DCPL 's Teen Love & Sex (Some Romance) Booklist, for OWL
YA books about Love & Sex. Started with one of 14 award-winning Booklists for Teens, created by librarians at DC Public Library in Washington, DC--with some additions by elissa and other voters. The focus of this list is to be comprehensive, from a mostly liberal point of view.
1 Perfect Chemistry (Perfect ...
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2 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3 The Truth About Forever
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4 Just Listen
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5 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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6 This Lullaby
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7 Vampire Academy (Vampire Ac...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 298,755 ratings
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8 Along for the Ride
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9 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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10 Rules of Attraction (Perfec...
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11 Lock and Key
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 95,703 ratings
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12 Leaving Paradise (Leaving P...
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13 Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 292,062 ratings
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14 The Notebook (The Notebook,...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 837,800 ratings
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15 Blood Promise (Vampire Acad...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 174,494 ratings
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16 Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academ...
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 185,979 ratings
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17 Going Too Far
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 28,198 ratings
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18 Two-Way Street
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 33,910 ratings
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19 Frostbite (Vampire Academy,...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 194,860 ratings
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20 When It Happens
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 26,573 ratings
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21 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,321,851 ratings
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22 Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 255,835 ratings
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23 Pride and Prejudice
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,395,499 ratings
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24 Someone Like You
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 67,019 ratings
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25 Anna and the French Kiss (A...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 136,724 ratings
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26 The Sisterhood of the Trave...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 378,102 ratings
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27 Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 899,117 ratings
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28 Chain Reaction (Perfect Che...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 32,439 ratings
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29 Forever
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 36,781 ratings
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30 Dreamland
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 50,852 ratings
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31 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 598,483 ratings
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32 The Summer I Turned Pretty ...
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33 Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 179,339 ratings
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34 Beautiful Disaster (Beautif...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 274,011 ratings
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35 Looking for Alaska
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 431,266 ratings
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36 Spirit Bound (Vampire Acade...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 181,266 ratings
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37 Return to Paradise (Leaving...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 22,903 ratings
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38 Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2)
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 168,997 ratings
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39 Graceling (Graceling Realm,...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 205,886 ratings
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40 Perfect You
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41 Linger (The Wolves of Mercy...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 98,470 ratings
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42 Forget You
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 19,213 ratings
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43 Flipped
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 57,670 ratings
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44 Keeping the Moon
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 40,315 ratings
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45 Before I Fall
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 139,173 ratings
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46 If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 236,388 ratings
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47 Pants on Fire
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 12,983 ratings
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48 That Summer
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 35,519 ratings
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49 Bloom
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 10,741 ratings
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50 Marked (House of Night #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 275,139 ratings
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51 Nick & Norah's Infinite Pla...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 52,347 ratings
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52 It's Not Summer Without You...
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53 Thirteen Reasons Why
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 308,094 ratings
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54 Angus, Thongs and Full-Fron...
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55 Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 39,448 ratings
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56 On the Jellicoe Road
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 26,354 ratings
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57 What My Mother Doesn't Know...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 11,009 ratings
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58 The Last Song
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 306,356 ratings
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59 Tempted (House of Night, #6)
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 110,131 ratings
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60 The Book of Luke
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 10,375 ratings
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61 Betrayed (House of Night #2)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 176,078 ratings
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62 Twenty Boy Summer
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 28,657 ratings
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63 Romeo and Juliet
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,214,982 ratings
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64 Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 5,825 ratings
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65 A Walk to Remember
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 380,554 ratings
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66 Untamed (House of Night #4)
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 165,340 ratings
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67 Secret Vampire, Daughters o...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 42,279 ratings
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68 Hunted (House of Night, #5)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 112,510 ratings
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69 Forever Princess (The Princ...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 22,007 ratings
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70 How to Deal
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 4,856 ratings
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71 The Fault in Our Stars
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 1,159,084 ratings
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72 Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales,...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 46,978 ratings
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73 Kissed by an Angel (Kissed ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 20,285 ratings
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74 Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 87,357 ratings
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75 Dark Angel, The Chosen, and...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 43,127 ratings
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76 Endless Summer (The Boys Ne...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 14,884 ratings
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77 Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Ana...
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 3,964 ratings
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78 After
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 13,506 ratings
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79 Chosen (House of Night #3)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 132,488 ratings
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80 Summer Boys (Summer Boys, #1)
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 5,154 ratings
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81 Story of a Girl
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 11,718 ratings
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82 Something Like Fate
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 14,193 ratings
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83 Princess on the Brink (The ...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 14,208 ratings
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84 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 309,864 ratings
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85 Avalon High
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 31,866 ratings
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86 The Vincent Boys (The Vince...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 50,137 ratings
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87 Dark Visions (Dark Visions,...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 27,277 ratings
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88 Jason & Kyra
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,406 ratings
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89 Vegan, Virgin, Valentine (V...
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90 Romiette and Julio
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91 Delirium (Delirium, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 230,867 ratings
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92 Good Girls
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 1,634 ratings
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93 Night World, No. 3 (Night W...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 48,221 ratings
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94 What My Girlfriend Doesn't ...
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95 The Sky is Everywhere
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 36,186 ratings
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96 Beach Blondes: June Dreams,...
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97 Arielle: Immortal Awakening...
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98 Second Helpings (Jessica Da...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 19,020 ratings
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99 Last Sacrifice (Vampire Aca...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 138,604 ratings
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100 The Boyfriend League
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message 42: by elissa (last edited Jul 02, 2008 08:32AM) (new)

