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Recommended Reading for Teen Romance

Kissing Tennessee by Kathi Appelt
Nine graduating 8th graders relate their stories of love and heartache that have brought them to the Dogwood Junior High’s magical Stardust Dance.

Dream Factory by Brad BarkleyAlternating chapters present the viewpoints of two teenagers who find summer employment as costumed characters at Disney World and try to resist falling in love.

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley
Calliope and Eliot, two fifteen-year-olds from widely different backgrounds, begin to acknowledge some unpleasant truths about their parents and form their own ideas about love.

How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot
Sixteen-year-old Steph Landry finds an old book on how to be popular and decides to change her social status and find love by following its advice.

Crush by Ellen Conford
This collection of ten short stories focuses on the trials and triumphs of students in Room 202 as they prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day at their school’s dance, The Sweetheart Stomp.

The Girl Who Invented Romance by Caroline B. Cooney
As 16-year-old Kelly sees her friends, her older brother and even her parents knowingly and unknowingly play at romance, she decides to create a real game – a board game called Romance that captures the way people behave in matters of love and dating.

Oy, Joy! by Lucy Frank
When Joy’s Uncle Max moves into her family’s cramped apartment after suffering a stroke, she knows life is going to be different.  But she never dreams her uncle will try to play matchmaker!

Rosey in the Present Tense by Louise Hawes
When Franklin’s girlfriend Rosey dies in an auto accident, he is lost in grief until the spirit of Rosey returns to help him.

Samantha and the Cowboy by Lorraine Heath
To earn money for her family at the end of the Civil War, Samantha pretends to be a boy in order to gain employment on a cattle drive headed from Texas to Kansas.  But, Samantha finds it hard to keep her gender a secret when she falls in love with a fellow cowboy.  Try others in the Avon True Romance series for teens.

Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Zoe develops feelings for Simon, a young vampire, who seems to understand her loneliness and anguish over her mother’s impending death.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
The boy Ava thought she’d spend the rest of her life with is back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.

Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw
Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose, but hopes he can be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates.  Includes recipes from the story.

Accidental Love by Gary Soto
After unexpectedly falling in love with a “nerdy” boy, Marisa works to change her life by transferring to another school, altering some of her behavior and losing weight.

How I Created My Perfect Prom Date by Todd Strasser
When Brad does not ask Nicole to the Senior Prom, she desperately tries to turn her next door neighbor into the perfect dream date.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Juli has liked Bryce since the second grade; he on the otherhand has done nothing but avoid her.  When Bryce finally does show interest, Juli starts questioning what she sees in him – suddenly their relationship has flipped!

Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
When Ellie’s best friend Nadia starts dating an older boy, Ellie pretends that her geeky pen pal Dan is actually her romantic long distance boyfriend.