Romantic Young Adult Novels To Read This Valentine's Day, Based On Your Zodiac Sign
Whether you're hooked up, single, celebrating your Galentine's or just trying to ignore it all together, you have to admit that the month of February (and more specifically Valentine's Day) is the perfect time to binge some romantic young adult novels. There is so much to delve into in YA romance. Epic tales of first time love, fluffy sweet contemporaries, LGBT coming-out stories, and historical fiction romance. There's the passionate, the funny, the awkward, the relatable, the cringe-worthy and every single thing in between.
These books have been selected specifically to appeal to readers based on the traits of their Zodiac sign. Adventurous Aries, Gentle Gemini, Loving Libra…there is a book here that will appeal to every sign and every reader. Of course, you can feel free to jump around this list, share your favorite picks with friends or significant others of different signs, or choose your February (or any month!) book club pick from the list. Because, after all, we know that there are no rules in love; and the same goes for reading. So, dive into a warm bubble bath, curl up under a blanket on the couch, grab a box of chocolates and immerse yourself in these love-worthy YA reads.
1. AQUARIUS: 'The Truth of Right Now' by Kara Lee Corthron
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Personality Traits: Aquarius people are eccentric and energetic intellectuals who love to use their brains. They are strongly drawn to fighting for humanitarian causes and are progressive visionaries and independent thinkers.
YA Pick: The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron follows Lily as she returns to her privileged Manhattan high school after a harrowing end to her sophomore year... and it’s not pretty. Enter Dari, the artistic and mysterious transfer student, adept at cutting class. Not that he’d rather be at home with his domineering Trinidadian father. Their attraction ignites immediately, and for the first time in what feels like forever, Lily and Dari find happiness in each other. In twenty-first-century New York City, the fact that Lily is white and Dari is black shouldn’t matter that much, but nothing’s as simple as it seems. When tragedy becomes reality, can friendship survive even if romance cannot? This book is the perfect mix of young love with serious themes of race, class and mental health that will appeal to all Aquarius readers.
2. PISCES: 'Up to this Pointe' by Jennifer Longo
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Personality Traits: Pisces people are artistic and they tend to be drawn to the arts from a very early age. They are intuitive and gentle, selfless and compassionate, which makes them great friends and helps them achieve fulfilling emotional relationships with others.
YA Pick: Up to This Pointe is the perfect wintry read for any Pisces who loves themes of friendship, romance and dance. Harper lives for ballet. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to. But Harper is related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles her way into the icy dark of McMurdo Station . . . in Antarctica. It's extreme, but somehow fitting — apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart. Harper's story is heartwarming, hilarious and adventurous, ideal for romantic February reading.
3. ARIES: 'Daughter of the Pirate King' by Tricia Levenseller
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Personality Traits: Aries people are confident and courageous. Their natural enthusiasm, determination and passion lead them to seek out competition. They are naturally brave and are rarely afraid of trial or risk.
YA Pick: Adventurous Aries readers will go crazy for the ships in this book (both literally and figuratively). Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map — the key to a legendary treasure trove — seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King. This book blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale. Keep the romance going after Valentine's Day when you pick this book up on February 28, 2017.
4. TAURUS: 'My Lady Jane' by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Personality Traits: Taurus people love everything that is good and beautiful in life. They surround themselves with material pleasures and are very sensual and tactile. They prefer a life of stability to sudden changes.
YA Pick: We doubt there is a better romantic YA book for Taurus readers out there than My Lady Jane. This hilarious "historical fiction" novel takes a look at the life of Lady Jane Grey...or, at least, her life the way it should have gone. At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England. Add in an arranged marriage to a man that is a part-time horse (yes, horse), the unexpected appearance of a stealthy ferret and a reluctant king, mix with some Monty Python-esque humor and a sprinkle of Disney animal magic, and you've got a recipe for the perfect February read.
5. GEMINI: 'Everything Leads to You' by Nina LaCour
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Personality Traits: Gemini people are gentle, affectionate and curious thinkers. Many Gemini often feel that their other half is missing, so they are forever seeking new companions. They can also be emotional and changeable.
YA Pick: Partner-seeking Gemini readers will fall in love with Nina LaCour's love letter to romance, film and fate. Everything Leads to You follows Emi, a recent high school graduate who is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic and beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance. A sweet, unique read for Valentine's Day, whether you're coupled up or not.
6. CANCER: 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' by Jenny Han
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Personality Traits: Cancers are emotional, intuitive and sentimental people. They are loyal above all, and care deeply about family and a harmonious home life.
YA Pick: Cancer readers won't be able to help relating to Lara Jean, the heroine of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy. The first book follows Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. One day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. Catch up on the first two books before the third and final in the trilogy, Always and Forever, Lara Jean is released this May.
7. LEO: 'The Unexpected Everything' by Morgan Matson
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Personality Traits: Leos are generous, warm-hearted and cheerful and tend to have lots of friends. They are good at knowing what they like, what they want and what they need, but they can sometimes ignore the problems and needs of others in order to fulfill their own desires.
YA Pick: Leo readers will fall hard for Morgan Matson's latest, which is a much about romantic love as it is about the enduring connection between best friends. Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks). But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before meeting Clark, and those few months that might change her whole life. If everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that? This summery read is the perfect sweet, romantic winter pick-me-up.
8. VIRGO: 'Tell Me Three Things' by Julie Buxbaum
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Personality Traits: Virgos deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac. Their methodical approach to life insures that nothing is left to chance. Virgos are often tender but also very careful.
YA Pick: This sweet read, modern YA take on the beloved You've Got Mail trope follows Jessie as she embarks on junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her and her pretentious teenage son. Just when she’s thinking about running back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help? Soon, SN becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved? Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation.
9. LIBRA: '#famous' by Jilly Gagnon
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Personality Traits: Libras are diplomatic, cooperative, gracious, and eager to avoid conflict. Inspiration is important to Libras and they love to immerse themselves in good books and other media.
YA Pick: In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price? Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone. Libra readers won't be able to resist living vicariously through the drama, and the many references to internet life. This book hits shelves just in time to be your Valentine's Day bubble bath read, on February 14, 2017.
10. SCORPIO: 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' Benjamin Alire Saenz
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Personality Traits: Scorpio people are resourceful, brave and stubborn. They are loyal and true friends, who will keep your confidences, but they are also secretive and can be distrusting and suspicious. They are not afraid to express emotions and they are known for being very fierce.
YA Pick: This gorgeous, beloved YA novel follows best friends Aristotle and Dante, two Mexican American teenagers. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. This is an atmospheric, emotional read that will stay with Scorpio readers for a long time after the last page in turned.
11. SAGITTARIUS: 'The Lost and Found' by Katrina Leno
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Personality Traits: Sagittarius people are some of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. They are also extroverted, optimistic and enthusiastic.
YA Pick: A romantic road trip book with some magical realism elements is the perfect February read for any Sagittarius reader. Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear. They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost. And by the time they finally meet in person, they realize that the things you lose might be things you weren’t meant to have at all, and that you never know what you might find if you just take a chance. This bighearted novel is about connections, family and unexpected journeys.
12. CAPRICORN: 'The Winner's Curse' by Marie Rutkoski
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Personality Traits: Capricorn people are responsible, disciplined and self-controlled. They are highly independent, motivated and ambitious, and as a result are good at planning for the future. They are practical and responsible and have a need to prove themselves to others.
YA Pick: This YA fantasy trilogy birthed one of the most obsession worthy, slow burn ships of all-time. Following Kestrel, the daughter of the General of Herran, and Arin, a Herrani slave as their worlds connect, collide and change the course of their lives forever. When Kestrel purchases Arin from a slave auction she doesn't know that he is plotting with a group of slaves to overthrow the government and take back their land. When Arin takes the job as a house slave, he doesn't know that Kestrel will reveal herself to be a bold and brilliant strategist who will test him in more ways than one. When they start to secretly fall for each other, their connection will put them at the brink of war. All three books in this spectacular series are out now, and if we know you Capricorns, you'll have binge read them all before February is over.