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CPL: Books on Teen Relationships

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With both Valentine’s Day and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, this list focuses on teen relationships from fiction fantasy to graphic novels and informative nonfiction texts about consent and communication. The range of titles new and old show that navigating relationships is central to being human and is fascinating to explore through reading!

Step through the halls of teen relationships in these fictional titles that take place in schools! These titles deal with the complexities of relationships in academic settings whether high school, post-secondary, or schools for magic. Begin Again is about navigating the complexities of relationships in the first year of community college. Dear Medusa is about the cruelty of judgmental peers as the protagonist copes with the aftermath of her sexual abuse and learns to survive and find love.

Happily Ever Afters is about a young writer of romance stories who is accepted into a creative writing program who seeks to work through her writer’s block by taking inspiration from real life. How To Succeed in Witchcraft has similar themes to Dear Medusa but takes place at a school for magic. What’s great about it is that each chapter begins with a quote from a song, school policy, or a textbook from within the fictional universe which contributes to the world building in a really cool way.

Dive into the vibrant pages of graphic novels with stunning illustrations, capturing the tumultuous yet tender journey of adolescent love. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is about navigating on-again, off-again relationships and how to leave toxic relationships in favour of healthy ones. Mall Goth is one of this year’s Forest of Reading titles taking place during the 90’s it’s a story about being different within school and relationships.

Enter far away kingdoms with these series that have both romance and political intrigue. This Woven Kingdom is the first novel in a romance fantasy about a servant named Alizeh who is actually a lost heir forced into hiding who will one day uproot the kingdom. The third book in this series called All this Twisted Glory has recently been released if you would like to catch up on this excellent series! Powerless also takes place in the struggles of a kingdom where people have been divided by a plague that has gifted some special abilities. It is the first book in a new series by Lauren Roberts.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. These are three nonfiction books about teen relationships including topics on communications and consent. It Doesn’t Have to be Awkward is a guide to sex, relationships, and consent by Drew and Paulina Pinsky where they discuss trust, compassion and boundaries. Relationship Skills 101 for Teens is about managing your emotions that not be destructive to relationships and finding the support you need. Let’s Talk About It covers many of the same topics as It Doesn’t Have to Be Awkward but in graphic novel form which is clear and quick to read while also being informative covering topics like rejection and jealousy.

Finally, check out these classic novels from the past including Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen where you can see what relationships were like in the past and where they are similar and different.

Enjoy the rest of February!

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