9 Amazing Teen Books We’re Raving About Now

9 Amazing Teen Books We’re Raving About Now

Recently, members of the library staff competed against other area libraries in a Teen Read Challenge. The challenge was to read as many teen books and graphic novels as possible. And the library’s team, Dewey Ever, came in third place, winning bragging rights AND a Raspberry Pi computer. Visit the Raspberry Pi at our Maker Festival in June. Out of the hundreds of books they read, members of the team enjoyed these nine teen books the most.  Don’t let the name “teen books” scare you away. The writing in these books will keep adults just as interested as teens. Check out (at least) one today!

Favorite Teen Books

First, Kasey from our Technical Services department recommends The Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner. McKenna defers her first year of college to hike the Appalachian Trail from start to finish. She says, “This is truly a coming of age story; it’s emotional and filled with adventure. Readers who enjoy the writing style of Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places may also enjoy Gessner’s The Distance from Me to You.”
Sam from our Union Township Branch Library suggests Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  She says, “This novel humanizes and makes sense of a senseless character in a way that absolutely wrecks the reader and ingeniously reinvents the classic Alice in Wonderland structure. It moves you exactly the way art is supposed to; I hated that I loved almost every page.”

 

Next, Emily from our Amelia Branch Library recommends Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. She notes, “I got so attached to the characters, I was on the edge of my seat by the climax of the story. Reading about their romance felt so much like reading about my own first crush.”

 

 

In addition, she suggests reading  When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. “The writing was so lush and beautiful, it was almost more like poetry than a novel. I also loved the diverse cast of characters, one of whom is a transgender boy,” she explains.

 

Nicole from our Union Township Branch Library likes  Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson. “Carson does an amazing job illustrating the California Gold Rush. I care about the main characters and have a strong dislike for the villains,” she explains.

 

She also recommends This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. She enthuses, “I can’t even begin to express how awesome this book is. The world building, the twists, the monsters… I loved it! Schwab does a great job of filling in things in shades of gray. Just like her book Vicious, I begin to question the assumptions we have about good and evil.”

 

Finally, she really enjoyed When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  “This was a fantastically twisted ending story that invokes a little bit of science and mystery. I read it all in one day I enjoyed it so much,” she says.

 

Next, Meghann from our Bethel Branch Library recommends The Watchmen of Port Fayt by Conrad Mason. She explains, “The plot line twists and turns. It grabs you from the very first line and doesn’t let you go. It was a mad mix of fantasy creatures (fairies, ogres, trolls) in a colonial pirate setting that was as enjoyable as it was strange.”

 

Finally, Margaret from our Union Township Branch Library recommends The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. She says, “It’s a story about real friendships and how they change toward the end of high school as you have to make big decisions about what you’re going to do afterward, and the things that life can throw your way that affects those plans. It was hard to put down, but I had to so I could come to work without a tear-stained face! I loved the characters and reading about how their friendships changed due to their circumstances.”

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