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Reader Roundup – Lessons on Love: College Romance with Amy Alessio

Amy AlessioThe growing New Adult genre means that more romances set in colleges are being published. While some of these have similar themes it definitely doesn’t feel like homework to read and enjoy these stories.




callie and kaydenJessica Sorenson’s The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is a lovely, slowly building love story among two young people overcoming some serious issues from their past. Callie once saved Kayden and they are happy to get to know each other when they find themselves at the same college a few years later.
losing itBliss is tired of being a virgin in Losing It by Cora Carmack. She tries to overcome her fears and freaks out, leaving a hot man in her bed. The next day she realizes the hot man she left is her new theater professor. More about growing up and love that about sex, this story is appealing and realistic.
my sweetest escapeJos is looking for a fresh start at a new university and not the distraction of supposedly former bad boy Dusty in My Sweetest Escape by Chelsea Cameron. Bad choices derailed her from her good grades before but she finds that Dusty is trying to overcome some demons of his own.
size 12 is not fatHeather Wells likes taking care of the young people in the dormitory she helps run in Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot. It is better than her former life as a famous teen pop princess. But when one of her young charges is murdered, she uses resources from her past and present to solve the crime and finds love in the process. This is the start of a funny series.
one week girlfriendCollege football star Drew offers  Fable cash to pretend to be his girlfriend for a week in Monica Murphy’s One Week Girlfriend. She is struggling trying to raise her little brother, working multiple shifts, and hold everything together and is only too ready to try this. She doesn’t expect the chemistry and emotional pull the eventful week will bring.
maybe somedaySydney thinks she has everything she needs at twenty-two: college, job and boyfriend. When she discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she takes another look at everything, including hot guitar playing neighbor Ridge in Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover.
love storyErin’s grandmother takes her tuition when she won’t major in business but the young woman pursues her writing dreams in Jennifer Echols’ Love Story. She loves New York and does not want to think about her family’s farm in Kentucky, but the boy from home who won’t leave her thoughts, Hunter, joins her in the Big Apple.  The stuff of her stories is about to become a reality.


Find some old school romance I these creative college stories.


Bio: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 [1], 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 http://www.amyalessio.com/ [2].

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#1 Comment By Carrie Spencer On April 5, 2014 @ 10:09 am

Morning Amy!

Sad to say I haven’t read a single one of these! I’ll start with Meg Cabot’s though, I love her writing! =)

Thanks for a great new list!


#2 Comment By Jennifer Tanner On April 5, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

Hi Amy,

Have to check out the Meg Cabot book. I somehow missed this one.

#3 Comment By Jackie Horne On April 7, 2014 @ 8:45 am

Have you read Robin York’s DEEPER yet? It’s a fabulous romance for the college-aged set, as well as a powerful feminist exploration of slut-shaming in our current-day social media world.

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#5 Comment By Stephanie Scott On April 13, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

I love that Meg Cabot series, though I never connected it to New Adult. The character is in her late 20s, almost 30, back in college and serving as an advisor to the dorms residents after her teen singing career goes bust. It’s really fun.