Love is in the Air: Top 10 Contemporary Teen Romances

content.chilifresh-12Just Listen by Sarah Dessen: Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: When Anna’s romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

Thwonk by Joan Bauer: “Thwonk.” That’s the sound made by Jonathan Cupid’s bow when he fulfills A. J. McCreary’s wish that hunky Peter Terris become hers and hers alone. Unfortunately, A. J. soon finds that Peter’s total adoration is more than she bargained for, especially since there’s not the slightest bit of depth (or interest in A. J.’s beloved photography) beneath Peter’s handsome face.

content.chilifresh-13Bone Dance by Martha Brooks: Fragments of Native American culture, myth and ceremony enhance this evocative tale. The narrative, revolving around an ancient burial ground, alternates between the points of view of two teens on the brink of adulthood: Alexandra Sinclair, who inherits a plot of land from the father she never met; and Lonny LaFreniere, whose memory of the site haunts him

Song of the Buffalo Boy by Sherry Garland: Shunned and mistreated because of her mixed heritage and determined to avoid an arranged marriage, seventeen-year-old Loi runs away to Ho Chi Minh City with the hope that she and the boy she loves will be able to go to the United States to find her American father.

Oy, Joy! by Frank Lucy: Although her ailing uncle creates problems for her whole family when he moves in with them, Joy survives his bungling attempts at matchmaking even as she plays the game herself.

Johnny Voodoo by Dakota Lane: When her father moves the family to Louisiana after the death of her mother, fifteen-year-old Deirdre is desolate until she meets a strange young man named Johnny Voodoo, who helps her learn about love.

content.chilifresh-14The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer: Seventeen-year-old Kate hopes for romance when her older brother’s friend Richard comes to stay at their house during Christmas vacation. Charismatic, lighthearted, and irresistible, Kate Bjorkman narrates her tale of teen romance in the language and conventions of The Romance Writer’s Handbook. Spoofing the searing descriptions and pat plots of torrid bodice rippers, this six-foot tall heroine with glasses thick as Coke bottles and an I.Q. off the charts proves that true love awaits even the gawkiest, most socially inept teen.

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Wood: After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people’s reactions.


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