Books without Romance:
I imagine this week’s topic could be quite hard for a lot of readers. Especially those who mainly read Young Adult books. It seems like there is an unwritten rule among YA authors that “Romance is a must in YA” It could be a novel about shadowhunters, intergalactic warfare, or even rebellious teenage vampires but somehow there is always a romantic element added in there somewhere.
I’m a sucker for romance, so I don’t mind romance in books but apparently, there are some people out there who don’t obsess about OTP’s and love triangles. This week is for those readers who are tired of the romance getting in the way of the storyline. Let’s have a look at some of my favorite books without romance (or books that the romance isn’t the focus of the story):
There technically is a bit of romance between two of the characters in the book, but the story does not revolve around it. Salt to the Sea focuses more on how children and teenagers were affected by World War II. This book is beautiful and heart-breaking.
I enjoyed this book so much! The Darkest Corner is a Mystery/Thriller novel, which is something I hardly ever reach for. There is definitely no romance to be found in this book.
We Were Liars is not one of my favorite books. I don’t even consider it a book that I’ll reread or recommend to anyone. My memory of reading this book isn’t too clear, but I know that I wasn’t too crazy about it. That said, it is an interesting book and has (if you don’t figure it out early on) a good plot twist. The focus on this book has nothing to do with heroism or romance. So yeah…
Every Heart a Doorway is one of those hidden gem novels out there. I wasn’t super tempted to read the book after reading the synopsis, but I read it anyways. And damn! It completely blew my mind (although it was way too short) This novel is all about teens living together at a boarding school type place. That’s the perfect setting for romance, love triangles and broken hearts. But no, you’ll find none of that in Every Heart a Doorway.
This is another World War II novel. And another novel that focuses more on other issues that young love. I don’t feel like going into too much detail because I want everyone to read this book and have their own opinion. 🙂
So that’s my top 5 favorite books without romance. What other books should I read if I’m looking to get away from all the romance?
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