What are the best YA romance books with unlikely couples?

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    Stardust is Neil Gaiman's 1999 romantic fantasy novel about Tristan, who vowed to find a falling star to win the love of Victoria. After facing dangers in his search, Thorn found the star, but it was not the object that Thorn thought he was looking for...


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    Juan Ortiz
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "There's more to this Adult Fairy Tale than meets the eye. This beloved new classic is a tight little package for the consideration of any jaded or unbelieving adult out there. A fast read, it is pleasurable, readable, crazy with the fusing of real "drama" with that of a New World."
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    #2Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry)

    Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry)

    Rules of Attraction is the second book in the Perfect Chemistry series about Carlos who gets involved in a narcotics bust, causing his brother Alex to send him to his former professor to avoid being sent to jail. There, he gets closer to Kiara and things start to change.


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    Elizabeth Peña
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I need a birthday present for my niece, and she loves to read YA romance novels. I thought I'd try to buy her one that she would really like and I know she loved the last book she read where the couple was complete opposites. I'm really excited about this recommendation. It is highly rated and looks like something she would enjoy. I plan to purchase a copy!"
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    #3Obsidian (Lux)

    Obsidian (Lux)
    Katy Swartz, a seventeen yeard old girl that moved to West Virginia for her last high school year, would have never believed that the hot guy, yet worth of a beat down, living next door was an alien. Daemon and his sister are being attacked by enemies from another galaxy, and he will have to use his powers, like the ability to freeze time, to save them and Katy. 

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    #4Vampire Academy

    Vampire Academy
    Vampire Academy is a paranormal romance by Richelle Mead. It tells the story of Lissa, a vampire princess, and her guardian and best friend, Rose, during their stay in St. Vladimir's Academy. This is the first book of a six-part series.

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    Larry Keller
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "What a great read! I just finished reading Vampire Academy and I think it's one of the best YA romance books out there that has unlikely couples. I love that this book is part of a 6-part series and I can't wait to read all the other parts. "
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    #5The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

    The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
    The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, is a New York Times Bestselling romantic novel by Kody Keplinger. The novel-turned-movie was published by Poppy on September 7th, 2010.

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    Eugene Bell
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Overall. I really did enjoy The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, it was lots of fun and a really quick read. Most of what I had a problem with, again, comes down to my personal feelings on these subjects. However, I loved the writing, I loved Bianca, and yeah. I definitely recommend it, and even though I've heard the movie is quite a bit different than the book I look forward to seeing it."
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    #6Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles)

    Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles)
    Lena Duchannes is having trouble concealing her supernatural ability, a hidden power that has been running in her family for generations. She will eventually meet Ethan Wate, who has been dreaming of a beautiful girl, and they both will have to uncover the connections between them. 


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    Sean Robertson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I have never been much one for young adult novels (I suppose I am not in the target demo by a long shot), but I did find a lot to like in this one. It is a bit typical with the hidden powers teenagers and whatnot, but don't hold that against it. It still is a very interesting tale that starts what I hope will be a great series. If you saw the movie (and enjoyed it), give the book a shot!"
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    #7If I Stay

    If I Stay
    If I Stay is a young adult fiction book by Gayle Forman that tells the story of Mia, who was the only survivor of a car accident that killed her family. Critically injured, Mia must decide whether to stay and live or follow her family.

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    Juan Baltazar
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If I Stay is the best YA romance books with unlikely couples. It really shows how the people are different and how they end up getting together. Great story."
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    #8Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

    Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

    From the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan tells the story of a young girl named Lily who left a notebook with challenges written on it, in hopes of finding a guy to accept these challenges.


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    Douglas Lopez
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is one of the best YA romance books with unlikely couples. It is very funny and a great read. If you have a young adult in your house, you should get them this book to read. They will love it for sure."
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    #9Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly is a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast. Kendra the witch teaches Kyle Kingsbury a lesson for his cruelty by transforming him into a beast. To break the spell, the girl he truly loves must love him in return.


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    Eric Richardson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Id say this book is a prime example of a romance book with an unlikely couple. A very classic tale of love and triumph over diversity."
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    #10Pushing the Limits

    Pushing the Limits

    One horrible night, Echo Emerson gets scars on her arms but she can't remember what happened. She just wants to get back to her normal life. It is when Noah Hutchins enters Echo's life who might change her mind to learn to love again.


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    Isabel de León
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The characters are complex, and the plot is even more so. Pushing the Limits is a strong story of romance, but it is much more than that too. My favorite part of the entire book was getting to see the point of view of both Echo as well as Noah through the alternating narratives."
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    #11Hush, Hush

    Hush, Hush

    Nora Grey is a smart and good girl and that against all odds, falls for Patch, a classmate with a questionable past. The attraction between the both of them gets stronger as days go by, but his mysterious past makes Nora feel insecure about completely falling for him.


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    Summer Jiang
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Way too contrived! I could tell the ending before I finished the first chapter! Very disappointed."
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    #12Grey (Storm's Soldiers)

    Grey (Storm's Soldiers)

    Grey is the second book in the Storm's Soldier series written by Paige Notaro that tells the story of Meagan and Vaughn. The two are born in different races but that did not stop them to love each other. 


