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30 Days to Getting Over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend: A Heartbreak Handbook
Clea Hantman

Call Number: 155.6423 H251 2008

A day-by-day guide provides thirty days of activities, break-up songs, and advice for teenage girls to help them transition from a depressed, in-denial dumpee to an in-control, ready-for-romance single gal.

The Abundance of Katherines
John Green

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

All I Need
Susane Colasanti

When Skye, a hopeless romantic, meets Seth, hurt by a recent break-up, at an end-of-summer party they connect instantly, but their love is tested when she returns high school and he begins to work his way through an Ivy-League college. 

Alpha Dog
Jennifer Ziegler

Feeling humiliated after being dumped by both her boyfriend and the school's popular crowd at the end of her junior year in high school, Katie endures more embarrassing moments while taking a summer class at the University of Texas in Austin, and living away from home in an apartment with an overly hip roommate and a psychotic dog.

Audrey, Wait!
Robin Benway

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

Better Off Friends
Elizabeth Eulberg

Macallan and Levi are best friends from the first day they meet in seventh grade, but over the years their close friendship keeps interfering with their dating life because everyone else regards them as a couple.

The Book of Luke
Jennifer O'Connell

When Emily and her best friend are dumped by their boyfriends, they formulate a sneaky plan to teach guys the right way to treat girls.

The Break Up Diaries
Call Number: 813.54 B828 2011

In "Hot Boyz," Chance will do anything to become Ahmad's girl, but a lie might blow up in everyone's face; and in "The Boy Trap," Gabrielle schemes to be Tyler's pampered basketball wife, but her cheating ways put their relationship on the line.

The Break Up Diaries
Nikki Carter, Kevin Elliott

Call Number: 813.54 B8282

Short stories about the pains of love, dating, and breaking up. 

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Stories About Falling Out of Love by Four Incredible Authors
Ellen Hopkins, Niki Burnham, Terri Clark, Lynda Sandoval

Call Number: 813.08508 B828 2008

Four tales by four different authors look at different sides of the end of a first love, presenting each author’s trademark style within her story.

The Breakup Bible: A Novel
Melissa Kantor

Jennifer thinks she and Max are the perfect couple, until he decides he just wants to be friends.

Cameron and the Girls
Edward Averett

A boy suffering from Schizophreniform disorder falls into a love triangle with a girl in his junior high class--and a girl in his head.

Crash Test Love
Ted Michael

Told in their separate voices, Henry, who prefers "hook-ups" to dating, and Garrett, who has often been dumped, meet as seniors at a Long Island, New York, high school where Henry falls in love but Garrett, to prove herself to the popular clique, agrees to gain his love then publicly dump him.

The Dirt on Breaking Up: A Dateable Book
Hayley Morgan DiMarco

Call Number: 306.73 D582 2004

Advises teenagers on how to handle a break-up, from the first signs of the end of a relationship to Bible passages to read and activities to do in order to cope with the aftermath.

Dumped by Popular Demand
P.G. Kain

When she moves from California to New Jersey, Dorie Dilts studies girls her age at the mall to collect data on what it takes to become popular and discovers that if she wants to be part of the in-crowd, she must date--and be dumped by--the cutest boy in school.

Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Getting Dumped and Getting Over It!
Cylin Busby

Call Number: 306.73 D582 2004

Explores what it can feel like when a boy ends a relationship and how to deal with those feelings, including suggestions from girls who have survived break-ups.

Heart’s Delight
Per Nilsson

As a sixteen-year-old looks at and systematically destroys each of his mementos of Ann-Katrin, he replays scenes from their relationship and realizes that it was not the great romance he believed it to be.

The Heartbreakers
Pamela Wells

When three high school friends experience breakups on the same night, a fourth writes "The Break up Code," which all agree to follow as they try to get over the bad relationships and get back in touch with themselves and one another.

I Know It’s Over
C.K. Kelly Martin

Sixteen-year-old Nick, still trying to come to terms with his parents' divorce, experiences exhilaration and despair in his relationship with his girlfriend Sasha especially when, after instigating a trial separation, she announces that she is pregnant.

If He Had Been with Me: a novel
Laura Nowlin

A love story spanning the history of two teenagers' lives and all the moments when if one little thing had been different, their futures would have been together instead of apart.

It’s Not You, It’s Me: A Novel
Kerry Cohen Hoffmann

Follows sixteen-year-old Zoë through the first thirty-one days after Henry, her boyfriend of six months, breaks up with her, as she moves from being obsessed with getting back together to finding herself again.

The Karma Club
Jessica Brody

When high school senior Maddy catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she devises a complicated plan to get revenge.

The Lonely Hearts Club
Elizabeth Eulberg

Fed up with boys and the way they have treated her and her friends, high school junior Penny Lane--named after the Beatles song--forms a club whose members vow to stop dating, but the repercussions are surprising.

Love, Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli

Still moping months after being dumped by her Arizona boyfriend Leo, fifteen-year-old Stargirl, a home-schooled free spirit, writes "the world's longest letter" to Leo, describing her new life in Pennsylvania.

The Naughty List
Suzanne Young

Head cheerleader Tessa runs the ultra-secret SOS, or Society of Smitten Kittens, that spies on her fellow-students' cheating boyfriends, until her own boyfriend is implicated.

The One That I Want
Jennifer Echols

Gemma can't believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma's heartbroken. Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max's friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can't help thinking that Max likes her back--it's just too bad he's already dating Addison.

Lili Wilkinson

Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality--and sexual orientation--at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.

Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend
Carrie Jones

Belle is a high school junior who expects to marry her long-term boyfriend one day, until he tells her and their entire small Maine town that he is gay, and both face prejudice and violence even as they enter new relationships and try to remain friends.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Jenny Han

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.

When You Were Mine
Rebecca Serle

Seniors Rosaline Caplet and Rob Monteg, neighbors and best friends, have finally become a couple at their Southern California high school, but when Rosie's estranged cousin Juliet moves back into town and pursues Rob in an unstable, needy, and vindictive manner, Rosie starts to worry not just about Rob's emotions, but about his very life.

Why We Broke Up
Daniel Handler

Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

Shiloh Walker

With her Hollywood dreams long gone, Abigale now has a nice, neat, uncomplicated life--until the day her perfect fiancé needs to talk. Dumped, a little more than shattered, and totally confused, Abigale turns to Zach, her best friend since forever, to help her pick up the pieces. He does it with the gift of a journal. She can vent her frustrations, and sketch out a new plan. Zach just hopes he's part of it. Because he's been in love with Abigale his entire life. When the journal falls into Zach's hands, he discovers Abigale wants a new man. And fast. Nothing more than a hot distraction. Zach has a strategy, too. He's going to be that man. It's his last chance. Abigale might be out to shake up her life, but Zach's out to reinvent it. Now, all he has to do is convince Abigale that life can go as planned.

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