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Winter Break 2022 - End of Year - Best Romance

We all need some happy stories where everything works out right in the end.

Belittled Women by Amanda Sellet | Goodreads

Belittled Women - Amanda Sellet

The Porter family makes a living from their Little Women re-enactments. You can say that their mom is a big fan… Follow our Jo as she struggles with her desire to take care of her family and find true love, all while remaining true to herself and growing into the independent, fierce young woman like the character she is named after.

From the publisher:
Grades 8 and up.
When a famed photojournalist shows up to document her family's 'Little Women Live!' attraction, Jo, who is rebelling against living in the shadow of her literary namesake, discovers that real life is much more complicated and messier than fiction.

Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad

Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things - Maya Prasad

Four seasons. Four romances (really, five). One unforgettable book. Joy on the page.

From the publisher:
Grades 7 and up.
The Singh sisters grew up helping their father navigate the bustle of the Songbird Inn. Nestled on dreamy and drizzly Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest, the inn's always been warm and cozy and filled with interesting guests - the perfect home. But things are about to heat up now that the Songbird has been named the Most Romantic Inn in America.

Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Well, That Was Unexpected - Jesse Q. Sutanto

A delightful combo of You’ve Got Mail and Crazy Rich Asians. Sharlot and George don’t want to fall in love. Or do they? Chaos ensues. Freaking hilarious and enchanting.

From the publisher:
Grades 9 and up.
Sharlot Citra is whisked from Los Angeles to her mother's native Indonesia, where she finds herself fake dating the son of one of the wealthiest families in Indonesia, and she is surprised when she actually starts to fall in love with the boy, the country, and the big family she never knew before.

What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix by Tasha Suri

What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix - Tasha Suri

This masterful remix by Tasha Suri is so beautifully written and with a narrative that makes sense to me, I am sold on this new version. A tale that takes on colonialism, racism, classism, and feminism head on while also telling this amazing love story? Yup.

From the publisher:
Grades 8 and up.
Inspired by: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. As they occasionally flee into the moors to escape judgment and share the half-remembered language of their unknown kin, Catherine and Heathcliff come to find solace in each other. Deep down in their souls, they can feel they are the same. But when Catherine's father dies and the household's treatment of Heathcliff only grows more cruel, their relationship becomes strained and threatens to unravel. For how can they ever be together, when loving each other—and indeed, loving themselves—is as good as throwing themselves into poverty and death?

Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton

Whiteout - Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon

More romance. More weather related mayhem. All fabulous. And half the fun is trying to figure out who wrote which part.

From the publisher:
Grades 9 and up.
In Atlanta, just before Christmas, twelve teens band together to help a friend pull off the most epic apology of her life during the storm of the century, which results in a magical moment that changes everything.