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Recommended Reads YA Books Without Romance!



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  1. Jarielle Sanchez

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Ruta Septeys' books do have romance ❤️

  2. Emily Trigg

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I think my favorite book with little to no romance is Uprooted by Naomi novik

  3. Jay Birb

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    While I do admire your choices for this list, I feel like theses are some pretty heavy reads. While what I'm about to recommend is a middle grade book series (that's how it's marketed where I live) and does contain some horror elements I believe it's something less on the heavy side. But plenty middle grade books don't contain too much romance (kinda a given, but still). It's the Lockwood & Co series by Jonathan Stroud. It's set in a world where ghosts are some what normal, the catch being that only children can see them (4-18 yr olds I believe). You follow a young girl who goes to London to find a job. She has keen ears (she's able to hear the ghosties very well) and stumbles upon Lockwood & Co. You'll later discover what sets Lockwood from the other ghost hunting agencies (the field of work the girl is looking to get a job in). I really enjoyed it, it had some (extremely) creepy ghost moments, and fun and interesting characters, and a lot more.

    Since I enjoyed Lockwood so much I looked into some more of the author's work, and really enjoyed that as well. He's among my top 5 fave authors. His work (from what I've read) has no (or pokes fun at crushes and love) romance at all. Which is a huge win for me. And I assume you want no romance books if you're watching this video, so here's a recommendation.

    SIDE NOTE::: I do realize that this is a YA book recommendation video, so if you want to read a fantasy trilogy that's YA (that's how it's marketed where I live) i recommend The Bartimaeus trilogy. K bye.

  4. Hilde

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Your videos always have such a good vibe to them 🙂
    Also, I really love your shirt! It looks amazing on you!
    Love from the Netherlands

  5. Kaitlin Harbour

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    the first two books- a monster calls and the book thief are my favorites!

  6. Lisa Schager

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I love your channel soo much… ever since i started watching your videos I'm constantly reading.
    I just read Illuminae and now Gemina and they're such good books and only know these books bc of watching your channel.

  7. Emma d

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for thissss!!

  8. Agnetė Butkevičiūtė

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    "Solitaire" & "Radio Silence" by Alice Oseman are great ya conteporaries (+ Radio Silence is v diverse!)

  9. Nguyen

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Whats your facebook acc?

  10. Lauren Daniel

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Is a Monster Calls middle grade?

  11. Bea

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I don't read books without romance often but I've been meaning to change that.

  12. Julia Cody

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    A really great contemporary YA book sans romance is Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly. It's about twin sisters in their senior year of high school, who are together raising the baby that one of them had the year before. It's a really moving and interesting story that really focuses on family relationships, life in poverty, and going after your dreams (one sister applies to college without telling her twin). My favorite thing was that there VERY easily could have been a romance (or two) established but the author was like… "nah, we don't need it."

  13. Clover

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    i love your shirt in this video !!

  14. Shannon Lovelace

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    You forgot a big fantasy series that romance is not a central focus. Harry Potter!

  15. Emmett Laing

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    A monster calls is an incredible book! It's definitely one of my all time favourites!

  16. Katie Smolkovich

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    People recommend Elizabeth Wein for Code Name Verity but no one ever hears about The Lion Hunter series. So sad…

  17. Jess !

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Seraphina, and by extension its sequel Shadow Scale, doesn't have all that much romance in it, as far as I can remember. It's a fantasy book about a world where dragons can shapeshift from their dragon form into a human form, and humans and dragons only recently started getting a long when they sign a peace treaty fifty years ago. The protagonist is a half-dragon girl named Seraphina who has to keep the fact that she'd half dragon hidden from people, and she'd investigating the murder of a prince because all the evidence looks like a dragon killed him, and she's trying to figure out exactly what happened to prevent and all out war. There is sort of a romance subplot, but it's not the focus of the story and it wasn't super prominent, though it has been a while since I read the book so my memory may be faulty. It's definitely only present in the first book, as the two characters spend the majority of the second book apart from each other with not much contact.

    Another great fantasy without any romance is Eon, which is set in a fantasy version of China and is about a girl named Eona who disguises herself as a boy so that she can practice dragon magic and become a dragoneye, which girls are prohibited from doing. It's kind of reminiscent of Mulan, but not exactly. It also has a sequel, Eona, though I haven't read it yet.

    The Chaos Walking trilogy also doesn't have much romance, really, but it's been years since I read those books so I can't really say much about them and I may be wrong. Basically, the main character lives in a town where everyone has "noise", which means that everyone can hear your thoughts, and you can hear everyone else's thoughts, and the virus that caused this also killed all the women in the town (except not really). From what I remember it's a bit like This Savage Song where the protagonists are friends, but they don't fall in love. The first book is called the Knife of Never Letting Go.

    This comment ended up being longer than I intended it to be.

  18. Rajiv Lochan Panda

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    you look very pretty in these curls… keep up! 😉

  19. Avni Shah

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    The two Magnus Chase books that have come out so far also don't have romance in them… there is only friendship between Magnus and Sam. I don't know if the third book will have romance… but doesn't seem very likely

  20. cherry noodles

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I love your shirt!

  21. Kristine Graczyk

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    i absolutely love haileys she my favorite and only booktuber i can watch!! and she's rlly encouraged me to start reading again💖💖 love you

  22. SuperStrangePie

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    The Book Thief<3 <3

  23. Artoveli

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    The Neverending Story by Michael Ende has zero romance, and it's basically the fantasy to end all fantasies. 😀

  24. Me

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    is sad, there are no fantasy books that don't have romance and I love fantasy books. But there are a lot of books in that lists that I want to read. I love your channel.

  25. Coryl Addy

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I've been looking for books without romance as I look more into aromanticism, but it seems like it's hard to find anything that's fluffy and upbeat?

  26. Olivia Rose

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    between shades of gray has the tiniest bit of crushing/romance towards the end. It's mostly just attraction but the real focus is on the struggle of their lives.

  27. Faith Meyer

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I believe you could as Scythe to the list. it does have a small bit of romance in it but it wasn't the key factor to the stories success.

  28. Katie Ng

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I need all these books 📚 in my life 😍😍

    Unfortunately I am broke …

  29. Katie Ng

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Just found out one sad truth about myself: all the books I read have romance…
    I just tried to recommend some books I read without the romance part and then realised this sad truth 😂😂
    Fail

  30. aredhel grace

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    THIS VIDEO GIVES ME LIFE

    also YA FANTASY THAT FEATURES (almost) ZERO ROMANCE: The Books of Pellinor by Allison Croggon–these books are absolutely beautiful and the world building and characters are amazing. The romance only happens in the epilogue of the last book which I like to pretend doesn't exist because I hate it!! but the books themselves are romance-free 🙂

  31. Isabelle Proverbs

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    How old are you? 💔

  32. ReadingMissFroggy

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I'm in a very happy relationship and love books without romance xD I have enough in my life, I don't need it also in my books 😛
    I love The Book Thief! I have been looking at my shelf trying to find some fantasy books with little to no romance. Best I can find is Eragon by Christopher Paolini (though there is a romantic relationship featuring one of the side characters and the main character has feelings to someone else). Another series that I would recommend is Heist Society by Ally Carter (again, feelings but no real action).

  33. Taasia T

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Both Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Grey DO have some romance, but as you said, they're not the key focus.

  34. Grace W

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    You help me so much! I'm at that point of book reading and I'm unsure about what type of reads I like. I think I'm mostly YA fantasy and YA no romance

  35. Eve May

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Me: I hate romance in books.
    Friend: Why? Romance is about life. Everyone gets crushes.
    Me: No, I don't.
    Friend: Wtf? That's imposible.
    later
    Friend: Your life is boring.

  36. Tatjana missnoidea

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Radio Silence by Alice Oseman has just a tiny bit of romance (not between the main characters) and it's soo good (or if you like romance then go and read her webcomic heartstopper)

  37. Bigya Gautam

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I don't know why, but I don't like books without romance

  38. Ridma Hoq

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I want a part 2 of this.please Hailey?

  39. Lily Pond

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    The book thief had romance, but it died before is blossomed😭😭😭

  40. Maliat Tahiat

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    heyy!! i actually started reading books or rather i should say have become a reader this year. i mean i have read almost 50 books this year which even surprises me. and i have to have to give thanks to you and all the booktubers like you out there. keep recommending us.😁😁

  41. witchf4ce

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Vicious doesn’t have romance! And it’s fantasy!

  42. Selina Lo

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you for this list. My daughter is an advanced reader and is constantly looking for higher reading content without romance.

  43. Ella C

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    where did you get your bookshelf?!?

  44. The Golden Child

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I loved between shades of gray
    It was sad yet amazing

  45. Chelsea VanNorman

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    If you haven't already you should do an updated version of this!!

  46. AudiCat

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I like books with romance, but more of a friendship based romance, because kissing is sometimes described way too intense-

  47. Sukanya Parashar

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I know the Book Theis isn't romance, but Leslie and Rudy are very adorable

  48. Diya Pant

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Oh hailey! You are not eternally single now!! ❤️😀

  49. Diya Pant

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Who else knew that th book thief would be in this video?

  50. Alice Wiegold

    August 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    A little fact about A Monster Calls if anyone's interested…

    Originally it was being written by another author (can't remember her name at the moment), but she died before she could finish it; I think she had the same illness the mother has in the book

    I'll edit this when I remember her name

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