Outside of my undying love for various teen idols, I never had much romance in my life in my tween and teen years. Sure, there were a few flirtations, crushes and dates, and one memorable mad kissing session with a Danish exchange student at a party my parents STILL don’t know about, but I didn’t have a serious boyfriend until my early twenties. Most of my romance back then had to come from books. Today there is no shortage of romance in books for teens. Read on to find out about my current favorites just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Isla is in her senior year at the School of America in Paris and finally has gotten together with Josh, the boy she’s been crushing on for three years. He’s sexy! He’s an artist! He’s crazy about her! He gets expelled! Well, the last part isn't so great. In fact it’s downright depressing. What’s a girl to do? Read her story in Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.
I love "boys in love" books. You get to see what guys are actually thinking about girls, because sometimes you just gotta ask them “What were you thinking?” Dan Cereill (that’s pronounced “surreal” NOT “cereal”) has had a pretty cruddy time lately, but has set himself quite an agenda that might just take his mind off the fact that his dad just trashed the family business and then came out. In fact, his to-do list is made up of six pretty impossible things, the first being to kiss Estelle, the gorgeous girl next door who, basically, doesn’t know he exists. One day he sneaks into her attic lair and reads her diary, and that just sets him up for some pretty rough going. What was he thinking? Find out in Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood.
When Evie heads off to the University of Oxford, one of the first people she meets is Edmund, the second in line to the throne, and therefore the “spare heir”. Evie immediately falls in love with him, but a romantic relationship seems impossible. She’s American, she’s not part of the aristocracy, and Edmund has a rich girl who is hanging all over him. Edmund is giving Evie some positive signals though, and then she discovers a family secret that might change everything. Will she ever get her prince? Does he even deserve her? The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright.
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