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Anna del C. Dye | 29 comments My Friend Sarah Fitzgerald is an author of sweet romance and she is a Champagne Best Seller. They are very clean but for older, yet I bet she'll enjoy them.
My trilogy is clean if she likes medieval time romance. I write YA.
"The Silent Warrior Trilogy."
Has she read Wendy Toliver's series for teens. (Clean)
She could check Mette Ivie Harrison. (They are princess books with magic)

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Elizabeth (emarsh13) Allyson Braithwaite Condie has written a few books that are clean (they're LDS based), and they're good, sweet romance-based. Check them out ... they may be good for her. Also, what about Shannon Hale?

Maybe introducing her to Jane Austen wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

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Lanetta | 34 comments The once upon a time series are good. Also authors like Janette Rallison (wrote just one wish- I most likely spelled the name wrong), Jessica Day George, and Gail Carson Levine. Some good books are a Kiss in Time, Wings, Coffehouse angel (only bad part is they drink coffee), and some others that I will remember later and post.

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Lauralyn | 5 comments Georgette Heyer writes clean regency romances with some humor. I'm not usually a romance book person, but I enjoy hers.

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Teryn | 18 comments Marcia Lynn McClure writes romance. She is an adult author, but it is clean. It is all about the kissing. Her characters have morals.

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MaryBliss | 59 comments Lanetta's list of authors is good. And I second Elizabeth's recommendation of Shannon Hale. I'd add the following authors to the list: Patricia C. Wrede, some of Robin McKinley (a couple of her books are not so squeaky clean but the rest are quite good), Elizabeth Marie Pope, Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Grace Livingstone Hill, Diane Stanley, Elizabeth Peters, Julie Berry and Zoe Marriott.

Also, there's a clean romances group on goodreads.

You might like to peruse the books on their bookshelf for more ideas. Their books are sorted by genre and there were 96 titles catagorized as "young adult" on their shelves last I checked.

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MaryBliss | 59 comments Also, she might enjoy L.M. Montgomery's lesser known novels and short story collections:

Emily of New Moon
Emily Climbs
The Blue Castle
Emily's Quest (sequel to Emily Climbs)
Magic for Marigold
A Tangled Web
Pat of Silver Bush
Mistress Pat (sequel to Pat of Silver Bush)
Jane of Lantern Hill
The Doctor's Sweetheart, selected by Catherine McLay
Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1989)
After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence, edited by Rea Wilmshurst

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joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire* (joytotheworld) | 98 comments if she likes fantasy romance, lynn kurland's 9 kingdoms is good.

sharon shinn's YA novels are fantastic and clean. you might steer clear of her adult selections, which are discreet but not up to our standards.

robin mckinley is VERY hit and miss as far as morality. definitely read them yourself first. i'd say that rose daughter, beauty, and the blue sword are fine.

anne osterlund's academy 7 and aurelia are both clean.

anything published by bethany house is guaranteed to be clean, though not necessarily fantastic writing.

i don't believe eva ibbotson has been mentioned yet. i liked the two books of hers that i've read. 'a countess below stairs' and 'the reluctant heiress.'

message 9: by MaryBliss (new)

MaryBliss | 59 comments I agree with Joy. McKinley is hit and miss. Kurland's 9 Kingdoms (The Mage's Daughter, The Princess of the Sword, and A Tapestry of Spells) are clean reads. Pre-read her historical romances, most are good but some are not.

Robin McKinley's "Chalice" is also a clean read with a bit of romance.

Eva Ibbotson is like Robin McKinley. :-) Some are good. Some cross the line. Both the ones Joy mentions are good. So is "A Song for Summer". "A Company of Swans" has an out of wedlock sexual relationship. "The Morning Gift" is probably a little to old for an early teen, just due to the subject matter.

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Grace (gbarnes123) | 9 comments If she wants some adventure and some history with her romance, Patricia Veryan is good. Intrigue, sword fights, people who are not what they seem and good old fashioned romance. She wrote several series and it helps to read them in order. This website has them sorted by the series and in their preferred reading order

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Grace (gbarnes123) | 9 comments MaryBliss wrote: "I agree with Joy. McKinley is hit and miss. Kurland's 9 Kingdoms (The Mage's Daughter, The Princess of the Sword, and A Tapestry of Spells) are clean reads. Pre-read her historical romances, most ..."

My Robin McKinley experience was that her earlier ones were less likely to have sex in them. I was disappointed when reading her later ones since she is from Idaho (as am I) and I liked that some were set in Idaho.

