Top five romance books at BHS library

Katie Stubblefield, Staff Reporter

The Bellefonte Area High School’s library has a wide selection of books, all ranging from fantasy, fiction, classics, and even teen romance. Sometimes high schoolers love an exciting heart-melting romance narrative full of love, sorrow, laughter, and pain. To help you decide on which romance novel to read next, here are the top five teenage romance novels, recommended by BAHS School Librarian Mrs. Naomi Rupert:

If you like stories that are full of witty humor and heartbreaking events, this first book is just for you. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a novel about 16 year-old Hazel who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Hazel joins a cancer support group where she meets Augustus Waters. Hazel and Augustus go through a rollercoaster of emotions through their journey of love while both battling cancer. This story does have a little bit of adult language, violence, and drug usage, but is still a top pick.

The second book is Five Feet Apart by Racheal Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis. The story is about two lovers, Stella and Will, who both have Cystic Fibrosis. The two of them have to be six feet apart at all times so their sickness doesn’t worsen. It shows how they both fall in love, and try to do daily teenager events while taking a huge risk. This book contains adult language. 

The third book is for people who like romance stories, but without all the crazy roller coaster emotions. It’s called After the Game by Abbi Glenes. It follows 15 year-old Riley Young’s story of rape and pregnancy. Shunned from her hometown, Riley finds life on her own, only returning two years later to care for her sick mother with her 15 month-old daughter. Though the town still hates Riley, town-goer Brady Higgens risks everything by believing her. This story includes explicit language, sex, and alchol. 

If you like a snappy romance on the pain and joy of a first love, you would enjoy The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. It’s about Molly Peskin-Suso, a crush-prone teenager, who has to help her twin sister Cassie in her first love relationship. Molly faces different kinds of challenges along the way, and is forced to choose who she loves more. Will it be Cassie’s girlfriend’s friend Will, or her co-worker Reid?

Finally, the fifth book is Sweetheart by Sara Zarr. The book is about self-acclaimed “unpopular fat girl,” Jennifer, who loses her soulmate, Cameron, at nine years-old. Out of heartbreak, Jennifer transforms into a  beautiful, and popular girl at age 17, but Cameron’s unexpected return shakes up Jennifer’s confidence. 

All of these books can be found in the BAHS school library.