Emotional Romance: The 20 Best Books Like The After Series

With the use of her phone, Anna Todd became one of the bestselling authors and landed herself on the New York Times bestseller list. Her journey began by typing out her stories on her phone and now she has three different series that are incredibly popular.

Emotional Romance: The 20 Best Books Like The After Series

Anna Todd is the author of the After series which has a compelling storyline based on romance and wonderment. Anna has also produced and been a screenwriter for films based on her novels which can be found here

Anna has found a way to compel the reader with a fictional love story that many of us can relate to. She brings to life the struggles of navigating life, and the terrifying act of falling in love.

If you are looking for a novel packed full of love, struggle and drama then Anna Todd has written your new favorite novels. Below are 20 books that are similar to the After series that will keep you stocked up on emotional romance novels. 

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Five Feet Apart

If you are looking for a stomach-dropping love story that grows despite never having physically touched then Five Feet Apart  will satisfy your thirst for romance. This novel takes place within the four walls of a hospital where Stella and Will reside during their medical treatments. This hospital is also where they met and where the many chapters of their love story play out. 

Stella and Will know what they want however there is a matter of diagnosis that holds them back from ever coming within five feet of each other. Will love be enough for Stella and Will? Read the story for yourself and fall in love with the story of Stella and Will.

 You can find the novel here!

Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition)

If your head gets turned by unlikely friendships and even more unlikely romance then Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is for you. This novel is written from the perspective of Greg Gaines who is forced by his mother to befriend the girl in his class. The girl however is dying, and Greg firmly believes he doesn’t know how to talk to girls, especially ones who are dying. 

After a few awkward visits to her house, they begin opening up and forming a friendship neither of them expected. As their friendship blooms unexpectedly, Rachael has to deal with treatments and Greg has to learn to open his heart to the possibility of love. This is a slow-grown love story that depicts the struggles of life and learning the difference between friendship and love. 

You can find this book here!  

The Unhoneymooners by Christiana Lauren

The Unhoneymooners

We all have that person who we have always disliked and would love to avoid forever, right? Well, can you imagine going on an all-expenses paid Hawaiian vacation with them? Olive couldn’t imagine anything like this either! There was no one she liked less than Ethan who is the best man at her sister’s wedding. She braced herself for a day of hell at the wedding until chaos broke loose. The entire wedding party fell ill except for them and left her and Ethan with the chance for a paid vacation.

Can they put their distaste for each other aside and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? Is there a possibility that they might realize there is a spark they never realized was there? 

You can find out by reading this book here

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game: A Novel

The Hating Game is a novel that contains some extreme emotions; hate to be specific. Lucy and Joshua are coworkers that sit directly across from each other and simply hate each other. They have both been happy to go along with this hate until a promotion comes into play. The stakes are higher now, and they simply won’t let their hate dissolve for a second. 

This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat with wonderment as to where this hate came from, and what will happen next. Will Lucy and Joshua ever resolve their anger and realize there is more than meets the eye?

Find out here!

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love: A Novel

Love isn’t always a pretty thing as it can quickly become complicated. This is especially true when you promise the other person you will never fall in love with them. Tate and Miles met and decided love wasn’t on the table as they simply weren’t available. They promised it was a purely physical connection that would stay this way until parting ways.

It’s hard to accept that love can be messy and at times, inevitable. Tate and Miles don’t want to even consider that they might have feelings for each other. Will they allow their hearts to consider each other?

Find out how their story unravels here

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The Deal (Off-Campus, 1)

The Deal is a novel showcasing the life story of a young woman Hannah Wells. She has nearly everything in order except her love life as she needs to find a way to snatch the attention of her one and only crush. She will do anything and everything to finally gain the attention of her crush; she did not expect to have to tutor the captain of the hockey team though. He is arrogant and quite frankly annoying to be around but he needs help with his grades. 

The many late-night study sessions lead to an unexpected moment of passion which leads both parties confused. What do they really want out of this unlikely connection?

Find out here

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Summertime is like home for Belly as every summer she returns to the beach house where she knows her crushes will be close by. Belly puts her full trust in summer and the beach house to deliver romance and much more. She has gotten closer to her crushes Conrad and Jeremiah as the summers go by but will this summer be different? 

Will she end up with one of them finally? Will she meet someone new?

Find out here! 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (1)

We all have secrets that we hold dear to our hearts and some hold them in a box. Lara Jean keeps her crushes a secret and writes them a letter to express her feelings. She never sends these letters and hides them in a box never to be opened. 

Unfortunately one day, her letters were mailed out and the events following changed Lara’s life forever. Her crushes now knew how she felt; each and every crush she has ever had now has a letter expressing her love. 

Find out what happens next here

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday (1)

Sydney thought she had the perfect life with her job, a handsome boyfriend, and a fantastic best friend and roommate. Her life changed forever when she finds out that her boyfriend had been cheating and now she has a decision to make. 

