Sometimes we have crush or relationship problems that none of our friends can relate to…or they can but they’re just tired of us complaining about it. When all other avenues of venting are closed, it’s fun to retreat to books for a little comfort.
Hey, books can be our friends, too. Seriously…they can. Don’t judge me.
Are you in the middle of a love triangle? Are you having trouble getting over your ex? Do you have feelings for your best friend that you’re not exactly sure are mutual? Well, check out one of these 10 YA novels that tackle the same crush drama you’re dealing with.
Knowing You Like Girls But Not Knowing Who To Confide In - Ask The PassengersSo many novels about LGBTQ girls focus on the questioning element of sexuality, but if you already know that you're attracted to other girls or if you're already in a relationship with one, it can be tricky to find stories that relate to what happens from there. If you're confused about who to confide in, this is definitely the book for you.
Having Feelings For Your Best Friend - Harry PotterI don't think that we can really talk about Harry Potter without touching on the romances that took place in the series. Well, no matter what your thoughts are on the endgame couples, you can at least empathize with Ron and Hermione's situation: Having feelings for one of you best friends. This is especially frustrating if, like Ron and Hermione, that best friend of yours drives you up the wall about 75% of the time.
Too Many Dudes Going On - The Georgia Nicolson SeriesSome of us can be so inept when it comes to romance and yet, miraculously, manage to have quite a few guys we have mutual feelings for. Hey, it's totally possible to like more than one person at a time. Most of us, however, don't have quite as much drama as Georgia Nicolson. Check out this series if you want some laughs or if you're just super intense about shipping. Let's be real: It's always fun to root for one pairing and hate all the others.
Your Sexuality Isn't Respected In Your Culture - If You Could Be MineIf you identify as a lesbian but you're having a hard time dealing with a lack of acceptance from the culture/religion that you love, If You Could Be Mine is worth a read. It follows the lives of two Iranian teenage girls who are in love but have to keep their romance a secret or risk harassment, violence or even death. This reaction to homosexual relationships is found everywhere, but the cultural element of this story can hit particularly close to home for some of you.
Age Difference - DivergentLook, I don't recommend any of to actively pursue anyone who is an adult while you're, uh, not one for a billion different reasons. But if you happen to be crushing on somebody who is a couple years older than you, you at least have that in common with the primary romance in Divergent. Hopefully that's all you have in common with the Divergent-verse.
Having A Thing For The Bad Boy - The Jessica Darling SeriesIf you've ever had a thing for the stereotypical "bad boy" that everybody think you're way too good for, check out this book and feel a little less alone.
Race/Class Differences - Noughts And CrossesThis book haunted me when I first read it. It is about the romance between an upper crest black girl and a lower class white boy who live in an alternate universe where racial hierarchy is flipped and black people are seen as superior. It's a grim novel and if you're looking for a cheerful, happy ending, you won't find it here. But if you and your crush or S.O. have some seriously different backgrounds and it puts a strain on whatever the two of you have going on, you might be able to relate to some elements of this book.
Hating Relationships Until That Day When It's All You Can Think About - This LullabySome of you might have insisted that you didn't want to get involved in a relationship or that you weren't really interested in having one...until that day you found that someone who managed to turn your brain to mush. Pick up Lullaby and prepare to nod vigorously.
Still Loving Your Ex - The Boyfriend ListAre you still daydreaming about your ex? Are you kicking yourself for thinking about your ex so much? Do you keep telling yourself that you're totally over your ex only to find yourself social media stalking them an hour later? Well, the protagonist of The Boyfriend List also dealt with having lingering feelings for your ex. I can't promise that this'll help you move on, but you can at least find something to relate.
Love Triangle - The Hunger GamesKatniss And Peta? Katniss and Gale? Ugh, if you're in the middle of a love triangle, you probably relate to Katniss in some way. I mean, without all fight to the death stuff...hopefully.