Don’t miss this list of YA enemies to lovers books if you’re a big fan of the enemies to lovers trope like me and can’t get enough of the banter and teenage angst that they deliver.
Young adult enemies to lovers books can have a lot of variety and I’ve got a bit of everything in this must-read list.
From YA enemies to lovers books that blend with academic rivals to lovers books, bully romance, and even young adult fantasy, you can find a little bit of everything in the books below where the line between love and hate blurs into the best love stories.
For even more enemies to lovers books, check out the book lists below as well as well as my list of best books about teenage romance:
- Best Enemies to Lovers Books To Read Right Now
- Best Enemies to Lovers Books in MM Romance
- Best Enemies to Lovers Books in Fantasy Romance
- Best Academic Rivals to Lovers Books
The Best YA Enemies to Lovers Books:
Ella Harper is a survivor. She’s survived drifting from town to town with her mother all her life, but since her mother passed away she’s been supporting herself.
She’s stripping to make ends meet until Callum Royal uproots her life and plops her into his mansion amongst his own five sons.
The Royal boys hate her on the spot, but none more so than Reed.
Now Ella has to learn to survive her new prep school, the wrath of the Royal boys, the deception around her and not fall for the ruthless of them all- Reed.
Wow! This book was so much more than I expected.
While I was initially afraid I might be entering bully romance land, this teen romance book turned out to be a fantastic, young adult enemies to lovers romance that I couldn’t put down.
The tension is high between Ella and Reed from the start, but it’s the spark to their intense chemistry that is felt between them when they are at home and at school.
While I was falling for these two apparent enemies, I could sense an underlying mystery to the story that will leave you immediately grabbing book two in The Royals series.
Check out my book review of Paper Princess.
Fitz and Beth have been academic mortal enemies since they could remember, and nothing has changed junior year until they realize their younger sisters are the target of a super creepy Freshman Bait List.
With no choice but to team up and uncover who’s behind the list they discover maybe they don’t hate each other as much as they thought.
I always love the tension that simmers beneath the surface of a great young adult enemies to lovers book and this one definitely had that.
But what I loved most was how this book pulls elements from Pride and Prejudice. It’s not a modern Pride and Prejudice retelling per say as the storyline is obviously different, but the names of characters and some of those characters’ personalities and characteristics were spot on to those of the classic romance I love so much.
The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until they destroyed me.
The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.
Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer?
Knox, the scarred quarterback. Dane, his twin brother. Or Chance, the ex who dumped me. . .
Ava has an obvious reason to hate her classmates when it comes to this young adult enemies to lovers book, so be forewarned that this book does have some trigger warnings.
But Madden-Mills totally pulls you into this high school romance with secret notes and a sense of suspense.
This is one of those books that stays with you after reading it because of the strength of these teens who not only rise from their adversity but ultimately thrive together because of it.
Check out my book review of Dear Ava.
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.
Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli.
His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter battle.
Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
I love how this young adult enemies to lovers book uses social media to fuel the flames between Jack and Pepper in one aspect and yet with another anonymous app, fuels the flames in an entirely different direction.
It’s like the modern, teen version of the icon romance movie, You’ve Got Mail which I equally loved.
Perpetual daydreamer Liz Buxbaum gave her heart to Michael a long time ago. But her cool, aloof forever crush never really saw her before he moved away.
Now that he’s back in town, Liz will do whatever it takes to get on his radar—and maybe snag him as a prom date—even befriend Wes Bennet.
The annoyingly attractive next-door neighbor might seem like a prime candidate for romantic comedy fantasies, but Wes has only been a pain in Liz’s butt since they were kids.
Pranks involving frogs and decapitated lawn gnomes do not a potential boyfriend make. Yet, somehow, Wes and Michael are hitting it off, which means Wes is Liz’s in.
But as Liz and Wes scheme to get Liz noticed by Michael so she can have her magical prom moment, she’s shocked to discover that she likes being around Wes.
And as they continue to grow closer, she must reexamine everything she thought she knew about love—and rethink her own ideas of what Happily Ever After should look like.
I admit that I was late to the Lynn Painter party but she made me a fan for life after reading The Love Wager so I have no doubt she dazzles in this young adult enemies to lovers romance that has such a cute relationship coach aspect to the story to help get Liz noticed.
I also adore enemies to lovers stories where there is a history of childhood antics between the main characters and that is absolutely the case in this romance that has neighbors falling for each other.
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests.
While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves.
But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years.
And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.
OMG, this book just screams “adorable” to me. I can relate to wanting to one-up my classmates in pull-ups, but I really love Soloman’s idea of this senior class game. I want to play!
The fact that this young adult enemies to lovers book brings these two academic rivals together is super cute and I cannot wait to read it.
Despite being stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie when she was seven years old, Jude wants to be one of them.
But as a human, she is despised by many of the fae, including Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, Jude becomes mixed in royal intrigues and deceptions, ultimately needing to forge an alliance with the Prince to save herself, her family and possibly the kingdom.
I loved Jude’s strength in this ya enemies to lovers storyline that’s really a bully romance because Cardan is just so cruel.
But it’s not just the dynamic between Jude and Cardan that will have you hooked in this story – it’s also what’s happening behind the scenes at the High Court of the Faerie.
Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together.
Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.
After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve had enough.
Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently.
All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.
It’s the perfect plan – except that it turns out maybe Mia and Jake don’t hate each other as much as they once thought.
Bring on a cute fake relationship romance in this young adult enemies to lovers book!
I love that while conspiring to get their mothers off their backs, Mia and Jake actually fall for each other when they’ve previously never given each other a chance to see them in a different light before.
I’m a sucker for these kinds of books ever since loving the movie, Can’t By Me Love, so this one is a keeper.
Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine.
Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumption—yet, she’s still not cool enough for the popular kids’ table.
Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, that’s how Celine sees it.)
These days, there’s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she’s surprised to find Brad right beside her.
Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past.
And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whole new kind of relationship?
I love Talia Hibbert’s romance books and I love how she’s ventured into young adult romance with this academic rivals to lovers story.
It has everything in it that I love about enemies to lovers books, including a childhood friendship gone wrong, forced proximity (the wilderness!), and a chance to rekindle a friendship into something more.
My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me by a friendly nickname. No, he’ll barely even speak to me. But he still won’t leave me alone.
We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life.
I was humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way.
I even went away for a year just to avoid him.
But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way I’ll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It’s time to fight back.
This young adult enemies to lovers book is actually Douglas’ debut novel for which she received a Goodreads Choice Awards nomination for best debut novel in 2013.
The title alone tells you that this is a bully romance where the victim falls for her tormentor. If you like this type of enemies to lovers books, then this is a popular one to check out.
If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting.
His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.
If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and fire.
She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.
For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring pho restaurants.
Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.
But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect.
But then, of course, they immediately remember.
This is a super cute, young adult enemies to lovers romance where two Vietnamese American teens fall in love despite their families’ age-old feud.
I love how their families have competing, neighboring restaurants, but it’s the younger generation who now questions what the rivalry is really all about when they catch feelings.
It’s a great, #OwnVoices romance book debut from Le.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal.
There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.
Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.
A 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards nominee, Shelby Mahurin’s debut novel is a dazzling mix of magic, witchcraft and forbidden love.
It’s a great YA enemies to lovers book because it forces two enemies together in marriage where they cannot escape one another.
This is book one in the Serpent & Dove series so be ready to read on to continue the series.
Will the princess save the beast?
For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge.
Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime.
She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in.
There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?
His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen.
Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something.
Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…
As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.
I adore fairytale retellings and this young adult enemies to lovers book is a modern spin on Beauty and the Beast but takes place an at elite international boarding school.
If you like young adult fantasy books with curses and princesses give it a go.
Read it and then check out the rest in the Rosetta Academy series for more retellings.
Sawyer Roarke was my best friend.
Growing up, our families were inseparable. We spent summers vacationing at the beach. In the schoolyard, it was us against the world.
Then puberty hit, and we skated the thin line of staying buddies or becoming more.
Until I accidentally found the pros and cons list he made about whether or not to date me. And there were definitely more bullet points on the no side.
Acting out of rage and hurt, I embarrassed him in the most public way possible. Now, we’re enemies.
We’ve spent the last two years tearing each other to pieces. Everyone knows that Blair and Sawyer hate the ground the other walks on, and unfortunately, I got the unpopular end of the stick while he became Mr. Prom King.
Until senior year starts, and I’m tired of running scared. For the first time ever, I stand up to the golden boy with the whip-smart tongue.
