Love/Romance for Teen Boys

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Love/Romance for Teen Boys

Post by ReaderTeacher » 17 Mar 2018, 20:58

As the advisor for my high school’s book club, I let the students democratically vote on a genre, and then we bring book ideas to vote on to decide which book to read. Unfortunately, our last meeting was very female-heavy, so the students selected love/romance. I am concerned that we could lose the interest of the many males who are active participants in the book club if we select a novel that is too girl-focused. Any ideas of novels that are appropriate for high school students in the love/romance genre that will capture the interest of both boys and girls!? Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

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Post by AngieIs » 22 Mar 2018, 23:32

How faithful are you trying to be to the LABEL love/romance? As my medieval lit professor always pointed out, "romance" is a direct predecessor to fantasy. There are a lot of age appropriate fantasy novels with strong romantic themes, not to mention more classic fare (La Morte de Arthur, Tristan and Isolde, etc.)

Holly Black's Curseworks trilogy has a male protagonist and a fair amount of adventure, while still having a strong romantic current.

Looking for Alaska by John Green might be a good (almost) fit for your requirements, but it has been heavily challenged in public schools.

Wuthering Heights works once you sell them on it, but first you have to convince them it's a deeply twisted ghost story.

Likewise, Great Expectations has the romance, and enough dysfunction to keep your audience interested, but first you have to convince them it's fun, not homework.

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade might work too. It's romance, but your primary protagonist is the dude, and he mostly isn't a putz.

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