The Best Of: Friends to Lovers Books #2

I currently don’t have a huge list of books I want to talk about in these posts, but I am planning to go through my read shelf on Goodreads to find some other gems I’ve forgotten about. So, apologies for the short length of this post. They will get longer in the future!

Julieta and the Romeos by Maria E. Andreu

Julieta has three different love interests and they’re all good for different reasons. However, the person she does even up with is the best option. From the get-go, they have insane chemistry and I love a good bit of flirty banter. 

The structure of this book is also really cool, it’s both Julieta’s life and the story she is writing. This has nothing to do with the friends to lovers aspect, but it is worth mentioning.

Synopsis: Julieta isn’t looking for her Romeo–but she is writing about love. When her summer writing teacher encourages the class to publish their work online, the last thing she’s expecting is to get a notification that her rom-com has a mysterious new contributor, Happily Ever Drafter. Julieta knows that happily ever afters aren’t real. (Case in point: her parents’ imploding marriage.) But then again, could this be her very own meet-cute?

As things start to heat up in her fiction, Julieta can’t help but notice three boys in her real life: her best friend’s brother (aka her nemesis), the boy next door (well, to her abuela), and her oldest friend (who is suddenly looking . . . hot?). Could one of them be her mysterious collaborator? But even if Julieta finds her Romeo, she’ll have to remember that life is full of plot twists. . . .

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is almost a spoiler but not really. Obviously, Simon is friends with his love interest because they’ve been emailing for months. You don’t find out who it is until the very end, but the whole book is just so cute. 

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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