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By Jennifer D.

Young adults, are you looking for some great books to read during your holiday break?  Look no further than EVPL’s YA collection!  Below is a list of some of our favorite holiday books at EVPL.

For the Short Story Fan

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of sweet, romantic short stories (perfect for fitting in between other holiday activities!) that includes both realism and fantasy, and a spectrum of winter holiday celebrations (Christmas, New Year’s, Winter Solstice, and more). Each story is by a different author; these talented authors include Stephanie Perkins, who is also the collection’s editor, Rainbow RowellLaini TaylorDavid LevithanHolly BlackAlly CarterMatt de la PeñaGayle FormanJenny HanMyra McEntire, and Kiersten White.

Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, & Kasie West

What’s better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story? Four of them, from some of today’s bestselling authors. From Kasie West, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed. From Aimee Friedman, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love. From Melissa de la Cruz, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents. From Nic Stone, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic. So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love…

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.

For the Binge Watcher (Check out Dash & Lily on Netflix!)

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. With only twelve days left until Christmas – Lily’s favorite time of the year – Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.

Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Dash and Lily were feeling closer than ever…it’s just too bad they’re now an ocean apart. After Dash gets accepted to Oxford University and Lily stays in New York to take care of her dog walking business, the devoted couple are struggling to make a long-distance relationship work. And when Dash breaks the news that he won’t be coming home for Christmas, Lily makes a decision: if Dash can’t come to her, she’ll join him in London. It’s a perfect romantic gesture…that spins out of Lily’s control. Soon Dash and Lily are feeling more of a gap between them, even though they’re in the same city. Will London bring them together again–or will it be their undoing?

For Those Looking for Something a Little Different

Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey

Kate Darby, a lady’s maid, and Matt Harlow, a valet, become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme at Christmas time, 1817, as they try to stave off their feelings for one another.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Seventeen-year-old Snow escapes a mental hospital by racing into the woods where she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, an alluring boy named Kai, and she discovers her royal lineage.
When her very first kiss turns the recipient violent, Snow escapes the Whittaker Psychiatric hospital that houses them and races into the woods. There she finds herself in icy Algid– with witches, thieves, an alluring boy named Kai. Is this her true home, does she really have a royal lineage– or is the Whittaker where she truly belongs?

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

After being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, Holly Chase chooses not to mend her spoiled ways, and upon her death discovers her selfishness has caused her to work for eternity as a ghost of Christmas past.

For the Romantic

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

Eager for a date to the holiday season “Lover’s Ball,” school newspaper editor Charlie rigs the school’s Secret Santa exchange to woo the boy of her dreams.

What Light by Jay Asher

When Sierra falls for Caleb, a boy who made a terrible mistake years before, she is determined to help him find forgiveness, despite the disapproval and suspicions they meet.

Love & Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

When their train breaks down during a snowstorm, Noah, a hopeless romantic, and Ammy, who refuses to believe in true love, are forced to travel together to reach their destinations.

Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Teens Kendall and Max witness a tragic accident during the holidays and, racked with guilt, accept a dare to perform seven random acts of kindness to strangers by New Year’s Eve.

Jennifer D.

Jennifer D.


Jennifer lives every week like it's shark week. She loves going on adventures, hanging out with her cat Holden Pawfield, quoting 30 Rock, and working at EVPL.

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