Romances that center around the senior year of high school are some of the most relatable out there. They totally get the whole “exciting new love story” experience as well as the challenges seniors face like leaving their hometowns to possibly go to different colleges. Starting a new relationship your senior year of high school isn’t always easy, but as shown by many characters and stories, they can be totally worthwhile – even if you end up going in different directions after graduation. These six books appreciate everything that has to do with falling in love during the senior year of high school.
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been rivals since the beginning of high school from test scores to student council elections to pull-up competitions. When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan is determined to beat him one last time with the senior year game, Howl, that takes them across their city of Seattle. But when Rowan finds out a group of seniors are out to get them, she must team up with Neil until they are the last players left – and then they will take each other down. But will spending a whole day together keep them from battling each other at the very end and make them fall for each other instead?
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Three years ago, Tanner’s family moved from California to Utah – and pushed him back into the closet. Now with only one semester left of high school, Tanner is determined to graduate and go out-of-state for college, leaving Utah forever. When his best friend dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar – where honor roll kids work on creating a draft of a book in one semester – Tanner decides to take it on. When Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before, mentors the class, Tanner falls for him quickly and must decide the last months of his semester.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna is looking forward to her senior year at her Atlanta high school thanks to her great job, loyal best friend, and crush that might become something more. But when she finds out she’s being shipped off to Paris for boarding school, she is less than thrilled. But when Anna meets the handsome Étienne St. Clair, she can’t help but fall for him. He is smart, charming, beautiful – and unfortunately, a serious girlfriend. But maybe a wish just might come true in the City of Lights.
Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
Nina expected the radio broadcasting class she was taking her senior year would be easy – but it’s become a complete disaster. The members of her team have nothing in common, and in her group is Jamie, a childhood friend she has hoped to avoid for the rest of her life. Not to mention the show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms on their heads, and Nina’s family is going through a major upheaval. Nina feels like everything is spiraling out of control, but maybe control is more overrated than she thought.
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
Halle Levitt loves her online best friend Nash for a million reasons: he’s a talented graphic novelist, he loves almost as much as she does, and they can talk about anything – except who Halle is in real life. Online Halle is known as Kels, the cool creator of YA book review and cupcake blog One True Pastry. Kels has everything Halle wants: friends, a growing platform, confidence, and Nash. But when Halle transfers to a new school for senior year, little does she know that Nash is a student there too. Now Halle must choose to grow her relationship with Nash by telling him that she is Kels or never bring it up or hope for something more with him.
The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
When Keely becomes the only virgin of her friend group when the only other one loses it at her birthday party, Keely is determined to have that experience too with someone she trusts and likes. But when you’ve known all the guys at your high school since kindergarten, it’s kind of hard to be into one of them. When Keely meets hot motorcycle-driving Dean, she thinks he’s the perfect one. But he’s also in college, and Keely worries he’ll drop her if he figures out how inexperienced she is. When she turns to her more-experienced best friend Andrew, she plans on learning as much as she can from him before going all the way for Dean – that is, if Keely and Andrew don’t fall for each other first.