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book cover for "the blind date" by delaney diamond.

Real Love

"You see I'm searching for a real love and I don't know where to go. Been around the world and high and low and still I'll never know.  How it feels to have a real love 'cause it seems it's not around. Gotta end it in this way because it seems he can't be found." - Mary J. Blige  

Cover of Sunshine

Favorite Romances in YA Fic

For those who like romance in their YA, but not necessarily "YA Romance"

One of my co-workers came up with a metaphor for romance in the fiction that perfectly surmises my own feelings on the subject. She said: “Romance in a story should be like seasoning.” Seasoning is an enhancer, an additive -- you value its presence in a dish, but can’t have a satisfying meal of just salt or paprika. I feel the same way about romance in a book.

The Winner's Curse

Strong YA Heroines

From Fantasy to slice of life, books that feature diverse, appealing characters

Figures like Katniss Everdeen have become synonymous with young adult literature because they represent fascinating characters with whom audiences can identify. There are many more book characters in the DC Public Library collection who may just become your new favorite: from bold to intelligent to courageous, these characters demonstrate traits that make them fascinating.

The Darkest Minds series book art

It Gives Me the Shivers

YA literature beyond 'Twilight'

The best part about summer is staying up late and reading something fun like a scary story. Nothing like a slasher tale to keep you up, right?

The Sky is Everywhere

Female Characters with Stories to Tell

Fiction that feels authentic

One thing I love about reading is the opportunity to get lost in someone else's voice. Characters may act differently or make choices I wouldn't, but a great writer helps me understand why - because the characters feel like real people, and real people react in different ways! The following books may not have a lot in common thematically or stylistically, but they all feature female narrators with compelling voices and stories I cared about.  

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Swords and Swoons

Young Adult high fantasy -- with a dash of romance

Swords, magic, political intrigue, and assassination attempts are just a few qualities that can make for an exceptional fantasy novel.  Romantic plotlines, when done well, add levels of tension and emotion that make the best high fantasy even richer and more emotional.  The love stories in these books are not necessarily the major story arc, but they won’t disappoint if you like a side of swoons with your action and adventure.

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