While we may not be able to travel extensively right now, we can’t help but adore a book that centers around it. Reading a romance located in a different country is the perfect swoony setting. Whether that is Italy, Taipei, on an airplane, or on a train, love and romance can spark anywhere. These six young adult books embrace the magic of romance found on exhilarating trips.
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Lina has no interest in heading to Italy for the summer to meet her father, but she made a promise to her dying mother she would get to know him. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? She just really wants to stay home. When Lina is given a journal her mother kept when she lived in Italy, she discovers a world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. Now Lina is determined to follow her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret with the charming Ren that will change everything she knows about her mother – and herself.
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
When Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan for the summer to learn Mandarin, she does not expect that the program is actually a infamous teen-meet market called Loveboat where the kids are more into clubbing and drinking snake-blood sake than touring shrines. She also doesn’t expect that one of the kids is none other than Yale-bound prodigy Rick Woo, the guy her parents always compare her successes too. This is the first time that Ever can actually break her parents’ uber-strict rules, but how far can she go without breaking her own heart?
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Sydney is determined to have the best summer with her best friend, Leela, by traveling throughout Europe for four weeks. They plan on Eiffel Tower selfies, eating gelato, and meeting cute boys. What she doesn’t expect? Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend on the flight to London, falling for his friend, monitor her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war. Sydney must learn how to handle enjoying her trip while the drama soon piles up.
Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
Zayneb is the only Muslim in her class, and she is tired of her teacher constantly saying Muslims are bad. When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he in turn starts investigating her activist friends, Zayneb starts spring break early by heading to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar. Zayneb feels guilty for getting her friends into trouble and is determined to find a “nicer” version of herself in a place no one knows here. But when she meets Adam, who is trying to hide his recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis from his father and keep the memory alive of his mother for his younger sister, the pair connect in unexpected and marvelous ways.
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Hugo is still determined to take his last-chance-before-college train trip across the United States even after his girlfriend breaks up with him. The only catch is that the companion ticket is under his ex’s name, Margaret Campbell, and there is no exception to transferring tickets. Margaret C. or Mae is an aspiring movie maker, and when she finds Hugo’s ticket offer online, she’s sure it’s the best way to expand her horizons. When the pair meet, their attraction is undeniable, but could this love bubble burst when the trip is over?
Wanderlost by Jen Malone
Aubree is ready for a relaxing summer in boring Ohio, but when her older sister gets in trouble, Aubree is suddenly thrust into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job of leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour throughout Europe. Before they make it to their first stop in Amsterdam, the plans begins to unravel as Aubree has no phone, no binder of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. As she is pretending to be Elizabeth, Aubree really shouldn’t fall for him, and as her relationship with him grows, her relationship with her sister begins to dwindle. Aubree must learn who she really is and who she wants to become.
Travel somewhere new this week with one of these great titles!