I need your help finding romance. No, I’m not looking for a date. (After two marriages/divorces I’m still in recovery mode) No, no, no. I’m looking for romance books for middle schoolers.
These girls keep coming in looking for romance and I don’t know where to start. I have a few of The Romantic Comedies from the Simon Pulse series and anticipate adding more like Scary Beautiful from Niki Burnham. I like the concepts behind some of The Romantic Comedies because they shake up your expectations and reality. But what if I like that series and it’s not romantic enough for my students?
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, the Twilight series, Meg Cabot’s Princess books, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and a few other titles that vary in interest level come to my mind, but it looks like the library I walked into last year only owns about 15 romantic books to fulfill the romantic reading needs of over 500 girls grades 6,7, and 8.
I have issues books like Drama High, Bluford High, and the Orca Soundings series. I have Lurene McDaniel titles like "Don’t Die My Love" (which I can’t resist overly dramatizing every time I say the title). It’s not enough.
I need help. I need middle school romance. My girls are developing a definition for the word "ROMANCE". What do you recommend? How do you balance romance with sexuality? When I was in middle school, I was reading all the Harlequin romances from my mom’s, my grandma’s, and the public library collection. I don’t recall those being available in the school library.
Where are my Romance Writers of America and Romancing the Blog suggestions? Please send me recommendations for middle schoolers and sophisticated 8th graders. While you’re at it, I could use some romances for adult women who have survived marriage and divorce and want to believe there is still romance in the world. Any suggestions?