Recently I have become incredibly tired of books that are all centered around romance. It seems like every book, no matter the genre, turns into a romance by the end. This is especially true of young adult books.
Here I have collected some of my favourite books that do not involve a romantic relationship or the relationship is at least in the background to the main story.
Trouble is a Friend of Mine
One of my all time favourite books. This book is about friendship and solving a mystery. The characters are fun, exciting and full of sass.
Robot in the Garden
Although the main character is married, the story is about him leaving home and traveling around with a robot.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Of course there are romantic relationships but they are definitely not the main story line. As well, the romance does not begin until book 4.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
This book is hilarious and about a group of female beauty queens who are trapped on a deserted island. There may be some romance in the end but the majority of the book is about the girls.
Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Another funny book but this one is fantasy. About a young witch and clan of tiny fairy-like creatures called the “Wee Free Men”. No romance to be found.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Dougals Adams
Don’t be fooled by the American TV show by the same name. This books bears almost no resemblance to the show. It is wild and crazy and everything you would expect from Douglas Adams.
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
The romance in this book is minimal as the story surrounds 6 Kindergartners who disappeared. 11 years later 5 of the children come back with no memory of where they have been. A great mystery.
Come Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
An unappreciated quirky book about a woman who must leave her beloved tortoise to go help her father who has gone into a coma (or comma as Audrey calls it). Along the way she discovers many mysteries and truths about her family.
How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
One of my all time favourite books. It is about the friendship between a boy and a girl and how they help each other naigate their senior year of high school. The boy is a loner and the girl is new to town so they are a perfect match (as friends not lovers).