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Teen Romance

Books that will speak to the heart through crushes, first loves and yes, even a bit of heartache. 

Cover of What If It’s Us
Becky Albertalli
and Adam Silvera
HarperTeen
2018

Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.

Cover of Love from A to Z
S.K.
Ali
Salaam Reads
2019

Eighteen-year-old Muslims Adam and Zayneb meet in Doha, Qatar, during spring break and fall in love as both struggle to find a way to live their own truths.

Cover of The Beauty of the Moment
Tanaz
Bhathena
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2019

Sixteen-year-old Susan is the new girl in her Canadian high school, striving to meet her parents' academic expectations, missing the friends she left behind in Saudi Arabia, dreaming of pursuing her passion for art, and secretly meeting with troublemaker Malcolm.

Cover of Rent a Boyfriend
Gloria
Chao
Simon & Schuster BFYR
2020

A romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results.

Cover of These Violent Delights
Chloe
Gong
Margaret K. McElderry Books
2020

In 1926 in Shanghai, eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, heir of the Scarlet Gang, and her first love-turned-rival Roma Montagov, leader of the White Flowers, must work together when mysterious deaths threaten their city.

Cover of I'll Be the One
Lyla
Lee
Katherine Tegen Books
2020

Skye has her sights on becoming the world's first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the reality TV competition--without losing herself.

Cover of Kingdom of the Wicked
Kerri
Maniscalco
Little, Brown and Company
2020

Emilia sets out to find her twin sister's killer and to seek vengeance at any cost. Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia's side, but when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems.

Cover of More Than Just a Pretty Fa
Syed M.
Masood
Little, Brown and Company
2020

When self-proclaimed 'not very bright' nineteen-year-old Danyal Jilani is chosen for a prestigious academic contest, he hopes to impress a potential arranged marriage match, only to begin falling for the girl helping him study instead.

Cover of A Cuban Girl’s Guide to
Laura Taylor
Namey
Atheneum
2020

Seventeen-year-old Lila Reyes, furious when her parents send her to the English countryside to recover from grief and heartbreak, unexpectedly falls in love with a teashop clerk--and England, itself.

Cover of The Stars and the Blacknes
Junauda
Petrus
Dutton Books for Young Readers
2019

Told in two voices, sixteen-year-old Audre and Mabel, both young women of color from different backgrounds, fall in love and figure out how to care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness.

Cover of Opposite of Always
Justin A.
Reynolds
Katherine Tegen Books
2019

Jack falls hard for Kate but then Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind but if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it.

Cover of Love & Olives
Jenna Evans
Welch
Simon Pulse
2020

When her long-estranged father invites sixteen-year-old Liv Varanakis to help him film a documentary about his theories on Atlantis, she looks forward to reconnecting but discovers he may have invited her to Greece for a very different reason.

Cover of This Train is Being Held
Ismee Amiel
Williams
Amulet Books
2020

Told in two voices, ballet dancer and private school student Isabelle Warren and poet and baseball star Alex Rosario grow closer after meeting on a subway, bonding over their parents' expectations and their own dreams.

Cover of Pride
Ibi
Zoboi
Balzer + Bray
2018

In this update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love.