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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth
Whether through scrap paper, images, letters, or good old-fashioned prose, the best romance books reviewed in Booklist over the past 12 months find new, even groundbreaking, ways to express love and loss.
a + e 4ever. By Ilike Merey. Illus. by the author. 2011. Lethe, paper, $18 (9781590213902). Gr. 10–12.
Ash is a shy, bisexual pretty boy, and Eu is a strident lesbian. Their brief but intense relationship unfolds over the course of this graphic novel, revealing much about human nature.
All These Things I’ve Done. By Gabrielle Zevin. 2011. Farrar, $16.99 (9780374302108). Gr. 9–12.
Sixteen-year old Anya, whose family is involved in organized crime, meets Win, the son of the state’s new district attorney, and the result is a jolting high-wire romance set in New York City in the year 2083.
The Boy on Cinnamon Street. By Phoebe Stone. 2012. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $16.99 (9780545215121). Gr. 4–7.
In this deeply affecting novel, seventh-grader Louise Terrace receives a note from a secret admirer—“I am your biggest fan”—and, in spite of the pain in her life, allows herself to get swept up in the mystery.
Chopsticks. By Jessica Anthony. Illus. by Rodrigo Corral. 2012. Penguin/Razorbill, paper, $19.99 (9781595144355). Gr. 10–12.
The narrative of piano prodigy Glory Fleming and Argentinean teen Francisco Mendoza’s mutual obsession is played out in a procession of photographs, sketches, scrap paper, wine labels, IM sessions, and other visual imagery.
Every Day. By David Levithan. 2012. Knopf, $16.99 (9780307931887). Gr. 9–12.
It’s a compelling premise: A (his only name) wakes up in a different body every day of his life, which he accepts . . . until he meets Rhiannon and falls in love.
The Fault in Our Stars. By John Green. 2012. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525478812). Gr. 9–12.
This ambitious, beautifully conceived book explores the weighty issues of life, love, and death through the relationship between cancer survivors Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters.
Keeping the Castle. By Patrice Kindl. 2012. Viking, $16.99 (9780670014385). Gr. 7–11.
A witty take on classic Regency romances, this Pride and Prejudice–inspired novel introduces 17-year-old Althea Crawley, who needs to marry rich in order to secure the family’s only inheritance—a dilapidated castle on the North Sea.
Scarlet. By A. C. Gaughen. 2012. Walker, $17.99 (9780802723468). Gr. 9–12.
Scar’s distinctive first-person voice leads readers deep into the heart of a troubled girl, as well as the labyrinth of Sherwood Forest, resulting in a rip-roaring—and romantic—take on an old story from a debut author.
The Story of Us. By Deb Caletti. 2012. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $16.99 (9781442423466). Gr. 8–12.
Over the course of a single weekend, everygirl Cricket offers up heartbreaking meditations on the nature of love and loss, partially though letters to her long-term boyfriend, Janssen, whom she has pushed away.
Why We Broke Up. By Daniel Handler. Illus. by Maira Kalman. 2011. Little, Brown, $19.99 (9780316127257). Gr. 9–12.
Senior Ed Slaterton and junior Min Green fall into a halting, breathless, horny love affair in this 2012 Printz Honor Book. Their breakup is told from Min’s perspective, structured around objects of varying importance—from a matchbook to a condom wrapper—that she intends to return to her ex.
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