Teen Romance Novels

Looking for a romance novel with a little less bite and a little more reality? Get back to the real world with both classic romance novels and rebellious tales of teens dating and crushing. From beachy summer flings to intense and emotional first loves, this list of teen romance books is sure to have something that satisfies your budding romantic. Some of these top-rated titles are edgier than others, making them ripe for discussion of the way alcohol, drugs, smoking, and sex are portrayed in these popular books. For more romantic books, check out our list of Love Stories: Classic Romance Tales.

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From Twinkle, with Love Book Poster Image
Sparkling romantic comedy has lots to say about friendship.
By Sandhya Menon
(2018)
(2018)
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Geekerella Book Poster Image
Charming "Cinderella" update set in world of sci-fi fandom.
By Ashley Poston
(2017)
(2017)
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The Geography of You and Me Book Poster Image
Sweet, smart romance is perfect vacation reading.
By Jennifer E. Smith
(2014)
(2014)
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Like No Other Book Poster Image
Cross-cultural teen love story is heartfelt, enlightening.
By Una LaMarche
(2014)
(2014)
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P.S. I Like You Book Poster Image
Charming contemporary romance hits all the right notes.
By Kasie West
(2016)
(2016)
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Pulled Under: Sixteenth Summer, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Surfer girl fears first-love wipeout in sweet romance.
By Michelle Dalton
(2014)
(2014)
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Since You've Been Gone Book Poster Image
Charming summer story encourages taking risks, finding love.
By Morgan Matson
(2014)
(2014)
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Sophomores and Other Oxymorons Book Poster Image
Funny, charming look at ups and downs of boy's second year.
By David Lubar
(2015)
(2015)
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What to Say Next Book Poster Image
Irresistible story of teens finding unexpected connection.
By Julie Buxbaum
(2017)
(2017)
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Windfall Book Poster Image
Lucky lottery ticket changes everything in winning romance.
By Jennifer E. Smith
(2017)
(2017)
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Anna and the French Kiss Book Poster Image
Sweet love story has romantic Parisian backdrop.
By Stephanie Perkins
(2012)
(2010)
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The Authentics Book Poster Image
Heartwarming story of teen's search for her true identity.
By Abdi Nazemian
(2017)
(2017)
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Cinders & Sapphires: At Somerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
First in fun series is like a Downton Abbey for teens.
By Leila Rasheed
(2013)
(2013)
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Fifteenth Summer Book Poster Image
Bookish girl finds love -- and herself -- in sweet romance.
By Michelle Dalton
(2013)
(2013)
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The Fill-In Boyfriend Book Poster Image
Romantic beach read with kooky premise and solid messages.
By Kasie West
(2015)
(2015)
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The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love Book Poster Image
Sweet story of geek boy desperately trying to get the girl.
By Sarvenaz Tash
(2016)
(2016)
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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between Book Poster Image
Soon-to-part lovers debate what-ifs in smart romance.
By Jennifer E. Smith
(2015)
(2015)
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Kids Like Us Book Poster Image
Stirring, romantic story of autistic boy's first love soars.
By Hilary Reyl
(2017)
(2017)
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Kissing in America Book Poster Image
Sweet, funny coming-of-age story about all kinds of love.
By Margo Rabb
(2015)
(2015)
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Love, Life, and the List Book Poster Image
Sweet contemporary romance about finding yourself.
By Kasie West
(2018)
(2017)
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The Love That Split the World Book Poster Image
Absorbing romance stars time-traveling smart girl.
By Emily Henry
(2016)
(2016)
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A Million Junes Book Poster Image
Romeo and Juliet fantasy romance is lyrical and haunting.
By Emily Henry
(2017)
(2017)
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The Moon and More Book Poster Image
Savvy coming-of-age tale is great for mature teens.
By Sarah Dessen
(2013)
(2013)
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Not Exactly a Love Story Book Poster Image
An obscene call sparks an offbeat, heartfelt teen romance.
By Audrey Couloumbis
(2013)
(2012)
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Once and for All Book Poster Image
Grieving girl learns to love again in sweet romance.
By Sarah Dessen
(2017)
(2017)
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Saint Anything Book Poster Image
Sensitive romance digs deep into difficult relationships.
By Sarah Dessen
(2015)
(2015)
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Save the Date Book Poster Image
Wedding mishaps fuel funny tale of family, friendship, love.
By Morgan Matson
(2018)
(2018)
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Second Chance Summer Book Poster Image
Teen faces dad's death, former crush in beautiful story.
By Morgan Matson
(2012)
(2012)
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The Secret of a Heart Note Book Poster Image
Captivating, quirky story about a girl who can "smell" love.
By Stacey Lee
(2017)
(2017)
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sassy sisters steal the show in well-told romantic read.
By Jenny Han
(2014)
(2014)
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We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story Book Poster Image
Funny memoir of a boy trying to get his first girlfriend.
By Josh Sundquist
(2014)
(2014)
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When Dimple Met Rishi Book Poster Image
Opposites begin to attract in sweet arranged-union tale.
By Sandhya Menon
(2017)
(2017)
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All the Wind in the World Book Poster Image
Gripping romance, touch of magic in futuristic wasteland.
