Love Stories

Flowers are blooming on campus, birds are chirping, and the piles of snow from last week are finally dwindling. It’s definitely spring, and love is in the air in the S-Collection. This month, we’re taking a look at some of the romances to be found on our shelves. Below you’ll find stories for all ages, genders, and temperaments, whether the reader is a die-hard romantic or thinks the opposite gender is infested with cooties.

Looking for even more love stories? You might try looking at classic fairy tales, found in the non-fiction section at 398.2. You can also search the catalog for “juvenile fiction” and an additional keyword such as “interpersonal relations,” “love,” or “dating.”

Young Adult Fiction

Moskowitz, Hannah.
Gone, gone, gone. 2012.
Struggling with the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and sniper shootings throughout the Washington, D.C. area, Craig and Lio consider a romantic relationship that is complicated by Craig’s ex-boyfriend, Lio’s broken family, and the death of Lio’s brother.
[S-Coll S. M8532go]

Omololu, Cynthia Jaynes.
Transcendence. 2012.
After handsome Griffon Hall tells sixteen-year-old Cole Ryan that her strange visions are of past lives, he introduces her to the Akhet, a group of people with the same ability, one of whom seeks to love and protect her and another, vengeance.
[S-Coll S. Om6t]

Perkins, Stephanie.
Anna and the French kiss. 2010.
When Anna’s romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more.
[S-Coll S. P4198a]

Sedia, Ekaterina (editor).
Willful impropriety: 13 tales of society, scandal, and romance. 2012.
Deliciously alluring, these thirteen historical romances from a talented array of YA authors will make even the most cynical heart swoon. True love has no boundaries, and heiresses and street thieves alike must use their savvy and strength to create new beginnings and happily-ever-afters. Sometimes luck is enough, but every once in awhile, a touch of magic may be needed.
[S-Coll S.823.08 W6698]

Smith, Jennifer E.
The statistical probability of love at first sight. 2012.
Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day.
[S-Coll S. Sm613sta]

Tomlinson, Heather.
Toads and diamonds. 2010.
A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift’s purpose, discovering romance along the way.
[S-Coll S. T597to]

Intermediate Fiction

Carter, Ally.
I’d tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you. 2006.
As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from “normal teenage life” until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.
[S-Coll Storage S. C245i]

Night, P. J.
Together forever. 2012.
Sharing a common nightmare about a sinister boy in an abandoned cabin, the girls in Camp Minnehaha’s Bunk 9 are astonished when annoyingly well-behaved Samantha meets the boy in the woods and pursues a romance with him, inciting the jealousy of her twin, Ali. A summer camp dream romance turns into a nightmare in this frighteningly fun addition to Spotlight’s popular horror series.
[S-Coll S. N563t]

Paulsen, Gary.
Crush: the theory, practice, and destructive properties of love. 2012.
Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.
[S-Coll S. P285cr]

Webb, Sarah.
Ask Amy Green: love and other drama-ramas! 2012.
Thirteen-year-old Amy Green finds herself surrounded by the drama of romance as her mother prepares for her wedding while working with a handsome celebrity on his biography, Aunt Clover dates a singer, and Mills falls for new student Bailey.
[S-Coll S. W384as]

Wise, Rachel.
Read all about it! 2012.
Thrilled to be chosen to write the school newspaper’s anonymous advice column, budding journalist Samantha Martone struggles to keep her identity a secret when she realizes that one of the letters she receives is from her best friend, who confesses a secret crush on Sam’s own love interest.
[S-Coll S. W7541r]

Picture Books

Bedford, David.
Mole’s in love. 2009.
Morris the mole is looking for someone to love. After a series of false encounters due to his eyesight, Morris finally finds his love.
[S-Coll Q. SE. B3906mo]

Braunstein, Les.
I’m in love with a big blue frog. 2013.
A picture book version of a song made popular by the singing group Peter, Paul, and Mary in which a girl proclaims her love for a 6’4″ frog, whose mother is from Philadelphia and whose father an enchanted prince.
[S-Coll Q. S.782.42 B73i]

Chaconas, Dori.
Mousie love. 2009.
After falling in love at first sight, Tully the mouse strives to prove his devotion to Frill every day–while avoiding the cat–but never gives her a chance to respond to his marriage proposal.
[S-Coll SE. C344m]

Joosse, Barbara M.
Love is a good thing to feel. 2008.
Harriet talks about love, how one can love someone but still be angry, and some of the ways to show love.
[S-Coll Storage SE. J741lo]

Parr, Todd.
The I love you book. 2009.
Celebrates the love one person has for another, whether they are dancing or strolling, on snowy days and sunny ones, no matter what.
[S-Coll SE. P246il]

Sutton, Benn.
Hedgehug: a sharp lesson in love. 2011.
Love is patient and love is kind, but for Hedgehug love is prickly, too. Join this lonely hedgehog as he searches for someone to accept his heart.
[S-Coll SE. Su871h]

Van Lieshout, Maria
Bloom!: a little book about finding love. 2008.
Bloom, a pig who prefers flowers to mud puddles, falls in love with a “flying flower,” but when the butterfly leaves she is brokenhearted until a friend gives her a reason to smile again.
[S-Coll Storage SE. V326b]