If You Love These Popular Rom-Com Movies, Here’s The Book You Should Read Next

As an English teacher and an avid reader, I consume romance novels every weekend. #Booktok is a great resource when I am looking for a new read, but sometimes I just want the same storyline as one of my favorite romantic comedy films.

By Alyssa Vandermeulen4 min read

I have read (and loved!) each book on this list, and I paired each one with the appropriate romance movie for the ultimate comfy afternoon. I do my best to avoid open door romance novels in my personal reading, so each of these recommendations has either closed door or mild spice content, rather than unnecessary explicit scenes. Unsure what these terms mean? Check out this article for an explanation and my favorite reads from 2023

And if you’re looking for a new cozy movie that is based on a book, allow me to recommend a few wonderful films for your upcoming movie night. My latest obsession is The Hating Game, which is based on the novel by Sally Thorne. Nicholas Sparks also has several movies that are based on his bestselling titles, such as The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Longest Ride, and The Choice. Crazy Rich Asians is another movie based on the book of the same name. 

Brew a hot cup of tea and snuggle up with one of these books! Happy reading! 

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

With their careers on the line, Andi and Ben will do just about anything to prove themselves to their bosses, even a little romantic manipulation. Not the Girl You Marry, written by Andie J. Christopher, follows a similar story of a male journalist and a female event planner who fake a relationship to get ahead at their respective jobs. And then accidentally fall in love! 

If you love Kate Hudson’s character and the crazy pranks she pulls to get the guy to end the relationship, you will also love Sarah Hogle’s You Deserve Each Other. This funny romantic comedy follows Naomi and Nicholas as they fight to end their engagement – with one major catch!

10 Things I Hate About You

While the movie is considered a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, there are plenty of books that also include the classic enemies-to-lovers trope. Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma also includes medical drama, an overbearing family, and loads of laughter as these two doctors realize that hate doesn’t actually describe how they feel. 

Another one of my favorite reads features an exhausted female lead, a hunky tattooed man, and a job opening at her place of work. Throw in a few turtles, crazy old ladies, and the fact that these two characters hate each other, and you have the recipe for a perfect cozy novel. Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne, who is also the author of The Hating Game, reveals her ability to write the enemies-to-lovers plotline in a sweet and inspirational package. 

27 Dresses

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride? If you love to indulge in sweet stories about the supportive best friend finally getting her own fairytale, you need to read Katy Birchall’s The Wedding Season. Freya Scott has an entire season of weddings ahead of her, and even after being left at the altar, she is determined not to miss a single one of her friend’s celebrations. With the help of her inner circle, she finds fun ways to fight off her loneliness until she meets the man who makes it all worth it. 

Another great read with a similar trope is a new release by Julie Tieu. Fancy Meeting You Here is about a cheerful girl who has helped each one of her friends get married, as a bridesmaid and a florist, but with no romantic luck of her own. Until, of course, she needs extra help for a high-profile wedding and meets a man who ruffles her feathers in the best way. 

13 Going on 30

Youthful innocence transformed into a middle age existence? A recipe for the perfect story! 13 Going on 30 is a classic rom-com that features an important lesson, which is why we searched for the perfect books that matched its nostalgia. Sophie Cousin’s latest novel, The Good Part, presents a similar storyline – a struggling 20-something in the TV industry finds herself wishing to skip to the good part in her life, only to discover that she is magically in her 40s, married, successful, and a mother. But is this the good part of her life? 

Another romantic comedy with a touch of magic is This Spells Love by Kate Robb. Gemma decides she wishes she had never met her ex-boyfriend (haven’t we all?) and then casts a spell to make this wish a reality. The chaos that unfolds completely changes her life in a variety of positive and negative ways, answering a major question in the role others play in our lives. Must read! 

The Holiday

Are there any men in your town? The idea of a house swap is so romantic and spontaneous, unlike your weekend plans. Instead of packing up your suitcases to travel across the globe, cozy up with Maggie Knox’s The Holiday Swap, which includes the classic elements of your favorite Christmas movie. 

Another cute novel with a house swap plot is Yoga One For Me by Eden Bloom. Looking past its cheesy title, this book includes an adorable small town, a masculine love interest, and tons of yoga exercises. You won’t be able to put it down!

The Wedding Date

Is The Wedding Date one of my favorite movies of all time? Absolutely. The line “I think I’d miss you, even if we never met” is pure poetry, and I cry every time. If you love the fake dating trope, you will love Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners. This dynamic writer duo cannot write a bad story, but this book is one of their best to date. Two enemies have to pretend to be in love on a tropical honeymoon vacation – what could go wrong? 

Hockey player romances are notoriously spicy, but if you’d prefer a low spice, fake dating storyline, try Against the Boards by Cynthia Gunderson. The characters meet unexpectedly, decide to fake a date for one day to tease her brother, and suddenly become connected by way of careers, family, and a brewing interest in one another. So cute!

My Best Friend’s Wedding

While this best friend story doesn’t include an engagement to another person, Emily Henry’s People We Meet On Vacation includes everything we love about this beloved rom-com movie. Two best friends, with plenty of history, suddenly lose contact with each other due to mistakes in the past. Until his brother’s wedding weekend... They haven’t seen each other in years, but they decide to take a trip together that is reminiscent of their previous vacations. This book is one of my comfort reads and clearly demonstrates Henry’s writing talent (her next book will hit the shelves in April)!

The Wedding Planner

A wedding planner who was left at the altar? Sad but true. With a similar trope to this classic JLo flick (but without the morally questionable flirting), Mia Sosa’s The Worst Best Man will have you laughing, crying, and smiling until the very last page. 

Danielle Steel’s The Wedding Planner follows a wedding planner with two failed engagements as she makes everyone else’s dreams come true, developing close relationships with her clients and their families. Until she meets the handsome brother of one of her clients…and her thoughts on marriage change dramatically!

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