Books on Romance & Relationships
Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books
Francesca Lia Block
Collects the five Weetzie Bat postmodern fairy tales, in which everyone is vulnerable to the dangerous angel of love.
First Kiss (Then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments
ed. Cylin Busby
Today's hottest young-adult authors, including Francine Pascal, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle, share their memorable first kiss experiences through anecdotes, poems, cartoons, and stories, in a unique collection that features kissing advice, trivia, and favorite quotes.
HS DISPLAY/ FIRST
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
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. Also check out Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by the same authors.
Miki Yoshida has decided that her final year of high school is going to be her best. Then Hiro Sakurai shows up, with a secret that Miki desperately wants to know. Then she starts to fall for him and nothing, even Hiro himself, can stop her. (Ongoing manga series)
HS / GRAPHIC / MIKI FALLS
A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast. A vain Manhattan private school student is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
When someone at school suggests that her brother Link and his best friend James are in love with each other, Ellen, who is in love with James, is determined to discover who her brother really is—an endeavor that will force Ellen to face the truth about the people she loves.
The revelation of a dark family secret exposes a great scandal that soon sends the lives of the beautiful Holland sisters into a tailspin with lies and betrayal jeopardizing their high-ranking positions in Manhattan society. SEQUEL: Rumors: A Luxe Novel.
An Abundance of Katherines
Always being dumped by girls named Katherine, Colin Singleton, a washed-up child prodigy with a Judge-Judy obsessed best friend, embarks on a quest to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will impact all of his future relationships and change his life.
As the most popular boy in school who is used to being admired by his peers and loved by the ladies, Caesar gets a harsh dose of reality when Eva doesn't fall for his charms—forcing him to see himself as he truly is for the first time in his life.
Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi, a poor girl at a rich kids' school, is forced to repay an $80,000 debt by working for the school's swankiest, all-male club—as a boy! There, she discovers just how wealthy the six members are and how different the rich are from everybody else. (Ongoing manga series)
HS / GRAPHIC / OURAN HIGH
The Bermudez Triangle
The friendship of three high school girls and their relationships with their friends and families are tested when two of them fall in love with each other.
Elisa is a gifted poet who remains anonymous when the boys come to her for help in wooing their loves, yet when a jealous girl plots to do her harm, Elisa must find out why before her entire world starts to unravel.
In a story based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark. If you thought you knew the story of Hamlet and Ophelia, think again!
Keturah and Lord Death
When Lord Death comes to claim 16-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King's Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a 24-hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.
Boy Meets Boy
When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more.
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs, and Me, Ruby Oliver
Seattle teen Ruby Oliver explains some of the reasons for her recent panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her girlfriends, and tensions between her performance-artist mother and her father. SEQUEL: The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them.
Diary of a Crush (series title)
When Edie first spots Dylan in class, she immediately begins a mission to get him to notice her and keeps track of their love story in a diary, but Edie soon discovers that love never runs smoothly. Books in the series: French Kiss, Kiss and Make Up, Sealed With a Kiss.
PBK / ROMANCE / M
Bored with her new life in a rainy Washington town, Isabella Swan finds her situation transforming into one of thrills and terror when she becomes involved with alluring vampire Edward Cullen, who struggles to keep his identity a secret. SEQUELS: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn.
When her grandmother passes away, high school student Kajitsu Toda suddenly finds two hot stepbrothers and an adorable little stepsister dropped in her lap! Kajitsu and her step-siblings have only one thing in common: they were all abandoned by their parents. Against the odds, they’ve pulled together to form a family without grown-ups. (Ongoing manga series)
HS / GRAPHIC / CROSSROAD
Walter Dean Myers
Set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem, this powerful novel follows Damien as he takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will be together—forever.
What They Found: Love on 145th Street
Walter Dean Myers
Fifteen interrelated stories explore different aspects of love, such as a dying father's determination to help start a family business and the relationship of two teens who plan to remain celibate until they marry.
M or F?
Lisa Papademetriou & Chris Tebbetts
Marcus helps his friend Frannie chat up her crush online, but then becomes convinced that the crush is falling for him instead.
Julie Anne Peters
The complexities of love, romance, and dating for gay teenage girls are explored in this collection of captivating short stories.
Cures for Heartbreak
As she navigates adolescence, ninth-grader Mia must deal with her mother's recent death and her father's illness while she searches for friendship and love in the world around her.
Empress of the World
While away for the summer at a school for the gifted, Nicola Lancaster finds a special friend in a girl from North Carolina, Battle Hall Davies, yet when her feelings for Battle takes an unexpected turn into the area of love, Nic begins to question what she is feeling. SEQUEL: The Rules for Hearts.
Lauren's feelings on her relationship with her boyfriend and her moral beliefs become even more complicated with the arrival of a new boy.
A Tale of Two Summers
Even though Hal is gay and Chuck is straight, the two 15-year-olds are best friends and set up a blog where Hal records his budding romance with a young Frenchman and Chuck falls for a summer theater camp diva.
Rejected way too many times by good-looking (and unattainable) guys, shy Riiko Izawa goes online and signs up for a free trial of a mysterious Nightly Lover "figure." The very next day, a cute naked guy is delivered to her door! (Ongoing manga series)
HS / GRAPHIC / ABSOLUTE
A high school crush; a world-class pastry chef; a former middle-weight boxing champion... and a whole lot of cake! (Ongoing manga series)
HS / GRAPHIC / ANTIQUE
One Hot Second: Stories About Desire
ed. Cathy Young
A collection of 11 stories by award-winning authors explores the many varieties of teenage desire, including first crushes, first kisses, and first times.