All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Romance & Relationships

Books on romance, dating, and relationships can be reassuring for teens, letting them know they're not alone in their angst. Our list includes a little bit of everything — star-crossed romance, long-distance relationships, first love, impossible crushes, summer love, and heartbreak. Have we left anything out?

Flirting with Boys

Flirting with Boys

Age Level: 14-16

Celeste has been looking forward to the long summer ahead of her — helping out at her parent's resort and spending time with her boyfriend, Travis, who also works there. Everything is going perfectly until Nick arrives. Nick has flirted with Celeste every summer and keeps it up this summer, even in front of Travis. Will Celeste be able to stay true to her boyfriend, or will Nick's flirting get the best of her?

November Blues

November Blues

Age Level: 14-16

Sixteen-year-old November has just lost her boyfriend Josh in an unfortunate accident. She also found out that she is pregnant with his baby. While she deals with the drama in her own life, Josh's cousin and best friend, Jericho, is also reeling from the unexpected death. Will Jericho be able to support November through the worst time in both of their lives?

The Beast

The Beast

Age Level: 14-16

Spoon and Gabi are in love and decide to stay together, even after Spoon leaves Harlem to spend his senior year at a prestigious prep school. When he comes home during break, he discovers that Gabi is addicted to heroin — "the beast." Will Spoon and Gabi be able to resist the lure of street life and maintain their love for each other?

The Book of Luke

The Book of Luke

Age Level: 14-16

Emily has had a rough senior year of high school. She has to move from Chicago back to Boston and her boyfriend dumps her! Luckily, Emily meets up with some old friends and the girls complain how boys don't know how to treat girls. Together, they create a book with a list of ways boys should behave. The girls convince Emily to try out their tips and tricks on Luke, the cutest boy in school. Will Emily finally find a guy who treats her well or will Luke be like all of the rest?

The Unwritten Rule

The Unwritten Rule

Age Level: 16-18

Nothing could break up the friendship between Sarah and Brianna. That is, until Sarah realizes she really likes with Brianna's new boyfriend, Ryan. Ryan feels the same way about Sarah but they can't betray Brianna. Or can they?

The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Age Level: 14-16

Belly loves the summertime, the beach house, and the two boys she has grown up with during past summers, Jeremiah and Conrad. This summer could be as fantastic as others… and more awful than any have ever been.

Waiting for You

Waiting for You

Age Level: 14-16

For best friends Marissa and Sterling, their sophomore year of high school has a lot in store for them, especially in the relationship department. Marissa is thrilled when Derek, the cutest boy in school, finally notices her. Throughout her ups and downs with Derek and her parent's split, Marissa's next door neighbor, Nash gives Marissa support… and love. Will Marissa be able to see Derek for who he really is and give Nash a chance?

The Secret Edge

The Secret Edge

Age Level: 16-18

Jason appears to be like every other 16-year-old boy. He loves his aunt and uncle, who are raising him, does well in school, and loves running track. But unlike the guys on the team, Jason is gay. Faced with his teammates' homophobic behavior, navigating high school gets tough for Jason, especially after Raj, who is openly gay, joins the track team. Will Jason be able to honestly accept himself and welcome his first love?

The Truth about Forever

The Truth about Forever

Age Level: 14-16

After watching her father unexpectedly die, 17-year-old Macy is beside herself with grief. To cope with her feelings, Macy turns to things she can control: getting perfect grades at school, doing the "right" things, and dating the smart and driven Jason. Even after Jason leaves for the summer and Macy takes over his job at the library, Macy keeps up with her controlled lifestyle — that is, until she meets Delia, the pregnant owner of Wish Catering. When Macy takes the leap and begins working for Delia, she discovers a world where life is wonderfully unpredictable, especially after she meets the mysterious and handsome Wes. Soon she has to decide whether to play it safe and stay with Jason, or allow herself to fall in love with someone she can't control.

Street Love

Street Love

Age Level: 14-16

Damien, the star of the basketball team is headed to college. Junice is trying to hold her family together after tragedy. When these two meet, there is nothing but love, even if Damien's parents are less than thrilled with his choice. As the drama unfolds, each character tells his/her story through verse, leaving the reader to wonder if Damien and Junice be able to rise above the adversity that surrounds them.