elissa The first 22 were on the original list, and then I added 20 more, most of which were published more recently than DCPL's booklist.


message 41: by elissa (last edited Apr 17, 2009 10:16AM) (new)

elissa Lots more books have been added by other voters. Although I do like it, I'm not really sure that Pride and Prejudice belongs on this list! Dedication is an adult novel, but it sounds like it has some teen appeal.


message 40: by elissa (last edited Oct 09, 2009 06:29AM) (new)

elissa I first added this list to GR for a sex ed class that I teach at church (OWL). It's a very comprehensive but extremely liberal class, so very conservative books about love and sex don't fit.


αςΗΓεϒ♥♪ so these booka have sex in them?


message 38: by elissa (last edited Jan 02, 2010 05:04AM) (new)

elissa This list says it's books about LOVE and sex (and some romance), so not all of them have sex, but many of them do. Some of the non-fiction ones are about sex. Does that answer your question, Ashley?


αςΗΓεϒ♥♪ yess it does thank youu!!
vause it says sex up there so i was like some of these dont have it so i got confusedd.

thankk youu!! :)




message 36: by elissa (new)

elissa You're welcome. :)


message 35: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Twilight? No sex in there, and its not love. Its a creepy stalker relationship.


αςΗΓεϒ♥♪ Jenn{OuR lAdY pEaCe LuVa!!!} wrote: "Twilight? No sex in there, and its not love. Its a creepy stalker relationship."

hahaha


message 33: by elissa (new)

elissa TWILIGHT would fall in the "some romance" part of this list. It's definitely not one of my favorites, either, but lots of people love the romance of it. "Creepy stalker relationship" is one opinion, but not the only one!


message 32: by Jenn (new)

Jenn True, true, but really? Im a teen, and while I recognize a creepy, controlling relationship, many other girls I know dont. Should we really be defining things like that as 'love'?


message 31: by elissa (new)

elissa My point, Jenn, is that some people don't see it as a "creepy stalker relationship", including some adults. I'm not sure I'd go quite that far myself. There are some people that just see it as romantic, and while I don't completely agree I'm willing to acknowledge it as a valid point of view. It's not MY definition, but its inclusion on this list just acknowledges, rather than defines. Does that makes sense?


message 30: by elissa (last edited Feb 26, 2010 08:27AM) (new)

elissa I have no idea why somebody put MOCKINGJAY on this list when it's not even out until August!! I don't think it'll fit here, anyway. Even though there's some romance in that series, it's definitely not the focus! I think we should take HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE off of here, too (even though I'm completely and utterly in love with this trilogy myself), but a lot of people seem to be voting for them here. I'd really like to keep this list under 100 books if possible, please, so can we keep it to a minimum with the fantasy/SF additions? Thanks!!


message 29: by Rachelkathleen (new)

Rachelkathleen Shiver? x


message 28: by elissa (new)

elissa I haven't read Shiver, but I'd really like to keep this list focused on books ABOUT love & sex, as much as possible. From what I know of Shiver, I don't think that's the focus of the book. I put Twilight on the list because it's a popular romance, but now I wish I hadn't!!


Emilyandherlittlepinknotes Have you read "Diary of a kiss" by Sarra Manning? It's quite old and it's a trilogy that focuses on love & sex
After so many years it's still my favourite ya romantic series. Oh and what about Megan McCafferty? "Second Helpings" can fit perfectly here.


message 26: by elissa (new)

elissa I've never read "Diary of a Crush". Both books look like good additions to this list. Feel free to add them in, Emily. :)


Emilyandherlittlepinknotes done, Sarra Manning is a british writer (used to have a column on a newspaper)I realize she is not as popular outside Britain, she is great and I never get tired of recommending her books


message 24: by elissa (new)

elissa Thanks for the recommendation, Emily! I just put a hold on French Kiss (we have all 3 in my library system, but not at my branch), and I'm looking forward to reading it.


April*procrastinator and proud* Jenn{WeEzEr LuVa!!!!} wrote: "True, true, but really? Im a teen, and while I recognize a creepy, controlling relationship, many other girls I know dont. Should we really be defining things like that as 'love'?"

