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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth
Don’t look now, but these swoony novels, reviewed in Booklist between September 15, 2015 and September 1, 2016, are checking you out. Play it cool, bat those eyelashes, and let your hearts get fluttery for the best romances of the year.
Archie, v.1. By Mark Waid. Illus. by Fiona Staples. 2016. Archie Comics, $19.99 (9781627388672). Gr. 7–12.
This latest reboot from Archie Comics is a straightforward, PG-rated tale of high-school friendship and romance starring the usual Riverdale crew, and yet it’s as fresh and bracing as one of Pop Tate’s malts.
Carry On. By Rainbow Rowell. 2015. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $19.99 (9781250049551). Gr. 10–12.
First alluded to in Rowell’s Fangirl (2013), this Harry Potter–like fantasy follows “chosen one” Simon Snow in his last year at magic school as he falls for his infuriating, possibly evil roommate, Baz.
The Forbidden Wish. By Jessica Khoury. 2016. Penguin/Razorbill, $17.99 (9781595147677). Gr. 7–10.
In this lush retelling of Arabian Nights, clever thief Aladdin releases a powerful jinni, who resembles a 17-year-old girl, and while plotting vengeful schemes, they succumb to forbidden love.
By Garth Nix. 2015. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $18.99 (9780062360045). Gr. 8–11.
With a healthy dose of farce, fantasy, and witty banter, this Regency romance follows Lady Truthful Newington as she investigates a missing emerald and butts heads with exasperatingly irresistible Major Harnett.
By Robert Wilder. 2016. Leaf Storm, $18.95 (9780997020700). Gr. 9–12.
When Coy’s best friend, Monroe, falls ill and disappears during a tumultuous time in his life, he finds a lifeline in a bittersweet romance with Avree. When Monroe returns, he has to balance his loyalties.
Places No One Knows.
By Brenna Yovanoff. 2016. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780553522631). Gr. 9–12.
Waverly hides behind a polished veneer, but when she dreams herself into thoughtful, troubled stoner Marshall’s room one night, she starts to consider melting her icy walls. A character-driven romance that pulses with magic realism.
By Jen Klein. 2016. Random, $17.99 (9780553509823). Gr. 10–12.
In this witty, perceptive novel, June has a blasé attitude about senior year, and Oliver does not. Will their fractious car rides eventually lead to an unabashedly happy ending? (Take a guess.)
Summer Days and Summer Nights. Ed. by Stephanie Perkins. 2016. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $19.99 (9781250079121). Gr. 8–11.
This collection of short stories of summer romance from a bevy of YA authors varies widely in genre and tone, and though some may at first sound formulaic, all pack a surprising depth. There’s not a false note among them.
The Sun Is Also a Star. By Nicola Yoon. 2016. Delacorte, $18.99 (9780553496680). Gr. 8–12.
Though their meeting is highly improbable, Jamaican American Natasha and Korean American Daniel, both facing serious family pressure, find unexpected, life-changing love over the course of one New York City day.
Whatever. By S. J. Goslee. 2016. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (9781626723993). Gr. 9–12.
Mike’s doubly surprised when his girlfriend dumps him and informs him he’s gay. But nothing’s more shocking than this: his former rival looks a little less like competition and more like a crush.
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