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Real Love is a new collection of hi/lo YA novels that focus on realistic teen relationships. The novels feature diverse teen characters in contemporary settings as they experience love, romance, dating, sex, body image, LGBTQ issues, and more. 

From authors who write from real-world experience, these contemporary YA romances will engage the most reluctant teen readers.

School Library Journal starred series 

 

RecentBooks

     

We Three

A teen finds romance at summer
camp and becomes the centre
of a polyamorous relationship
with two very different partners.

Themes: LGBTQ+, Romance, Dating & Sex

 

Prom Kings

A light-hearted same-sex
romance about finding the
person you are meant to be
with, who might be closer than
you think.

Themes: LGBTQ+, Romance, Dating & Sex, Prom

   

What Makes You Beautiful

The story of a young person finding a place
among other LGBTQ teens, and
discovering the truth about their own
orientation and gender.

Themes: LGBTQ+, Dating & Sex, Romance, Self-Esteem

 


     

Cinders

A young woman develops an app to deal with 
online bullying, and finds someone who makes her feel 
seen for the first time since her mother died.

Themes: LGBT, Romance, Fairy Tales & Folklore/Adaptations, Computers & Digital Media, 
Blended Families

Charming

Char is an aspiring gay musician who turns to an online bullying app for support and ends up finding love with its creator. 

Themes: LGBT, Romance, Fairy Tales & Folklore/Adaptations, Computers & Digital Media, 
Blended Families

Just Julian

A young gay man finds the courage to stand up
for himself in an LGBTQ twist on Romeo and Juliet.

Themes: LGBTQ+, bullying, diversity 
& multiculturalism


     

Romeo for Real

When Romeo's homophobic friends can't accept 
him as gay, he must prove that his love for Julian is real.

Themes: LGBTQ+, bullying, diversity & multiculturalism

You're You

Freyja has always identified as a lesbian,
but when she falls for Sanjay, the 
Gay-Straight Alliance accuses her of
"going straight." Will she take a chance
on love in an unexpected place?

Themes: LGBTQ+, bisexuality, social activism,
 dating & sex

 

True to You

In the bizarre world of pro wrestling, 
can Jorge steer his persona away from 
offensive stereotypes, find love and be 
true to himself as a gay guy
?

Themes: LGBTQ+, stereotypes, homophobia,
socioeconomic status, dating & sex