The Safe Way For Them To Get Their Rocks Off
Guest blogger: Heather Booth, the author of Serving Teens Through Reader’s Advisory (ALA Editions, 2007) and a contributor at the Teen Librarian Toolbox blog offers a great list of steamy teen fiction full of sex and romance.
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Great for John Green fans and it turns the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope on its head. The main character is in love with a girl who is in love with her dead boyfriend. The sex is complicated by memories and past experiences, but it’s touching and tender nonetheless.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Two teens meet, fall in love, and part ways (possibly forever) all in one beautiful, weird New York day. What I love about the sexy bits of this book is that you see both his and her perspectives. Sometimes they match up, sometimes they don’t, but they work well together.
Of Jenny and the Aliens by Ryan Gebhart
This book is so delightfully weird. Adding to the appeal is that there’s a girl who likes having sex and she doesn’t end up dying in a car crash because of it like girls like that used to. It’s narrated by a boy and I really liked how sex is amazing and novel at the start of the book, but very quickly becomes almost routine. I appreciated a book showing how that can happen, and that it can lead to some complicated feelings. Also, there are dope smoking aliens.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
This is such a lovely, sweet romance that stems from the main character having a Hollywood movie fascination with the mystery of her love interest’s life. Though the relationship is between two girls, it’s not a coming out story, or a realization story. It’s just a love story.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I saw several people mention this in the FB thread and they are 100% right. It’s gorgeous, sweeping, and so rewarding. The friendship between these two Latinos in the southwest grows gradually, and the payoff when they both realize that they are in love with each other, despite their differences, is so beautiful.
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
So. Steamy. Summer romance at its best between two smart teens who truly enjoy being with each other, even if it’s just for a few months.