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Favourite books about love

Losing It

Books are the perfect place to explore and talk about the complexities of the heart. Here are some of our favourites to get you talking about your emotions.

  • Rani and Sukh

    Bali Rai
    Random House

    A vivid, fast-moving take on the Romeo and Juliet story, exploring the experience of young urban British Asians as they negotiate their way through two cultures

  • Tales of the Otori: Across the Nightingale Floor

    Lian Hearn
    Pan Macmillan

    A taut, compelling tale in the Samurai warrior tradition

  • The Sky is Everywhere

    Jandy Nelson
    Walker Books

    Grief has turned Lennie's world upside down - Bailey, her charismatic older sister, has died unexpectedly, forcing Lennie to step out from behind her shadow for the first time.

  • Sugar Rush

    Julie Burchill
    PanMacmillan

    Shortlisted for the 2005 Booktrust Teenage Prize, this is a controversial and daring look at the gritty reality of teenage experience.

  • Noughts and Crosses

    Malorie Blackman
    Random House

    Callum is a Nought but his best friend Sephy is a Cross - the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.

  • Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

    Louise Rennison
    HarperCollins

    Welcome to the world of Georgia Nicolson - an angst-ridden teenage girl who keeps a diary to record the rollercoaster of emotions and experiences she faces every day

  • Shiver

    Maggie Stiefvater
    Scholastic

    Set in small-town Minnesota, Stiefvater’s moving and poetic novel of human/wolf interaction and relationships is a werewolf story like no other.

  • Losing It

    Edited by Keith Gray
    Andersen Press

    This is a collection of eight short stories about growing-up, virginity and sex for teenagers.

  • Angel

    LA Weatherly
    Usborne

    A thriller with a difference, this riveting read explores the conflicting emotions felt by two young people who know that only by risking their lives can they save the world.

  • Swim the Fly

    Don Calame
    Templar Publishing

    Matt, Coop and Sean have been friends forever.  Each summer, they set themselves a goal, and this year tops the lot - they must see a real live naked girl. 

  • Starcrossed

    Josephine Angelini
    Macmillan Children's Books

    When the beautiful and mysterious Delos family arrive on Nantucket Island, Helen Hamilton's teenaged life is turned upside down.

  • A Taste of Chlorine

    Bastien Vives
    Jonathan Cape

    This beautifully drawn book cleverly examines the intricacies and complications of friendship

  • Doing It

    Melvin Burgess
    Andersen Press

    A much heralded, compelling sex story for teenage boys from this provocative writer

  • The Immortals: Evermore

    Alyson Noel
    Macmillan Children's Books

    In the first book of The Immortals series, find out what Ever will do after discovering she can read auras and hear thoughts

  • Naked

    Kevin Brooks
    Puffin Books

    London, 1976: a summer of chaos, punk, love ... and the boy they called Billy the Kid

  • There Is No Dog

    Meg Rosoff
    Puffin Books

    In the beginning there was Bob

  • Why We Broke Up

    Daniel Handler Illustrated by Maira Kalman
    Electric Monkey

    This beautifully presented and unusual young adult novel tells the story of Ed and Min's relationship, from their first meeting to their hearbreaking break-up.

  • Chopsticks

    Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
    Razorbill

    This unusual story of star-crossed teenage love is told visually, through a series of photographs, collages and scrapbook pages

  • Romeo and Juliet: Manga Shakespeare

    Sonia Leong and William Shakespeare Adapted by Richard Appignanesi
    Self Made Hero

    Set in modern Tokyo, with the Capulets and Montagues recast as organised-crime rivals, this racy retelling gets to the heart of the love story and the foolish rivalry that dooms it.

  • A Song for Summer

    Eva Ibbotson
    Pan Macmillan

    A deliciously old-fashioned story, which encompasses love, adventure and a host of memorable characters.