Romantic Teen Books for National Kissing Day

Get out your lip balm, because June 22nd is National Kissing Day! No matter your relationship status, you can celebrate this romantic holiday with these swoon-worthy teen novels. From first kisses to passionate declarations of love, these romances are definitely ‘kissing books.’ 

Blackout - Six fantastic authors tell the interwoven stories of teens across New York City. Love and possibility take hold as the city suffers a heat-induced blackout. 

Heartstopper Vol 1- In this charming graphic novel, popular rugby player Nick and formerly bullied Charlie strike up a surprising friendship. When Charlie develops a crush for the sweet jock, it may not be as hopeless as he thinks.

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre - After multiple disasters on and off stage, Melody swears not to let romance get in the way of the spring production. Unfortunately, rising star Odile Rose has turned up to steal the show - and Melody’s heart. 

Now That I've Found You - Evie Jones is in the middle of a PR disaster. After a friend’s betrayal, Evie needs the help of her famous recluse grandmother, Gigi, to regain her own star status. The problem is, Gigi has disappeared. Evie must enlist the help of the last person to see Gigi, a musician named Milo, in a wild hunt across NYC. 

There's Something About Sweetie - Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. After a bad break-up, Ash challenges his parents to find him a better match than he can himself. He starts dating Sweetie, a talented athlete and another Indian-American. Unlike Ash’s parents, Sweetie’s family is convinced Ash is a bad match. They think he will break Sweetie’s heart because she is fat. As their secret romance grows, both teens will have to navigate making their families happy while finding their own way. 

We welcome your respectful and on-topic comments and questions in this limited public forum. To find out more, please see Appropriate Use When Posting Content. Community-contributed content represents the views of the user, not those of Chicago Public Library