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A Very Y.A. Holiday

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Jessica, Preston | December 1, 2019

It’s nearly winter, and the holidays are just around the corner. If you are looking for some great fiction to get you in a holly jolly state of mind, look no further: We have recommendations for readers of all tastes! Read on for our top 5 favourite holiday-themed contemporary YA romances:

5. What Light by Jay Asher

“What Light” is a fluffy romance about first love and second chances. Sierra lives on a Christmas tree farm in Oregon most of the year, but her family relocates to California during the holiday season to sell their wares. Sierra quickly falls in love with Caleb, the cute boy with the bad reputation. With all the rumours swirling around Caleb, is it worth spending what could be her last California Christmas with him? The holiday season palpable in this one.

4. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

A fun and original modern take on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Seventeen-year-old Holly Chase didn’t change her ways after her own Christmas Eve ghostly visitation. Five years later, she’s dead and spending a miserable eternity as the new Ghost of Christmas Past … until she visits her latest ‘Scrooge’ and discovers he’s a charming teenage guy.

3. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

This super-sweet tale of epistolary romance is short and satisfying. Dash and Lily have each been left at home alone in New York City for Christmas. When Dash discovers a red moleskin notebook in a bookstore and follows the instructions for a scavenger hunt inside, he decides to leave his own set of instructions for the notebook’s owner, Lily. Dash and Lily exchange dares throughout the holiday season, experiencing all manner of hijinks as they (spoiler alert) fall in love through their letters. Fans will also enjoy the sequel, “The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily.”

2. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

This short story collection offers three inter-connected romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, which all take place during the same Christmas Eve snowstorm. A star-studded Netflix adaptation has just been released.

1. My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

This delightful collection features twelve holiday-themed love stories from some of the greatest YA authors working today. Standouts include Holly Black’s dark love story featuring Krampus the Christmas-demon, Jenny Han’s adorable romance between an elf and Santa’s human daughter, and Stephanie Perkins’ meet-cute on a Christmas tree lot.

What Light by Jay Asher   The Afterlife of Holly Chase by  Cynthya Hand   Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by  Rachel Cohn   Let it Snow by John Green   My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins