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3 Feel-Good YA Reads for Tough Times

Listen. Sometimes, things are rough, and you just need the YA equivalent of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (as well as, you know, an actual pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to eat while you read). Here’s a list of three feel-good comfort reads that will make you smile.

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Do rom-coms make you smile when times are tough? This book is a rom-com in book form, and we guarantee it’ll brighten your day. Plus, it was the Very First Swoon Reads Book, so if you haven’t read it yet, it’s about time!

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Packed with voice and heart, this book—Menon’s debut!—has characters you will root for from page one. It’s funny, smart, and romantic—all of the things I look for in a cheer-me-up YA novel.

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If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

Already watched all 8 million seasons of Gilmore Girls, and need to keep smiling? Fear not! Claire Kann’s second novel is set in a town populated by amazing characters who shine with positivity. This book is guaranteed to scratch your “feel-good” itch.

What are your go-to reads when you need cheering up? Tell us in the comments below!

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