As a teen who loves books and works at the Orem Library, I tend to do a lot of reading. I used to not be into romance novels as much as other genres, but after reading these five beautifully written books (that happen to be on the very top of my favorites list by the way), I have definitely done some reconsideration on my love for love. So I encourage everyone to try falling in love with romance during this lovely month while we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Looking For Alaska

By John Green
Young Adult Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Three Rivers Rising: A Novel Of The Johnstown Flood

By Jame Richards
Young Adult Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Celestia is a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where she meets and falls in love with Peter, a hired hand who lives in the valley below, and by the time of the torrential rains that lead to the disastrous Johnstown flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown. Includes an author’s note and historical timeline.

Poison’s Kiss

By Breeana Sheilds
Young Adult Fiction

In an alternate world based on the mythology of India, a girl trained since birth as a “poison maiden” in the Raja’s service is ordered to kill a boy she loves.

Eleanor & Park

By Rainbow Rowell
Young Adult Fiction

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

The One Thing

By Marci Lyn Curtis
Young Adult Fiction

After losing her sight–and the future she dreamed of–seventeen-year-old Maggie meets the one person with the ability to help her see all the possibilities life still holds.

Recommended by Jordyn Jackson, Outreach