Friday, November 30

Amazing Teen Romances!

I'm going to talk about teen romances in novels. Why? Because I've always been drawn into these books. I can actually say that I specifically like reading teen romances above any other
books. When I find a good one, I can't put it down until I finish it.

These are some teen romances that I couldn't put down:

If you read teen romances, then you've heard of Twilight. You've probably read it. Did you like it? I loved it! I thought Stephenie Meyer did an amazing job of introducing Bella and Edward and the writing was excellent, she drew me right in to her story. If you haven't read it yet, go out and get it!

Another one of my favorite teen romances is Flipped. My editor told me to read it. Okay, so I thought it was strange that there was an upside down baby chick on the front of the book, but after you read the book you realize it's a perfect cover for this book! Juli and Bryce are such wonderful characters you fall in love with both of them. Wendelin Van Draanen did an amazing job with the book, I was captured from the first page when Bryce met his new neighbor, Juli. If you read this book, do you agree? (I can't imagine anyone NOT liking Flipped) It's told in alternating chapters between Juli and Bryce, which I did for my own book Leaving Paradise.

I picked up Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (the first version, with the cover of the guy kissing the girl) and I read the first five pages I was like, "Huh?" I didn't get it. The stream of consciousness writing confused me. But then I got used to it. I must say that this was a great book, and the authors totally get inside the head of teens. I fell in love with these characters and am happy it's being turned into a movie. I met David Levithan (one of the authors) and he was amazingly nice! Go out and get this book so you know what the movie is about before it comes out.

I admit when I picked up this next teen romance novel, I didn't know the content. Yes, hit me over the head with a brick, but even though there were three boys on the front and the title is Rainbow Boys, I didn't know it was a book with gay characters. I found out pretty quick I was in for a read I'd never read before.... But Alex Sanchez, the author, sucked me right in to the novel. I couldn't put it down even if I'd wanted to. The love story is as engaging and realistic as any other teen romance novel. For alternative lifestyles, or if you want to know what it's like for gay teens today, go out and get Rainbow Boys!

For a romance novel I WANT to read, it may surprise you that it's a historical novel. I watched Pride and Prejudice (the one with Colin Firth and a separate one with Keira Knightly (is that how you spell her last name???). The one with Colin Firth is the BEST one (although Keira is absolutely beautiful in the other one), so be sure to watch it. Because of it, I want to read the classic novel by Jane Austen. Has anyone else read it? Okay, so it's not necessarily a teen romance, but it is the most read novel in the world.

I can't help but fall in love with teen romances, so I've written my own. Leaving Paradise was written like Flipped and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist...with alternating chapters between Caleb and Maggie.

The next two books of mine are How to Ruin a Summer Vacation and its sequel How to Ruin my Teenage Life. Both are teen romances, and I have to say that most of my email from teen girls say that they love the romance between Amy and Avi. Have you read them? What do you think?

Simone Elkeles


Sara Hantz said...

I totally agree with you about P&P, the Colin Firth vesion for me is the definitive one!

Jessica Burkhart said...

I loved Rainbow Boys and Twilight! Great picks! :)

Em said...

You just can't beat the Colin Firth version of Pride & Prejudice! I hadn't heard of your books before, Simone, but now I've added them to my wishlist! And I just picked up Twilight this week so we'll see how it goes. Thanks for the recommendations!

Simone Elkeles said...

Thanks, Em! I hope you enjoy my books, too.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

I've read both Amy and Avi books - what great books! But I must confess, having been to Israel twice, I'm partial to the first - it brought back a lot of fond memories.

Anonymous said...

You should also check outLaura Preble's "Queen Geeks in Love". If you're not familar with the series you should be. Great addition to your list here! Hope you'll check it out, maybe even review it sometime. Happy New Year.

stevie said...

YOU ARE SO SO SO UNBELEVABLY AMAZINGLY AWSOMLY COOL!!!!!!!! i'm a really really really big fan!!! your book leaving paradise is the best book i've ever read! i swear i laughed i cried and i didn't put it down until i could name off what happened in every chapter (i must have read it like 30 times in 3 weeks!) i made 4 of my friends read it just so i'd have some one to discuss it with lol they all liked it to! i haven't read your other 2 books yet but i wont to!

i also liked the twilight series and cant wait for the 4th book to come out.

cheah said...

Great suggestions! I read Twilight a completely fell in love with it. I will most deffinantly read some of the others you mentioned!

PH03B3 said...

Twilight is SO amazing - I couldn't put it down, but beware it's seriously addictive!

Jenny said...

I loved "How To Ruin A Summer Vacation." Being half-Israeli, I talked to my dad a lot about moshavs and kibbutz.

I can't wait to read "How To Ruin My Teenage Life" :)

Anonymous said...

I started to read pride and prejudice and I couldn't really follow it and I <3 the twilight saga favorite books EVER!

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