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Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020

Posted February 11, 2020 by Kait in Bookish Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 12 Comments

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a Bookish Meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s theme is LOVE FREEBIE!

Sometimes I love freebie weeks, and other times I end up wishing they were more structured. This week is one that I’m really glad we had some freedom with! Because it’s a love freebie, I’ve decided to list my TOP TEN BOOKS WITH THE WORD ‘LOVE’ IN THE TITLE!

And now without any further ado, here’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Published by HarperTeen on January 7, 2020
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 432
Goodreads

“Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. “Best kept secret. Zero supervision.
And just like that, Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn. Gone is Chien Tan, the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. In its place, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop.
But not every student is quite what they seem:
Ever is working toward becoming a doctor but nurses a secret passion for dance.
Rick Woo is the Yale-bound child prodigy bane of Ever’s existence whose perfection hides a secret.
Boy-crazy, fashion-obsessed Sophie Ha turns out to have more to her than meets the eye.
And under sexy Xavier Yeh’s shell is buried a shameful truth he’ll never admit.
When these students’ lives collide, it’s guaranteed to be a summer Ever will never forget.

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
Published by HarperTeen on June 9, 2020
Genres: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Romance
Pages: 368
Goodreads

Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a care home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day turn out to have inherited. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.
But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms.
Unbothered by Saoirse’s no-relationships rulebook, Ruby proposes a loophole: They don’t need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up—and a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters actually fall in love… for real.

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley
Published by HarperTeen on December 1, 2020
Genres: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Romance
Pages: 336
Goodreads

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. Lead actor need a breath mint? She’s on it. Understudy bust a seam? Mel’s sewing kit is at the ready. Not only is her Plan A foolproof, she’s got a Plan B, and a Plan C, because actors can be total fools.

What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.

Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet and funny, and care as much about the play’s success as Mel.

Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor
Published by Inkyard Press on October 6, 2020
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Retellings
Pages: 304
Goodreads

Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down--just like Emma's sister, Izzy, did this year, when she moved to California for college. But numbers...those you can count on. (No pun intended.)
Emma's senior year is going to be all about numbers, and seeing how far they can take her. When she and George, her Coding Club copresident, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born--a matchmaking app that goes far beyond swiping, using algorithms to calculate compatibility. George disapproves of Emma's idea, accusing her of meddling in people's lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.
Emma's code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other and her own feelings defy any algorithm? Emma thought math could solve everything. But there's nothing more complex--or unpredictable--than love.

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggeman
on July 14, 2020
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Pages: 352
Goodreads

In this wry and hilarious queer romantic comedy, fifteen-year-old Phoebe realizes that falling in love is maybe not just for losers.
Did you know you can marry yourself? How strange / brilliant is that?
Fifteen-year-old Phoebe thinks falling in love is vile and degrading, and vows never to do it. Then, due to circumstances not entirely in her control, she finds herself volunteering at a local thrift shop. There she meets Emma . . . who might unwittingly upend her whole theory on life.
This is a laugh-out-loud exploration of sexuality, family, female friendship, grief, and community. With the heart and hilarity of Netflix's critically-acclaimed Sex Education, Wibke Brueggemann's sex positive debut is required reading for Generation Z teens. Think of this as Bridget Jones' Diary, if it were written by Bridget's daughter.

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Published by Razorbill on January 26, 2016
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 390
Goodreads

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” At first, they’re just momentary glimpses—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender
Published by Balzer + Bray on October 30, 2018
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Pages: 290
Goodreads

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.
Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.
Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.
After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 19, 2017
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance, Retellings
Pages: 432
Goodreads

Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer.
Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother, John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.
Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Published by Balzer + Bray on June 4, 2019
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Pages: 413
Goodreads

It's 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing.
Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He's terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he's gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media's images of men dying of AIDS.
Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance...until she falls for Reza and they start dating.
Art is Judy's best friend, their school's only out and proud teen. He'll never be who his conservative parents want him to be, so he rebels by documenting the AIDS crisis through his photographs.
As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won't break Judy's heart--and destroy the most meaningful friendship he's ever known.

Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Published by Swoon Reads on January 23, 2018
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Aspec
Pages: 288
Goodreads

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting--working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating--no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

What are some books you love with love in the title? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous week!

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12 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday | February 11, 2020

  1. Ooh I like how you did this. I kinda wish I would have went with this topic- using love in the title. anyway Loveboat, Taipei sounds like a lot of fun. Love Is For Losers haha and Like A Love Story- love that cover. It has such an urban vibe.
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