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Reader Roundup – Teen Romances Adults Love with Amy Alessio

Amy AlessioAdult names fill the reserve lists at the library where I work, waiting for the latest in several teen book series. In teen romances, the love story usually takes a back seat to seemingly impossible conflicts, suspense, or sad situations. Often, they do not end happily. So what is the appeal? Good writing and characters, attention getting pacing (it has to hold teens’ interest, after all) and strong emotions. If you have not read a young adult book lately, go get one! Here are some titles adults love:

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars: John Green’s wrenching and unforgettable story of two funny and highly intelligent teens who meet in a cancer survivor therapy group and fall in love. The movie will be out next year. John’s social media videos are almost as popular as his books.
perfect chemistryPerfect Chemistry: Simone Elkeles’ trilogy features three brothers who try and escape from gang life while resisting young ladies in different social arenas. Funny yet edgy with classic Romeo and Juliet lines, these three books appeal well to both adults and teens.
all american girlAll-American Girl: Meg Cabot has lately added paranormal elements to her vast repertoire of romance titles for teens featuring strong heroines, but All-American Girl is classic Cabot. Artistic Samantha foils a plot to assassinate the President and ends up falling for his son while living uncomfortably as a heroine.
twilightTwilight: Stephenie Meyer’s series is passionately loved or hated, but if you haven’t read even the first one, take a look. Vampires, werewolves, law enforcement fathers and small towns don’t mix but they are fun reading especially around Halloween.
face on the milk cartonThe Face on the Milk Carton: Caroline Cooney has changed direction again recently in her over 70 book career with some Edgar-nominated mysteries, but The Face on the Milk Carton arguably originated romantic suspense for teens. Janie sees a face on a milk carton in the high school cafeteria and realizes she was kidnapped when she was little. The fifth title, Janie Face to Face, was published in 2013 to bring the romantic conclusion fans have been hoping for to reality for readers.
matchedMatched: Ally Condie’s dystopian trilogy strikes a different note than the action packed Divergent by Veronica Roth and others of the genre. Cassia is happy that her long time friend Xander was chosen as her mate in the tightly controlled Society, until she comes across data indicating that her true mate’s existence was erased. The focus is more on the relationships and character arc than action and suspense, though there is plenty here to keep pages turning.
body finderThe Body Finder: Kimberly Derting is gaining momentum as a paranormal romantic suspense author and The Body Finder trilogy follows Violet Ambrose, who has the power to sense dead things as well as people who have killed. The mystery here is excellent, as is the story of her growing feelings for long time friend Jay.
eleanor and parkEleanor & Park: Rainbow Rowell’s award winning title of misfits Eleanor and Park, who fall in love through bus rides and stolen moments is set against the background of music and trends from 1986. Eleanor’s home situation is never going to allow for normal crushes or boyfriends, but Park prevails to capture her heart in this unique love story.
if you come softlyIf You Come Softly: Jacqueline Woodson’s interracial love story and its sequel Behind You will pull emotion from readers on every page. Jeremiah is one of a few black teens at a prep school where he attends on scholarship. Ellie is a middle class student who just transferred. Their love story is intermixed with scenes of the heartbreak to come.



Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground, was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at

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3 Responses to “Reader Roundup – Teen Romances Adults Love with Amy Alessio”

  1. Just ordered three of these, loving YA books. What’s interesting is that some of these books have been out for a few years but only becoming popular now.

    Posted by Scarlet Wilson | October 19, 2013, 5:05 am
  2. Morning Amy!

    I’ve read the Twilight series, and I’ve bought Perfect Chemistry but haven’t gotten to it yet – my TBR pile is getting a bit out of hand. =) Thanks for more great suggestions, Amy!


    Posted by Carrie Spencer | October 19, 2013, 11:51 am
  3. Thanks for these recommendations, Amy! I’ve only read one of them (THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON), but I’m guessing my daughter has read most – possibly all – of them.

    Guess where I was today? Schaumburg Library! I was there for a writer’s workshop presented by the fabulous HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN. Boy, has that library changed since we used to go there in the 1980s and very early 1990s. I’m excited to bring my granddaughter there to see – and experience – their wonderful children’s section.

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | October 19, 2013, 8:33 pm

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