Love is in the air
It’s also the title of my new book display, but since my camera is broken, no pictures of the beautiful, eye-catching, and colorful sign made by my lovely teen volunteer.
As you can guess, this display is of romance-ish novels. (Maybe I’m splitting hairs, but I have a hard time calling a lot of YA books with romances in them romance novels. See the discussion here for a recap and booklist.) I’m trying to include romances for guys and GLBTQ romances but have to admit, it consists mostly of girly books right now because some of the books I wanted to include were already checked out. Good for the books, bad for my display.
In the new issue of School Library Journal,* Donna Freitas wrote an article called “Be Still My Heart: A Shameless Guide to Sweet, Sexy Romance Novels for Teens and Tweens.”
Many people view romance novels as fluffy and not worth reading. These are the same people who ask pointed questions like, Why should teens waste time on intoxicating, heady, first love when they can instead trudge through a despair-inducing journey of real-life pain and agony? Granted, books that tackle heavy issues have an important place in one’s reading life, but so do lighthearted novels that do nothing more than make your heart go pitter patter—especially during those years when kids are just beginning to feel their pulse race.
Her booklist is organized by categories, like “Best Extended Foreplay and Most Likely to Get Married” and “Best Declaration of Love.” I haven’t read all the books she mentions, but “Most Likely to Melt Your Fingers While Reading Because It’s So Hot”? I think the honor has got to go to either Belle and Tom from Carrie Jones‘ Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend or Lauren and Evan from Elizabeth Scott‘s Bloom.
And if you enjoy YA romances, there’s a new blog you might like, Young Adult Romance Reviews.
* Also highly recommended in the February SLJ are “A Dirty Little Secret,” about self-censorship, which opens with a discussion of my favorite book of 2007, Barry Lyga‘s Boy Toy, and the 2009 annotated Outstanding International Books list from the United States Board on Books for Young People.