Reading Lists

Romance (RD 80 and 90)

Almost perfect

Katcher, Brian

Delacorte Press 2010

With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.

Anyone but you

Crusie, Jennifer

HQN 1996

Nina Askew, newly forty and divorced, wants a puppy, but what she gets is Fred ... and an introduction to the gorgeous downstairs neighbor.


Lo, Malinda

Little, Brown and Co. 2010

In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

Boy meets boy

Levithan, David

Alfred A. Knopf 2005

Love is never easy. Especially if you're Paul. He's a sophomore at a high school like no other, and these are his friends: Infinite Darlene, the homecoming queen and star quarterback. Joni, Paul's best friend who may not be his best friend anymore. Tony, his other best friend, who can't leave the house unless his parents think he's going on a date...with a girl. Kyle, the ex-boyfriend who won't go away. Rip, the school bookie, who sets the odds... and Noah, the boy. The one who changes everything.

Call me Mrs. Miracle

Macomber, Debbie

Mira Books 2010

While working in the toy department of a family-run department store in New York City, Mrs. Miracle seizes the opportunity to connect Holly, who is searching for the perfect robot for her nephew, with Jake, the store owner's son.

Charlie St. Cloud : a novel

Sherwood, Ben

Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks 2010

The powerful bond between two brothers--one alive and the other killed in a terrible accident--unexpectedly transcends the barriers of life and death, and it is up to one enchanting woman to make their world right.

Daughter of smoke & bone

Taylor, Laini

Little, Brown 2012

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaera who form the only family she has ever known.

Dear John

Sparks, Nicholas

Grand Central Pub. 2009

John, a high school dropout, enlists in the Army not knowing what else to do with his life. While in the Army he meets Savannah, they fall in love and she awaits his return from the Army. After 9/11 John feels it's his duty to re-enlist. During their long separation Savannah falls in love and marries someone else.


Oliver, Lauren

Harper 2011

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love.

The fault in our stars

Green, John

Dutton Books 2012

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Keeping you a secret : a novel

Peters, Julie Anne

Little, Brown and Co. 2005

As she begins a very tough last semester of high school, Holland finds herself puzzled about her future and intrigued by a transfer student who wants to start a Lesbigay club at school.

The lucky one

Sparks, Nicholas

Grand Central Pub. 2009

Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories.


Condie, Allyson Braithwaite, Vandervoort, Irene, Dutton Books, Penguin Group

Dutton Books 2010

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?

Message in a bottle

Sparks, Nicholas

Warner Books 1999

Divorcée Theresa Osborne, on a vacation at the seaside, finds a love message in a bottle and becomes obsessed with learning the story behind the note.

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist

Cohn, Rachel, Levithan, David

Ember 2012

High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

The notebook : a novel

Sparks, Nicholas

Vision 2004

Noah Calhoun, recently returned from World War II in 1946, buys an old plantation home in rural North Carolina, where he contents himself with memories of his first love, a girl he met fourteen years earlier, but then she unexpectedly arrives at his door.

Perfect chemistry

Elkeles, Simone

Walker 2009

When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates--and others.

Second line : two short novels of love and cooking in New Orleans

Brite, Poppy Z.

Small Beer Press ; Distributed to the trade by Consortium 2009

"'The Value of X' introduces Rickey and G-man, who are slowly realizing there are only two important things in life: cooking...and each other. It's a love story that unfolds over eggplant quiche, Gulf oysters, and braised pork shanks in the vibrant, gritty world of 1990s New Orleans. Rickey and G-man must navigate the end of childhood, the challenges of family and separation, and their divergent ambitions, to unearth the elusive, intangible worth of true love: the total value of X" --Cover, p. 4. "When 'D*U*C*K' picks up, Rickey and G-man are owners and co-chefs of Liquor, of New Orleans' most popular restaurants. Not content with fighting off vengeful former employees or conquering the competition, Rickey pushes G-Man to cater the Ducks Unlimited banquet, where every course must include the ducks the hunters have bagged. Rickey's crew is ready but he's not sure he can do it all and deal with the guest of honor: childhood hero, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert" --Cover, p. 4.


Stiefvater, Maggie Stengel, Christopher, Scholastic Press

Scholastic Press 2009

In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

Size 12 is not fat : a Heather Wells mystery

Cabot, Meg

Avon Trade 2006

Heather Wells Rocks! Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two, and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York's top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather's residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft. The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen, not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives, even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective! But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong.


Spinelli, Jerry

Laurel-Leaf Books 2004

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.


Meyer, Stephenie

Little Brown & Co 2008

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.


Westerfeld, Scott, Rosamilia, Mike, Simon Pulse, Simon and Schuster, inc

Simon Pulse 2011

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

The village bride of Beverly Hills

Daswani, Kavita

Plume 2005

Water for elephants : a novel

Gruen, Sara

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2006

A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Where the heart is

Letts, Billie

Grand Central Pub. 2008

A pregnant girl abandoned by her boyfriend hides in a Wal-Mart store, gives birth and becomes a celebrity as the mother of the Wal-Mart Baby. Help flows from everywhere as people jump on the publicity bandwagon, then the baby is kidnapped.


DeStefano, Lauren

Simon & Schuster BFYR 2011

After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.

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