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message 1: by Breanna (new)

Breanna | 18 comments I have a question.... Is it o.k. to add young adult books that have romances or do you not want any on the bookself?

message 2: by Joyce, Group Creator (new)

Joyce | 592 comments Mod
YA romances are welcome, as long as they meet the criteria stated under our Group Description. There are a lot of YA books I like, even though I'm not a YA myself anymore. :-(

message 3: by Breanna (new)

Breanna | 18 comments I'll have to go through my YA books and see which ones work. Does the romance have to be the center of the plot or can it be a smaller part?

message 4: by Joyce, Group Creator (new)

Joyce | 592 comments Mod
I'd say it could be a smaller part. Just if there isn't any romance in it at all, then it probably belongs in a non-romance group. :-)

message 5: by Breanna (new)

Breanna | 18 comments Sounds good. I think I'll always young adult books. I like adult books, too now, but I'm one of those people who still likes to read picture books on occasion. They're so cute!

message 6: by Joyce, Group Creator (new)

Joyce | 592 comments Mod
Hey, Where the Wild Things Are, One Fish, Two Fish, and the Skippy Jon Jones series are some of my favorite books! :-)

message 7: by Jaimey, Co-Mod (new)

Jaimey (jaimeygrant) | 409 comments Mod
I LOVE Where the Wild Things Are!! Goodnight Moon is pretty special, too.

Ooo, and don't forget The Babysitter's Club and The Boxcar Children, too. :o)

message 8: by Joyce, Group Creator (new)

Joyce | 592 comments Mod
Did you hear they're making a movie of "Where the Wild Things Are"? I don't know whether to be excited or worried. I mean, you know they've gotta do some major "padding/stretching" of the story to turn such a short book into a feature length film!

message 9: by Jaimey, Co-Mod (new)

Jaimey (jaimeygrant) | 409 comments Mod
Didn't it already come out? I saw the movie trailer many, many months ago and was super excited.

But yeah, talk about padding. I saw somewhere that the story is only 10 sentences long. (I can't find my copy to substantiate the claim, however.)

message 10: by Joyce, Group Creator (new)

Joyce | 592 comments Mod
The movie trailer's been out forever, but I think the movie doesn't actually come out till October.

message 11: by Jaimey, Co-Mod (new)

Jaimey (jaimeygrant) | 409 comments Mod
Wow. Can the movie possibly live up to so much hype??

message 12: by Joyce, Group Creator (new)

Joyce | 592 comments Mod
I know! I was wearing a Wild Thing T-shirt when I visited my sister in Salt Lake City back in April, and when we were out shopping, TWO different clerks in TWO different stores stopped me when they saw my T-shirt and and told me about the movie trailer and how excited they were that the movie was coming out. With the trailer out that early, I thought sure it would be a summer release, and was really surprised to find it wasn't slated till October. Talk about a really long build up! I'll be very, very curious to see what reaction it receives when if finally comes out!

message 13: by Breanna (new)

Breanna | 18 comments I liked were the Wild Things Are, too. I like the Bailey School Kids, Nate the Great, Magic Tree House, Bernstein Bears, Magic School Bus, and tons of other books. I loved to read when I was little and still do.

message 14: by Julie (last edited Feb 24, 2010 12:17PM) (new)

Julie Anderson | 3 comments As a teacher of grades 4-6, I am often surprised (and I might add concerned) to see what my students are reading. While I read books for my own pleasure, I am constantly on the lookout for books I think are entertaining and appropriate for that age.

I have strongly recommended Tiger's Curse and the sequel Tiger's Quest to my friends and (female) students.

These stories blend adventure, mythology and yes, romance, but the kind you find in old movies when looks could be so suggestive...a simple kiss could light you on fire. Innuendo is powerfully seductive. There is quite a bit of kissing actually, but I think it is so sweetly done that it is not at all inappropriate for preteen girls.

