Compiled by the librarians of YALSA

The Garden
by Elsie Aidinoff

Retells the tale of the Garden of Eden from Eve’s point of view, as Serpent teaches her everything from her own name to why she should eat the forbidden fruit, and then leaves her with Adam and the knowledge that her choice has made mankind free.

Flowers in the attic
by V.C. Andrews (and many other Andrews books)

Dreams of an inheritance turn into a nightmare for four innocent children. Locked in the deserted north wing of the family mansion. Beaten by a vicious grandmother. Tormented by a menacing caretaker. Starved and left alone to wither–and perhaps die.

A Heart Divided
by Cherie Bennett

When sixteen-year-old Kate, an aspiring playright, moves from New Jersey to attend high school in the South, she becomes embroiled in a controversy to remove the school’s Confederate flag symbol.

by Holly Black

Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

Naughts and Crosses
by Marjorie Blackman

Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Naught — a “colorless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Naughts and Crosses simply don’t mix.

by Francesca Lia Block

A brother and sister must deal with terrible consequences when their love for each other stretches past acceptable boundaries.

A Great and Terrible Beauty (series)
by Libba Bray

A young well-to-do girl from Victorian England (who used to live in India) falls in love with an Indian boy. And her friend from school, who is of a lower class, falls for the protagonist’s older brother (of a higher class).

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

Jane comes to Thornfield Hall as a governess to the young ward of Edward Rochester. Denied love all her life, Jane can’t help but be attracted to the intelligent, vibrant, energetic Mr. Rochester, a man twice her age. But just when Mr. Rochester seems to be returningt the attention, he invites the beautiful and wealthy Blanche Ingram and her party to stay at his estates. Meanwhile, the secret of Thornfield Hall could ruin all their chances for happiness.

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte

Story of two generations of the Earnshaw and Linton families, as their lives and fortunes intertwine in a complex web dominated by the passionate relationship between doomed lovers Heathcliff and Cathy.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: stories about falling out of love
by Nikki Burnham et al.

Last stand / by Niki Burnham — Don’t mind me / by Terri Clark — Just plain Lisa / by Ellen Hopkins — Party foul / by Lynda Sandoval

City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare

Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Down to the Bone
by Mayra Lazare Dole

Laura, a seventeen-year-old Cuban American girl, is thrown out of her house when her mother discovers she is a lesbian, but after trying to change her heart and hide from the truth, Laura finally comes to terms with who she is and learns to love and respect herself.

Romiette and Julio
by Sharon Draper

Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harrassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.

Perfect Chemistry
by Simone Elkeles

When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates–and others.

Stay with Me
by Garret Freyman-Weyr

When her sister kills herself, sixteen-year-old Leila goes looking for a reason and, instead, discovers great love, her family’s true history, and what her own place in it is.

Opposite of Invisible
by Liz Gallagher

Artistic Seattle high school sophomore Alice decides to emerge from her cocoon and date a football player, which causes a rift between her and her best friend, a boy who wants to be more than just friends.

Foreign Exchange: a Mystery in Poems
by Mel Glenn

A series of poems reflect the thoughts of various people–town residents young and old, teachers, and some students visiting from the city–caught up in the events surrounding the murder of a beautiful high school student who had recently moved to the small lake-side community of Hudson Landing.

by Claudia Gray

Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Jared, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca’s entire world.

Paper Towns
by John Green

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This is a dark tale of love, crime, and revenge set in colonial New England. It revolves around a single, forbidden act of passion that forever alters the lives of three members of a small Puritan community.

by Tonya Hurley

After dying, high school senior Charlotte Usher is as invisible to nearly everyone as she always felt, but despite what she learns in a sort of alternative high school for dead teens, she clings to life while seeking a way to go to the Fall Ball with the boy of her dreams.

Beating heart
by A.M. Jenkins

Following his parents’ divorce, seventeen-year-old Evan moves with his mother and sister into an old house where the spirit of a teenager who died there awakens and mistakes him for her long-departed lover.

Blood and Chocolate
by Annette Curtis Klause

Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

Kissing the Bee
by Kathe Koja

While working on a bee project for her advanced biology class, quiet high school senior Dana reflects on her relationship with gorgeous best friend Avra and Avra’s boyfriend Emil, whom Dana secretly loves.

