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Young Adult - Teen Love and Relationship Stories

The Making of Dr. Truelove
The Making of Dr. Truelove (2006)
(1)
Derrick Barnes
Diego loses his girl Roxy due to a lack of self-confidence.  In order to win her back he creates an e-columnist alter-ego who spouts smooth relationship advice.
 
Audrey, Wait!
Audrey, Wait! (2008)
(1)
Robin Benway
Sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.
 
The Vast Fields of Ordinary
The Vast Fields of Ordinary (2009)
(2)
Nick  Burd
The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.  
 
Pants on Fire
Pants on Fire (2007)
Meg Cabot
Katie has trouble telling the truth about her feelings.  Maybe Tommy, famous for uncovering a high school scandal, can help.
 
Drought
Drought (2011)
Pam Cashores
Bachorz carves out a compelling niche in the dystopian genre, tackling issues of faith, perseverance, and obligation in this bleak tale of an isolated community enslaved by the past.  -Publishers Weekly
 
Something Like Fate
Something Like Fate (2010)
(1)
Susane Colasanti
Lani and Jason, who is her best friend's boyfriend, fall in love, causing Lani tremendous anguish and guilt.
 
Crazy Hot
Crazy Hot (2007)
(1)
Melissa de la Cruz
Even when you're young and beautiful, life in the Hamptons can get sticky.  Eliza's boyfriend wants to rush into marriage, an ex-boyfriend gets under Mara's skin, and a fashion photographer urges Jacqui to abandon college for modeling.  Fourth in the Au Pairs series.
 
Along for the Ride
Along for the Ride (2009)
(3)
Sarah Dessen
When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.
 
Jayd's Legacy
Jayd's Legacy (2007)
(4)
L.  Divine
With her boyfriend refusing to accompany her, and a clique plotting against her friend who wants to be homecoming queen, Jayd struggles to make prom a success. Third in the Drama High series.
 
Down to the Bone
Down to the Bone (2008)
(2)
Mayra Lazara Dole
When their love is exposed, Laura is expelled and kicked out her home and Marlena goes back to Puerto Rico.  Laura then moves in with her best friend and begins the task of getting her life back together.
 
A Novel Idea
A Novel Idea (2006)
Aimee Friedman
Norah plots to attract a guy in her book club by creating imaginary admirers for herself.
 
For Keeps
For Keeps (2010)
(1)
Natasha Friend
Just as 16-year-old Josie and her mother finally begin trusting men enough to start dating seriously, the father Josie never knew comes back to town and shakes up what was already becoming a difficult mother-daughter relationship.
 
Paper Towns
Paper Towns (2008)
(1)
John Green
Quentin Jacobsen and his best friend Radar go on a road-trip quest to find the girl Q's spent his life dreaming of.
 
The Julian Game
The Julian Game (2010)
Adele Griffin
In an effort to improve her social status, a new scholarship student at an exclusive girls' school uses a fake online profile to help a popular girl get back at her ex-boyfriend, but the consequences are difficult to handle.
 
The Summer I Turned Pretty
The Summer I Turned Pretty (2009)
(2)
Jenny Han
Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.
 
The Summer of Skinny Dipping
The Summer of Skinny Dipping (2010)
(2)
Amanda Howells
While spending the summer in the Hamptons, 16-year-old Mia is disappointed that her cousin Corinne has grown so distant, but when she meets the irresistible and adventurous boy next door, everything changes for the better.
 
Girl at Sea
Girl at Sea (2007)
Maureen  Johnson
On a boat in Italian waters, Clio wrestles with feelings for two other passengers--her father, who has always angered her, and a research assistant who she likes despite herself.
 
Bittersweet Sixteen
Bittersweet Sixteen (2006)
Carrie  Karasyov, Jill  Kargman
When a war erupts between her two best friends, girls from old-money Manhattan and new-money California, Laura dodges crossfire and dreams about the cause of the fight--a boy.
 
How They Met and Other Stories
How They Met and Other Stories (2008)
(3)
David Levithan
A collection of eighteen stories describing the surprises, sacrifices, doubts, pain, and joy of falling in love.
 
Fireworks: Four Summer Stories
Fireworks: Four Summer Stories (2007)
Lauren Myracle, Niki Burnham
Four acclaimed teen authors each share a story of first love in the summertime.
 
Prom Anonymous
Prom Anonymous (2006)
(1)
Blake Nelson
Three friends, three prom problems: Laura's boyfriend is accompanying her halfheartedly, Jace wants to invite a boy who goes out of his mind in crowds, and Chloe's freethinking personality may not mesh with her blind date's.
 
The Sky Is Everywhere
The Sky Is Everywhere (2010)
(2)
Jandy Nelson
In the months after her sister dies, 17-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.
 
The Unwritten Rule
The Unwritten Rule (2010)
(1)
Elizabeth Scott
Seventeen-year-old Sarah has been best friends with the glamorous and seductive Brianna forever, but when she starts liking Brianna's boyfriend, their friendship becomes precarious.
 
The House of Djinn
The House of Djinn (2008)
Suzanne Fisher Staples
Mumtaz and Jameel struggle with the conflicts between love, loyalty, and Islamic values in modern-day Pakistan.
 
Artichoke's Heart
Artichoke's Heart (2008)
Suzanne Supplee
While struggling to lose weight, Rosemary finds a boy who loves her as she is.
 
Divine Confidential
Divine Confidential (2007)
Jacquelin Thomas
Divine's relationship with Madison, who can't stomach the strict rules of her Christian family, ends in heartbreak.  Will an online romance go better?  Second in the Divine series.
 
It Had to be You
It Had to be You (2007)
Cecily Von Ziegesar

Although Nate is in love with Serena, he finds himself in a romance with Blair, their best friend, instead.  Prequel to the Gossip Girl novels.

 

 
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