If 'Always Be My Maybe' Is Your New Favorite Rom-Com, Read These 11 Books
By Kerri Jarema
If you're in need of the perfect rom-com to start off your summer, look no further than Netflix's Always Be My Maybe. Starring Ali Wong as celeb chef Sasha and Randall Park as her childhood best friend Marcus, the story follows these one-time flings as they find themselves unexpectedly reunited after 15 years. With their lives in totally different places (Sasha is wealthy, independent and engaged; Marcus is still living at home, working for his father's business and headlining a mostly unsuccessful band) neither is sure how to navigate old feelings and new entaglements — making for one hilariously modern take on old rom-com tropes.
Whether you're looking for some reads to add to your beach bag this summer, or you just want more of the same vibes as Always Be My Maybe to keep you occupied between re-watches, the 11 books below are all romances whose themes you'll love. Here we have characters whose lives are heavily influenced by food and family legacy; second-chance romances; finding true connection after grief; and figuring out who you really are, both in the glare of the spotlight and in the shadows. Whatever romance you're looking for, these reads will make this a summer rom-com season to remember: