It doesn’t matter how old you get, September always means back-to-school season. If nothing else, it’s an excuse to buy some new clothes as you wait for the leaves to start changing colors. If you actually are going back to school, there’s something nice about leaving those humid days of summer behind to start dreaming of plaid skirts and the smell of fresh textbooks.
Speaking of books, back-to-school season is also a great time to dive into some awesome new reads. The more romance the better, as far as we’re concerned. After all, what’s better than checking out your crush as he walks past your locker every day or makes a winning touchdown at the big game?
In honor of that student living within all of us, here are eight school-themed romances that are perfect reading for a crisp fall day:
Under the Lights, Abbi Glines (Simon Pulse, August 23, 2016)
Glines is one of the best New Adult authors around, creating romances that suck the reader in from the start. She tackles (no pun intended!) Young Adult Fiction in her Field Party series about teens wrapped up in high school football culture. Under the Lights is a follow up to last year’s Until Friday Night, this time telling the story of troubled teen Willa and her relationship with football stars Gunner and Brady.
Swear on this Life, Renee Carlino (Atria Books, August 9, 2016)
The premise of Carlino’s new novel is insanely unique: a writing teacher who’s struggling with her voice picks up the latest bestseller, only to discover that it’s the story of her childhood romance with her first love. Which means that famous debut author J. Colby has to be Jase, the boy who left her broken-hearted all those years ago. Now Emiline has to decide if she wants to confront the man who sensationalized her pain in order to sell his work. This is a second-chance romance like you’ve never read it before.
Diplomatic Immunity, Brodi Ashton (Balzer + Bray, September 6, 2016)
Brodi’s latest Young Adult novel is described as “Anna and the French Kiss meets The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.” Sign. Us. Up. It’s about Piper Baird, an aspiring journalist who gets the chance to move to DC to attend the elite Chiswick Academy. There, she rubs elbows with the privileged upper crust of D.C society, which she quickly realizes will make a great expose. But first she has to get closer to the action. Enter: Rafael Amador, son of the Spanish Ambassador and the biggest troublemaker of them all. Only, Piper starts to fall for the sweet, funny guy hidden under all that privilege and pain. Now she has to decide what’s more important: the article that could clinch her future as a journalist, or this damaged boy she just might be falling for.
Broken Prince, Erin Watt (EverAfter Romance, July 25, 2016)
Written by two popular YA authors under the pseudonym Erin Watt, Broken Prince is the second book in The Royals series. Last time, Ella Harper went to live with the Royal family and entered into an elite prep school world that she was unprepared for. But now she has Reed Royal on her side, the handsome son and most popular boy in school who’s desperately in love with her. Protecting Erin is all Reed cares about, and when she runs from him and all the Royals, he’s desperate to get her back. But can she ever fully accept him into her heart?
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman (Margaret K. McElderry Books, November 15, 2016)
Fans of Clare’s insanely popular Mortal Instruments Series will be dying to get their hands on this collection of stories written by some of the top Young Adult writers around. With Clary’s longtime best friend and former vampire, Simon Lewis, training to become a Shadowhunter, readers will get to see a side of Clare’s world that they’ve never seen before. Set at the newly reopened Shadowhunter Academy, Simon has to navigate what it means to be a non-born Shadowhunter in a world where lineage means everything.
Kicked, Celia Aaron (July 26, 2016)
Sport romances are insanely popular right now, and Aaron’s Kicked is a great addition to the genre. College students Trent Carrington and Cordy Baxter have always been drawn to each other, but circumstances have kept them apart. With Cordy joining the football team and Trent as the star Quarterback, these two might just get another shot at love.
Holding Up the Universe, Jennifer Niven (Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 4, 2016)
In Niven’s contemporary YA romance, both Libby Strout and Jack Masselin have identities that are hard to shake. Libby is known as the “fattest teen in America,” after gaining a significant amount of weight due to the death of her mother. Jack is popular and confident, but he’s hiding a secret: he has prosopagnosia, or the inability to recognize faces. When the two are thrown together after a cruel high school game turns sour, they start to realize that maybe labels aren’t all they seem.
How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours, Sara Ney (September 13, 2016)
Ney kicks off a new series set at a university with How to Date a Douchebag. It’s not just the awesome title that makes us want to read this one — Sebastian is cocky, a talented athlete, and used to getting what he wants. Basically, a douchebag. But when he falls for Jameson Clarke, everything changes. He’s determined to have her, but his high-achieving fellow student has no interest in arrogant jocks. We can’t wait to see how this opposites-attract romance plays out!