RITA Best Young Adult Romance

Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is an important element of the novel, and the ending is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

 

2011 selection

The Iron King

The Iron Fey #1

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2011

by Julie Kagawa

MEGHAN CHASE HAS A SECRET DESTINY—ONE SHE COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED… 

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never...


2010 selection

Perfect Chemistry

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2010

by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry is a fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.


2009 selection

Hell Week

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2009

by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Bloodred nails, flashing white teeth, gleaming scarlet lips--Maggie Quinn has battled an ancient demon, faced down psychotic cheerleaders, and saved her best friend from certain death, but nothing can match...


2008 selection

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely series #1

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2008

by Melissa Marr

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and...


1992 selection

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 1992

by Lurlene Mcdaniel

Sometimes Carrie Blake feels she just can't stand  life's problems or pain. At fifteen, she's had  leukemia for three years, and although the disease is  in remission, she's never sure when things might  change....