Himanjali Sankar and Rupa Gulab: Romantic Novels We Love

Whether or not you are a fan of the Valentine’s Day circus, few things are more satisfying to read than a good romance!

Rupa Gulab, the author of Daddy Come Lately and Hot Chocolate is Thicker than Blood, captures teen romance fabulously. We asked her what her favourite teen romances were.

Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster was the first romance I ever read, and the sweetest still. It’s about a witty teenager in an orphanage (Jerusha Abbot) who is sponsored to one of the finest colleges by a trustee who insists on being anonymous. All Jerusha has to do is to write letters to him (via his secretary) about her progress at college. She’s dying to know who he is, but he refuses to reveal his identity, and when she finds out, gosh! I re-read it several times a year, of course and giggle happily.
One of the themes of Himanjali Sankar‘s Talking of Muskaan is a young girl coming to terms with being gay, and her attraction to one of her friends. These are some of Himanjali’s favourite teen romances:
I am all for happy endings in romances–in fiction and real life.But sometimes happy endings though satisfying fail to be as memorable as those that end on a deeply disturbing note. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier, A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, are some of the books that ruined and uplifted my notions of romance and love as a teenager. A lot of YA romance these days are wonderfully depressing and lovely too – like, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and, of course, the hugely popular The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. What is a love story if it doesn’t make you weep? Happy Valentine’s Day!




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