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10 Must-Read Books About High School Romance

Our teenage romances were milestones in our emotional development. Reflect on those simpler times (were they, though, really?!) with these 10 books.

 

 

1. Dream Factory by Brad Barkley, Heather Hepler

 

Dream Factory by  Brad Barkley, Heather Hepler

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When the Disney World character actors go on strike, teens are hired as replacements. Ella is assigned the role of Cinderella simply because the shoes fit. And every afternoon at three o’clock she gets married to Prince Charming. A perfect dream come true; except Ella does not believe in dreams anymore. Meanwhile, Luke is one of the animal characters, and his girlfriend, Cassie, plays his counterpart, Chip. Cassie is perfect in every way, so why does Luke want to be with Cinderella? 

 

2. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

 

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I was thirteen when my dad caught me with Tommy Webber in the back of Tommy’s old Buick, parked next to the old Chart House down in Montana at eleven o’clock on a Tuesday night. Tommy was seventeen and the supposed friend of my brother, Darren. I didn’t love him.I’m not sure I even liked him.

In a moment Deanna Lambert’s teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome its lasting repercussions and the stifling role of “school slut,” she longs to escape a life defined by her past. 

 

3. More Than Friends: A Saving Grace Novel by Katherine Spencer

 

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When Grace Stanley’s older brother, Matt, died in a car accident, she wanted to die, too. But she’s slowly finding her way again, with the help of her mysterious new friend, Philomena – who always seems to show up when Grace needs her most. If only Jackson, Matt’s best friend, had a Philomena of his own. He’s fallen into some very bad habits – at the same time that Grace is falling for him.The second book in the “Saving Grace” series explores the themes of faith, hope, and learning to live (maybe even love) in the wake of a tragedy. 

 

 

 

4. The Market by J.M. Steele

 

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High school senior Kate Winthrop is about to find out just how much she’s worth. After stumbling across the Millbank Social Stock Market, Kate is horrified to discover that out of the 140 girls in her class, she’s ranked a bleak 71. Sure, she’s not drop-dead gorgeous, and her “fashion” choices leave a bit to be desired…but 71?! Determined not to accept her fate as a “junk bond,” she and her best friends quickly set out to make her the fastest rising stock on the Market. But what begins as a fun social experiment quickly turns into an obsession… 

 

5. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

 

 

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‘Just listen,’ Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. ‘Stay,’ he says.

Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you. For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope. But life can change in an instant. A cold February morning …a snowy road …and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one. 

 

6. Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

 

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

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Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blonde hair, one of the most popular kids in school. Inside, she’s a freak. A mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if the rumors are to be believed, vampire DNA. But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauser, first most popular girl in school, will make her life a living hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd… right? 

 

7. The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger

 

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Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone. 

 

 

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