Paranormal romance is one of my least favourite genres, because often the romance totally overwhelms the story. Some of my favourite YA books from the past few years have centered around teenage relationships, whether it’s a girl who has to remind herself every morning about the guy she loves, a red notebook that bring a guy and a girl closer together, or a terminal illness that gives two teens a shared experience. I’ve listed my favourite YA love stories below (with links to my reviews). The characters in these books feel like real people, with real problems, who have realistic relationships.
What are your favourite YA love stories?
There are alot of picture books around that are about love. Usually they feature rabbits, bears, or even kangaroos, but until now there hasn’t been one featuring a monster. Love Monster by Rachel Bright is the perfect picture book to give to your valentine this Vanlentine’s Day.
Love Monster is about a little red, furry monster who is ‘a bit funny looking to say the least.’ He lives in a place called Cutesville, filled with all the cute, fluffy things you could imagine, like puppies, kittens and bunnies. Nobody loves him so he sets out to find someone that will. He looks high and low, inside and out, but he search proves fruitless. Just when he gives up and starts to go home, love finds him.
Rachel Bright’s story about finding love in the most unexpected place is cute, funny and smart in just the right doses. It’s not sickly sweet like some books about love. The monster in this book isn’t scary, but one of those ones you want to pick up and cuddle (kind of like Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc.). Rachel’s illustrations are big, bright and bold and remind me of those pictures I used to do when I was at primary school where you use crayon and ink. The picture of the monster holding his teddy with his sad face on the front cover will definitely stand out on the shelf. You’ll want to share Love Monster with the slightly hairy monster in your life, as well as the not-so-hairy ones that would love to live in Cutesville.
4 out of 5 stars