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    Arnav Dutta
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading Grey (Storm's Soldiers) since it touched on a subject that not many romance novels have touched on. I enjoyed reading about both of their stories and how they met and how each of their races played, and did not play, in their relationship together. "
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    #13Epic Fail

    Epic Fail

    Epic Fail is a young adult contemporary romance novel written by Claire LaZebnik. It narrates the love story between the son of a Hollywood celebrity and the daughter of a school principal. This was originally published in 2011.


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    Amy Welch
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I vaguely remember reading that book, but I do remember of how much I loved it! It does provide a nice modern take on Pride and Prejudice, if you even want to compare them. As a young adult, I have always loved light-hearted reads than a novel series because first of all it is only one book you have to read and second, you don't have to wait for the next book to come out. Anyways, I believe many girls secretly dream of this, a young, humble girl falls in love with an insanely rich and handsome dream-boy. That is why Cinderella has always been such a hit! Definitely a pretty good solution, of course, it will be cliche at times but that's expected from any YA romance novel."
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    #14Perfect You

    Perfect You

    Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott is a realistic fiction for the young adult. This book has characters that show life may not always be perfect but it can be good only if you let things happen.


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    Bruce Hernandez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is a pretty good, well-rounded novel. The author does a good job of dealing with heavy issues without becoming too depressing. I picked it up to read a little before bed but found myself still awake an hour or so later. It's probably not the best example of unlikely couples though. "
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    #15Play With Me (Grover Beach Team)

    Play With Me (Grover Beach Team)

    Play With Me is a romance novel by Anna Katmore. It tells the story of Lisa Matthews, who tries out for the soccer team in the hopes of getting her best friend to fall in love with her. It is the first book in the Grover Beach Team series.


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    Mary Gomez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love YA romance books with unlikely couples. My favorite book right now that fits this description is Play With Me (Grover Beach Team). It's a romance novel by Anna Katmore. It's a romantic story about Lisa Matthews, who wants to get on the soccer team in order to get her best friend to fall for her. It's a beautifully written book. I've fallen in love with it. Really strongly recommended!"
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    #16A Little Bit Country

    A Little Bit Country

    A Little Bit Country is a book by S.J Frost that tells the story of singers Ash and Jackson. They will have a passionate love affair that will cause them their careers. They will have to chose between love and fame. 


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    Sarah Taylor
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a times book where tough choices must be made. It is a romance that tries to grow but things keep getting in the way. Some are minor but there is one major one. What will they decided to do? I couldn't stand the suspense. Buy and find out for your self."
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    #17Cracks in the Armor (The Clipped Wings Series)

    Cracks in the Armor (The Clipped Wings Series)

    Cracks in the Armor is a romance novel written by Helena Hunting that tells the story of Chris. He is a hot tattoo artist who is courting Sarah. They are exact opposites but love will bring them together. 


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    José Antonio Espinosa
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "There are probably better things to read. No, I'd say there are definitely better things to read than this garbage."
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    #18The Sound of Fishsteps

    The Sound of Fishsteps

    The Sound of Fishsteps is a book by Buket Uzuner that tells the story of a romance between a man and a woman. They are both in love with each other, and when everything seemed perfect, the other one will be exposed. 


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    Tammy Dean
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A good YA romance novel to bury yourself in. It's unique characters and their stories weave a tale that leaves you enthralled. You might not expect them to be the ideal couple, but they make it work and leave you wanting more."
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    #19A Loving Scoundrel

    A Loving Scoundrel

    A Loving Scoundrel is a book by Johanna Lindsey that tells the story of the Aristocratic Family The Mallorys. Danny is disguised as a man and Jeremy Mallory wants her to be his mistress. She will then bloom into a beautiful lady and people will wonder. 


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    Frank Wright
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Johanna Lindsey has written another fun lighthearted story. Watching Jeremy fall in love with Danny as she transforms into a beautiful young woman was lovely. If you want a book that makes you feel good I suggest you pick up a copy of A Loving Scoundrel. "
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    #20Portrait of a Turkish Family

    Portrait of a Turkish Family

    Portrait of a Turkish Family is a book by Irfan Orga that tells the story of a rich family in Istanbul. It describes all the traditional customs of a Turkish family and will surely capture the interest of readers. 


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    William Thompson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "When I think about Turkey, I never realized that there were rich people there. I guess that is the American mentality that most of us have. So, I am always interested in different cultures and read this book out of curiosity. I definitely had my mind open up and learned a lot that I didn't know about. The one thing I liked most is that it describes all the traditional customs of a Turkish family. I recommend it if you are a cultural person."
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    Honor is a book by Elif Shafak that tells the story of Esma. This book is a combination of all emotions from a daughter who will fall in love but will never forget her mother's legacy. Both romantic and tragic. 


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    Harini Mehra
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This looks like a great YA romance but I'm not sure whether it contains an unlikely romance. It does have good reviews and looks like a compelling story though. "


Best What are the best YA romance books with unlikely couples
1StardustBooks 36 Paid
2Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry)Books 34 Paid
3Obsidian (Lux)Books 34 Paid
4Vampire AcademyBooks 31 Paid
5The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendBooks 28 Paid
6Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles)Books 26 Paid
7If I StayBooks 24 Paid
8Dash & Lily's Book of DaresBooks 22 Paid
9Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)Books 21 Paid
10Pushing the LimitsBooks 18 Paid

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