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Sweet YA Pairings

Here at Swoon Reads, we’ve been taking advantage of the warm weather by heading out to Madison Square Eats for lunch nearly every day. And yesterday, while eating Ice & Vice Ice Cream (fruity pebbles, brownie crumble and a rocky road marshmallow? Delish!) I got to thinking, what if we paired desserts with different YA books? That’s as far as this idea got and I apologize for the gratuitous pictures of deliciousness. But can you blame me?

Chocolate Lava Cake

lava cake

Dark, heavenly, and a little over the top, The Chocolate Lava Cake was one of my favorite desserts as I child. Even though you expect the “lava” to pour out onto the plate, it’s always a little surprising when it does.

Suggested YA Pairing: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Rich, decadent, slightly tragic? Both of these force you to slow down and take your time, so you’ll be shouting “Anon! Anon!” to anyone who attempts to clear your plate before the last bit of chocolate is gone.



A little off the beaten path, this perfect mash-up took the world by storm, and I don’t think any of us will ever be the same.

Suggested YA Pairing: When We Collided by Emery Lord. The dual POVs in this novel make this an obvious choice (a mash up for a mash up!) but let’s not forget that this book also has layers(!), and will make you feel a little smug for having discovered it before it really took off.

Sriracha Popcorn

sriracha popcorn

Almost more of a snack and less of a dessert, Sriracha popcorn is what you reach for when you don’t think you want dessert and you are aiming to try something new, but really want something that you can easily eat from the comfort of sitting on your couch watching Netflix.

Suggested YA Pairing: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. Unfussy, vaguely related to film, and quintessentially Los Angeles, this book also has an under-the-radar vibe to it, and reading it you’ll just feel cooler. For those days when you want your life to be equal parts comfortable and instagrammable.



Everyone’s favorite, for good reason. Delivers exactly what it promises, exactly when you want it to. Every time. Rich without being chocolate based, sometimes it’s just “too much” but when you’re in the mood for cheesecake, don’t bother with anything else.

Suggested YA Pairing: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Sure, cheesecake may be so famous that some people are over it. Their loss.



Crunchy, sweet, underrated. The stroopwafel is basically the greatest cookie of all time. It’s basically a waffle with syrup in cookie form. Sometimes the syrup is hidden, like a secret… but THEN! Rest your stroopwafel on a hot mug of coffee or tea and the mystery is revealed! Caramelly goodness!

Suggested YA Pairing: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkostki. Deceptively sweet, deceptively simple, and above all, deceptive. Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside. Feels like a better version of something you’ve had a million times but you can’t put your finger on why it’s just… better. You could eat a million and never tire of the flavor, because it’s just that good.

Are you hungry yet? What YA novel pairs best with your favorite dessert? Tell us in the comments!

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