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Recommended Romance for Teens

These books are romantic, sweet and tame. There may be kissing and flirting in these books, but there are no sex scenes. No recommendation will take the place of trying the book out for yourself, but CPL hopes this list gets you off on a good start.

Amy & Roger's epic detour by Morgan Matson

After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.

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.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers knows better than to trust a rich boy. But then she meets the richest guy of all, who proves money might not matter after all.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

The geography of you and me by Jennifer E. Smith

Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora's new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.

My life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

When Samantha, the seventeen-year-old daugher of a wealthy, perfectionistic, Republican state senator, falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is large, boisterous, and just making ends meet, she discovers a different way to live, but when her mother is involved in a hit-and-run accident Sam must make some difficult choices.

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut's exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate's boyfriend.

Prom kings and Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone

Emily, a junior, doesn't fit in with the superficial students at posh Crestview Prep. She nurtures a crush on her next-door neighbor, its basketball star, and she aspires to be editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. Chance brings her and her dream boy together and gives her a lead on a potentially winning story. Following that lead takes her places she never expected: both good and bad, but always funny and enlightening. In the end she learns the value of being true to herself and helping others.

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Forced to work as a Siren and lure strangers to their deaths after being rescued from drowning by the Ocean, Kahlen falls in love with a human and defies the rules of her service in order to follow her heart.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

At first the students at Arizona's Mica High School are captivated by Stargirl Caraway's unusual, carefree behavior; however, she is soon shunned for everything that makes her unique in this story that pits individuality against conformity.

Take a bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

With the Senior Showcase recital approaching, Sophie is grateful for the support of her friends and boyfriend, Emme and Ethan wonder whether they could be more than friends and bandmates, and Carter does not know how to admit that he would rather be a painter than a performer.

24 girls in 7 days by Alex Bradley

When the love of his life rejects his invitation to the senior prom, Jack Grammar's so-called best friends pose as Jack and run a personal ad in the online school newspaper soliciting a date. At first, the teen is not amused, but he agrees to go along with the plan because his friends have a list of girls eager to go out with him. In fact, it is hard to avoid the young ladies who descend on him without warning. The result is a hilarious adventure as Jack tries to speed-date 24 girls in 7 days.