Monday, April 23, 2012

Got a reluctant teen reader? Have them give these adult romance titles a whirl!

Sometimes it's hard to get teens reading.  They read for school, & then when they're not at school, they have so many other activities!  If you have a teen who's reluctant to crack open a book that's not assigned, some librarians recommend hi/lo fiction, particularly if  the teens "read below grade level and can’t find books they can read that interest them".  Also you might consider the romance titles listed below, recommended by Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) magazine. Some titles may also be available in alternate formats (eBook, audio). Notes by the title such as "eBook only" refer to ABC Libraries' holdings. As always, concerned parents may want to preview the book's subject matter to test its appropriateness for their teen!

Some Steam Ahead: Adult Romance Titles for Teens
"Here are a few suggestions of romance and romantic suspense authors with lighter levels of sensuality that may still appeal to teen readers." ~Amy Alessio

Jane Austen, the Brontes (Charlotte, Emily, & Anne), Daphne DuMaurier - definitely throbbing with romantic elements, but may turn-off teens who have to read them for school

Similar to Teen Books
Ann Brashares - Sisterhood Everlasting; My Name is Memory
Meg Cabot - Queen of Babble series (zany) or Insatiable series (vampires)
Melissa De La Cruz - Beauchamp series

Bridget Jones Read-Alikes
Sophie Kinsella - Can You Keep a Secret?; Undomestic Goddess; Twenties Girl; Remember Me
Jennifer Crusie - The Cinderella Deal [eBook & eAudio only]; Maybe This Time

Emotional Wringers
Jodi Picoult
Nicholas Sparks

Diverse Romance
Terry McMillan - Waiting to Exhale
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

*All books in this post were suggested by articles in Voya magazine (2/12, vol 34, # 6)

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