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Features | Fictional Romances to Make You Swoon

It's February and you know what that means. It's time for Valentine's Day content. Far be it from me to defy convention, so today I'm here to talk about five fictional romances that make me swoon and that I think would be the perfect stories to snuggle up with on Valentine's Day itself. Because honestly, who needs a date when instead you could read a good book without anyone else trying to share your heart shaped chocolates? I know. I'm very wise. So snuggle up with your favourite snack and get ready for some swoon-worthy recommendations.

Mia and Michael - The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

Let's start off with a classic. My personal all time OTP, Mia Thermopolis and Michael Moscovitz. Don't let Michael's disappearance in the second Princess Diaries movie deceive you, in Meg Cabot's original books Michael and Mia are a constant thing. They have their ups and down and at times Michael struggles with Mia being the sole heir to a small European principality but at the end of the day, they get each other's weird, and that's the key to true love.

Lara Jean and Peter K - The To All the Boys I've Loved Before series by Jenny Han

Lara Jean and Peter K's story starts with a letter Lara Jean never wanted sent but it really gets going when Lara Jean asks Peter to pretend to be her boyfriend to save face with the boy she really likes. And we all know where fake-dating ends up. Lara Jean has a few suitors throughout the series, some swoonier than others, but there's something about Peter and Lara Jean that just works, even when they aren't so sure of that themselves.

Simon and Blue - Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon and Blue spend most of their novel unaware of each other's identities, communicating only by email, but that doesn't stop them from being there for each other when they're both going through difficult times. The anonymous nature of their relationship at first allows them to be candid in a way they might not be if they weren't keeping their names secret and watching them go from pen pal confidantes to something more is enough to make anyone swoon.

Eleanor and Park - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park each have their own troubles, with identity, with their home lives, with their peers, but they find each other on the school bus and form a connection based on music and comic books that helps them both escape from those troubles for a while. Ultimately, of course, their troubles don't just go away but these two teens support each other through those troubles the best way they know how, and it's that that makes their romance so special.

Anna and Etienne, Lola and Cricket, and Isla and Josh - Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

If there's one writer who really knows how to write a swoon-worthy romance it's Stephanie Perkins. Whether it's Anna and Etienne falling in love in Paris, Lola and Cricket coming back to each other in San Fransisco, or Isla and Josh facing the challenges of young love together in New York, Paris, and Barcelona, pick up any of Stephanie Perkins's three companion novels and you're guaranteed a heart-meltingly good time.

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