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Looking specifically for titles with happily ever after endings, any suggestions? (I have read all of Simone Elkeles work...)
#1 - January 24, 2014, 10:27 AM
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Mine is Love and Other Perishable Items, which doesn't really fit the description of what you're looking for but man, it's so charming and real. It's so incredibly difficult to be both those things at the same time, but this book accomplishes it. Closer to what you're looking for, I might suggest most YA titles by Sarra Manning and Jennifer Echols.
#2 - January 24, 2014, 01:30 PM
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Rainbow Rowell's FANGIRL! And her ELEANOR & PARK ends on a complicated and ambiguously happy note, but it's so fantastically good that I'll say it anyway. Rainbow Rowell's ELEANOR & PARK! I'm also a big fan of SETH BAUMGARTNER'S LOVE MANIFESTO by Eric Luper.
#3 - January 24, 2014, 01:54 PM

i really enjoyed ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. And I second Rainbow Rowell's books!
And they're not as well-known anymore, but i really like Megan McCafferty's "Jessica Darling" series (starts with SLOPPY FIRSTS). Ditto Louise Rennison's "Georgia Nicholson" series for something really silly and light.
#4 - January 24, 2014, 02:01 PM

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Agree with Stephanie Perkin's two books and Rainbow Rowell's FANGIRL.

Also like THE ESSPRESSOLOGIST by Kristina Springer, ROOMIES by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando, RED by Alison Cherry....
#5 - January 24, 2014, 02:07 PM
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I read mostly books that have a romantic element, but not usually straight romances. However, maybe The Statistical Probability of First Love by Jennifer E. Smith would fit?
#6 - January 24, 2014, 02:38 PM

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Most YA romances don't have "happily ever after" endings--more like a "happily for now" since most seventeen-year-olds aren't making a lifetime commitment to anyone yet.  Are you looking for actual happily ever afters, or just YA romance that ends with the hero and heroine in a relationship at the end of the story, whether or not it's going to end in marriage some day?  ;)
#7 - January 24, 2014, 02:44 PM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)

Most (all?) of Susane Colasanti's books.
#8 - January 24, 2014, 05:48 PM
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Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky books--no wedding bells, but as Marissa says, the main characters are teenagers.
#9 - January 24, 2014, 07:26 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I have already read (and LOVED) both of Stephanie Perkins' novels, especially Anna and the French Kiss (used to live in Paris). Also enjoyed Statistical Probability... and Eleanor & Park. Happily for now endings are fine as well. (On a side note, C.K., I really enjoyed your book I KNOW IT'S OVER. Very nice seeing the guy's perspective. My WIP involves three girls who each make different choices about an unplanned pregnancy and I think I've read just about every traditionally published teen abortion/pregnancy/adoption novel out there - thus looking for lighter reads at the moment!)
#10 - January 25, 2014, 08:51 PM
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Some additions to some of my favorites that have already been mentioned. (i.e., Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins):

Jenny Han's "The Summer I Turned Pretty" trilogy
"North of Beautiful" by Justina Chen
#11 - January 25, 2014, 11:32 PM

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Did Sarah Dessen get mentioned? Along for the Ride was one of my favorites. I second Jenny Han books.
#12 - January 26, 2014, 10:00 AM

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Katie, thank you! That's very nice to hear and I understand about needing lighter reading material when you're working on emotionally challenging material. It's so draining! Love and Other Perishable Items is actually a fairly light read (no hardcore problems or anything); it just doesn't have the kind of ending you might be looking for. But, oh, the charm. I just love Amelia and Chris to bits. Their interactions are so wonderfully authentic. I hardly ever reread anything but I just finished reading it for the second time and I still feel giddy at the thought of it and am not really ready to leave the characters behind.  :star2
#13 - January 26, 2014, 03:38 PM
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I put it on my reading list, it looks like a good one for my VCFA study.
#14 - January 27, 2014, 10:15 AM
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I'm so glad  :moose
#15 - January 31, 2014, 08:28 PM
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Kasie West's books are my new favorites for a fun, satisfying love story (whether contemporary or her dual-timeline duology). Funnily enough, JUST LIKE FATE, another dual timeline story by Suzanne Young and Cat Patrick, also ends up being a great love story.
#16 - February 12, 2014, 12:13 PM
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This is an older title, but The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer is one of my all-time favorites.
#17 - February 12, 2014, 01:53 PM

I always enjoy a bit of history with my romance, some of my favorites are by Eva Ibbotson:
I also enjoyed our own Marissa Doyle's COURTSHIPS AND CURSES a lot.
#18 - February 12, 2014, 09:51 PM


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