Blog Olympics Discussion – Do books need romance?


As a big reader of YA, almost every book I read seems to feature romance. Even if it’s not the main focus, most YA books contain romance in one form or another. But why is this?

Sure, YA novels attempt to depict what teenager’s lives are like, especially in contemporary novels, however to be honest, not all teenager’s lives feature romance, particularly eternal, earthshattering ones.

So, I tried to think about some books I love that didn’t contain any romance.

  1. Percy Jackson. I know this is cheating in two ways, first technically it’s MG not YA and secondly later on in the series there is certainly some romance, but at the beginning this novel focuses on friendship and discovering yourself, rather than finding a girlfriend.
  2. The Book Thief Technically I haven’t read this, I’ve only watched the film, but there are so few non romance YA books, I just have…

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