So you read this sweet, classic YA trilogy (or maybe you watched the films), and now you’re on the hunt for books like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? Welcome!
Recommending readalikes can be a tricky process, but as I said in the first post in this series, I enjoy the process of finding similar threads running through even books that appear different on the surface. Today’s pick is Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is part of a trilogy (adapted into a set of Netflix films). I enjoyed all three books, and the movie adaptations.
Here’s my readalike criterion: Each book I recommend must have at least three strong similarities with the beloved title. For this post, I’ve chosen teen female protagonists with big hearts, messy lives, mostly supportive families, foodie and somewhat bookish tendencies. You’ll also find fake dating and enemies-to-lovers tropes and one or two love triangles.
Super grateful for Laura Gardner @librarianmsg for collaborating with me on this post! She’s a voracious reader (and librarian) who’s always sharing amazing kid lit reviews on Instagram and Goodreads.
10 Best Books Like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
If you or your kids loved this book, here are more books like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Happily Ever Afters
Elise Bryant’s debut YA novel features a young Black girl who loves to write, but develops a case of writer’s block when she gets into a fancy writing program. Caught in a love triangle and dealing with a strained friendship, she tries to find her way back to her own voice.
Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry
I listened to an audio ARC of this book and really enjoyed it. Quinn loses the journal where she writes all of her most embarrassing confessions (including the fact that she did not get into Columbia like everyone thinks) and is forced to team up with the last person who saw it: schoolmate Carter Bennett. As the two work together to find it, they (especially Quinn) learn a lot about friendship, honesty, and being comfortable in your Blackness. I would say hand to older teens though.
Rico enlists her (super wealthy) classmate Zan to help her track down an old lady who happens to have bought a winning lottery ticket from the gas station she works at. As the two work together, they’re forced to confront socio-economic differences and how these impact their lives. Oh — and Zan picks Rico up every day a la Kavinsky. I have yet to read Jackpot, but reviewers have called this book sweet, delightful, and — in typical Nic Stone fashion — hard to put down.
The Boy Next Story
I loved the first two books in Tiffany Schmidt‘s Bookish Boyfriends series, but especially this delightful installment. This book is a contemporary re-imagining of Little Women, complete with an older sister, a sweet love interest, and lots of classic literature.
This book follows Pepper and Jack whose parents own competing fast food chains. While they’re both feuding on Twitter, they have no idea that they’re falling in love (with each other) on an anonymous chat app Jack created.
The Meet-Cute Project
Mia’s friends are big on rom-coms, so when she’s tasked with finding a date for her sister’s wedding, they come to her aid. Mia is not so enthused but goes along with their plans — and of course some hijinks and romance ensue. This is a great pick for younger YA readers.
Love and Gelato
This classic YA novel follows Lina who is sent to Italy after her mother’s death to be with the father she never even knew existed. When she gets there, she finds her mother’s journal from when she lived in Tuscany. Between a mystery, yummy Italian cuisine, new friendships, and young love, Lina has a lot on her plate. This one is also a trilogy, although it’s more companion titles than an actual series.
A Taste for Love
A baking contest, a romance, a tight-knit family, and a family-owned bakey feature in this newly released YA novel. While the plot is not as similar to TATBILB as some others on this list, it’s a cute one, fans of the trilogy may enjoy.
What I Like About You
The premise of this book is so cute! YA book and pastry blogger Halle (aka Kels) is online best friends with Nash. The only problem is that he doesn’t know the real Halle; just Kels. Until Halle moves to her Gramps’ small town for senior year — and it turns out Nash lives there too. Senior year, a love triangle with herself(?), and lot of cute moments fill this one.
Recommended for You
Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at her local bookstore. She’s thrilled when the boss offers a bonus to the employee who sells the most number of books. Shoshanna could use the extra cash to fix her dying car. All of a sudden, though, the new hire, Jake Kaplan becomes fierce (but cute) competition and it’s an all out war, even as sparks fly.
Your turn! Which books like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before would you recommend and why? I’d love to hear from you. Also, I would love your help with this series. Which middle-grade, chapter books, or picture books, or even YA books would you love readalikes for? Let me know!