Teen Art & Lit — Booklists for Teens
Good YA Love Stories
A Certain Slant of Light
by Whitcomb, Laura
YA Fiction WHI
After benignly haunting a series of people for 130 years, Helen meets a teenage boy who can see her and together they unlock the mysteries of their pasts.
by Soto, Gary
YA Fiction SOT
After unexpectedly falling in love with a "nerdy" boy, fourteen-year-old Marisa works to change her life by transferring to another school, altering some of her behavior, and losing weight.
All These Things I've Done
by Zevin, Gabrielle
YA FICTION ZEV
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Saenz, Benjamin Alire
YA FICTION SAE
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Ask the Passengers
by A. S., King
YA FICTION KIN
"Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There's no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she's trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love--and asking the right questions--will affect the passengers' lives, and her own, for the better"-- Provided by publisher.
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You
by Carter, Ally
YA Fiction CAR
As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.
Keeping the Castle: a tale of romance, riches and real estate
by Kindl, Patrice
YA FICTION KIN
In order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle in Lesser Hoo, seventeen-year-old Althea bears the burden of finding a wealthy suitor who can remedy their financial problems.
Series Title: Truth or Dare
by Hopkins, Cathy
YA Fiction HOP
Becca is playing a game of truth or dare when she kisses the first boy she sees, but later she feels maybe he might make a nice boyfriend.
Love, Cajun Style
by Becquets, Diane Les
YA Fiction BEC
Teenage Lucy learns about life and love with the help of her friends and saucy Tante Pearl over the course of one hot Louisiana summer before her senior year of high school.
Mates, Dates, and Diamond Destiny
Series Title: #11, It's Nesta's time to shine!
by Hopkins, Cathy
YA Fiction HOP
Nesta falls in love with William and gets involved in charity work, which opens her eyes to the problems of the world.
My Life Next Door
by Fitzpatrick, Huntley
YA FICTION FIT
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.
by Sales, Leila
YA FICTION SAL
Sixteen-year-old Chelsea knows what to expect when she returns for a summer of historical reenactment at Colonial Essex Village until she learns that her ex-boyfriend is working there, too, and then meets the very attractive Dan who works at a rival historical village.
by Nelson, Blake
Y FICTION NEL
While she is in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse, seventeen-year-old Maddie meets Stewart, who is also in treatment, and they begin a relationship, which they try to maintain after they both get out.
by Fiedler, Lisa
YA Fiction FIE
In a story based on the Shakespeare play, sixteen-year-old Roseline, who is studying to be a healer, becomes romantically entangled with the Montague family even as her beloved young cousin, Juliet Capulet, defies the family feud to secretly marry Romeo.
Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall In Love
by Wood, Maryrose
YA Fiction WOO
A group of girls calling themselves the Sex Kittens and their male counterparts, the Horn Dogs, face love, karate, and science experiments in an unstructured private school setting in New York City.
Stay With Me
by Griffin, Paul
YA FICTION GRI
Fifteen-year-olds Mack, a high school drop-out but a genius with dogs, and Céce, who hopes to use her intelligence to avoid a life like her mother's, meet and fall in love at the restaurant where they both work, but when Mack lands in prison he pushes Céce away and only a one-eared pit-bull can keep them together.
The Big Crunch
by Hautman, Pete
YA FICTION HAU
June is starting at her sixth school in four years when she meets Wes, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, and although they do not share an instant or intense connection, attraction turns to love and they wonder where it will lead.
The Devil Does Exist
Series Title: Volume 1, The Devil Does Exist
by Mitsuba, Takanashi
YA GN FICTION MIT
Shy high school girl Kayano is teased by the school's most notorious student, Edogawa Takeru, the devilishly handsome son of the principal. Things go from bad to worse when Kayano learns that her mother is engaged to the school principal.
The Fault in Our Stars
by Green, John
YA FICTION GRE
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
The Sky is Everywhere
by Jandy, Nelson
YA FICTION NEL
In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Smith, Jennifer E.
YA FICTION SMI
Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day.
The Story of Us
by Caletti, Deb
YA FICTION CAL
After jilting two previous fiances, Cricket's mother is finally marrying the right man, but as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities, complications arise for Cricket involving her own love life, her beloved dog Jupiter, and her mother's reluctance to marry.
by Bauer, Joan
YA Fiction BAU
A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love
What Happened to Goodbye
by Dessen, Sarah
YA FICTION DES
Following her parents' bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.
Why We Broke Up
by Handler, Daniel
YA FICTION HAN
Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.
by Caletti, Deb
YA Fiction CAL
In Washington State, seventeen-year-old Cassie learns about the good and bad sides of both love and genius while living with her mother and brilliant, yet disturbed, violinist stepfather and falling in love with a gifted young musician.
You & You & You
by Nilsson, Per
YA Fiction NIL
Young Anon, who marches to the beat of a different drummer in galoshes to protect himself from radiation, touches the lives of all around him, resulting in disillusionment, loss, love, and more than a few surprises.
You Against Me
by Downham, Jenny
YA FICTION DOW
When eighteen-year-old Mikey's younger sister claims to have been raped and he seeks to avenge the crime, he meets Ellie, the sister of the accused, and befriends her, complicating the situation considerably for all of them.