15 Books Like The Kissing Booth That Are Sure to Make You Swoon
There's a reason why The Kissing Booth is one of the most rewatched Netflix originals in history — it's irresistibly charming. Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Beth Reekles, the franchise follows a quirky teenager named Elle as she navigates her friendship with Lee and her blossoming romance with his older brother Noah. Since the release of the first film in 2018, the book sequels and film sequels have pretty much gone hand-in-hand, with The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance book being released in January 2020, and the film adaptation being released later that year. Following the release of The Kissing Booth 3 on Aug. 11, the third book is set to be released on Aug. 17. As we wait to see how Elle's story plays out in the book, here are 15 other titles to keep you occupied in the meantime.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
From To All the Boys I've Loved Before author Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty revolves around Belly, who has spent every summer since childhood in Cousins Beach with Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher, the sons of her mom's BFF. Though her relationship with the Fisher brothers had always been platonic (save for her crush on the older of the two brothers, Conrad), there finally comes a summer when the Jeremiah and Conrad no longer see Belly as their "little sister."
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
In Sandhya Menon's From Twinkle, With Love, aspiring filmmaker Twinkle jumps at the opportunity to work with fellow film geek Sahil on a project for the upcoming summer film festival, especially since it will give her an opportunity to get close to her longtime crush Neil, Sahil's twin brother. When a mystery man who goes by "N" starts sending emails to Twinkle, she's sure it's Neil and starts up a correspondence, all while unexpectedly falling for Sahil at the same time.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
In Huntley Fitzpatrick's debut novel My Life Next Door, Samantha spends her life envying her neighbors, the Garretts, who are everything her own family is not: large, noisy, and full of love. That all changes one summer when she falls for Jase Garrett and he welcomes her into his family, though their secret relationship comes to a head after tragedy strikes.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
In Brandy Colbert's Little & Lion, Suzette returns from her New England boarding school to her home in LA, where her stepbrother and bestie, Lionel, is struggling with bipolar disorder and in love with a girl — who also happens to be the same girl Suzette happens to be falling for. Suzette finds herself torn between her crush back at school and her new crush, Rafaela, all while her loyalty to Lionel is challenged.
99 Days by Katie Cotungo
In Katie Cotugno's 99 Days, Molly must wait out her last summer at home before she leaves for college, stuck in the same town as Patrick, the boy whose heart she broke, and Gabe, the boy she broke Patrick's heart for (and who also happens to be Patrick's brother). Tortured by nasty notes and pranks, Molly spends her remaining 99 days in her hometown hoping to forget what she did — or maybe even forgive herself for it.
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
Nic Stone's Odd One Out tells the story of Cooper and Jupiter, next-door neighbors and lifelong best friends whose relationship becomes confusing when Cooper realizes he wants more than friendship from Jupiter. Life becomes even more complicated when new girl Rae befriends the two besties and eventually starts dating Cooper . . . which makes Jupiter realize she may have feelings for Cooper, too.
Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brians tells the story of army brat Megan who's used to never staying in one place for long, though she puts her foot down when her family announces their next move will take them to South Korea. In order to finish out high school in the states, Megan moves in with her parents' friends, the McGowans . . . and their seven sons.
Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca
In Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca, a misunderstanding that happens the summer before Kelsey's freshman year of high school turns her into a school joke and ruins her relationship with Dave, her longtime best friend. When Kelsey's parents decide to move away, she leaves the past behind and begins a perfect new life for herself — that is, until David's family also moves to her new town, bringing back old feelings that threaten to destroy Kelsey's fresh start.
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List revolves around BFFs Naomi and Ely, who both like boys and decide to create a list of guys who are off limits to them both to avoid any hurt feelings. Though Naomi's ex Bruce isn't on the list, she finds herself unexpectedly devastated when Ely kisses him, threatening Ely and Naomi's once-inseparable bond.
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
In Twenty Boy Summer, Sarah Ockler tells the story of Anna, a girl who embarks with her best friend Frankie on a 20-day trip to Zanzibar Bay, where Frankie decides that they should meet a new boy every day and find their first summer romances. What Anna doesn't tell Frankie is that she already has had a summer fling, and that it was with Frankie's brother, Matt, who tragically died one year before.
On the Fence by Kasie West
Kasie West's On the Fence revolves around tomboy named Charlie who has three older brothers, as well as a fourth honorary brother, Braden, who lives next door and knows everything about her. There is one thing Braden doesn't know about Charlie, however: she's harboring a major crush on him, and she's not sure how to tell him, or if she even should.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
In David Yoon's debut novel Frankly in Love, Frank Li's parents expect him to marry a nice Korean girl, which means he has to hide the fact that he's actually dating Brit, who's white. In order to continue dating Brit, Frank and his family friend Joy, who's in a similar situation, decide to pretend they're dating to get their parents off their backs, but naturally, the complicated deception can't last forever.
What Are Friends For? by Sarah Sutton
Sarah Sutton's debut What Are Friends For? tells the story of Remi, who shares a blindfolded kiss at a party with someone she assumes to be her longtime crush, Jeremy — but as it turns out, she actually shared a smooch her best friend from third grade, Elijah, who has a girlfriend. Because Elijah remained blindfolded, Remi manages to convince Elijah that he kissed his GF, but she finds that she can't stop thinking about that amazing moment.
The Bad Boy's Girl by Blair Holden
The Bad Boy's Girl by Blair Holden follows Tessa, a high school senior determined to make her childhood crush Jay fall in love with her. What she doesn't expect is for Jay's bad-boy older brother Cole to move back home and steal her heart instead.
Birthday by Meredith Russo
In Birthday by Meredith Russo, two best friends with a shared birthday are separated by tragedy when Morgan's mom dies and his family moves across town. Their paths continue to diverge when Eric joins the football team and Morgan starts to question his gender identity, but over the course of six years, the two friends realize there's a reason fate brought them together in the first place.