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Covers of the Week #80: Historical Teen Romances

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Theme: Historical Teen Romances from the 1980s

Books about love stories for teenagers have been popular forever. Just as the modern romance genre exploded in the 1970s, so too did the teen romance genre. Especially in the 1980s and 1990s, these books were ubiquitous.

There were dozens of paperback imprints for every kind of teenage romance. Historicals were just as popular as contemporaries. Bantam Starfire, Scholastic Sunfire were just two of the more popular series. Who among us who grew up during that era never read one of these love stories?

The Covers

We haven’t focused too much on teen romances here at Sweet Savage Flame. Not anymore.

For the week of Monday, November 28, 2022, to Sunday, December , 2022, our Covers of the Week highlights some memorable historical teen romances from the 1980s.

The Covers from Left to Right, Top to Bottom

  • Dreams at Dawn, Marie Lindquist, Bantam, 1987, cover artist unknown
  • Gabrielle, Mary Francis Shura, Scholastic, 1987, Joel Iskowitz cover art,
  • The Last Silk Dress, Ann Rinaldi, Scholastic, 1988, Lisa Falkenstern cover art
  • Fearless Love, Stephanie Andrews, Pocket Books 1985, cover artist unknown

Your Opinion

What do you think of these teen romances? Have you read any of them? Which of our picks do you like the best, if any?

Do you have suggestions or requests for future Covers of the Week themes you’d like to see on Sweet Savage Flame? Let us know, and we’ll do our best to create a gallery of stunning art!

Please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance.