YA Books to Read If You Loved Emily In Paris

YA Books to Read if You Loved Emily in Paris

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YA Books To Read If You Liked Emily in Paris

Do you love Emily in Paris on Netflix? Do we love to hate Emily in Paris?

Either way, there's just something about the show. 

An American girl in Paris who's awkward. Doesn't speak French. And yet, loves the city and is trying to live her best life there.

Emily can be painfully millennial, with her constant selfies and social media posting. In her defense, she works in marketing and despite all signs to the contrary, is good at her job.

Here's my list of Ten Young Adult books that are similar to Emily in Paris: 


- set in Paris, or at least feature an American abroad in a city

-food and/or fashion themes

-romance (bonus points for a love triangle)

Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau (2021)

Seventeen-year-old Mia, an American girl at an elite summer ballet program, has six weeks to achieve her dreams: to snag an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. But there’s more to Paris than ballet—especially when a charming French boy, Louis, wants to be her tour guide—and the pair discover the city has a few mysteries up its sleeve.

Why Kisses and Croissants is like Emily in Paris:

Like Emily, Mia is an American with a dream. She's excited to be in Paris. The romance, while not a triangle, does have complications.

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

Why Love and Gelato is Like Emily in Paris:

Yes, Tuscany is not Paris. Or a city. But it has a lush romanticism. The food is amazing. And this book has romance and a great travelogue.

Anna and the French Kiss (2013)

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

Why Anna and the French Kiss is like Emily in Paris

There are a LOT of similarities. Anna's French is terrible. She's crushing on a guy with a girlfriend. And she spends a lot of time exploring the city.

XOXO by Lexie Oh (2021)

Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure. Three months later, when Jenny arrives in South Korea , she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

Why XOXO is similar to Emily in Paris:

On the surface, it doesn't seem that similar. But like Emily, Mia is a girl with a dream. She's exploring an amazing city filled with tempting food, fashion, and guys. And she's getting deep into a forbidden romance!

The Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey (2020)

For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. But then everything—including Lila herself—fell apart. Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell.A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. 

Why A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is like Emily In Paris

No, it's in Paris. Or a major city. But this book, with its charming characters, foodie themes, and sweet romance, will put a smile on your face.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman (2013)

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there's an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Why Just One Day by Gayle Forman is like Emily in Paris

An American girl abroad. A chance encounter. A whirlwind romance set in Paris. This isn't exactly the same, but fans of Emily in Paris will enjoy this romantic book about serendipity!

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (2010)

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke about town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous though utterly romantic results. But will she ever see him again? Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

Why 13 Little Blue Envelopes is like Emily in Paris:

This classic YA book has the same spirit of adventure as Emily in Paris!

Pardon My French by Catherine Hapka (2005)

Seventeen-year-old Nicole dreams of spending the rest of her life with her boyfriend Nate. So when she finds herself on her way to Paris to study abroad without him, she’s less than thrilled. Paris is filled with cars that move at the speed of light, edible snails, and a language that Nicole can’t speak or read. Worst of all, Nicole feels lost without Nate. She’s not sure she’s capable of finding joie de vivre on her own, but with the help of some new friends—and a certain handsome Frenchman— Nicole might find Paris as sweet as a caf√© au lait after all. 

Why Pardon My French is Like Emily In Paris:

An American girl who feels a little lost in Paris and gets help from a handsome Frenchman. Hmmmm...

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (2018)

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion! Sebastian’s secret weapon is his brilliant dressmaker, Frances―his best friend and one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect her friend?

Why The Prince and the Dressmaker is like Emily in Paris:

This one is a little different, but I think it will appeal to those who appreciate the fashionista side of the show. 

Die for Me by Amy Plum (2011)

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again. 

Why Die for Me by Amy Plum is like Emily in Paris:

Yes, this is another a bit off-the-beaten-path choice, but it was a really popular book back in the heyday of paranormal YA and has a lush, romantic feel and starcrossed lovers. 

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Frum

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom's warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they're involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid's constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn't necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it. 

Why The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Frum is like Emily in Paris:

NO Paris (sad) but this one has romance and cooking themes!

Do you have other books to recommend for my list? Tell me in comments!


  1. Die For Me has such a beautiful cover. I haven't read any of these but I don't read a lot of YA.

    1. Die for Me is a YA classic - I loved it back in the day and am curious as if it stands the test of time!

  2. Some good YA choices! Gayle Forman's Just One Day books are some of my favourites and I love the journey the characters go on so very fitting. As is Anna and the French Kiss, the perfect French setting and it still makes me want to visit when I read it.

    1. YES - YA books with travel themes (and romance) are just really good!


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