DCPL's Teen "Gentle" Reads/Books That Won't Make You Blush Booklist

Booklist of 19 YA "gentle" reads--books without anything too graphic (sex, drugs, violence) . 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.
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4.51 avg rating — 567,999 ratings
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3.29 avg rating — 207 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 317 ratings
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51

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120 books · 117 voters · list created July 13th, 2009 by elissa (votes) .
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elissa 2147 books
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Ricki 3966 books
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Allysa 177 books
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Holly 3011 books
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Katherine 897 books
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Morgan 1634 books
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message 1: by elissa (new)

elissa I think that Laura Gonzales had the original responsibility for creating this list.



message 2: by elissa (new)

elissa Thanks for the great addition, Erin!


message 3: by elissa (new)

elissa Some of the additions to this list are too young to interest the average teen, but you can't deny that they're "gentle", I guess...


message 4: by Talia (new)

Talia I'm a little surprised to see some of the Nicholas Sparks books on a "gentle" list. I remember reading some as a teen and blushing at some of the descriptions.


message 5: by elissa (new)

elissa I haven't read them. A WALK TO REMEMBER was on the original list, so I assume that one doesn't have anything "blushable". Are there specific ones on the list that you remember blushing at, Talia?


message 6: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy The Notebook should not be on this list!!


message 7: by elissa (new)

elissa The key here is that this is a list for teenagers! I have no idea why people are adding books definitely meant for adults, with no teen appeal, and books meant for younger children. I'll take The Notebook off. I haven't read the book, but have seen the movie and can guess that there might be things to make somebody blush in the book!


message 8: by Tome (new)

Tome Society If you are interested in more clean YA fiction, check out the Tome Student Literacy Society It List! http://www.tomesociety.org/it-list.html


message 9: by MomToKippy (last edited Jul 06, 2014 08:55AM) (new)

MomToKippy Thank you for posting that link. My daughter has a hard time finding books that even she thinks are appropriate for her age. Seem to have a lot of dark themes though?


message 10: by Tome (new)

Tome Society It's hard to find YA without dark themes right now. We would love suggestions if you find any (pub date 2013 or later)! Look for our listopias.


message 11: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy Oh I did not realize it was only 2013 or later. I think there may be many more "gentler" books from past eras?


message 12: by elissa (new)

elissa This goodreads list does not need to be 2013 or later. The people who posted that above were referring to the Tome list! Please remember to only list books for TEENS on this list, not books for younger kids. I'm not going to get rid of the younger books that are already on, but would appreciate only titles specifically of interest to TEENS, since that's the original intent of this list!! Thank you!


message 13: by Nola (new)

Nola Byrum Teens are old enough to read about sex, drugs, violence and other dark themes. If books are intended for teens, they are going to be OK for them. Teens know about all that stuff anyway, even if you don't think they do. They know more then you think, no matter how innocent you think your child is.


message 14: by elissa (last edited Jan 08, 2018 05:45PM) (new)

elissa Nola wrote: "Teens are old enough to read about sex, drugs, violence and other dark themes. If books are intended for teens, they are going to be OK for them. Teens know about all that stuff anyway, even if you..."

Completely agree with you Nola. Some teens choose not to read about sex, drugs, and violence, though, believe it or not. To each his/her/their own!


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Please join my group! All our books are clean and its a great and easy way to find new clean reads! https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


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