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 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 &

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,

Socioeconomic Status, Dating & Sex

Same Love

When Adam reveals to his devout parents that
he's gay, they send him to a Christian camp.
But when he meets Paul, Adam realizes it's
impossible to bury his attraction and "straighten out."

Themes: LGBTQ+, Religion, Family, Dating & Sex

Love is Love

Overweight and unhappy, Emmy is surprised
when Jude is interested in her. Jude is
transgender and Emmy has to decide if she can
to put her own true self on the line for real love.

Themes: Eating disorders, Dating & Sex,
LGBTQ+, Self Esteem

Follow Your Heart 

Nisha has always been a good Tamil daughter.
Her parents want her to become a doctor or an engineer but what she really loves is writing –
and her classmate, Todd. Can love conquer obligation?

Themes: Dating & Sex, Family, Social Expectations