By Samantha Mabry
(2017)
(2017)
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Along for the Ride Book Poster Image
Teen grows beyond dysfunctional family in romantic outing.
By Sarah Dessen
(2009)
(2009)
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An Abundance of Katherines Book Poster Image
Comic slacker-geek lit is fun for the right teen.
By John Green
(2006)
(2006)
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Another Day Book Poster Image
Thought-provoking, inventive teen romance with a twist.
By David Levithan
(2015)
(2015)
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The Book of Broken Hearts Book Poster Image
Teen fights for forbidden love in sweet romance.
By Sarah Ockler
(2013)
(2013)
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Calling My Name Book Poster Image
Beautiful, honest look at the journey from girl to woman.
By Liara Tamani
(2018)
(2017)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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Emergency Contact Book Poster Image
Sweet, quirky, college romance has lots of sex talk.
By Mary H. K. Choi
(2018)
(2018)
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Emmy & Oliver Book Poster Image
Heartfelt romance about childhood BFFs reunited as teens.
By Robin Benway
(2015)
(2015)
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Every Day Book Poster Image
Inventive teen romance blurs notions of gender, reality.
By David Levithan
(2012)
(2012)
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Fangirl Book Poster Image
Beautiful coming-of-age story about fandom and first love.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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The Fault in Our Stars Book Poster Image
Heartrending love story told by teen dying of cancer.
By John Green
(2012)
(2012)
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Going Over Book Poster Image
Passionate, poetic story of love across the Berlin Wall.
By Beth Kephart
(2014)
(2014)
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Guy in Real Life Book Poster Image
Sweet, utterly believable romance/fantasy explores identity.
By Steve Brezenoff
(2014)
(2014)
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He Said She Said Book Poster Image
Mature jock-valedictorian romance has social media factor.
By Kwame Alexander
(2013)
(2013)
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Holding Up the Universe Book Poster Image
Insightful, inspiring romance full of surprises.
By Jennifer Niven
(2016)
(2016)
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I Believe in a Thing Called Love Book Poster Image
Girl uses Korean TV dramas as guide in charming romance.
By Maurene Goo
(2017)
(2017)
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Just in Case Book Poster Image
Complex, intense story is OK for mature teens.
By Meg Rosoff
(2007)
(2007)
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The Last True Love Story Book Poster Image
Offbeat road trip tale shreds barriers of age, background.
By Brendan Kiely
(2016)
(2016)
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Lola and the Boy Next Door Book Poster Image
Winning romance between quirky neighbors is funny, clever.
By Stephanie Perkins
(2011)
(2011)
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Never Always Sometimes Book Poster Image
Best friends veer toward love in sweet, offbeat romance.
By Adi Alsaid
(2015)
(2015)
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OCD Love Story Book Poster Image
Unique novel about OCD teens in love is disturbing but good.
By Corey Ann Haydu
(2013)
(2013)
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Ramona Blue Book Poster Image
Wry coming-of-ager explores sex orientation, family loyalty.
By Julie Murphy
(2017)
(2017)
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Say What You Will Book Poster Image
Compelling misfits, touching romance, mature themes.
By Cammie McGovern
(2014)
(2014)
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Stay Sweet Book Poster Image
Heartwarming summer tale promotes perseverance and teamwork.
By Siobhan Vivian
(2018)
(2018)
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The Sun Is Also a Star Book Poster Image
Beautiful and philosophical love story is deeply moving.
By Nicola Yoon
(2016)
(2016)
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Thanks for the Trouble Book Poster Image
Intriguing romance with fantasy twist; great for guys, gals.
By Tommy Wallach
(2016)
(2016)
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The Upside of Unrequited Book Poster Image
A sweet and funny story about finally finding first love.
By Becky Albertalli
(2017)
(2017)
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What I Thought Was True Book Poster Image
Sentimental romance perfect for teen summer beach reading.
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
(2014)
(2014)
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What They Found: Love on 145th Street Book Poster Image
Powerful, intense short stories of love in the inner city.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2008)
(2007)
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When the Moon Was Ours Book Poster Image
Lush and lyrical story explores identity, love, and magic.
By Anna-Marie McLemore
(2016)
(2016)
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Just One Day Book Poster Image
Mature romance explores love, travel, and self-discovery.
By Gayle Forman
(2013)
(2013)
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Just One Year Book Poster Image
Powerful, brooding tale of confused guy from Just One Day.
By Gayle Forman
(2013)
(2013)
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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Book Poster Image
All-nighter turns romantic in fun but racy read.
By Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
(2008)
(2006)
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One Day Book Poster Image
Romantic, mature story of friends who teeter toward love.
By David Nicholls
(2011)
(2009)
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Out of Darkness Book Poster Image
Beautifully written look at racism and love in 1930s Texas.
By Ashley Hope Pérez
(2016)
(2015)
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Tangled Book Poster Image
Sex, mature themes make engaging read for older teens.
By Carolyn Mackler
(2010)
(2009)
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Why We Broke Up Book Poster Image
Moving, inventive story of first love and painful breakup.
By Daniel Handler
(2011)
(2011)
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The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy Book Poster Image
Compelling story of gender-defying teens falling in love.
By B.T. Gottfred
(2018)
(2018)
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