send yourself a card. You must be worth it...
— Jeanette Winterson
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.