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Grace (gbarnes123) | 9 comments Oh, I just thought of Victoria Holt. I didn't see her mentioned. All of hers have a mystery and are set in Victorian England. She also wrote under Jean Plaidy and Phillipa Carr. It's been a while since I read any of hers, but I think the Jean Plaidy ones tended to be more historical.

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Rachel (whitepicketfence) | 100 comments I don't necessarily like "Romance" as a genre, but pure romance inside other genre's I love. My favorite book of all time is "Song of Years" by Bess Streeter Aldrich. It is historical fiction, but there is definitely a fantastic, absolutely clean, romance imbedded. I fell in love with the book at age 14 and both of my daughters have done the same, at the same age. It is by no means modern, so that might be a hurdle if your daughter is used to the fast paced writing of today. The writing is poetically descriptive and spends much time with character development; definitely worth the investment. I also agree with encouraging her toward L.M. Montgomery and eventually Jane Austin. There are great moral lessons on love in their books, though I would steer clear of Austen's Northanger Abby. It is completely different from the rest of her books and made me very uncomfortable.

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Amy S | 4 comments I second Blue Castle by LM Montgomery, as well as Rilla of Ingleside.

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Lanetta | 34 comments Some other books I thought of.... The Frog Princess by ED Barker series, Berry, and Haddix's Just Ella and Palace of Mirrors.

message 16: by Marla (last edited Aug 19, 2010 02:40PM) (new)

 Marla | 45 comments The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede are sweet stories about a princess who doesn't need a prince and goes to live with dragons to make her own way in the world.

Christy by Catherine Marshall was another sweet love story.

Shannon Hale books tend to be violent at times, but they are good stories with love stories woven in.

message 17: by Steen (new)

Steen (steensteen) I don't know if someone suggested this, but I totally recommend Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It is a paranormal romance, if you're against that, and there are implications of sex, but no sex scene. And possibly swearing (I don't really notice swearing, unless it happens annoyingly often. I'd say it was rare, if there.) It is absolutely my favorite book. It's very well-written and thought out.

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Rachel (whitepicketfence) | 100 comments Marla wrote: "The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede are sweet stories about a princess who doesn't need a prince and goes to live with dragons to make her own way in the world.

Christy by Catherine ..."

Loved "Christy" but I wouldn't recommend it for a young teen. Some very heavy themes in that one. "Freckles" by Gene Stratton Porter is one of the most pure romances you'll ever find, though it's a book about nature, at it's core. Sappy? Absolutely! But, clean and sweet and wholesome, and I loved it as a young teen.

message 19: by Marla (new)

 Marla | 45 comments Rachel wrote: "Marla wrote: "The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede are sweet stories about a princess who doesn't need a prince and goes to live with dragons to make her own way in the world.


It's been so long since I read it, so I will have to defer. I just remember it was really tame for book club.

message 20: by Emily (last edited Aug 24, 2010 10:51AM) (new)

Emily Eastman | 9 comments I like teen romance books too, so I'd recommend...

1. Maximum Ride series (the two main characters fall in love over the course of the books)

2. The Last Song

3. Goose Girl Series

4. Wuthering Heights

5. Pride and Prejudice (depends what kind of romance she likes)

6. The Sugar Camp Quilt

7. Beautiful Creatures (this book is not completely clean but never goes into descriptions of anything so maybe when she's a little older...)

8. Gone (it is a series but I've only read the 1st one so I am unsure if they are clean or not)

9. Tuck Everlasting

10. Jacob Have I Loved (sort of a romance but an AMAZING BOOK)

11. The Phantom of the Opera

12. Once Upon a Time series

13. The Book Theif

14. Uglies Series

15. Little Women

I'll probably think of more later. Good Luck!!!

message 21: by Marla (new)

 Marla | 45 comments I read Rules by Cynthia Lord a few years ago and thought it was a sweet first love story with a twist on what people think. Her brother is autistic and her crush is a paraplegic. My then young teen liked it to and we talked about it.

message 22: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (emarsh13) WHat about any of Janette Rallison's books? She's fun and very clean.

message 23: by Amanda (last edited Sep 11, 2010 07:48PM) (new)

Amanda  Murphy | 5 comments I love a good love story mixed into a great book. Try Mistwood by Leah Cypress. It's squeaky clean.

Most of Sarah Dessen's books are pretty clean, and anything that is unsavory is cast in a poor light.

I second the recommendation ofJust One Wish by Janette Rallison. I LOVED that one.

I just read Teen Idolby Meg Cabot. Oddly, I can't remember what the language was like, but the love story is sweet.

