Hi guys !
Oh gods, Valentine’s day is here. Little disclaimer here: I am the most cheesy person out there. And I know it. I am all lovey-dovey all the time, I see love and romance everywhere, and ship people together whenever I can. Now that it is said, you might understand why I love Valentine’s day this much. It is cute and even if I personally don’t need it to be a special day to make gift or show my love, I think it is great we have a date made for it.
Without further a-do, let’s jump into my Favourite diverse love stories !
Love from A to Z, S.K. ALi
A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.
An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.
But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.
When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.
Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.
Then her path crosses with Adam’s.
Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.
Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.
Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.
Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…
Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
I adored this book, really much. I listened to it when I wasn’t really in a romance mood, and it simply blew me away. Not only because it’s cute and soft and very interesting, but because the author uses every side of her characters to build something strong. She uses their qualities and flaws to make their love story and lives even deeper and very meaningful. I also loved to discovered some very interesting things about different cultures and how they collide in the best of ways. I highly recommend this one.
Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
The ultimate cute fake-dating-but-not-really romance novel. I don’t know if it’s something weird to say or not at all, but I kinda love political settings in romance novels. Not only with the characters involved in the Big way, like this one. But also when they just contribute to fight for what they believe (I think about Yes, No, Maybe so for example). In Red, White and Royal Blue, what I loved most is the strong connexion between the characters, even thought they don’t live in the same country. I think it is the only long-distance relationship I’ve read, and I am so very happy with it.
When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family—and from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitating toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
I know I talk about this book a lot, but it and As Kismet would have it, a companion novella, are part of my ultimate favourite romance novels ever. I read it when I was feeling a bit blue, a bit alone, and it made me feel so whole, so loved, so happy to be alive. This is the kind of books I am always looking for: something to remind me to enjoy every single minute because life is amazing and beautiful and some day you find someone just perfect for you if you just keep on hoping.
Heartstopper, Alice Oseman
Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Nick’s even found the courage to come out to his mum.
But coming out isn’t just something that happens once – there’s Nick’s older brother, and a school trip to Paris, not to mention all the other friends and family – and life can be hard, even with someone who loves you by your side. As their feelings get more serious, Charlie and Nick will need each other more than ever before.
Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.
Yes, I am talking about Nick and Charlie again. No, I am not sorry. I mean? Who could possibly write such a lovey-dovey article without mentioning the cutest couple out there? If you haven’t read Hearstopper yet, I highly recommend you give them a go, because it is cute and sweet and beautiful and it is the kind of story that will make you feel whole and loved and amazing. I don’t even know what to add because, yes, what I love the most about those graphic novels is the fact you can always re-read them and feel the same way you did when you first picked it up.
Ziggy, Stardust and me, James Brandon
The year is 1973. The Watergate hearings are in full swing. The Vietnam War is still raging. And homosexuality is still officially considered a mental illness. In the midst of these trying times is sixteen-year-old Jonathan Collins, a bullied, anxious, asthmatic kid, who aside from an alcoholic father and his sympathetic neighbor and friend Starla, is completely alone. To cope, Jonathan escapes to the safe haven of his imagination, where his hero David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and dead relatives, including his mother, guide him through the rough terrain of his life. In his alternate reality, Jonathan can be anything: a superhero, an astronaut, Ziggy Stardust, himself, or completely “normal” and not a boy who likes other boys. When he completes his treatments, he will be normal—at least he hopes. But before that can happen, Web stumbles into his life. Web is everything Jonathan wishes he could be: fearless, fearsome and, most importantly, not ashamed of being gay.
Jonathan doesn’t want to like brooding Web, who has secrets all his own. Jonathan wants nothing more than to be “fixed” once and for all. But he’s drawn to Web anyway. Web is the first person in the real world to see Jonathan completely and think he’s perfect. Web is a kind of escape Jonathan has never known. For the first time in his life, he may finally feel free enough to love and accept himself as he is.
Okay, I have to admit I put this one on my wishlist 100% because of its cover, and I am not even sorry. Because when I got to read it, it was a b l a s t. I loved everything about this story, how great the relationship is built, the settings, the time it takes place, the strong Bowie references. Even now that I read a lot of other books since, it is one of my greatest discoveries. But it was also very informative and I feel like we need more of this representation in YA literature. Loved it.
That’s it guys ! I admit I was supposd to post this article for Valentine’s day but had a lot of things to do and worry about, so I might have forgotten a bit. I hope you all spent a good Valentine’s day, if you celebrate it. And if you don’t, well, know that someone somewhere loves you and you are never alone. Feel free to slide into my emails if you need to chat or feel a little down, I have plenty of cute cat gifs so send you !
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