Posts Tagged: Sandhya Menon

HFN high-school romance

YA romances I’ve loved this year:

cover of I Believe in a Thing Called Love with smiling girl in miniskirt

I Believe in a Thing Called Love, by Maurene Goo

cover of When Dimple Met RIshi, closeup of smiling girl drinking iced coffee

When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

cover of Always and Forever, Lara Jean, with girl at dressing table

Always and Forever, Lara Jean, by Jenny Han

(although actually, I liked the first book of the trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, best.)

I have to admit that from my middle-aged perspective I’m a little unsure how to read romances set in the senior year of high school or summer between high school and college. Maybe in general I’m not as practiced at HFN (happy for now) endings in romance as at HEA (happy ever after), but I think the books share my unsureness at least a little. Dimple and Rishi had some Meant To Be / Eternally cues and that was okay. Always and Forever framed it as “don’t let the world tell you your romance is doomed,” and… that worked as far as it went? But I keep having to stuff down my opinion that taking high-school romance to college usually doesn’t work out well. (Discussing I Believe in a Thing Called Love‘s solution would be spoilery.)

Miscellaneous notes: I Believe in a Thing Called Love has made me want to watch so, so many more K-dramas. (Not a high bar, Mystery Queen is the only one I’ve seen so far. I loved it.) And shooting has started for the movie version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!