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The Scoop On Romance Novels For Your Teen

by Katrina Cheshire

Does your teen want to read romance novels?

We’ve got good and bad for you!

The teen years are incredibly important. Opinions are formed, lives are molded, faith and belief become a teenager’s own. These years are crucial in every way, and the books that a teen reads are a huge part of shaping their future! Romance is a difficult genre, especially romance novels for teens. A good, pure romance can be a help instead of a hindrance.

Unfortunately we live in a world that has become increasingly perverted and disturbing. As a result, few romance novels have anything good to offer anymore! As the selection grows smaller, we must search out the good books that are still there – because there are a few!

Good Romance Novels:

A good romance novel can be very helpful in establishing healthy expectations and godly ideas of what relationships should look like. Talking the romance novel over with your teen and discussing the ideas in the book is an awesome way to encourage and build up your child. A great way to do this is to read the book first so that you know the story! Having an open relationship with your child is so important – if they are comfortable discussing these topics with you, you have an open door to their heart!

1. Lovely War by Julie Berry

While not a Christian romance novel, this story is a beautiful tale of love and loss during World War 1. It will have you crying, laughing, and aching over the stories of the young men and women who lived and loved during that era. However, it is suitable for older teens. There is nothing explicitly inappropriate, although mature themes are present such as racism, murder, PTSD, bombings, and young love.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A classic that will stand the test of time, and that is perfectly readable and applicable today. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a must-read for every young person! The story of two young people who learn to overcome their initial dislike for one another is a beautiful portrayal of acceptance and a powerful reminder of just how blind we can be. Furthermore, Emma, by the same author, is another excellent choice when it comes to romance novels.

3. River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

This historical fiction book is a compelling tale of a young woman in the 19th century who fights passionately for slavery to end. She struggles to choose between love and her passion to free the slaves, making some bad decisions along the way. In the end, she finally realizes her calling.

4. Redeeming Love by Francine River

Based on the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer, and one of the best-selling Christian romance novels of all time, this book is soon to become a movie! When God calls a young farmer to wed the most sought-after prostitute in all of the California gold rushes, he never could have dreamed of the struggles he would face. Warning: read this book before your teen does. You are the best judge of what your child can read. Although while this book carries an incredibly powerful message, it includes some deep and heavy themes (prostitution, pedophilia, abuse, etc.)

5. The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

A beautiful retelling of the Biblical book of Philemon, set in the South in the 19th century, this story carries a profound message. Furthermore, a disturbing villain, a fiery little girl, a difficult young lady, and a bitter indentured slave all unite in a story that is unique and compelling!

Romance Novels To Avoid:

Reading garbage romance novels is not only a harmful practice because of the filth they contain; it can also set up terrible expectations for teens. When a teen reads about unrealistic relationships and boundaries. As a result, it can warp their understanding of what a true relationship should look like. That being said, here are some romance novels to avoid:

1. One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

This new sequel to the book One of Us is Lying is filled with sexual content, homosexuality, alcohol, drugs, and profanity. Not something you want your teen reading! 

2. Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

This teen romance novel deals with the mental illness schizophrenia – but not in a godly way. Laced with sexual scenes, suicidal thoughts, profanity, alcohol, and more, this book would not be edifying for anyone to read, let alone a young person. 

3. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

You don’t expect to see romance novels filled with witches, ghosts, murders, and sexual immorality. This book is one to keep far away from. It is deeply problematic from a Biblical mindset, with its calm acceptance of ghosts, seduction, and immoral themes.

4. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This novel is filled with transgenderism, ghosts, witchcraft, and evil. NOT a good suggestion for your kids on any level! 

5. We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia

Another disgusting book about homosexuality, normalizing it for teens! This is a terrible example for teens, showing two friends who enter a homosexual relationship…don’t give your teen this book, or any other like it!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8 ESV

Katrina Cheshire is a home school and Bible college graduate and the author of Seller of Dreams. She is passionate about good stories and the power they can have in shaping a life.

With seven siblings her life is full of adventure and excitement! She loves to design and sew clothing. She enjoys to write endless stories and read even more of them. You can find her making music with her brothers and sisters or dancing for the glory of God.

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