Love: In the Air, On the Page
With this week's celebration of Valentine's Day, love is in the air! Here are book recommendations that celebrate love in all its forms.
1. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi Price finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend, leading her to Ava, a woman about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.
2. To All the boys I've loved before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved, and then hides them in a hatbox… until one day those letters are accidentally sent!
3. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
When father sends her to an American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes and meets a boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of fact that they both want something more.
5. Our own private universe by Robin Talley
6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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.
7. One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
When Alek's high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways.
8. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
After meeting at private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.
9. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Although Lace Paloma knows all about the feud between the Palomas and the Corbeaus, she finds herself falling for Cluck Corbeau when he saves her life while both families are performing in the same town.
10. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges she's ever known. Now a major motion picture!
11. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity—and that of his pen pal—will be revealed.
12. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
High school junior Leila's Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates at Armstead Academy, and if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts taking risks she never thought she would, especially when it appears the attraction between them is mutual. Leila struggles to sort out her growing feelings by confiding in her old friends.
13. The Love Interests by Cale Dietrich