Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my last post of March, I decided to mix things up and decided to talk about some romance books I’d recommend to a younger version of myself. I’m going to talk about when I was a teenager since I’m 27 now (yikes! lmao). With that being said, I feel like these books would have either been one I related to or loved the love interest/heroine or just would have thought they were amazing. Let’s get into the books.
5. Reborn Yesterday
The first book I chose to go with was Reborn Yesterday by Tessa Bailey. When I was a teenager, I loved Twilight and this feels like Twilight but for a more mature audience. Personally, I feel like it has so many parallels as it’s a relatively innocent/naive girl who ends up with a vampire that’s basically a hazard to her. However, she doesn’t care and the two end up falling in love. While it’s cheesy to me, I would have loved it as a teenager.
4. Desperate Measures
The next book I would’ve loved as a teenager was Desperate Measures by Katee Robert. This is a retelling of Aladdin where Jasmine ends up with Jafar. When I was younger, I was a huge Disney fan. I still am now but I feel like this book would have been up to my alley. I would have loved how steamy it was and how taboo it was because, at that point, I hadn’t kissed someone. This book would have been like catnip for me lmao. Plus it would have been SO different from anything I’d read before it.
3. Dirty Letters
The next book I’d recommend to myself is for a few reasons actually. First, one of the main characters has a major phobia of driving and so did I. I would have really related to her and the anxiety she feels when she gets behind the wheel. Second, this book does feature a lot of letter writing between the two main characters which I still love. Last but not least, this book has so much drama and angst. As a teenager, I was so angsty so this would have been a match made in heaven for me lmao.
2. 10 Blind Dates
The next book I would have loved as a teenager is 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. The major reason would be because it would have been marketed towards my age group. It also features such great family, friend and relationship dynamics which would have kept me interested. Plus it features the friends-to-lovers trope which is the trope I LOVED and adored when I was a teenager so this would have been a major win for me.
1. The Roommate
The final book I’d recommend to my younger self is The Roommate by Rosie Danan. This book follows Clara who is pretty sheltered and naïve which is exactly how I was. I would have related to Clara a lot and would have seen myself in her in some ways. However, I would have been like Clara and immediately fallen for Josh and been scandalized by his job. Maybe I was just a little more judgmental or hadn’t met someone like that but he would have been my book boyfriend back then. Either way, this book could have been a game-changer for me in a lot of ways and I wish I could hand it to my younger self.
Those are the books I would have recommended to myself as a teenager. Honestly, I feel like this is an odd list but I didn’t really have much of a taste back then. Not sure what that says about me now but I’d like to know if you guys have any books you’d rec to yourself in the past as this was a fun post to do. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.