Son of the Mob
by Gordon Korman

Seventeen-year-old Vince’s life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

Boy Toy
by Barry Lyga

After five years of fighting his way past flickers of memory about the teacher who molested him and the incident that brought the crime to light, eighteen-year-old Josh gets help in coping with his molestor’s release from prison when he finally tells his best friends the whole truth.

Rose by Any Other Name
by Maureen McCarthy

During a road trip with her mother from Melbourne to Fairy Point, Australia, to see her dying grandmother, nineteen-year-old Rose gains a new perspective on events of the previous year, when family problems, the end of a long-term friendship, and bad personal choices dramatically transformed her near-perfect life.

by Lurlene McDaniel

Told from their separate points of view, fifteen-year-old Ryan has a secret affair with his thirty-three-year-old history teacher at an Atlanta high school, and his best friend Honey becomes determined to uncover the reason he is increasingly distant.

Vampire Academy
by Rachel Mead

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

Twilight (book one in series)
by Stephenie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Emma series (Manga)
by Kaoru Mori

Emma tells the story of a young Victorian/Edwardian maid and her forbidden romance with a gentleman from a large merchant house whose family has aims for him that are much higher than she.

Forbidden Love: the Secret History of Mixed-race America
by Gary Nash

Presents accounts of how mainly anonymous Americans have defied the official racial ideology and points out how guardians of the past have written that side of our history out of the record.

Teach Me
by R.A. Nelson

A high school student enters into an affair with one of her teachers.

by Leslea Newman

In 1971, unpopular and lonely tenth-grader Andi–teased at her Long Island high school and ignored at home by her distant parents–builds a fantasy romantic life around her clandestine, sexual relationship with a man in his thirties.

Scribbler of Dreams
by Mary E. Pearson

Despite her family’s long feud with the Crutchfields, seventeen-year-old Kaitlin falls in love with Bram Crutchfield and weaves a tangled web of deception to conceal her identity from him.

How I Live Now
by Meg Rosoff

To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Kristi, a sophomore in an alternative high school, is aware that nearly everyone dislikes her, but begins to doubt her psychic insights after learning long-held family secrets and some classmates’ true feelings.

Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

Tragic tale of star-crossed lovers and their long feuding families.

Age of Bronze: the Story of the Trojan War
by Eric Shanower

292.08 S528a (comic book)
Daring heroes, breathtaking women, betrayals, love and death–the most spectacular war story ever told: The Trojan War. When a lustful Trojan prince abducts the beautiful Queen Helen of Sparta, Helen`s husband vows to recover her no matter the cost. So begins the Trojan War.

by Gary D. Shmidt

Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin’s dying wish, sets out to hike Maine’s Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But fate adds another companion–the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin–and reveals troubles that predate the accident.

Boot Camp
by Todd Strasser

After ignoring several warnings to stop dating his teacher, Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp that uses unorthodox and brutal methods to train students to obey their parents.

Big Fat Manifesto
by Susan Vaught

Overweight, self-assured, high school senior Jamie Carcaterra writes in the school newspaper about her own attitude to being fat, her boyfriend’s bariatric surgery, and her struggles to be taken seriously in a very thin world.

by Judy Waite

Elinor has lived in a cult her entire life, but when she meets a boy who looks strangely familiar, she begins to question what she has been taught.

by Suzanne Weyn

When a young couple dies in prehistoric times, their love–and link to various green stones–endures through the ages as they are reborn into new bodies and somehow find a way to connect.

Ethan Frome
by Edith Wharton

Story of a man torn between his joyless marriage to one woman and his lustful desire for another.

A Certain Slant of Light
by Laura Whitcomb

After benignly haunting a series of people for 130 years, Helen meets a teenage boy who can see her and together they unlock the mysteries of their pasts.

Behind You
by Jacqueline Woodson

After fifteen-year-old Jeremiah is mistakenly shot by police, the people who love him struggle to cope with their loss as they recall his life and death, unaware that ‘Miah is watching over them.

If You Come Softly
by Jacqueline Woodson

After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people’s reactions.

by Sara Zarr

After losing her soul mate, Cameron, when they were nine, Jennifer, now seventeen, transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron’s unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil.