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No Blush Romance

By Anna B, Isaac F, and Lisa T.
October 29, 2021

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For Grades 9th and up

By the Book: A Novel of Prose and Cons by Amanda Sellet

A teen obsessed with 19th century literature tries to cull advice on life and love from her favorite classic heroines to disastrous results–especially when she falls for the school’s resident lothario.

Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

A mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby, but her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal.

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

When Quinn’s journal goes missing and her list of biggest fears is posted online with a challenge to face each of them or else have the entire journal go public, it’s time for her to move out of the realm of her mind and into real life.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geek girl Ellie hopes to go to ExcelsiCon Cosplay to meet the actor (closet nerd Darien) scheduled to play Federation Prince Carmindor in a reboot of the movie Starfield.

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she’s excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first workshop, the words are just…gone.

Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

As the competition heats up, Nishat has a decision to make: stay in the closet for her family, or put aside her differences with Flávia and give their relationship a chance.

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition, without losing herself.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

After picking up a book from the library, Yvette–who has given up on love–gains the ability to see how other people’s romantic relationships will end.

Love and Gelato (series) by Jenna Evans Welch

After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mothers’s journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother’s secrets.

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Eighteen-year-old Muslims Adam and Zayneb meet in Doha, Qatar, during spring break and fall in love as both struggle to find a way to live their own truths.

Meet Cute (short stories)

A collection of short stories exploring the moment when a couple meets for the first time–from an African American girl in upstate New York who simultaneously finds a prom dress and a date to a transgender girl who confronts the student blocking her right to use the school restroom.

Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi

After being dumped at the beginning of freshman year, Iranian-American Parvin Mohammadi sets out to win the ultimate date to Homecoming.

Ph Love Story by Loan Le

Bao and Linh have never even had a class together – but after a chance encounter, sparks fly. Can this relationship survive their families’ feud?

Pumpkin by Julie Murphy

Throwing caution to the wind Waylon creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape accidentally getting shared with the entire school– and being nominated for prom queen as a joke.

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