Teens: Romance and Love Stories

If I Stay by Gayle Forman: Sequel is Where She Went.

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

High school student Nick O’Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty: Book 1 is Sloppy Firsts

When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad*s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany*s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who*s a girl. One of them loves him; the other one needs him.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: Sequels include It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer

Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.

Luxe series by Anna Godbersen: Book 1 is The Luxe, followed by Rumors, Envy, Splendor

In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.

Honey Baby Sweetheart by Deb Caletti: and many other love stories by Deb Caletti

In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman with her long-lost love and in the process learn many things about “the real ties that bind” people to one another.

Something Like Fate by Susan Colasanti: and many other love stories by Susan Colasanti

Lani and Jason, who is her best friend’s boyfriend, fall in love, causing Lani tremendous anguish and guilt.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: and many love stories by Sarah Dessen

The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

All American Girl by Meg Cabot

A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.

How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt

Seventeen-year-old Harper Evans hopes to escape the effects of her father’s divorce on her family and friendships by volunteering her summer to build a house in a small Tennessee town devastated by a tornado.

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler

Calliope and Eliot, two fifteen-year-olds in Asheville, North Carolina, begin to acknowledge some unpleasant truths about their parents and form their own ideas about love.

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants.

Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

June is starting at her sixth school in four years when she meets Wes, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, and although they do not share an instant or intense connection, attraction turns to love and they wonder where it will lead.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

When Anna’s romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman

With a new boyfriend, asthma attacks that come when least expected, and a pesky younger brother, fifteen-year-old Savannah’s summer vacation takes many unexpected twists and turns.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Marvin is stuck in New York City for the summer working at her quirky family’s historic hotel, but her out-of-work actor brother’s attractive new friend and a seasonal guest who offers her an intriguing and challenging writing project improve her outlook.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.

The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson

In 1920s Austria, no one in the Viennese opera company knows that their wardrobe mistress Tessa is really a princess. But when the dashing self-made millionaire Guy Farne arrives at the opera, Tessa realizes that there may be more to life–and love–than just music

20 Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

While her military parents are stationed in South Korea, high school junior Megan learns a great deal about boys and herself when she moves to Massachusetts to live with family friends who have seven sons.

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

After losing her soul mate, Cameron, when they were nine, Jennifer, now seventeen, transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron’s unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil.

Peaches series by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Book One is Peaches

Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach.

Romance Classics

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Mr. Darcy sets all fair maidens’ hearts aflutter, except for that of Elizabeth Bennett

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Orphaned as a baby, she struggles through her nearly loveless childhood and becomes governess at Thornfield Hall and eventually falls in love with her wealthy employer, Edward Rochester.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

From the moment of his adoption by the Earnshaws, the foundling boy Heathcliff devotes himself to their young daughter Catherine. Growing up together, the two share a love that blossoms into romance, until Catherine’s hurtful betrayal.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

A monumental classic considered by many to be not only the greatest love story ever written, but also the greatest Civil War saga.

Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

When German prisoners of war are brought to her Arkansas town during World War II, twelve-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one of them and must deal with the consequences of that friendship.

The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

At twenty-nine Valancy had never been in love, and it seemed romance had passed her by. She lives with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt until one day a letter arrived from Dr. Trent * and Valancy decided to throw caution to the winds. Soon she discovered a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet are in love– but their families are bitter enemies. Set in medieval Verona, a place of sword fights, secrets and magic potions, their tragic love story plays out to a desperate end

Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly

Seventeen-year-old Angie finds herself in love for the first time the summer after high school graduation.

And Both Were Young by Madeleine L’Engle

Philippa is miserable at an all girls’ boarding school in Switzerland until she forms a supportive friendship with the mysterious Paul.

Camillla by Madeleine L’Engle

Fifteen-year-old Camilla gains new maturity through her relationship with her best friend’s brother and the growing realization that her parents are fallible individuals.

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