Genre Spotlight: Romance/Chick Lit Section

Our Romance/Chick Lit section is another of my favorites. As its name implies, this section mainly appeals to the girls, although I definitely have a few boys who like Nicholas Sparks. Pay attention to these boys, ladies, they’ll make the best boyfriends one day!

About our Romance/Chick Lit section:

NUMBER OF BOOKS IN THE SECTION: 393

GENRE LABEL COLOR: hot pink

MOST POPULAR TITLES IN PAST 90 DAYS:

  • How to Rock Braces and Glasses (Haston)
  • 52 Reasons to Hate My Father (Brody)
  • How to Rock Breakups and Makeups (Haston)
  • Spin the Bottle (Kimmel)
  • ttyl (Myracle)
  • Access Denied (And Other Eighth Grade Error Messages): A Novel (Vega)
  • BFF: A Girlfriend Book U Write 2Gether (Myracle)
  • Getting Even (Billingsley)
  • Prom & Prejudice (Eulberg)
  • The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life (Myracle)
  • Frenemies (Young)
  • How to Ruin My Teenage Life (Elkeles)
  • Lucky (Vail)
  • What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know (Sones)

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GENRE:

  • target audience is teen girls–though they may appeal to some boys, books in this section are primarily intended for female audiences
  • romance is a major part of the story
  • strong character development, particularly of female protagonist(s)
  • self-discovery; understanding others
  • contemporary setting
  • often told in first person narrative/as though the reader is the heroine’s friend or confidant
  • may contain consumerism (designer labels, obsession with fashion)
  • relationships with friends and family are also very important to the story
  • protagonist often has a supportive circle of friends
  • other themes may include struggles with body weight/image, friendship, mean girls, dating, family, belonging, school, moving to a new place
  • religious faith and church may be important to the protagonist

TRENDING:

  • diary formats, texting, emails, blogs
  • Need more multicultural titles
TROUBLESHOOTING:
  • Romance/Chick Lit books are among my most likely to be challenged. Titles like Lisa Rennison’s On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God, Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen, and Lauren Myracle’s ttyl are among the ALA’s most frequently-challenged books (and can all be found in my library).
  • This section closely matches our Humor section, which sometimes makes it difficult to decide where to shelve new books. If I put all my girly humor titles in Chick Lit, does my Humor section then become the Chick Lit for boys? Does that even make sense?

 

4 Comments

  • What a great summary of your genres, and I love how you included the most popular titles. I hope you will continue posting your genre spotlights, these are a great reference tool for someday. . .

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  • Glad you are enjoying them and find them useful! I plan to continue posting for all 18 of my library's genre section, so stay tuned! Next up will be Humor, methinks !

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