Young Adult Love Stories Booklist




Thwonk by Joan Bauer

A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love.



Crush by Ellen Conford

A series of nine romantic episodes in the lives of B.J. and other students at Cutter's Forge High as they plan for the Valentine's Day  Sweetheart Stomp.

Both Sides of Time


Both Sides of Time by Caroline Cooney

The summer after senior year, Annie, wishing she could have lived a hundred years ago in a more romantic time, finds herself in the 1890s and it is indeed romantic -- and very painful.



Tenderness by Robert Cormier

A psychological thriller told from the points of view of a teenage serial killer and the runaway girl who falls in love with him.

Seventeenth Summer


Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly

A re-release of a classic teenage love story follows the summertime romance of a college-bound girl and her boyfriend, who share moonlit sailboat rides, grueling introductions to parents, and the pain of separation.

Keeping the Moon


Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.

Blood and Choclate


Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.



Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli

The gods grant immortality to the mermaid Sirena when she rescues a human man from the sea and they fall in love, but his mortality creates great conflict between love and honor when he is called to defend Greece in the Trojan War.

Second Bend in the River


Second Bend in the River by Ann Rinaldi

In 1798 Rebecca, a young settler in the Ohio territory, meets the Shawnee called Tecumseh and later develops a close relationship with him.

Hard Love


Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.

If You Come Softly

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

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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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

In this school, the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine; the quarterback is a cross-dresser; and the cheerleaders ride Harleys--yet the road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams.

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Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

A powerful and moving novel that deftly blends the legend of Sleeping Beauty with the historical tragedy of the Holocaust. After her grandmother's death, a young American woman struggles to uncover the truth behind the old woman's past. The trail eventually leads to Europe and the darkest days of WWII.

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Zazoo by Richard Mosher

Amid old secrets revealed and rifts healed, a thirteen-year-old Vietnamese orphan raised in rural France by her aging "Grand-Pierre" learns about life, death, and love.