The Best Trash Romance for When You Feel Like a Trash Person*

Novels, YA Fantasy, YA Fiction, YA Romance

If anyone ever finds my Kindle, they are going to be horrified by the amount of embarrassingly non-age appropriate fiction on there. I’m serious. I live and die for books that sound like they’re written for thirteen year old girls. I also have a frightening amount of romance novels that I downloaded because A. they were free or less than two dollars and B. they were about college students and I thought I could relate to that but then they ended up actually being erotica. I should have figured considering they all had shirtless men on the covers. Either way, if you’re into books that have little to no plot outside of girls trying to tame their men, boy do I have some suggestions for you.

First up: The Selection series by Kiera Cassthe_selection
The Selection is essentially the same as The Bachelor except it takes place in a dystopian future in which the United States has been replaced by a monarchy called Illea. Also, to make things more exciting, there’s a caste system now. Adding more fuel to the fire is the fact that Prince Maxon is ready to get serious about being a ruler, which means it’s time for the Selection to take place, which is how America Singer ends up competing on national television to win the heart of Prince Maxon and become a part of the Royal Family. Of course, the story wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention that there’s also a love triangle and political revolution. Lots happening here. I highly recommend it.

Secondly, we have the Significance series by Shelly Crane.
If 18176917you think that I’m making fun of these books, think again. Think about the fact that I am a 23 year old woman whose career path has literally nothing to do with writing or literature at all and I still spent two consecutive days reading all four books in this series instead of working on my thesis. Significance has a plot so ridiculous that I hate that I loved it so much. It’s like when Jacob from Twilight imprints on Bella’s freak vampire baby, except less original because it’s literally the exact same thing but with a teen human instead of a baby. Maggie is a normal teen girl living her normal teen life, until one day she accidentally touches Caleb and is physically and emotionally bound to him for the rest of her life. This is rough for everyone involved because Caleb’s cousin Kyle has a big ol’ crush on her. This continues on to be the plot of the next three books. Also, they have super powers.

Third: Various Collegiate Hockey-Themed Romance Novels 51zhvoes2bfl-_sy346_
I understand that this is a very specific category. However, I have six individual books on my Kindle all falling under this umbrella. First, there is The Year We Fell Down by Sabrina Bowen. All Corey wanted her freshman year of college was to play varsity ice hockey, except she can’t anymore, because now she’s paralyzed. She’s in the handicapped suite of her dorm, directly across the hall from BMOC Adam who happens to be a varsity ice hockey player that is in the other handicapped dorm due to an injury he’s recovering from. I don’t feel like I have to explain the rest. (Spoiler alert: they obviously fall in love, it’s practically not even a spoiler because why would you even read a romance novel if it didn’t end perfectly). Next, there is Roommates by Tara Brown (under pen name Erin Leigh). Brady is a soon-to-be professional hockey player and notorious playboy in need of a roommate. Aspiring graphic designer and recent grad Natalie aka Nat needs a place to live. Although they’ve never 27276645met each other, the two have mutual friends and decide to live together. Since they’ve never met, Brady thinks Nat is a dude, Nat thinks Brady is a girl, and despite the mix-up they end up living together anyway. Much like The Year We Fell Down, I don’t feel like I have to explain the rest to you. Except for the fact that this was surprisingly sexually explicit, so don’t read it next to your mom. Finally, there is the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy. There are four books in the series, each one focusing on a different hockey player at a small private university and how they each inevitably find themselves head over heels with a headstrong girl who somehow mana24920901ges to tame their inner bad boy. This is in Amazon’s “College and New Adult” section of the Kindle Store, which I never knew existed until I looked it up just now, but assume that these books have adult themes considering the cover of each book is just some dude’s abs. That being said, I love a good love story and these are fast, easy reads if you have some time to kill. Also of note, these books don’t have to be read as a series. Since they each focus on a different male and female couple, they can be read independently. Although, there is a tiny bit more character development if you read them in order. Because that’s why you’re reading these. For the character development.

So there you have it. Books for when reading something intelligent is too much to handle and you just want to read something easy, cute, and quick. Don’t get me wrong. These books aren’t lesser than any of the other books on this blog. I’ve read every single one of them, some of them twice, and I’m writing about them now so I obviously don’t hate them. Take a break from reading whatever the annoying know it all girl in your book club picked to make her seem more thoughtful and intelligent and read some fun trash romance. I hope you love it as much as I did.