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Anna (SylviaGrant) | 11 comments (1) Ella Enchanted

(2) Love Comes Softly

(3) Anne of Green Gables

(4) The Princess Bride

(5) Just Ella

This is all I can tell of for the moment. Hopes this helps.

message 25: by Marla (new)

 Marla | 45 comments Emily wrote: "I like teen romance books too, so I'd recommend...

1. Maximum Ride series (the two main characters fall in love over the course of the books)

2. The Last Song

3. Goose Girl Series


The Uglies wasn't too bad, just a few brief references, but Pretties and Specials talk about cutting and I didn't think it was appropriate for junior high.

message 26: by Thalia (new)

Thalia (thaliaanderson) Tuck Everlasting is one those sweet ones that I just adore!

I'm also a teen who's a romance junkie. To be honest, I can't STAND it when a book doesn't have romance of some sort, hahaha.

Sarah Dessen is a basically clean author. I've asked several people, since I know she's a romance-story author of teen love, and I've gotten nothing but satisfying answers. Dreamland is about an abusive relationship, and it has some drug addiction, but it's clean besides. I'm currently reading Lock and Key, which also has drug references, but so far, the main character's love interest is the epitome of chivalry.

Matched by Ally Condie is as clean as they come.

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble had a relationship that made my heart squeeze and my stomach in knots because I just loved them so much!

The ever classic Pride and Prejudice is seriously one of the best romances of all time.

Avalon High by Meg Cabot has a clean romance with elements of Arthurian history (which makes me, personally, fangirl like there's no tomorrow).

Gone by Michael Grant has lots of different relationships, but unfortunately, there's refernce to a couple of the characters have sex in the fourth book of the series. But I'm hoping Grant won't choose to do that more often.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is one of my personal favorites, but it's a little iffy to a lot of people. The way that I read this book, it's one of the greatest pieces of writing to ever exist, but I feel like it can make a lot of peole uncomfortable. Nothing will ever happen between characters (Cassandra Clare let all her readers know that sex is not in her books ever), but the two main interests are confused between the very end of book one and 3/4 of the way through book three on whether they're siblings or not. Some people see this book as being "incest", but I'll let you know that they never are related in the least. However, if that's something that would make you uncomfortable, then don't pick it up.

That's my clean list so far!

message 27: by Debra (last edited Sep 24, 2011 10:40PM) (new)

Debra Brown (debrabrown) | 10 comments I have a clean romance/mystery out that is inspired by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens stories. It was written for adults, but for teens that enjoy that type of book, it is just fine. I read such when I was a teen.

The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown

message 28: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (emarsh13) Just read A Proper Pursuit - clean, but honestly for me it was a little painful to read. BUT, it was a quick, clean romance.

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Egtea | 2 comments An FYI for Sarah Dessen's books--quite a few of them include high school drinking as a casual and matter of fact occurrence for the main characters.

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Egtea | 2 comments Here are some of my favorite clean teen romances:

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Princess Bride by William Goldman
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (and others by her)
East by Edith Pattou
Ever by Gail Carson Levine
I’d Tell You I’d Love You But then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Matched by Ally Condie
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Beauty by Robin McKinley

message 31: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Comeaux My YA romance was released last week, and reviewers have mentioned how much they appreciated the cleanliness of the romance. :) The book is Life On the Edge Life On the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux

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Tifferz | 16 comments Tiger's Curse, Tiger's Quest, Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck and she has two more that are coming in the series. A total of 5 books. The fourth book will come out later this year!

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Minerva (minervavasquez) | 3 comments I just read Waiting for You by Susanne Colasanti...I was about to let my 6th grader read it because it was amazingly clean! But thought she might not "get" some parts of it--parts dealing with a nightly radio talk show. I higly recommend it as a clean, teen novel with romance.

Aimee (Getting Your Read On) (gettingyourreadon) | 17 comments You might try the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren. Waterfall is the first book and my teenage daughter loved them. There are 3 in the series. I would also agree with Tiger's Curse series. They are my daughter's favorite series. Both of these series are free of sex and language.

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Amy The | 4 comments Tiffany wrote: "Tiger's Curse, Tiger's Quest, Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck and she has two more that are coming in the series. A total of 5 books. The fourth book will come out later this year!"

I started Tigers's Curse but stopped it because it looked like it was headed in a sexual directionn

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Tressa (Wishful Endings) | 5 comments Love Janette Rallison and Shannon Hale, along with several others mentioned.

I didn't see Ally Condie. Her books are fabulous! Also, the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand is clean. Sarah M. Eden is great if she likes that time period. Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White is another.

message 37: by Katherine (last edited Nov 01, 2012 08:53PM) (new)

Katherine | 6 comments Amy wrote: "Tiffany wrote: "Tiger's Curse, Tiger's Quest, Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck and she has two more that are coming in the series. A total of 5 books. The fourth book will come out later this year!"..."

I read Tiger's Curse recently Amy, no sex. I think I was a little worried for a minute, but it was highly recommended by people I trust so I kept going. I'm glad I did, it was great, and I look forward to reading the others in the series!

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Denise Smith (toadie_32) | 9 comments My daughter loves the series by Jenni James,The Jane Austen Diaries. Modern retellings of the classics. Pride and Popularity, Northanger Alibi, and two others. She just finished one and I could hear her laughing in her room. Very clean.
Also try The Heist Society, anything by Ally Carter or Jessica Day George, Cinderella Ninja Warrior, and Forbidden Sea.

CompassBookRatings | 26 comments Just read "The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight"...see full review with rated content analysis at

Also might want to try "Edenbrooke". Full review with rated content analysis at

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Pinelakelady | 1 comments My daughter recently enjoyed There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. A clean romance with drama, humor, and travel.

message 41: by Marla (new)

 Marla | 45 comments I just reread Wait For Marcy by Rosamond du Jardin which I loved when I was in Jr. High. She writes sweet, clean love stories and since it is from years ago it is historical fiction.

I don't think I would classify the Gone series as a love story and it has some sadistic and very violent scenes, so even though it doesn't have sex, you might object to the violence.

message 42: by Samm (new)

Samm (ashmanrose) The Selection by Kiera Cass. She's got the second book coming out in a couple of months. I don't know if it'll still be "clean" but the first book was really good. I have to say it pulled me in when I saw a review that said "American Idol meets The Bachelor." Even though I don't watch either of those shows, I had to see what the book was about and am excited to read the rest of the series. Another series is the "Once Upon a Time." They are clean fairy-tale retellings... so of course there's a little romance.

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The Mountain Song Legacy by B.J. Hoff is great. There are three books in it: A Distant Music, The Wind Harp and The Song Weaver.

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Jaina Rose (ireadtilldawn) | 13 comments Wow, I'm a young teen and I definitely need to add these to my list! The Jessica Day George Dragon books, and Shannon Hale's Princess Academy (and its sequel) are both some of my favorites. Another great author your daughter might like is Gordon Korman, who has some wonderful books and then a few that aren't very clean. I'd suggest Ungifted for a first read, or maybe No More Dead Dogs.

message 45: by Daryl (new)

Daryl | 4 comments I have three suggestions that I have enjoyed:

the Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
The Secret Journal of Brett Colton by Kay Lynn Mangum
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

message 46: by Tracy (last edited May 25, 2013 06:37AM) (new)

Tracy Masters | 8 comments the older romance writers such as Rosamund Pilcher / Daniel Steel/anne perry/jefffrey archer/anne macaffrey(dragon series)/susan sallies/alexander mcall smith/susanna kearsley/Kathy reichs(cool not really romance but she might like them)/ laurie king(Sherlock homes and mary Russell)/Elizabeth peters/Barbara kingsolver etc are all quite clean just depends what sort of books she likes - I would have read any of these as as a teen - I generally find those aimed at teens are worse than the books I would read - good luck

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Jaina Rose (ireadtilldawn) | 13 comments Yeah, teen books are horrible. I just read older YA, and I love it. It seems like every teen book is a) about some undead person and b) really inappropriate in the romance. Oh, another author I personally love is Margaret Peterson Haddix. She has some romance, but it's not the entire focus of the book.

message 48: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Cooley | 5 comments "With a Kiss"
"At Midnight"
"As the Sun Sets"
--All by Stephanie Fowers

I discovered this series last week and it stole my soul for the 4 days it took me to get through all three. Wonderful characters, full of sweet romance, and an intriguing way of mixing common fairy tale characters with Celtic mythology and various other sources of faery lore.

Here's a link to the first:

message 49: by MaryBliss (new)

MaryBliss | 59 comments Clare Cannon listed some on her blog "The Good Reading Guide". Her discussion of what makes good romance in a YA book is worth the read.

In the post she listed:
A Posse of Princesses,
Crown Duel,
Princess Academy,
A Waltz for Matilda,
A Rose for the ANZAC Boys,
Secret Letters,
The Girl from Snowy River,
I Am Rembrandt's Daughter.

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B (deathandchocolate) | 37 comments Be careful with the Sarah dessen ones - plenty of them have language problems and references to sex.

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