💔 6 Books Recs with No Romance 💔

*For this list, a book with “no romance” is defined as one that contains either no romantic interests or a mention of a crush/romantic interest which does not affect the plot of the book.
A Danger to Herself and Others

Title: A Danger to Herself and Others
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Pages: 341

Release Date: February 5 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Four walls. One window. No way to escape. Hannah knows there’s been a mistake. She didn’t need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at her summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. In the meantime, she is going to use her persuasive skills to get the staff on her side.

Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage. And she may be the only person who can get Hannah to confront the dangerous games and secrets that landed her in confinement in the first place.

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Between Shades of Gray

Title: Between Shades of Gray
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Pages: 352

Release Date: April 3 2012
Publisher: Speak
Genre: Historical Fiction

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.

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All Rights Reserved (Word$, #1)

Title: All Rights Reserved
Author: Gregory Scott Katsoulis
Pages: 400

Release Date: August 29 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Dystopia

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks, for every nod, for every scream and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Rather than read her speech—rather than say anything at all—she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again, sparking a movement that threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

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Ghost Boys

Title: Ghost Boys
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Pages: 214

Release Date: April 17 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that’s been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.

Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father’s actions.

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All of This Is True

Title: All of this is True
Author: Lygia Day Penaflor
Pages: 432

Release Date: May 15 2018
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .

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The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Title: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Pages: 432

Release Date: April 17 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

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What are your fave books with no romance?


17 thoughts on “💔 6 Books Recs with No Romance 💔

  1. I really liked Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, so I’ll add Between Shades of Grey to my list as well!

    I did not really like The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, but I see a lot of good reviews on that book as well 🙂

    Sometimes, it’s just so refreshing to be reading a book without romance.


  2. Yes to all of these!
    They were so well written and I am glad the author’s didn’t put romance in, it would have taken away from the story!
    I especially loved “A Danger to Herself and Others” and “The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle”!
    – Emma 🙂


  3. Glad to see Between Shades of Gray and A Danger to Herself and Others on your list, I read and enjoyed both books. I’ll undoubtedly be reading the other ones at some point because they’re all on my TBR!! 😍 👏🏻
    Sometimes I really need a good romance free book, INCREDIBLE LIST! 💕


  4. This is always hard for me because I do love me some ~*~romance~*~ but I know I’ve read one………………………………………………….ummmmm…..I’m sure I have (?). Oh oh yes yes Dealing in Dreams by Liliam Rivera has very little/almost no romance just a mention of attraction! See I did it!

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  5. Yes to all of these!
    They were so well written and I am glad the author’s didn’t put romance in, it would have taken away from the story!
    I especially loved “A Danger to Herself and Others” and “The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle”!


    1. Ahh, another 7 1/2 Deaths fan! May we squeal for a moment over how every “character” Aidan inhabited was completely a new individual but still the same protag?? And hoe that plot never stopped introducing new twists?


  6. I love reading books without any romance! I always find it super refreshing to read a book that completely focuses on the plot at hand and not on any romance. Omgg, I love The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hugo!!! Every time I’m in a bookstore with someone I automatically recommend it because it’s just so great!
    Also, I absolutely adore your new header!! It’s so pretty 😍😍

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    1. I’m glad we’re on the same page! We can get the best character growth in no-romance stories, too! I love that!

      omg I am forever recommending Seven And a Half Deaths too! My life would not be as complete if I hadn’t read it.

      And thank youuu!!


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