When it comes down to it, my favorite books are kissing books. For Valentine's Day, I give you some of my favorites.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anna's not happy about having to spend her senior year at a boarding school in Paris. But she makes some cool friends, including the dashing Etienne St. Clair-- completely perfect except for the fact he already has a girlfriend. Be sure to read the companion novel Lola and the Boy Next Door.
The Season by Sarah MacLean. Being surrounded by older brothers and their friends, Lady Alexa can hold her own. While this is an asset at the dinner table, it doesn't help one's chances during her first season. Fancy dresses, mystery, and some swoon worthy moments make this a winner MacLean has gone on to write several adult romances that I also recommend.
Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith. Zan went to college a year early, and Joy doesn't know if she's been dumped or not. She ropes his best friend, Noah, into a road trip to see Zan and get some closure. While all the action is very PG, Smith will make you swoon with some hand-holding.
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Alone at Christmas, Lily leaves a notebook in the bookstore. Alone at Christmas, Dash finds it and follows the instructions. Levithan and Cohn write in alternating voices and chapters, a formula they perfected in another great romance, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Forever Princess by Meg Cabot. Nothing beats the conclusion to Princess Mia's series, especially when Michael comes back to town. Of course, you should start at the beginning with The Princess Diaries.
Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott. Kate's dad quit his job to sell infomercial vitamins in a mall kiosk-- and makes Kate work with him. Her best friend's gone popular, and Will, the hook-up king, just won't leave her alone. Fans should also check out Bloom.
Past Perfect by Leila Sales. Life as a historical interpreter at Colonial Essex is more complicated than wearing all those petticoats in the summer heat when you start a clandestine relationship with a soldier from Reenactment Land across the street. Chelsea's supposed to be leading the war against Reenactment Land, not making out with the enemy.
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. Anna is a countess who survived the Russian Revolution, but her fortune did not. She takes a job as a housemaid at Mersham, determined to succeed. There's a attraction with the Earl, but he needs to marry money to keep the estate, plus... she's just a maid now. Fans will want to check out Ibbotson's other romances. Pick up The Reluctant Heiress next.
Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said, translated from the German by Jenia Graman. In Baku on the eve of WWI and the Russian Revolution, Ali (Azerbaijani and Muslim) falls in love with Nino (Georgian and Christian). The politics and religion and geography make this sweeping and epic, while also giving a human face to the troubles that plague the region to this day. Published for adults, teens who don't shy away from looking up background information will love this.
What are your most swoony-worthy reads?
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