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.
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 128,256 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,641,609 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 59,620 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 33,941 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 352,145 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 926,144 ratings
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 216,208 ratings
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 201,075 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 37,481 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 31,130 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 225,247 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 75,512 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 29,262 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,511,629 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 300,590 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,614,305 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 963,778 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 37,466 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 440,499 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 40,356 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 81,024 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 692,599 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 56,079 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 339,778 ratings
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 202,695 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 25,608 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 201,856 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 584,793 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 193,986 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 234,939 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 19,089 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 112,565 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 21,658 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 66,049 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 45,209 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 369,341 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 167,976 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 14,193 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 11,629 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 63,747 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 307,485 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 383,984 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 98,709 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 51,495 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 354,351 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 31,375 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 11,971 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 120,300 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 31,848 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,353,652 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 178,470 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 47,973 ratings
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 1,550,870 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 5,396 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 21,932 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 126,622 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 51,897 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 102,849 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 47,759 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 16,494 ratings
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 4,302 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 15,081 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 5,648 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 16,041 ratings
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 13,240 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 148,404 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 34,745 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 1,587 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 16,164 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 364,676 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 57,332 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 30,215 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 4,303 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 4,607 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 276,303 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 5,605 ratings
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,775 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 51,897 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 7,294 ratings
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 166,745 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 47,262 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 4,502 ratings
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440 books · 1,674 voters · list created July 1st, 2008 by elissa (votes) .
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elissa 1667 books
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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.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

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


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

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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