The Romantics (Hardcover)

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There are rules to love and who should know them better than Love herself? Gael Brennan, a declared romantic, fell head over heels in love with a girl that broke his heart shortly after his parents’ separation. Now it is up to Love to steer Gael away from the Rebound and towards the girl who can truly mend his broken heart. But the more that Love tries to help, the more Gael falls for the wrong girl. Charming and witty, The Romantics is a relatable story that will remind you of your first love.

- Clare

— From Clare's Recs


Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot-sauce-wielding “dream girl.” The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all her own rules—and in order to set Gael’s fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.

About the Author

Leah Konen is the author of The Romantics and Love and Other Train Wrecks. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her dog, Farley. Find out more on

Praise For…

"Love delivers this sweet little bonbon of a story in a voice that's always chipper, sometimes funny, and pretty darn smart. For romantics and skeptics alike, this fresh dose of optimism will warm the cockles of the heart."
— Kirkus

Konen makes good use of numerous tropes of romantic comedy films, incorporating them into this light and utterly sweet read. Impressively, Konen treats her subject matter seriously while maintaining a playfulness that will keep readers engaged and rooting for Gael. 
— Publishers Weekly

"A jaunty, entertaining work that will reach a broad range of readers, with a feel-good cast of characters teens can root for."
— School Library Journal

“The Romantics is practically perfect in every way, just like love—and Love. My heart is bursting at the seams.” 
— Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of TTYL and The Infinite Moment of Us

Altogether practical, clever, yet hopelessly romantic, this book will make you question whether many of life’s small, seemingly insignificant moments might in fact have one very important, very wonderful purpose.
— Lucy Keating, author of Dreamology

Yup. That’s what teenage love feels like. From meet cutes and slow burns to heartbreak and divorce, Leah Konen takes a look at love in all its forms and gives it a voice.”

— Adi Alsaid, author of Let’s Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes

"A smart, snappy look at romance tropes and a feel-good love story all in one."
— Booklist

"Yes, yes, love is patient, love is kind, blah, blah, but Love also happens to be delightfully saucy, and it narrates this rom-com with a tongue-in-cheek wit that still holds all the warmth and affection you’d expect from, well, Love."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

" This playful, entertaining take on love by Leah Konen (The Last Time We Were Us; The After Girls) should find plenty of ardent fans."
— Shelf Awareness

"This book is fresh and an amazingly funny look at romance when it is least expected, and Love is one of the best book narrators of all time. This one is not to be missed."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419721939
ISBN-10: 1419721933
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English