Feelings for Valentines Day


Dear Readers, 

Hope you're having a fantastic Valentines Day, but if you're waiting until your V-Day dinner reservations or if you would like to spend the romantic holiday with book boyfriends and literary loves, check out some of these books we have at The Bookshelf. 

Some specific feelings we've got are Identity and Love (When Dimple Met Rishi) Unrequited and Humorous Love (A Short History of the Girl Next Door) the brave kind of love (Eleanor & Park), and for something slower--something to break your heart and shake the emotions inside you--there is The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.

Just a handful of many literary journeys offered within The Bookshelf's threshold, still, the most important kind of love on Valentines Day is above all the love for books and their dedication to always be there for you.

On a day of magical anniversaries and flower-filled vases, don't skip over the magic of a good read. 

Continue on for quick snippets of select romances and quick snippets of the feels that come with!                                

There was something about people who were that secure; they made you feel better about yourself, like they accepted you for everything you were, imperfections and all
— When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rish

Sandhya Menon

Identity and Love

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. 

There’s a fine line between laughter and pain. And I think, sometimes, it’s the only thing you can do with your pain. Sometimes things suck so bad that you just have to laugh at it
— A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
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A Short History of the Girl Next Door 

Jared Reck 

Unrequited Love and Humorous Love

The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.

Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something
— Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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Eleanor &Park

Rainbow Rowell

Bravery and Love

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. 

You can love someone down to their core and they can love you right back just as hard, and if you traded diaries you’d learn things you never suspected. There’s a part of everyone deep down inside of them not meant for you. And the sooner you learn that, the easier your life is gonna be.
— The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species

Mindy McGinnis

Justice and Love

A contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives. 

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.

As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever. 

To juxtapose against star-crossed lovers, Eleanor and Park, and love like Rishi and Dimple that helps them find identity The Female of the Species by Mandy McGinnis is a book for feeling powerful and raw on this day of love. It's not just about a boy falling in love with a strong headed girl, it's about that strong headed girl finding a love that gives her peace in her tumultuous mind. With love from surprising candidate, super star athlete Jay, and the love of an introverted preacher's kid, Peekay, Alex Craft, for the first time in a long while is able to find peace within herself-- to the very last page.


-Zoe Tribley

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