I agree with you completely.


message 22: by elissa (new)

elissa OK, ladies. We can't "define" love for anybody else, we can only describe our own experience of it. Love is an individual thing, and every person experiences it differently, just like many things. What's "right" for one person certainly may not be "right" for another.


message 21: by Laura (new)

Laura Are there any novels you'd like removed from the list?


message 20: by elissa (new)

elissa I do think that it's too long, and that it's a little too heavy on the paranormal romance, but I'm OK with it the way it is. If there's something I REALLY thought was out of place, I'd remove it myself. At least I thought that all GR librarians could still remove books from lists, as long as you heed the dire warning. :)


message 19: by Esther (new)

Esther Jenn{InCuBuS lUvA!!} wrote: "Twilight? No sex in there, and its not love. Its a creepy stalker relationship."

hahahah! good one![:


message 18: by Jenn (new)

Jenn elissa wrote: "OK, ladies. We can't "define" love for anybody else, we can only describe our own experience of it. Love is an individual thing, and every person experiences it differently, just like many things..."

Ok, true, you cannot define it for other people. But really? Really? Someone breaking into your home to stare at you while you sleep, that's not creepy? That's not stalker? Someone telling you who you can and cant be friends with, where you can and cant go, that's not controlling?

Dont get me wrong, Im not saying teens shouldnt be allowed to read it for these reasons (For many other reasons, such as the terrible writing), however, I dont really think we should say that these types of behaviors are okay and romantic. It will just breed more stupid teen girls that cant figure out what's okay and what's not.


message 17: by elissa (new)

elissa As I've said before in these comments, I'm not a fan of Twilight myself, BUT even many adult women find them romantic. It's not just teenagers reading them. I try not to judge other people's tastes, just as I don't want my own judged.


message 16: by Via (new)

Via Love Jenn{OuR lAdY pEaCe LuVa!!} wrote: "Twilight? No sex in there, and its not love. Its a creepy stalker relationship."Yeah, there's sex in Breaking Dawn, but not Twilight.


message 15: by elissa (new)

elissa Many women consider Twilight a romance. I don't myself, but its inclusion on this list is an acknowledgment of that opinion. Not all of the books on this list have sex. Some are just about love and/or romance.


message 14: by ♫♫RiTA♫♫ (new)

♫♫RiTA♫♫ great list..........


message 13: by elissa (new)

elissa thanks, RiTA!


message 12: by elissa (new)

elissa In the interest of keeping the list a manageable length, I'd love to keep any more paranormal romance off of the list, and concentrate on realistic fiction (about love between people). That's not a comment of whether paranormal romance is "good" or not, just a comment on the focus of this list. Like I said in an earlier comment, I put Twlight on the list shortly after it came out, because it was a popular romance. Now I wish that I hadn't opened that can of worms with this particular list, because I think it's more useful to keep the length of the list shorter than it is now, and the intention of this list is not to be comprehensive in terms of YA romance.


Lady  ~☆ Alice Rowhedge elissa wrote: "In the interest of keeping the list a manageable length, I'd love to keep any more paranormal romance off of the list, and concentrate on realistic fiction (about love between people). That's not ..."

I didn't add anything like I usually do on lists. I am glad you have Twilight as its the best.


message 10: by elissa (new)

elissa Thanks for not adding more paranormal fiction, Alice! :)


message 9: by Nadd (new)

Nadd Perfect Chemistry!!! <3<3<3


Lady  ~☆ Alice Rowhedge Skyla wrote: "Perfect Chemistry!!! <3<3<3"

IMO the guy in Perfect Chemistry is promiscuous and so NOT a good idea for a role model. He has definitely been sleeping around altho Brittany is a virgin. Is there a double standard here?

Perfect Chemistry


message 7: by Jack (new)

Jack Hi everyone,

I have created a new group called Goodreads All Sorts and I'd love for people to join it or just even just give it a look. It's a group that discusses anything and everything. There will be monthly group reads, movies, and music. There is a folder for everything you could think of. I'd really like if people could spread the word because I'd love for the group to be a success. Here is the link to the group:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/9...

Thanks very much,
Jack :-)


message 6: by Maddison (new)

Maddison hi i just checked it out but heaven,texas is adult


message 5: by elissa (new)

elissa People have added all sorts of adult books to this list, unfortunately. :(


message 4: by inga (new)

inga Ffs, Fifty Shades of Grey is decidedly NOT a YA book. Someone edit the list please?


message 3: by elissa (new)

elissa I took it off. Hopefully it won't be added again...


message 2: by inga (new)

inga Thanks! ;)


message 1: by David (new)

David Chambelrin Jenn wrote: "Twilight? No sex in there, and its not love. Its a creepy stalker relationship."
haha :D so true


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