As the challenges and dares pick up speed, hearts start to fall and feelings get entangled. Despite my initial discovery, I wonder if being caught by each other wouldn’t be so bad.
Except Sawyer has no idea what I found all those years ago. And if the truth comes out about why I pitted us against each other, not only will he add one more con to his list … but he can add my broken heart as well.
I’m a HUGE fan of pros/cons lists but this is an instance with a pro/con list gone wrong, setting up years of hatred for two former friends.
Of course, a bit of communication could always help when it comes to teens, but then we wouldn’t get a great young adult enemies to lovers book now would we?!
Eliza Quan is the perfect candidate for editor-in-chief of her school paper. That is, until ex-jock Len DiMartile decides on a whim to run against her.
Suddenly her vast qualifications mean squat because inexperienced Len—who is tall, handsome, and male—just seems more like a leader.
When Eliza’s frustration spills out in a viral essay, she finds herself inspiring a feminist movement she never meant to start, caught between those who believe she’s a gender equality champion and others who think she’s simply crying misogyny.
Amid this growing tension, the school asks Eliza and Len to work side by side to demonstrate civility.
But as they get to know one another, Eliza feels increasingly trapped by a horrifying realization—she just might be falling for the face of the patriarchy himself.
Oh, I really like how this YA enemies to lovers book has important themes within it that explore what it means to be a leader and what factors actually make a great leader.
Do qualifications matter? Do looks?
Plus, what happens when you take up a voice and platform and then realize you’re falling for your rival?
This is just too good, plus I love its diversity!
Growing up homeschooled in Berkeley, California, Beatrice Quinn has always dreamed of discovering new mathematical challenges at Oxford University.
She always thought the hardest part would be getting in, not convincing her parents to let her go. But while math has always made sense to Beatrice, making friends is a problem she hasn’t been able to solve.
Before her parents will send her halfway across the world, she has to prove she won’t spend the next four years hiding in the library.
The compromise: the Connecticut Shakespearean Summer Academy and a detailed list of teenage milestones to check off.
If Beatrice wants to live out her Oxford dream, she has to survive six weeks in the role of “normal teenager” first.
Unfortunately, hearts and hormones don’t follow any equations. When she’s adopted by a group of eclectic theater kids, and immediately makes an enemy of the popular—and annoyingly gorgeous—British son of the camp’s founders, Beatrice quickly learns that relationships are trickier than calculus.
With her future on the line, this girl genius stumbles through illicit parties, double dog dares, and more than her fair share of Shakespeare.
But before the final curtain falls, will Beatrice realize there’s more to life than what she can find in the pages of a book?
This debut novel sounds super cute, pitting young adult enemies against one another at a summer camp.
It’s pretty much a given that you should read this if you like Shakespeare but I also love that it’s a bit of a coming-of-age story as well.
This summer, Reese Camden is trading sweet tea and Southern hospitality for cold brew and crisp coastal air.
She’s landed her dream marketing internship at Friends of Flavor, a wildly popular cooking channel in Seattle.
The only problem? Benny Beneventi, the relentlessly charming, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing culinary intern—and her main competition for the fall job.
Reese’s plan to keep work a No Feelings Zone crumbles like a day-old muffin when she and Benny are thrown together for a video shoot that goes viral, making them the internet’s newest ship.
Audiences are hungry for more, and their bosses at Friends of Flavor are happy to deliver.
Soon Reese and Benny are in an all-out food battle, churning homemade ice cream, twisting soft pretzels, breaking eggs in an omelet showdown—while hundreds of thousands of viewers watch.
Reese can’t deny the chemistry between her and Benny. But the more their rivalry heats up, the harder it is to keep love on the back burner.
A young adult enemies to lovers book based on food? Um…yes, please! I’m just wondering how long into the book we get an actual food fight between these two enemies 😊.
I’m a fan of romance books with reality TV shows thrown in and this one is super cute (and clean!).
Sixteen-year-old Paisley Manning has been attending Camp Starling since she was a little girl, when her parents ran it together.
For the last few years, since her father’s passing, she’s been the one helping her mom run the camp behind the scenes.
This year, however, will be Camp Starling’s last hurrah because Paisley’s mom has met a guy online and they’re getting married.
