With love in the air today, I thought it would be a great time to talk about teen romances. I love teen romances. I adore Meg Cabot’s books. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen rocked my world. I love the friends-turned-romance in Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti. I fell hard for the upcoming This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.
Here are some favorites from my colleagues.
From Jessica M. Love Story by Jennifer Echols: I love the deep emotions explored in this story and the way that both main characters express their feelings through the stories they write for their creative writing class. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to reread it as soon as I was done.
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: I loved that both Lola and Cricket were such strong individuals and that they truly appreciated that in each other. They loved each other for exactly who they were … I am also a huge advocate for the “boy next door” in every story and wish more main characters saw the potential that was literally there waiting for them!
YALSA’s upcoming YA Literature Symposium will explore the future of young adult literature. The symposium begins on November 2nd, but we wanted to get a head start here at The Hub, so we’re devoting October to 31 Days of the Next Big Thing. Each day of the month, we’ll bring you forecasts about where YA literature is headed and thoughts on how you can spot trends and predict the future yourself.
I love teen romance novels. They’re so emotional with their first love, their first kiss, their first time, and their first heartbreak. I’ve been hoping that there will be a surge in the contemporary romance book. I have teen girls asking all the time for books similar to Sarah Dessen’s. I pass along several of my favorite authors including Meg Cabot, Jennifer Echols, Jen Calonita, Abby McDonald, Rachel Hawthorne, Catherine Clark, Susane Colasanti, and Stephanie Perkins. Often, they come back looking for more.
Here are a few upcoming contemporaries that I can’t wait to read.