Reading Riot: Un-Valentine Reading Recommendations

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No sappy romance novels this Valentine’s day. Here are some reading recommendations that cover the perils and pitfalls of dating. Don’t let any of these dating disasters ruin your love life!


Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

After Audrey dumps her rock musician boyfriend, he records a breakup song about her so good that it soars to the top of the Billboard charts. Now Audrey is suddenly famous with tons of unwanted fame and celebrity status. A hilarious twist on the boy meets girl story, great for pop music fans.

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Samantha seems to have everything, including the ultimate mean girl status, until one night she and her best friend, Cassie, disappear. Now Sam has returned with amnesia. She’s striving to be a better person but Cassie is still missing and the facts about what happened are buried deep inside Sam’s memory. And someone else does not want her to remember. A chilling mystery with a hot potential boyfriend.

24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex BradleyTuxedo-wearing boy receiving roses

Romantically-challenged Jack, average American senior, has no date to the prom. Or so he thinks until his so-called best friends post an ad in the school newspaper. Soon a list of girls are eager to go to the prom with Jack, including one mystery girl known only as FancyPants. He has just seven days to meet and date them before he will ask one special girl to the prom. Humor, plot twists and a loveable main character make this a recommended read.

Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian

When Lane and Vivi’s best friend Isabelle has her heart broken by her unreliable boyfriend, they decide to save her by inventing a new boy on the Internet to ask Isabelle to the prom, but the scheme quickly becomes complicated, and the results surprise them all.

Teen girl wading on lakeshore

Stay by Deb Caletti

Clara and her father have gone to a remote corner of Washington State to escape her obsessive boyfriend. The story features a strong and funny father-daughter relationship. Although humorous footnotes are sprinkled throughout, the novel realistically looks at an unhealthy abusive relationship and how Clare handles it.

Exile by Kevin Emerson

As band manager for the up-and-coming DangerHeart, Summer Carlson knows she that falling for the lead singer is the least professional thing a manager can do. But the sweet-singing, mysterious object of her desire makes it hard to resist. Another ode to rock and roll for the music lovers.


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Min is breaking up with Ed so she writes him a letter along with a box of souvenirs documenting their relationship and explaining why they broke up. A bitter sweet story that will break your heart and make you smile.

Check out these and other Un-Valentine’s Day stories at the Fauquier County Public Library.

Ann, Youth Services, Bealeton branch library

For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teen.

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