Enter Hayden Bennett, who is working alongside Paisley. Paisley and Hayden are like oil and water. She follows the rules, and he seems to live to break them all.
But when Hayden catches wind of Paisley’s predicament, he has an idea. If a matchmaker in some computer algorithm caused the issue, a couple of real-life matchbreakers can fix it.
As they work to break up the happy couple, Paisley discovers that maybe Hayden’s not so bad after all. Has she met her own perfect match in her fellow matchbreaker?
Take me to summer camp in this YA enemies to lovers book that has all the cute vibes of a parental relationship breakup like The Parent Trap.
A super cute romcom about two teens with nothing in common except their animosity who unexpectedly start their own relationship while trying to break another.
One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?
Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there.
Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.
Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew.
Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated.
Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all.
I’m ready to follow Sophie and Andrew over the course of a year where these two enemies continually run into each other despite not being able to stand one another.
If you love cute banter and snark that finally morphs into something sweet then check this one out.
Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away serving their country.
Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends.
Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer.
When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that stand can go on.
That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…
This book may be pushing it when it comes to young adult enemies to lovers but I had to add it because I love the background to the ice cream shop and the underlying feminism of this love story.
Grady may not be the best at stepping in to run an ice cream shop that has been run by strong women but it’s really a coming-of-age story that must be read while eating ice cream of course!
Lifelong rivals Natalie and Reid have never been on the same team. So when their school’s art budget faces cutbacks, of course Natalie finds herself up against her nemesis once more.
She’s fighting to direct the school’s first ever student-written play, but for her small production to get funding, the school’s award-winning band will have to lose it.
Reid’s band. And he’s got no intention of letting the show go on.
But when their rivalry turns into an all-out prank battle that goes too far, Natalie and Reid have to face the music, resulting in the worst compromise: writing and directing a musical. Together.
At least if they deliver a sold-out show, the school board will reconsider next year’s band and theater budget. Everyone could win.
Except Natalie and Reid.
Because after spending their entire lives in competition, they have absolutely no idea how to be co-anything.
And they certainly don’t know how to deal with the feelings that are inexplicably, weirdly, definitely developing between them.
If you love high school musicals then this is the young adult enemies to lovers book for you!
I love how a pranks gone wrong force two enemies to work together on a common project and that it isn’t always smooth sailing.
A bit of forced proximity while creating an epic show to save their clubs is a great set-up for this high school romance.
Sasha Johnson-Sun might not know everything—like how to fully heal after her dad’s passing or how many more Saturdays her mom can spend cleaning houses.
But the one thing Sasha is certain of? She will graduate this year as Skyline High’s class valedictorian.
At least, she was sure before the principal calls Sasha and her cute, effortlessly gifted ex–best friend, Ezra Davis-Goldberg, into his office to deliver earth-shattering news: they’re tied for valedictorian and the scholarship attached.
This outcome can’t be left to chance. So, Sasha and Ezra agree on a best-of-three, winner-take-all academic bet.
As they go head-to-head, they are forced not only to reexamine why they drifted apart but also to figure out who they’ve become since.
With her future hanging in the balance, Sasha must choose: honor her family’s sacrifices by winning (at all costs) or give her heart a shot at finding happiness?
This is a young adult enemies to lovers book that could also make my academic rivals to lovers list since it pits two former best friends against one another for the sole spot of valedictorian.
There is a lot of great diversity representation as well which I love. Keep an eye on Parker – an upcoming black romance book author to watch.
After an embarrassing loss to her ex-girlfriend in their first basketball game of the season, seventeen-year-old Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, Irene Abraham, head cheerleader for the Fighting Reindeer.
Irene is as mean as she is beautiful, so Scottie makes a point to keep her distance. When the accident sends Irene’s car to the shop for weeks’ worth of repairs and the girls are forced to carpool, their rocky start only gets bumpier.
But when an opportunity arises for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex—and climb her school’s social ladder—she bribes Irene into an elaborate fake- dating scheme that threatens to reveal some very real feelings.
This book sounds like it has it all – an engaging young adult enemies to lovers storyline, a bit of revenge and some hilarious antics.
Do you have a favorite YA enemies to lovers book that you think should be added to this list? I’d love to hear it, so share it in the comments below!
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- Best Enemies to Lovers Books in Fantasy Romance
- Best Academic Rivals to Lovers Books