*These books are not trash. They just won’t impress people when they inevitably ask what you’re reading, so keep that in mind so you can think of a good alternate answer to tell them.

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“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

Novels, Read It Before the Movie, YA Fiction, YA Romance

I 18692431read this book because I saw the trailer for the movie and thought it looked incredibly cheesy. I had also just finished December Park which is about children getting snatched up, so cheesy sounded good at the moment. After finishing the book and re-watching the movie trailer for Everything, Everything, I’ve gotta say I’m so glad I read the book first. What comes across as stupid or ridiculous in the two-minute trailer is cute and endearing in the book.

Everything, Everything is about 18-year-old Madeline, a girl living with SCID, more commonly known as bubble-boy disease. She cannot leave her home because she is allergic to the outside world. If she left, she would die. She has lived her entire life under the protection of air filters, in-home nurses, a special diet, and an incredibly watchful but caring mother. Her small but for the most part fulfilling world is uprooted entirely when a new family moves in next door and she meets Olly, their teenage son. Madeline questions whether she’s really content in her bubble with her, her mother, and her nurse Carla. She has to learn the difference between just living and feeling truly alive.

What I loved about this book is the way that the author ties in little bits of Madeline’s quirky personality through doodles, drawings, and diary entries. It makes the character seem so much more real, especially since the premise is pretty unbelievable. The whole “bubble-boy” thing could have been ridiculous and overdone, but it wasn’t. Madeline isn’t angsty and desperate for the outside world. She is innocent and content and only just now contemplating the fact that there might be more to life than just the white walls and white sheets of her room.

This book was very reminiscent of The Fault in Our Stars minus the cancer
and it’s romantic without being a gushy stupid teen romance. It was a super-fast read, and I blew through it in about half a day. It didn’t blow me away, but I wasn’t disappointed either. It was cute, innocent, fun, and perfect for a quick read on the front porch on a nice day. We’ll see if the movie can pull it off just as well.

Rating: 4.5/5

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LyEE7eR0nM

“Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell

YA Fiction, YA Romance

Those who pass up this book because it looks like it was written for fourteen-year-olds are really missing out. I first heard about Eleanor and Park from my mother, who told me I absolutely h15745753ad to read it. My mom typically reads books about women struggling to survive in East Asia or queens getting their heads cut off, so it was a strange recommendation coming from her. I went for it.

Eleanor and Park is the story of two teens in Omaha, Nebraska in 1986. Park is 5’4″, half-Korean, into punk music and black t-shirts, and doing his best to maintain just enough popularity in order to avoid being the weird kid. Eleanor is a big (she says fat) redheaded girl who dresses in eccentric clothes and is impossible not to notice, despite the fact that all she wants is to be invisible. When Eleanor sits next to Park on the bus on the way to school, Park is sure she’s ruined his stint of popularity for him. Over the course of a school year, Park and Eleanor slowly fall in love despite all the things holding them back. Eleanor and Park is a fantastic story of first love, how awkward it can be, and how it takes every last breath out of you.

Eleanor and Park is not a particularly fast read. I read it slowly and carefully, not wanting to miss a single detail. I’m a sucker for love stories, and this one captured me immediately. I felt like the characters were genuine and ridiculous – what most teenagers in love typically are. It was witty and cheesy and fun. It was awkward. It was everything you would expect a novel about two in-love teenagers in Nebraska would be. I also think it’s the best of Rainbow Rowell’s books, because there’s also a level of seriousness to the entire thing. People tend to dismiss high school romances, but Rowell does a fantastic job of presenting it as the most important thing that has ever happened to Eleanor and Park. It wasn’t something fleeting, it was forever.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book before any of Rainbow Rowell’s others. Fangirl and Attachments are both good in their own right, but in my opinion are fast reads and make no lasting impressions. Eleanor and Park is good for those who want to branch out into reading YA Fiction but don’t want to feel like they’re reading a book written for kids. It’s good for someone who wants to read a book about love and romance with an added layer of innocence.

Rating: 5/5!