Author Colleen Houck does a wonderful job of telling a fast-paced, interesting story and creating characters you'll love and become deeply invested in.

message 15: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca | 14 comments most YA books do have romance in the story. so it's a great genre to look at for these books.

message 16: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca | 14 comments I am going to add a bunch of young adult romances or YA books with strong romantic sublot. I have read many books in this category!

message 17: by NovelReaction (new)

NovelReaction | 31 comments Hey everyone,
My website if focusing on all things YA this month, what we love and what we don't. Make sure you stop by as I will be giving away several YA novels, including Deception by Lee Nichols (it just came out and is great!).

Amelia, free market Puritan (aeimaginer12) | 45 comments I just finished The Dark Divine, which is an excellent, clean YA novel. I would highly recommend this one!

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Ankita Chadha (ankitac) | 4 comments Hi. I am Ankita chadha from Indore, India. I have authored a book 'Anything else but love'.

Here's the Kindle link:

Facebook link:

And the Book page: Anything Else But Love by Ankita Chadha

message 20: by Felicia (new)

Felicia Rogers (feliciarogers) | 19 comments I hope this qualifies, if it doesn't you can remove with no had feelings! :) I have a YA paranormal romance that came out last Dec. I just got the most awesome review from Bitten Books (should be posted here at goodreads as well). She called my novel, "The Key", more of a Fantasy Romance. Said it was totally clean! I just thought I would pass this book along as a YA clean read option.
Kindle Link:


message 21: by Susan (new)

Susan Hatler (susanhatler) | 72 comments Congratulations on the great review, Felicia!

message 22: by Felicia (new)

Felicia Rogers (feliciarogers) | 19 comments Thanks, Susan. It made my day to hear that someone enjoyed my work so much and actually 'got it'. The story is really very mysterious. When people ask me to tell them about it, I have the hardest time. I think Kaity really did a great job with her review.

message 23: by Nanci (new)

Nanci | 62 comments Ok, these are most likely already on the bookshelf, I haven't checked yet, but I have just read Tiger's Curse and Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck and I just have to say that I loved them. Tiger's Curse has one of the most romantic scenes ever written ( of course, I was listening to the audio book and the reader's were so fantastic that it made it very realistic)in my opinion. Nothing you can object to, just pure romance and wow! These books have everything you want in a romance and none of the things you don't want(except maybe the fact that the main character, Kelsey, has two of the greatest guys ever to choose between). However, you must keep in mind that Kelsey, the main character, is a teen and therefore does and thinks stupid things as teens often do. Hope you take the time to enjoy. You also have to remember that although book 3 comes out in November, there are 5 books in the series and you won't get to have the rest of the story for a long while. Sigh!

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Jessica (princess12sally) | 4 comments I would recomend th once upon a time series to the whole discussion but hten this is my first I love fairytales and fantasy that have themes or morals to learn from

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Courtney (crice26) | 2 comments anyone have any recommendations for me, i love young adult romance books(:

message 26: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Comeaux | 57 comments Courtney wrote: "anyone have any recommendations for me, i love young adult romance books(:"

My YA romance, Life On the Edge, will be released by Astraea Press on Jan. 5. It's a clean read that I think both teens and adults can enjoy :-)

message 27: by LAWonder10 (new)

LAWonder10 | 108 comments Rachel Nunes has several, Michele Ashman Bell has several. I love Jennie Hansen' s books,and Beverly Lewis is very good also. These are just a few.

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Linore (linrose) | 27 comments I recommend two by Melanie Dickerson, The Healer's Apprentice, (sweet, medieval romance/mystery) and, The Merchant's Daughter, just out this month. Both are loosely based on different fairy tales. AND--this is incredible--they are both on special right now in the Kindle editions for only $1.99 each!!! (Usually $9.99 on Kindle and more in print).
Here's the URLs, though I'm not sure how they'll come through on this forum:


All you have to do is look at the beautiful covers of these books and you'll want to read them. They're that good.

And: Even though my first romance isn't categorized as "YA", I haven't met a young adult (female) yet who hasn't LOVED it! Before the Season Ends. All of these books are on Amazon or other online outlets if not in bookstores.

