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Favourite books about love

Book cover of Angel

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.

Crossing genres and reading abilities, there's something here for everyone and YES that means BOYS too!

  • Girl Hearts Girl

    Author: Lucy Sutcliffe

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Girl Hearts Girl

    Author: Lucy Sutcliffe

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    A real-life memoir about a young person coming to terms with her sexuality and her 'coming out', as well as her first relationship…

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  • Rosie Loves Jack

    Author: Mel Darbon

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Rosie Loves Jack

    Author: Mel Darbon

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Sixteen-year-old Rosie (who has Down’s syndrome) is devastated when circumstances separate her from boyfriend Jack (who …

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  • How Hard Can Love Be?

    Author: Holly Bourne

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • How Hard Can Love Be?

    Author: Holly Bourne

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 8+

    Working at a US summer camp, Amber meets Kyle, the all-American boy. He can't seriously be interested in her - can he? Written wit…

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  • Pumpkin Heads

    Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Pumpkin Heads

    Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

    A story of friendship and romance told in a funny and inclusive graphic novel that celebrates the joy and diversity of Halloween t…

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  • Happy Girl Lucky

    Author: Holly Smale

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Happy Girl Lucky

    Author: Holly Smale

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Hope Valentine is about to find out that life isn't a movie - even when you're a member of an acting dynasty - in this light-heart…

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  • Rani and Sukh

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Rani and Sukh

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    A vivid, fast-moving take on the Romeo and Juliet story, exploring the experience of young urban British Asians as they negot…

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  • The Sky is Everywhere

    Author: Jandy Nelson

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Sky is Everywhere

    Author: Jandy Nelson

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Grief has turned Lennie's world upside down - Bailey, her charismatic older sister, has died unexpectedly, forcing Lennie to step …

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  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 11+

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

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  • Noughts and Crosses

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Noughts and Crosses

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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

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  • Shiver

    Author: Maggie Stiefvater

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Shiver

    Author: Maggie Stiefvater

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

    Set in small-town Minnesota, Stiefvater’s moving and poetic novel of human/wolf interaction and relationships is a werewolf …

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  • Losing It

    Author: Various Editor: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Losing It

    Author: Various Editor: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 10+

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

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  • Pretty Things

    Author: Sarra Manning

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Pretty Things

    Author: Sarra Manning

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

    Sarra Manning cleverly conveys the confusion and uncertainty of adolescence, revealing that sexuality is not always as straightfor…

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  • Angel

    Author: LA Weatherly

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Angel

    Author: LA Weatherly

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    A thriller with a difference, this riveting read explores the conflicting emotions felt by two young people who know that only by …

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  • Starcrossed

    Author: Josephine Angelini

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Starcrossed

    Author: Josephine Angelini

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 12+

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

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  • Doing It

    Author: Melvin Burgess

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Doing It

    Author: Melvin Burgess

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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

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  • We Come Apart

    Author: Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • We Come Apart

    Author: Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Written in free verse, this dual narrative story goes straight to the heart of Jess and Nicu’s friendship, exploring their f…

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  • Why We Broke Up

    Author: Daniel Handler Illustrator: Maira Kalman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Why We Broke Up

    Author: Daniel Handler Illustrator: Maira Kalman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

    This beautifully presented and unusual young adult novel tells the story of Ed and Min's relationship, from their first meeting to…

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  • Chopsticks

    Author: Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Chopsticks

    Author: Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

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

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  • A Song for Summer

    Author: Eva Ibbotson

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • A Song for Summer

    Author: Eva Ibbotson

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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

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