Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Luv is in the Air

Fine, okay, I know V-Day isn't until Saturday. But you should still be prepared with this list of teen romances from Donna Freitas. Display time!

I am a sop from way back. I was reading historical romance novels at twelve (and still do, in between kids and teen books), and that made me quite the conneisseur of (fictional) relationships. I've read a lot of teen books with romantic subplots, but it takes something special to make me smile and say, "Yeah, they're meant for each other." They've got to be good, strong, imperfect characters who make each other better. Here are some of my personal favorites.

Eugenides and Attolia - The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, Book 2) by Megan Whalen Turner (And there's a scene in the sequel that is quite frankly Made of Hot.)
Harry and Corlath - The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Will and Kate - Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
Katsa and Po - Graceling by Kristin Cashore
George and Beatrice - The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison

And if you love the sweet, sweet mush as I do but get annoyed at the less-than-satisfying "romances" in the teen section, there's a new blogger out there in bloglandia doing the work for us. Ana over at Young Adult Romance Reviews not only features teen books with love stories, but breaks it down for those who love the romance. How much is there? How physical is it? How satisfying is it? (As a romance, you sick puppy!) She seems to be posting pretty steadily, and I hope she keeps it up.

Anyway, that's it for me. What are some of your favorite romantic books?


Ms. Yingling said...

I've got to say that the Beverly Cleary for teens are probably my favorite. Or any of the romances from the 1950's. It's all so clean and innocent, and the girls all wear plaid skirts. They worry about their reputation. *Sigh* For something modern, I like Farrel's And Sometimes Why, because it talks about both sides of the relationship.

Anonymous said...

I love Harry and Corlath!

And also always, always will adore Meg Murray and Calvin O'Keefe. :-)

Bibliovore said...

How did I forget Meg and Calvin? I had such a book crush on Cal and I still have a weakness for tall skinny guys.

But I think maybe it's because Madeleine L'Engle set up a budding relationship and let it go from there in between the books as opposed to showing the whole course in the narrative.

Still. Classic.

Tambra said...

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs is a great YA read.

I just finished my first YA paranormal and can't wait to get it sent out.

M. L'Engle is one of my all time favorite authors. I'm glad someone mentioned her.

Tambra Kendall