Trisha (the Ya Ya Yas) and I discussed YA Romance in the comments to this post and she explores the question further at More Thoughts On YA Romance.
So, please, let me know: How do you define YA romance?
I pretty much see the definition as being not that much difference from adult romance, meaning that the end, the couple are together.
I actually get a little annoyed when people call books "romances" (whether YA or not) when it doesn't end with the couple together. Because part of what I want and expect out of a romance is a happy ending, by golly; and when you hand me something that doesn't have that happy ending, I feel misled.
This actually makes it hard to find decent YA romance. So, I thought, being a librarian and all, let's make a list!
What books would you recommend to a teen who wants romance?
Edited to add:
Go over to Reader's Carousel for some more conversation on YA Romance.
Books suggested to date (without links)
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (Becky) (And while, as I said above, I like my HEA, I am convinced that this trilogy will end with the couple together. So I agree with this one.)
The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen (Becky) (Liz)
Sorcery & Cecilia by Wrede/ Stevermer (Liz)
The King of Attolia & The Queen of Attolia by Turner (Liz) (hey, I think the romance between Gen & Irene is hot.)
Dramacon by Chmakova (Liz) (Again, as with Twilight, the actual individual books don't have the HEA but I'm sure that's how it all ends).
I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Carter (Liz)
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Levithan/Cohn (Liz) (This is a hot, hot, hot book) (Trish)
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (Trisha) (Liz)
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (Trisha, Liz)
All's Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison (Trisha)
East by Edith Patou (Trisha)
The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle (Trisha) (Liz agrees, and adds the other 2 books in the series, Close Kin & In the Coils of the Snake)
most Meg Cabot books (Trisha) (Liz agrees)
most Shannon Hale books (Trisha) (Liz agrees)
The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith (vols. I and II being reprinted by HarperTeen) (Trisha)
Tithe and Ironside by Holly Blackum (Trisha)
Amazing Grace by Megan Shull (Trisha)
The Beet Fields (2nd Gen Librarian)
My Heartbeat (2nd Gen Librarian) (I think this has romantic elements, but I wouldn't call it romance...no HEA or promise, just an older but wiser girl.)
Romeo and Juliet (2nd Gen Librarian) (heh, I was the annoying girl in high school who said Romeo was annoying and didn't love Juliet any more or less than Rosamund or whatever the girl was he was interested in at the start.)
True Believer (2nd Gen Librarian)
Rainbow Boys (2nd Gen Librarian)
Thwonk (2nd Gen Librarian)
If You Come Softly (2nd Gen Librarian) (Liz is forced to agree despite the lack of HEA.) (Trisha: I LOVE If You Come Softly, but I doubt I'd feel the same way if I had picked it up under the impression that it was a romance.) (Liz: I'd give it to the ones who want a sad story romance.)
Dating Hamlet (2nd Gen Librarian)
Princess Diaries (2nd Gen Librarian) (note a general Meg Cabot, above)
Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (Liz finds herself contradicting herself, because she very much agrees with the inclusion of Angus despite little HEA)
Dairy Queen (2nd Gen Librarian) (I disagree; I think it's much more a coming of age and friendship story)
Sloppy Firsts (and series) (2nd Gen Librarian) (Liz)
Boy Meets Boy (2nd Gen Librarian) (Liz)
The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance--Margaret Mahy (Alkelda)
Annie on My Mind--Nancy Garden (Alkelda) (Liz)
Constance--Patricia Clapp (Alkelda) (Liz says OMG, I LOOOOVVEEEE this book.)
Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Trisha) (Liz)
On Fortune's Wheel by Cynthia Voigt
Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Sheryl)
A Certain Slant of Light (Sheryl) (Liz)
The Order of the Poison Oak, Hartinger (Liz)
Empress of the World, Ryan (Liz)
OK, Keep the titles coming! And, if you agree/disagree with a titles inclusion, please comment!