And I should mention that my 2nd regency romance goes on special TOMORROW, according to my publisher. It will be only $2.99 Kindle edition,I believe.
Refresh the page after landing to make sure you see the latest price.
It's a wonderful time of the year for good cozy reading. Also consider my new SHORT on Kindle for only .99 cents. It's perfect curl-up-with-hot-cocoa or tea reading, and you can't beat the price. Also, it's only 15,000 words--you'll finish it in one sitting.

Happy Reading,
Happy Holiest of Holidays!

Linore Rose Burkard

Linore Rose
Heart-Warming Soul-Stirring Christian Romance!
NEW Kindle Short--Romantic suspense--.99cents
Woman of Faith Blog

message 29: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Harsch My paranormal romance,Dreaming Dangerously, does not contain sex scenes because I did write it for young adults, and I wanted to make sure my 8th graders could read the book and that I could donate my book to our school library. There is a lot of kissing and the emotional depth that comes with first love, but the story line is only two months long, which to me is not long enough to consummate a teen-aged relationship. My characters are also younger than 18, and I don't agree with sex before being an adult. I don't judge anyone if they do, I just didn't myself, and I don't want my daughter or son to have sex before they are adults, either. I have written, but not yet published, an historical romance with sex scenes, but I have always battled with myself about including them. Since they can easily be removed without changing the meaning of the story, I am going to get rid of them because I am thinking of revising the book for a YA audience.
Heres' my blog if anyone wants to check it out:
Thanks for a great group idea. Not all of us want to read lots of sex in our romances.
Kathie Harsch

message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

Another good YA series is the Christy Miller series by Robyn Jones Gunn.

message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

Hello everyone! I have a new book that fits into a clean romance. It is a complicted love story about faith and sexuality that deserves telling. Im so excited to share this with you all. My book page is at

message 32: by Lani (new)

Lani Young (laniwendtyoung) | 3 comments Thrilled to find this group and this thread. My 13 yr old daughter is an avid reader and its very difficult to find YA books that are not filled with sex/drugs/gory violence. Hoping i can get some good recommendations via this group.

message 33: by Zee (new)

Zee Monodee (zee_monodee) Lani, the following books were quite good imo - your daughter might like them

The Crepe Makers' Bond by Julie Crabtree
The Oracle of Dating (The Oracle of Dating, #1) by Allison van Diepen
It Started with a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech

message 34: by Carmen (new)

Carmen | 32 comments Not wanting to blow my own horn, but my YA fantasy Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban has adventure, romance and a coming of age story and it's totally clean.

message 35: by Lani (new)

Lani Young (laniwendtyoung) | 3 comments Zee wrote: "Lani, the following books were quite good imo - your daughter might like them

The Crepe Makers' Bond by Julie Crabtree
The Oracle of Dating (The Oracle of Dating, #1) by Allison van Diepen
[bookcover:It Started with a Dare|..."

Thanks for the tips Zee - will check them out!

message 36: by Zee (new)

Zee Monodee (zee_monodee) Most welcome, Lani! :) I like to screen them before passing them on to my teenage niece

message 37: by Allison (new)

Allison Kraft (allisonkraft) | 5 comments Lani, I'm not sure what genre your daughter likes. I've read a lot of good YA lately, though most falls into the dystopian genre. I also really liked Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (and it's sequel, Hallowed, about a girl who finds out she's part angel). Across the Universe (and it's sequel, A Million Suns) is also good, if she likes sci-fi. If she likes history, Lily of the Nile (about Cleopatra's daughter) was very good as well.

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) by Cynthia Hand Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis Lily of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter, #1) by Stephanie Dray

There are a lot of dystopians I've liked, but at the moment I can't remember which were clean and which weren't. My memory is awful!

message 38: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi. Just joined. Husband of a YA author (Patricia Leslie The Ballad of Young Tam Lin by Patricia A. Leslie ) , but have read and still read a lot of YA fiction (mostly fantasy and SF). [Note: I think The Ballad of Young Tam Lin is very "clean" - no graphic descriptions of sex - but it is also very clear that the central (unmarried) characters have sex, and enjoy it. If this goes beyond your standards, don't bother. If you want a free look, go the "Look Inside" feature on Kindle.)
Free paranormal novella by Patricia Leslie, author of Go to
Then click on the "Resources" tab for access to the novella and some other short writings.

