Less 'Spicy' YA (good books with no/little romance)

Be it because of age, sexuality, religion, or personal preference, there are plenty of people who want to read books with no romance! Booktok and Booktube are …




  1. Bahar Kocaman

    July 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I was studying but well… ill watch this video first lmao

  2. Tomer Armarnik

    July 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this unique and refreshing list.
    Hopefully your neighbors will finish their noisy work soon.

  3. Audible King

    July 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    wow!!! I really like the idea for this video!!! I'm a 10 year old boy and big surprise I don't love a lot of the kissing and romance. I just started my booktube channel where I review only audiobooks and I don't think I've reviewed any with any big romance. a classic that I like is TREASURE ISLAND and that barely has any romance. also one of my mom's and my favorite books is WHEN YOU REACH ME and that has only a little and it is SOOOO GOOD. I'm gonna check out your recommendations and subscribe to you too!!!

  4. greenie !!!

    July 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    thank you for sharing this because spiciness makes me want to unalive myself but i still want to read 🥺

  5. Class Punk

    July 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    My avante-garde YA novel "Vibrant Night by Okami Carroll" has no sex, virtually no romance, and is all about fighting inner and outer chaos with human connection.

  6. Alex Jocic

    July 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    LOL I can't get away from the spicy book algorithm on booktok. Fully agree on needing to rethink the boundaries of YA. I've also noticed that one of the conundrums we have is that people want 16 year olds to sound/act like 25 year olds, and then 25 year olds in fiction can get panned for allegedly sounding/acting like teenagers because of those shifting expectations, so I do think we are losing sight of what is what because the market keeps pushing for more and more adult-y YA, and this is filtering into the "spice" department. I also really love that you specify that a book can be "not clean" and not have spice. There are other serious issues that can be addressed outside of romance, and this is great list of recs!

  7. alexis stevens

    July 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Back to scheduled program 🤣🤣 that was funny

  8. GirlwithFlowers

    July 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I'm a little over a minute in this video and I'm already gosh darn hyped. Two things are hard to find in fantasy, 1. fantasy that focuses on humour and 2. little to no romance. Especially in YA. Okay, back to the video.

  9. Alyssa

    July 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    YES YES YEEEEEESSS!!! This is the kind of recommendations that I want. Lately I've been wanting to read a book with little/no romance in it. Thank you for this!

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