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.




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



Char is an aspriing 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

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

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

Love is Love

When Emmy falls for Jude, her cousin's cool, 
transgendered friend, will she learn to 
love herself too?

Themes: LGBTQ+, gender identity,
body image, dating & sex

Same Love

Camp Revelation brings Adam and Paul together, 
but what do you do when your church and 
your family don't accept who you love?

Themes: LGBTQ+, religious obligation, 
parental pressure


Follow Your Heart

Nisha has tried to follow the path her parents' have set 
for her, but what she really loves is writing… and her 
classmate, Todd. Can love conquer obligation?

Themes: Parental pressure, cultural 
expectations, dating