If You Like The Fault in Our Stars . . .

Updated: October 27, 2014

If you loved John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, and found yourself saying, "What book can I fall in love with next?" Here are some potential answers.

Book cover for Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Cohn, Rachel.

Set in New York City during the Christmas holidays, Dash rummages through his favorite bookstore and comes upon a moleskin notebook tucked into his favorite section.  Inside is a dare that, should he rise to the challenge, will set off a series of scavenger hunts throughout the city that culminates with him meeting fellow New Yorker Lily.

Book cover for The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks : a novel
The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks : a novel
Lockhart, E.

15-year-old Frankie wants to be taken seriously at Alabaster Prep boarding school, despite her good looks and gorgeous boyfriend Matthew. Denied admittance to the all-male secret society on campus just because she's a girl, Frankie sets out to prove she belongs as much, if not more than any of them.

Book cover for Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park
Rowell, Rainbow.
Call Number: YA

Eleanor is the awkward new girl in school and she finds herself sitting next to Park on the school bus. An uneasy friendship forms and eventually blossoms into first love. Their relationship, fueled by attraction, a mutual love of music and comic books becomes a safe haven for Eleanor in the midst of her unstable family life. A perfectly imperfect vignette of first love.

Book cover for Everything is Illuminated
Everything is Illuminated
Foer, Jonathan Safran

The main character, who also happens to be named Jonathan Safran Foer, sets off on a journey to Ukraine to uncover the story of his grandfather who may or may not have been saved from the Nazis by a mysterious woman. Along for the ride are a young, unemployed Ukranian interpreter with a hilarious command of the English language and his highly affectionate dog.

Book cover for The fortress of solitude : a novel
The fortress of solitude : a novel
Lethem, Jonathan.

Set in 1970s' Brooklyn, a lyrical and vivid tale of an improbable friendship between introverted Dylan, living in a predominantly black neighborhood, and his unlikely champion and part-time friend, Mingus, bound together through loose ties of graffiti, comic books and music on their own journeys into adulthood.

Book cover for An invisible sign of my own : a novel
An invisible sign of my own : a novel
Bender, Aimee.

Mona Gray's home life has been overshadowed by illness and melancholy since she was a child, prompting her to withdraw from life rather than live it. The one thing that still makes her happy is math which guides her to a job as a second grade teacher and pulls her toward the new science teacher at her school.

Book cover for It's kind of a funny story
It's kind of a funny story
Vizzini, Ned, 1981-2013.

Depressed and unable to bear the pressure of performing academically, Craig, a New York City teen, accidentally checks himself into a mental hospital after almost killing himself. Once there, he'll meet a strange cast of characters who will help him to discover who he is and what he wants.

Book cover for Just one day
Just one day
Forman, Gayle.
Call Number: YA

Allyson is on the last days of a chaperoned European tour, a graduation gift from her controlling parents. When she finds herself meeting enigmatic backpacker Willem not once but three times over two days, she breaks away from the rigid rules she’s so accustomed to and impulsively agrees to travel with him to Paris for one day. That one day changes both their lives forever, over the course of two engaging, romantic and thoughtful books. This book is continued by Just One Year, which is also an LAPL Best Teen Book of 2013.

Book cover for Just one year
Just one year
Forman, Gayle.
Call Number: YA

This is the continuation of Just One Day from Willem's perspective, drifting through Europe and life, until he makes the decision to find the mysterisou stranger.  His search, it turns out, is just as much about himself as it is about the elusive American.  This is also an LAPL Best Teen Book of 2013.

Book cover for Middlesex
Eugenides, Jeffrey.


Beginning in 1974 suburban Michigan and traveling back in time to a village in Greece, and everywhere in between, this is the story of Calliope Stephanides and how she got to be the way she is.

Book cover for One day
One day
Nicholls, David, 1966-

Bookish, self-conscious Emma meets confident, attractive Dexter the night of their university graduation. The book follows twenty years of July 15ths in their unlikely friendship.

Book cover for The perks of being a wallflower
The perks of being a wallflower
Chbosky, Stephen.
Call Number: YA Ed.a

High school freshman Charlie writes a series of letters, to whom we don't know. In them he details his life as a wallflower, struggling to fit in, finding comfort in an odd new circle of friends.

Book cover for Sex and violence
Sex and violence
Mesrobian, Carrie.
Call Number: YA

Getting girls has always come easy to 17-year-old Evan, keeping them didn't matter when he and his father moved around so much. After picking the wrong girl leads to violent consequences, his father makes the decision to relocate them to the family home in rural Minnesota where Evan makes some hard discoveries about what comes easy.

Book cover for The spectacular now
The spectacular now
Tharp, Tim, 1957-

Set during the summer after high school, nerdish Aimee leaves her house one morning for her paper route to discover class clown and resident party boy Sutter Keeley passed out on her lawn. What follows is a tale of unlikely love between two teens who were never supposed to meet.

Book cover for Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why
Asher, Jay
Call Number: YA

Clay Jenson returns home from school to find a box full of cassettes, all bearing the voice of his former classmate Hannah Baker who killed herself two weeks prior. Listening to Hannah explain her reasons why, Clay is surprised to find himself a bigger part of her life than he'd ever imagined.

Book cover for We were liars
We were liars
Lockhart, E.
Call Number: YA

Set on a private family island off of Martha's Vineyard, the well-heeled members of the Sinclair family meet every summer on the island where Cadence and her cousins have had a unique bond since childhood. But Cadence has been fighting through the haze of migraines and painkillers for the past two years to remember what happened that summer she was fifteen, and returning to the island is the only way she'll be able to piece together what happened and why no one will tell her.

Book cover for Where Things Come Back: A Novel
Where Things Come Back: A Novel
Whaley, John Corey
Call Number: YA

Set in rural Arkansas against the backdrop of a potential rare bird sighting that prompts a flurry of attention to his small town, 17-year-old Cullen just wants to get out of this place until a series of events, including the mysterious disappearance of his younger brother, compels him to rethink everything he thought he knew to be true.

Book cover for Why we broke up
Why we broke up
Handler, Daniel.
Call Number: YA

Told in a series of notes tucked into a box of mementos, artsy Min Green tells the tale of her first awkward, improbable teenaged romance with high school jock Ed Slaterton.