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Favorite young adult contemporary romance reads

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The list author says: "This is my little list of all the best young adult contemporary romance reads I've stumbled over in the course of my young adult life."
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
"This is the modern equivalent of 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Beautiful and poignant, an rite-of-passage read for any young adult."
Looking for Alibrandi
Looking for Alibrandi
"This was Marchetta's debut, the book that heralded her as the voice of Australia's youth. It's a classic for a reason. Marchetta is the master of young emotions and budding love - she tells it like it is and doesn't shy away from the nitty gritty (teen suicide, sex, high school hierarchy, family suffocation)."
Saving Francesca
Saving Francesca
"The quintessential YA contemporary romance novel. It has a bit of everything - am ostracized protagonist, love/hate romance, budding friendships and familial discoveries as well as self-discovery. Sublime."
The Piper's Son
The Piper's Son
"Sequel to 'Francesca' and further proof that Marchetta is the YA queen. The characters are older, but no more wiser as Marchetta proves to her young audience that getting older doesn't make things easier.... Brilliant!"
Cracked Up to Be
Cracked Up to Be
"This novel is brilliant. Dark and complex, but with an inspiring message at its center. It's not always a comfortable read, but it is worthwhile."
Anna and the French Kiss
Anna and the French Kiss
"If you want romance, look no further. This debut is faultless, and crowns Stephanie Perkins as the new YA queen. Seriously, read it, it's amazing and the boy heartthrob is swoon-worthy!"
Good Oil
Good Oil
"Not always romantic, but heartbreakingly honest. Whether younger or older young adult, this book will speak the truth to you - because it's a novel about the unattainable crush, and we've all been there."
Beatle Meets Destiny
Beatle Meets Destiny
"A novel of boy meets girl and all the cosmic cross-overs that ensue. Brilliant. Witty. The young adult genre's answer to 'Juno'. Sublime, even more so for being an Australian YA read!"
Perfect Chemistry
Perfect Chemistry
"Rich girl falls for boy from the wrong side of the tracks... Romance ensues. Brilliant."
Raincheck on Timbuktu
Raincheck on Timbuktu
"For the teen who feels out of place. Perfection."
Audrey, Wait!
Audrey, Wait!
"What if you became famous overnight? How would that impact your school and dating life? A painfully cool soundtrack and awesome leading lady make this a MUST-READ!"
Graffiti Moon
Graffiti Moon
"This novel is like a Bill Henson photo. Seriously - Google Image it."
Something Like Summer (Volume 1)
Something Like Summer (Volume 1)
"This is a Male/Male romance book about a second chance with 'the one that got away'. Brilliant."