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Top recent teen/YA romance books

Rosie Loves Jack

Love is a classic theme in teen and Young Adult fiction, so here are our top 10 romances from the last year or so.

CAUTION: MAY INCLUDE hot graffiti artists, sexy surfers, reincarnation, gangster families, hilarious, three-dimensional characters and a truckload of simmering chemistry…

  • The Poet X

    Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • The Poet X

    Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Xiomara, a teenage girl of Dominican heritage, is starting to notice boys, but her strict Catholic parents have decided on no cont…

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  • Wing Jones

    Author: Katherine Webber

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Wing Jones

    Author: Katherine Webber

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Wing has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Marcus. But when he does something unforgivable, Wing’s life starts …

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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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  • It's About Love

    Author: Steven Camden

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • It's About Love

    Author: Steven Camden

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 10+

    This gripping and thought provoking story slowly unfolds to reveal credible characters and events.

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  • Our Chemical Hearts

    Author: Krystal Sutherland

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Our Chemical Hearts

    Author: Krystal Sutherland

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    Henry Page is a hopeless romantic who's never been in love. Grace Town, who walks with a cane, wears oversized clothes, and rarely…

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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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  • 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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  • Tape

    Author: Steven Camden

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Tape

    Author: Steven Camden

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    In 1993, Ryan records a diary on a cassette tape. Twenty years later, Ameliah discovers an old tape in her grandmother's spare roo…

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  • Darkmere

    Author: Helen Maslin

    Interest level: 14-17

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Darkmere

    Author: Helen Maslin

    Interest level: 14-17

    Reading age: 11+

    This dual-narrative romantic thriller links Kate's contemporary story with events from 200 years ago and the terrible fate of the …

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  • Air

    Author: Lisa Glass

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Air

    Author: Lisa Glass

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 11+

    Iris travels far away to a surfing competition with her boyfriend, Zeke, but when they are both far away from what they know, Iris…

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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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  • Chasing the Stars

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Chasing the Stars

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    Blackman's skilful retelling of Shakespeare's Othello in a futuristic space setting is thrilling and romantic. The characters are …

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