Teen & YA Rom-Com | Remarkable Reads 2021

If you love swoony romances, with a side of humor, you've come to the right place. Put a smile in your heart with our Teen Rom-Com Remarkable Reads. Our staff has carefully selected their favorite rom-com titles out this year. So, clear out some space on your shelf, and in your heart, and prepare to fall in love with these great reads.

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ISBN: 9780062936912
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 4th, 2022

This LBGTQ novel was a delight to read. I did not know much about K-Pop before, but you don't have to be a music buff to love this book. I enjoyed the fun, lightness of this novel. That's not to say it didn't have some drama as well. Skye faces some pretty brutal fat-shaming that I think she handles with strength and grace. She's a fantastic character who is unapologetic about who she is. She left me feeling inspired. — Brandi, Children's Book Buyer

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ISBN: 9780063038561
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 7th, 2021

August Greene is an actor. He's playing a part wherever he goes. At his new prestigious NYC theater school hes the cool guy. On stage he's the lead in the play. With his mom he is playing her perfect daughter. But does he know who he is when he is not playing a part? This is a beautiful story about a trans teen finding his truth and living the part he was born to play. — Allie, Lead Children's Book Specialist

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ISBN: 9781250254337
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Published: Wednesday Books - July 6th, 2021

New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell's epic fantasy, the Simon Snow trilogy, concludes with Any Way the Wind Blows.

In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. Finally, in Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. This final novel is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us..

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ISBN: 9781338662238
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 6th, 2021

From the author of You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson delivers a stunning novel about being brave enough to be true to yourself, and learning to find joy even when times are unimaginably dark.

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ISBN: 9781338540574
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Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021

From the author of The Witch Boy trilogy comes a graphic novel about family, romance, and first love.

Incredibly charming, absolutely endearing, and to top it off, tears were shed. Molly Knox Ostertag hit all the right chords in this brilliant queer realistic fantasy. — Allie, Lead Children's Book Specialist

I was ready to love this graphic novel from the moment I laid eyes on the cover, and contrary to the old saying, judging a book by its cover totally worked in my favor! This story is full of vividly fleshed out characters, romance that will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes, and a heartwarming story perfectly complimented by stunning artwork. This story resonated with me as an adult, but I can only imagine the impact it would’ve had on me growing up. If you’re a fan of magical romance, queer coming of age stories, or if you’re just looking for a sweet summer read, look no further than The Girl from the Sea! — Ali, Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781250766601
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 18th, 2021

I have a long history of feeling like I don't fit in. However, none of my experiences have even come close to Izumi Tanaka's Princess Diaries-like situation. When Izumi and her friends discover that her dad is Japanese royalty, Izumi confronts her mother, and subsequently is swept up in the whirlwind that is royal life in Japan when she opts to visit her father in Tokyo. While in Japan, Izumi often finds herself upsetting tradition, whether she means to or not, and falling into the traps of her meddling cousins (whom she dubs "The Shining Twins"). Throughout her journey, however, she learns not only about her dad's side of the family that she never knew, but things she never expected to learn about herself as well. Emiko Jean has written a beautiful tribute to family, heritage, and coming of age, and I'm sure you'll find yourself just as enamored with Izumi's story as I did. — Heather, Bookseller Alumni

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ISBN: 9780062996831
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Published: HarperTeen - March 2nd, 2021

Pero like we all deserve a really good telenovela to help us escape the doldrums of everyday life. Let me tell you this is exactly the dramatic, saucy, lighthearted novela that even your abuela would tune in to. Set in Miami, Carmen just wants her high school diploma and to get it she takes a job to dress up as Belle for birthday parties. Then, her ex who ruined her quinceañera, Guapo Mauro, joins the same company and then they have to perform at her cousin's quince, who also ruined her quinceañera! Meda, listen, you will devour this book, learn some lessons along the way, and by the end you'll wish there was more. Escúchame y créeme when I say you will love this lovable novel.  — Quinn, Assistant Manager

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ISBN: 9780525555254
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

Winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Young Readers - "[Malinda] Lo beckons readers, sentence by restrained sentence, into this incandescent novel of queer possibility." —National Book Award Winner Citation

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father--despite his hard-won citizenship--Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.