message 39: by Amy (last edited Feb 27, 2012 01:11PM) (new)

Amy Keeley (safire_blue) | 89 comments Lani, I liked Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, though I think the movie did a better job showing the romance. (Didn't care for the other things they did to the plot and to poor Howl, my 2nd favorite wizard so far.)

message 40: by Nanci (new)

Nanci | 62 comments Amy wrote: "Lani, I liked Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, though I think the movie did a better job showing the romance. (Didn't care for the other things they did to the plot and to poor Howl, my ..."

I just finished Howl's Moving Castle. I really liked it as well. I also think Howl is a terrific character! I agree that the movie takes a totally different turn. I enjoyed them both but I feel like you have to take them separately. However, I think that I understood the movie better having the background of the book. It was fun to hear your opinion.

message 41: by Jules (new)

Jules | 3 comments Ally Carter's YA books--especially the Gallagher girl series are fun yet very clean. It's refreshing. :) Ally Carter

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Amy Lignor (httpwwwgoodreadscomalignor) | 27 comments Hey there - this is getting really great feedback and very clean! I hope you can take a look.

From the very first page, I was hooked. The plot keeps you begging for more
5 out 5 Stars!

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Amy Lignor (httpwwwgoodreadscomalignor) | 27 comments See the cast for the NEW YA Wonder!

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Amy Lignor (httpwwwgoodreadscomalignor) | 27 comments I was really thrilled to see that the Angels were focused on in the Christian YA magazine this month in The Return of Inspiration! Check it out in the March edition of Ruby for Women - Page 48!

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Alyson Reuben (alysonreuben) | 10 comments I'm replying to Jaimie in message7. My 10 yr. old daughter loves reading the Babysitter's Club books! And the original Box Car Children is my mom's favorite children's book (she read it to us several times). I once tried to buy her an original copy of it, and it was selling on ebay at over $75, so I discovered that there are lots of other fans out there too! I adore YA books — they're the biggest building blocks for getting kids and teens hooked on literature.

message 46: by Amy (new)

Amy Lignor (httpwwwgoodreadscomalignor) | 27 comments Building a Perfect Paranormal World…With Imperfections
Article & Contest for the New YA Hit!

message 47: by Amy (new)

Amy Lignor (httpwwwgoodreadscomalignor) | 27 comments This is another humbling review that came out today about the clean angel/warrior romance Until Next Time. I hope you can take a look!

“You know those books where you wish the author would have published the whole series at once? This is definitely one of those!”

message 48: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Pennington (michellelpennington) | 11 comments I LOVE this group and I'm always looking here to find clean reads when I hear that siren call for romance. For all of you who've made so many great suggestions, let me share my own novel. If you get the itch to read a good one, check it out.

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Life is simple for high school senior, Sienna Whitfield. With a few good friends, a camera, and a dream, she has everything she needs to be happy. But when Jordan Rubio, the most popular girl at Haskins High, makes her mad, she decides to use the power of photography to right a few social wrongs. As if that doesn’t cause enough drama in her life, she realizes she’s falling for the new guy, Lee Franklin. Strong and protective, he’s just what she needs to survive the craziness she’s stirred up at school. If only she didn’t have to keep her feelings for Lee a secret from her mom…

message 49: by Missy (new)

Missy LaRae (missylarae) | 1 comments My young adult novel The Sword and The Prophet is very clean, and is intended for a middle grade audience on up. It was just nominated to be a Sunshine State Young Readers Award nominee by a local librarian.

If you're looking for something that you can enjoy that has romance (and science fiction) then this is the book for you. It's a deep novel that focuses on character development, and sets up for the second and third books in the trilogy.

I recommend it for anyone looking for a book they can share with their kids. As one reviewer said "I'd happily give this to my kids to read, but if you do, read it first because they won't give it back until they're done."

Thanks! Missy LaRae

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LAWonder10 | 108 comments I would love to read and review your book.
my e mail address is .com

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