5 Swoonworthy Books to Get You Excited for the Next Season of “The Bachelor”

Okay, I’ll be honest. I’ve always been skeptical about dating reality TV shows, especially one that revolves around a bachelor and a pool of romantic interests. One guy, a bunch of girls, and a lot of drama? No, thank you.

But when my roommate made me watch the last season of The Bachelorette, I’ll admit, it was pretty entertaining. Not in a this-show-will-change-your-life kind of way, but in a one-girl-a-bunch-of-guys-and-A-LOT-of-drama kind of way. Aristotle once said about catharsis, “For this moves neither pity nor fear; it merely shocks us.” And what’s more shocking than a group of contestants humiliating themselves in order to win love?

So if you’re excited to watch the next season of The Bachelor and feeling just a little guilty about it, check out these five swoonworthy books about all that can go wrong when trying to find love.

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The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

Secret crushes, overprotective brothers, and boyfriend brackets? Sounds like drama to me! Stella has had a crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER. But now that Cam and Will have graduated and are off to college, she’s determined to finally get over her longtime crush and have all the high school experiences she’s always dreamed of—starting with finding a boyfriend by Christmas. The Boyfriend Bracket seems like a great plan... right until Will shows up again. With a charming Filipino main character, clever scheming, and many romantic gestures, The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista is the perfect pre-Bachelor-season-premiere read.

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Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith

If there’s any book that screams The Bachelor it’s Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith. Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. Witty banter, humorous moments, and messy love triangles abound.

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Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius

In the sequel to Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, aspiring love-charm maker Hijiri was excited to return to Grimbaud for her sophomore year—until she learns about the upcoming charm-making competition. Hijiri has to win the contest in order to keep someone else from taking over the town. And if that wasn’t enough, Love has decided to take matters into its own hands by delivering the perfect, gift-wrapped boyfriend. Sign me up for this charm-making competition!

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

There’s nothing I love more than some good ol’ K Drama drama. Maureen Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love follows Desi, a high school senior who believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And that’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But, Desi’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a hot mess when it comes to romance. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, she resorts to her “K Drama Steps to True Love” in order to woo the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos. What could go wrong?

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Matched by Ally Condie

In Matched by Ally Condie, officials of the Society decide who you love, where you work, and when you die. Sound like the producers of a certain reality TV show? Cassie is torn between two paths: one that leads to her best friend Xander, and a far more risky path that will lead Cassie to the passionate Ky, and a world of secrets and danger. If you’re looking for some fiction about a character who is matched with a suitor, only to fall in love with someone else (cough cough, Arie) then put this book on your TBR list.

Your turn, Swooners! Do you also watch The Bachelor and/or The Bachelorette? What are some of your favorite YA reads that give you some serious reality TV vibes?

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Erin Siu

Book lover, music geek, Californian. Always falling for books about multicultural experiences, family relationships, and first love.

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