The return of spicy romance

Between the spicy content and the use of social media, Colleen Hoover has brought back reading. Colleen Hoover is famous for her romance, and young adult fiction novels. Among the one billion users on Tik Tok and the “hype” on the upcoming author, one of her older books, It Ends With Us, has gotten much attention. Although many parents and teachers are proud of their young readers for getting into books, do they know what these Colleen Hoover books are all about? Is it only Colleen Hoover that parents and teachers should be worried about?

Hoover’s most famous book, It Ends With Us, is the story of a young woman named Lily, and her struggle to break away from abuse to create a safe life for not only herself but her child as well. In the beginning, falling in love with Lily’s life and following along with her stories makes the book an absolute page-turner.

“Ever since I read this book,” Gwen Calcatera ‘25 said, “I have wanted to read more each day. Books like these are almost better than TV.”

Although the books display important lessons, especially for females, they were intended for an older audience as they have suggestive content. Are there other books to read that could be more teenage-friendly?

After extensive research to find similar books and authors to Colleen Hoover after reading almost all of her novels, one similar book is called The People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry, which is another popular read among high schoolers. Henry also writes in the romance, and young adult fiction genres, and is a New York Times bestselling author. This book was rated for audiences 15 and up which makes this book more favorable to parents and teachers.

Another popular book circulating in the high school is We Were Liars By E. Lockhart. The book relates to Colleen Hoover’s style in a way but is also very different. They are alike when writing about love and being able to describe the situations in a similar way. But are different stories when it comes to content but shares the same message. This book is more favorable to parents and teachers, again because there is less “spicy” content in the book.

One last book that is popular among Tik Tok and high schoolers is The Summer I Turned Pretty By Jenny Han. Many have seen the show that came out over the summer, the books are just as good. There is a series of 3 books The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, and We’ll Always Have Summer. These books have a similar love story but are also for a high school audience.

After all, what you read is up to you. You can choose from romance all the way to sci-fi and find the book that you’re happy with.