Whether your dating or single, in love or fresh out of it, love has a place in your heart and God has a desire for you to share your love with others. Scour through these nine selections and find the best fit for your affectionate heart. This list includes fiction, true stories of the ups and downs of a love life, factual information on not only a broken heart, but the pains of a body broken by loving too deep and too early.
Love in the Corner Pocket
By: Marlene Perez
When your best friend is a blonde California goddess, being second best comes naturally. Chloe and Bridget share a friendship that most of Chloe’s friends feel is one-sided and only in Bridget’s best interest. But Chloe is always quick to defend Bridget and explain that Bridget has been there for her through all the worst times. With the support of her other friends, Chloe comes to realize she doesn’t have to be second best and can have exactly what she wants
Perez writes a sweet novel of first love, with a pool hall as the background of the story. Besides first love, Chloe is dealing with separated parents and an impending pool tournament. Chloe has always been good at pool, and now a tournament at Gino’s worth $2000 is a prize that she’s determined to win. The story is light and moves quickly enough that it can be read in one sitting. The reader is rooting for Chloe the entire time, hoping she can see that just because you’ve known someone for a long time, doesn’t mean that you necessarily know them anymore.
By: Sara Zarr
If you have ever had a friend who moved away or a boyfriend that is no longer in your life this is a story that will touch you heart..
When Jenna Vaughn’s childhood sweetheart unexpectedly comes back into her life during her senior year of high school, she is forced to confront her past. This is a story about the bond of friendship, the power of memory and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.
You might also be interested in reading How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
The Boy Project
By: Kami Kinard
For anyone who’s ever felt that boys were a different species….thirteen and wildly creative, Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. She’s going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend? But Kara’s project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies and an embarrassing incident in the boy’s bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara’s research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it… full of charts and graphs, heart and humor, this hilarious debut will resonate with tweens.
By: Hayley DiMarco
Almost every teenage girl wants to be sexy, wants to be noticed, wants to be pretty. But what is “sexy,” really? Do you know what you are saying about yourself by the way you dress? This book hopes to help you figure it out in an honest and helpful way. From the way you dress to the way you act, how to know what others see you as and how God thinks about the way you dress. There are quizzes and questions to get you thinking and help you figure out what image you’re presenting.
The Naked Truth
By: Lakita Garth
Lakita Garth is very open and forthright as she discusses the dangers of sex outside of marriage. This author cuts no corners and makes no excuses when dealing with this subject. In fact some of it’s very much “in your face.” When talking about why older boys pick up girls who are much younger, Garth uses statements like, “Ladies, your ability to relate to an adult male in this situation is not a reflection on your maturity, but a reflection of his lack thereof.” Garth firmly states that if you don’t have sex, you won’t get pregnant – this is an honest and to the point book.
By: Melisa Holmes, M.D. & Trish Hutchison, M.D.
Life is complicated and this book helps you to understand it. Girlology is a culture that preteen and teen girls know and love and turn to for honest true-life advice on everything that matters most–friends, guys, body changes, dating and sex. In this book you will follow the true stories of four girls and their choices– good and bad. And you get answers to the questions teen girls are asking every day, like;
- What’s up with this acne? Will it ever end?
- Is it ok to shave my hair down there?
- If I keep looking at other girls in the locker room, does that mean I’m gay?
- Am I the only girl who isn’t having sex?
- Is oral sex really ‘sex’?
- If I’ve only had oral sex, then I’m still a virgin, right?
- There’s a guy at school who says he wants to hook up with me. What does he mean by ‘hook up’?
Also check out the website; www.girlogy.com
By: Amber Madison
Where does a girl find straight talk about sex? From her friends, siblings, school? Most books give facts, but the clinical approach of most books on sex makes the subject as approachable as a cold instrument in the gynecologist’s office, and certainly offer little insight into the emotional issues and real-life dilemmas that surround sex and sexuality. Amber Madison gives you just what you’ve been looking for: comprehensive and accurate information delivered in a style so down-to-earth that it’s just like talking to your older sister or one of your best friends. Hilarious, uninhibited and chock full of must-have knowledge about safer sex and sexuality, this book gives you a tour of female anatomy plus frank talk on a lot of meaningful issues concerning sexual activity and intimacy. In a voice that is both informative and engaging, Amber will educate, entertain and empower you.
Virgin Sex for Guys
By: Dr. Darcy Laudzers
BE SAFE, NOT SORRY is the message of this book. Even guys have second thoughts about having sex. Whether you are concerned about getting a STD, your religious values, or what your partner will say about you afterwards, Virgin Sex for Guys teaches you the physical, emotional, and social consequences of having (and not having) sex. This guy’s guide to safe and healthy sex uncovers the real truths on how to have sex without getting hurt–the first time and every time.
Although written to the guys, it offers some real life stories that girls will learn a lot from.
Get the real story on:
*Sex for the first time–who, what, when, why and how
*How to treat a girl right before, during and after your relationship
*Preparing for sex–all about pregnancy, STDs and your emotions
*Same-sex sex–how to know if you are gay or bisexual
*What to do when you or your girlfriend is not ready for sex
A quote from the author, Dr. Darcy Laudzers “This is the real talk about sex, beyond the talk from your mom and dad, or the talk your friends gave you. It’s the truth from a real, live sex therapist. I wrote this book for YOU.”
Virgin Sex for Girls
By: Dr. Darcy Laudzers
DON’T JUST LET SEX HAPPEN. BE READY FOR IT, is the message of this book.
90% of girls under the age of 16 regret their first sexual experience. Because losing your virginity is a taboo subject in many families and schools, you could be lacking the real sex education and guidance that will help you decide if you are truly physically and emotionally ready–and how to say no if you aren’t.
Get the real story on:
* Why some girls have sex, and reasons you might not be ready
* Avoiding situations that could leave you feeling sad, scared or embarrassed
* Date rape and sexual assault–what it is and how to prevent it
* Sex for the first time–who, what, when, why and how
* How to develop a sexual voice to make the best choice for you
Virgin Sex for Girls features more than 40 true stories from teens and adults about their first experiences–the physical, emotional and social consequences of having (and not having) sex. This girl’s guide to safe and healthy sex uncovers the real truths on how to have sex without getting hurt–the first time and every time.
You can also visit Dr. Darcy online at www.noregretsguide.com for her advice blog and free videos of real teens telling real stories–and get answers to your own sex questions, too!