I've decided to do the A to Z Blogger Challenge this year and I'm recommending five books all from the same alphabetical genre each day. So today, R is for Romance. Who doesn't love a good love story? Here are five of my favorites.
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - Stephanie Perkins is a great writer and OMG, Cricket is the cutest guy ever to appear within the pages of a YA romance. Oh, and Lola is a great character too, but no, really it's all about Cricket. I totally love this story and cannot recommend it enough.
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt - This is a great younger YA book. When Payton's councilor instructs her to keep a focus object to help her deal with the drama in her family life she picks the back of Sean Griswold's Head, because he sits in front of her in class and he has a really big head. The more she studies Gean's head the more she finds herself curious about the things going on inside it. This is a very PG rated first love story that is more about Payton's family drama that forced her into counseling in the first place than it is about her romance with Sean. But subtle romance can be really compelling and this story is definitely that.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen - Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite YA romance writers and today I'm tossing out The Truth About Forever as my romantic selection. This is a cute story about a predictable girl with a predictable life who spends one summer discovering the beauty of chaos.
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger - There is nothing even remotely PG about this book. It has a LOT of sex. It also has some really great characters. Despite all the licentious behavior, I still cared a lot about these characters and found myself caring about far more than just when they would learn how to keep their pants on.
Awkward by Marni Bates - Marni is one of my good friends, and she is now a published romance novelist, yeah Marni. Awkward is a really funny book about a girl who's most embarrassing moment is captured on camera and uploaded to you-tube. Before she can say oops, the video has gone viral and Justin Timberlake is making fun of her on twitter. It's a really fun read with a proper smattering of cute boys tossed between uncomfortable situations.
What about you? What is your favorite romantic read?