Will she take things further with her next-door neighbor? She can’t help but notice the way his fingers pluck his guitar and the beautiful way he sings. 

Find out what happens next here

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9: A Novel

Girl meets boy and the rest is history; or is it? Fallon is about to move to LA when she meets Ben who is an up-and-coming author attempting to make it on his own. They spent her last day together and for many years to come, they met on that same day. A connection was built and their meeting once a year began smoothly.

However, when Fallon becomes doubtful that Ben is being completely honest with her the story begins to unravel. Is Ben telling the truth about his life? Will they take this connection to the next level?

Find out here!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

A once in a million chance of contracting a disease called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency and I get it. My immune system is so compromised that I live within my own little bubble with only two other people allowed to enter. My mother and my nurse are the only two people I see on a daily basis; until one day I see a boy skating outside. 

As we began texting and staring at each other through the window, I knew my life was changing. However, I didn’t know that my life would be uprooted and I would never be the same. Love can conquer even a disease that no one knows about.

Find this book here

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel is a brilliant, witty, and serious young woman who also happens to have cancer. She doesn’t want to cry about it or especially not go to a cancer support group. Her mother forces her to even though socializing is the last thing on her mind. As she’s sitting there a new boy walks in and introduces himself as Augustus Waters. 

Gus is confident and Hazel doesn’t know what to do with that. Is there a chance at love when Hazel is so closed off?

Find out here

Midnight Sun by Trish Cook

Midnight Sun

Katie Price was born with a disease that makes sun exposure a deadly event which leaves her having quite the nightlife. If you consider playing the guitar at the bus station a nightlife, then Katie lives it up. For a long time, Katie felt that this was all she was able to do with her life until one day Charlie shows up to watch her play. Charlie is a boy she has seen and had a crush on for many years. 

Will she tell Charlie the truth about why she plays at night? Is a relationship a possibility without the ability to see Katie during the day? 

Find out here

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Park is a nerd who keeps to himself and would never talk to a girl he met on the bus. Eleanor is a smart book-reading girl who has a very bad home life. This pair ends up in an unlikely friendship that blossoms during their bus ride home. 

If you enjoy coming-of-age stories that keep your tears at the surface then this book is for you.

Find it here

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl: A Novel

Cath is a twin who has relied on her sister ever since her mother was no longer in the picture. They were attached at the hip until they arrived at college and her sister wanted space. Cath has one good thing in her life and that is her obsession with Simon Snow and the fanfiction that she writes for a large audience. 

College proves difficult, and when she meets a certain classmate that turns her head, life becomes messy. How will Cath juggle college classes, a potential romance, and her writing without freaking out?

Find out here

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You Trilogy)

Louisa Clark lives and dresses the way she wants to and won’t let anyone make her doubt her decisions. Her family needs money which means she enters a new job that pays well and will change her life forever. She gets hired to help a very wealthy man who recently had an accident that left him in a wheelchair. 

This man is angry with his condition, and most treat him with pity but Louisa refuses. She decides to share her love for life with him even if he doesn’t appreciate it. Will love form in unlikely circumstances?

Find out here

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

Paper Towns will leave you turning the page as fast as you can with a lust for answers. Quentin is happy to watch Margo from afar until she decides to pull him head-first into her chaos of life. A night spent together has left Quentin wanting more time with Margo but he quickly realizes she has disappeared. 

Will Quentin use the clues to find Margo or will he end up finding something else?

You can find it here

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, 1)

America is a simple young woman who wants only one thing and that is to be with the boy from down the road. With the rules of the country in place, no one knows about the relationship that she enjoys only at night. One day her life is changed forever as she gets chosen to be one of 35 girls to enter the palace and fight for the crown. 

Will America choose the crown or go back to her small-town love? 

You can find it here

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

Two people with lives leading them in entirely different directions can’t fall in love, right? You will be on the edge of your seat with The Sun is Also A Star with the unexpected love story that blossoms. Natasha and Daniel met and their lives changed dramatically in ways they weren’t ready for.

Was it fate that brought them together?

You can find it here!

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe

Life can throw the most unexpected obstacles at you; Libby and Jack have learned this firsthand. They both deal with their obstacles alone and with very different coping mechanisms. Until one day when they end up in the same group counseling session and realize they may have more in common than they thought. 

Will Jack and Libby unite in their unique obstacles?

You can find it here


Who is Anna Todd?

Anna Todd is a brilliant woman who was raised in a town close to Cincinnati, Ohio. Her childhood was spent reading book after book, especially The Babysitters Club. She met her husband in high school and was married a month after graduation! Her writing career began when she discovered Wattpad and began letting the letters spill out into her phone. Her first book was published in 2014 and the rest is history!

What else has Anna Todd released

She has released two other book series which are named Imagines and Landon Gibson. She has also facilitated the movie release of After.

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