Books that Waiters Love

Welcome to the WaitingTillMarriage.org book list! The following books are favorites of the WTM community for various reasons, ranging from a highly-monogamous treatment of sex to strong-willed and inspiring heroines.

Note: The number next to each book is not raw votes. It's a point score that reflects the difference between up-votes and down-votes. So if a book has been up-voted 100 times and down-voted 25 times its displayed score will be 75.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
There is romance, but absolutely no sex. Great series. This series was praised endlessly for its main character, Katniss Everdeen, who was looked upon as the first real feminist character in twenty-first century teen novels. She was seen as a breath of fresh air and a great role model, especially when compared to Bella Swan from Twilight.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Okay, arguably not a teen novel but I read it at 14 and loved it. It takes place in the 1700's, so naturally there is no premarital sex for our awesome twenty-year-old heroine, Elizabeth Bennett. The romance is handled very tastefully, and yet it is still one of the most beloved romance novels in English literature. All novels by Jane Austen do not contain pre-marital sex, I believe.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Women Have All the Power... Too Bad They Don't Know It by Michael J. Lockwood
Women Have All The Power: Too Bad They Don't Know It was written by Michael J. Lockwood for his own daughters, urging them to have meaningful relationships by not giving up the 'piece' to every guy that hits on them; to help them distinguish who really cares and who doesn't.
Suggested by Sally | Buy at Amazon | Full Review
Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children by Joe McIlhaney, MD and Freda McKissic, MD
Recent advances in neuroscience have enabled professionals to better understand the brain's role in sex, and to actually examine alterations/activity in the brain as a result of sexual behavior. Consequently, documentation is acquired regarding a third, and often overlooked, risk of premarital sex: psychological consequences.
Suggested by ThatGuy | Buy at Amazon | Full Review
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Bella waited until marriage, and while many people don't like this series, it HAS encouraged teen girls to wait (I know two of them.) So yes, there is sex, but she is 18, almost 19, and married. And it was Edward who wanted to wait until marriage, so this series shows that it is not just women who value sex: men do, too.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon | Full Review
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Our heroine, Sydney Sage, is 18 and still a virgin...most likely unkissed as well. But I am not sure how her virginity status will remain at the end of the series.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
This book is about a group of 15-year-old friends who have sworn to wait until marriage before having sex (for religious reasons, mostly.) Well...Cara breaks this promise and sleeps with her boyfriend. Should her friends completely shun her, or accept her decision and continue to consider her a part of their friendship? It touches so much on the topic of pre-marital sex and waiting until marriage.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephanie Meyer
The fourth book in the Twilight Saga, this is the only one of the Twilight books to mention sex between characters. The sudden existence of sex after Bella and Edward are married is one of the key indicators that the waiting-factor in the Twilight series was intentional.
Suggested by Mike | Buy at Amazon
Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
This Trilogy is actually the "prequel" for The Mortal Instruments, but it was published afterwards so there is no specific order you have to read it in. The series has yet to be completed, but seeing as it takes place in the 1800's with a conservative (but very strong and talented) heroine, I highly doubt there will be any sex. Anyone who is fascinated with 19th Century London, Alchemy, and Steampunk will love this series! Not to mention the awesome characters.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
The romance is sweet and touching in this two-book series, but Ginny walks out of it 18, still a virgin, and a very smart girl.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
The Forbidden Game by LJ Smith
This trilogy is both a heartbreaking romance and a genuine horror story that actually made me frightened. If you liked Jumanji, you will love this story. And even if you don't, you still will! No book series has managed to freak me out so much (except for Dark Visions,) while still making me close to tears at the end. G-rated romance with strong characters.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
The Restoration Series by Terri Blackstock
An astrological abnormality has caused a phenomena known as the "Pulses" where extra radiation is sent to the Earth, knocking out the entire planet's electricity! Set in contemporary time, the Restoration Series explores the journey of the Branning family as they navigate through a world void of producing any electricity. Incorporates mystery, murder, suspense, and love in this series - outdoing herself with each novel. Deni Branning, the protagonist, is a beautiful, educated, motivated, and determined female. She is unmarried, has love interests, and does not engage in sex. Disclaimer: There are Christian undertones in this book.
Suggested by ThatGuy | Buy at Amazon
Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong
This is a three novel series by Kelley Armstrong, and gives a very realistic portrayal of teen romance. The heroine is barely 15, and the romance takes so long to develop (in a good way) that I frequently questioned who would end up with who. A very sweet, G-rated romance in this series. Warning: it is a horror series and not for the fainthearted.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn
I adore the main character of this novel, Jane Taylor. It takes place during the Titanic. It is a wonderful novel, it has a touching romance, but Jane is 19 and still a virgin in the Epilogue (although she would have lost it at 17 if she had the chance to marry...well, I won't spoil it.) Jane is such a strong girl for her time - all her siblings are.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
A love series about a girl ghost and a boy. She is 18, dead, and still a virgin (plus, her first kiss was the boy she loves in this series.) Now I'm not sure if her virginity will last in the series, but she is dead, and 18, and has been dead for over a decade (so she's like 30.)
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Need by Carrie Jones
This Trilogy is a paranormal teen romance that centers around fairies and were-rabbits, were-eagles (basically were-animals.) The main character, Zara White, is a very unique, fun girl, and the romance is G-rated and there is an awesome love triangle spun into the story.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Sweetblood by Pete Hautman
This unconventional novel by Pete Hautman centers around a 16-year-old girl named Lucy Szabo. She is diabetic, a self-proclaimed "vampire" (in her own terms,) and dresses very Goth (but says that she isn't Goth at all.) Anyone who is diabetic should read this story, and you don't have to be diabetic, Goth, or weird to love this book and Lucy. She is, oddly enough, a very likeable character that I identified strongly with. She's tough, and can take care of herself. This is a story about a teenage girl struggling very hard with her identity and her diabetes. In the end, she finds out who she is. She may not like it 100%, but she learns to love herself and live life as an original person.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Dark Visions by LJ Smith
Now THIS is a scary Trilogy, seriously. But I absolutely love it. LJ Smith has done it again in this paranormal, psychic teen romance. The plot itself doesn't seem original: psychic kids get taken in by evil training facility pretending to be good and they escape and have to fight evil, blah blah blah...but no, this is a great series. And did I mention disturbing? All novels by LJ Smith, to the best of my knowledge, have no sex in them. Even Vampire Diaries (but there is sex in the TV series.)
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa starts out 18, kickass, and still a virgin. No, she is not a virgin at the end of the series, but again: she is 18.
Suggested by Sophie | Buy at Amazon