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

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 leahkonen.com.

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."


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. 


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


“The Romantics is practically perfect in every way, just like love—and Love. My heart is bursting at the seams.” 


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.


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.”



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


"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."


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


"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: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English