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Best Books For Teens

Discover the books that resonate with young adults today; this list captures the best novels and non-fiction for teens, reflecting contemporary issues, diverse experiences, and timeless coming-of-age stories, as praised by teen literature authorities.

Recommendations from 23 articles, Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Clinton, J. K. Rowling and 33 others.
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Gorgeous Gruesome Faces
Linda Cheng - 2023-11-07
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In this debut speculative thriller, a disgraced teen idol confronts the demons of her past in a glittering, cutthroat K-pop competition. Sunny Lee longs for her former life as a popstar and seizes the opportunity to join a new K-pop workshop attended by her ex-BFF and groupmate, Candie. But instead of answers, Sunny is haunted by ghostly visions and competitors begin suffering strange injuries and mutilations. In a race to survive, Sunny must uncover the truth behind the carnage and determine if Candie is out for blood once again. This spellbinding sapphic thriller will have readers screaming and swooning for more.
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Chloe and the Kaishao Boys
Mae Coyiuto - 2023-03-07
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This irresistible YA rom-com follows Chloe, a Chinese-Filipina girl in Manila, as she navigates her father's attempts to keep her close to home for college by setting her up on a series of awkward arranged dates. But as Chloe starts falling for one of her suitors and her dream of attending USC grows closer, she must confront the question of where she truly belongs. Combining the nuanced insights of When Dimple Met Rishi with the rollicking fun of Loveboat, Taipei, this charming novel is sure to win readers' hearts.
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Saints of the Household
Ari Tison - 2023-03-28
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"Saints of the Household" by Ari Tison is a haunting contemporary YA novel that explores themes of brotherhood, abuse, recovery, and doing the right thing. The story follows two Bribri American brothers, Max and Jay, who intervene in a fight in the woods and beat up their high school's star soccer player to a pulp. As the true details of that fateful afternoon unfold, the brothers grapple with the weight of their actions, their shifting relationship, and the realization that they may be more like their abusive father than they thought. Told through vignettes and poems, this debut novel by an Indigenous Costa Rican-American writer will take your breath away.
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They Both Die at the End
Adam Silvera - 2017-09-05
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Get ready to feel all the feels with this heart-wrenching yet hopeful story about two strangers whose lives are forever changed when they receive news that they will die on the same day. Mateo and Rufus, who have never met before, use an app called Last Friend to connect and embark on a whirlwind adventure that will make them feel more alive than ever before. In They Both Die at the End, author Adam Silvera reminds us of the importance of living life to the fullest, even in the face of death.
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We Are Okay
Nina Lacour - 2017-02-14
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A beautifully crafted novel that offers a raw, honest portrayal of grief, loneliness, and the power of love. When Marin leaves everything behind, she finds herself struggling to outrun tragedy and the pain of her past. Months later, she's alone in a dorm waiting for her best friend to visit and finally confront the unsaid. This moving, poignant story is a must-read for anyone who's ever felt lost or alone. Praise for the novel's exquisite writing, emotional impact, and profound beauty makes We Are Okay a moving portrait of healing and resilience.
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Dear Medusa
(A Novel in Verse)
Olivia A. Cole - 2023-03-14
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In "Dear Medusa" by Olivia A. Cole, follow the harrowing journey of a sixteen-year-old girl as she confronts the trauma of sexual abuse and fights to reclaim her story, her anger, and her body. Alicia Rivers, plagued by a dark secret, is labeled the monster instead of the victim. Abandoned and isolated, she finds solace in her attraction to a new girl while uncovering the truth of her abuse through mysterious letters. This searing and intimate novel in verse is a fierce and powerful exploration of a young woman discovering the strength of her voice, her courage, and her rage.
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America Redux
Visual Stories from Our Dynamic History
Ariel Aberg-Riger - 2023-05-02
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America Redux is a critical and eye-opening cultural history that challenges the stories we tell ourselves about America. This captivating book delves into the themes that shape our American identity and questions the myths that have influenced us for centuries. Through twenty-one visually stunning stories, this immersive experience uncovers the unexpected, darker sides of history that continue to impact society today. With a combination of archival photographs, maps, documents, and handwritten text, America Redux offers a fresh perspective on the past and encourages readers to envision a brighter future.
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The Making of Yolanda la Bruja
Lorraine Avila - 2023-04-11
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In "The Making of Yolanda la Bruja" by Lorraine Avila, Yolanda Alvarez navigates a new school, forming friendships, and coming into her family's bruja tradition. However, when a troubled white boy enters her school, Yolanda is plagued by visions of the violence he threatens. Can Yolanda protect her community in a world that doesn't listen? This powerful and timely book explores the intersection of race, justice, education, and spirituality, making it a must-read for readers everywhere.
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The Fall of Whit Rivera
Crystal Maldonado - 2023-10-10
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Get ready for a heartwarming autumn romcom filled with hilarious banter, unexpected sparks, and a dash of rivalry. In "The Fall of Whit Rivera" by Crystal Maldonado, Whit and Zay must put aside their differences and work together to plan the fall formal. As they navigate their way through misunderstandings and a rollercoaster of emotions, they also tackle important topics such as PCOS, chronic illness, sexuality, fatphobia, Latine identity, and class. This witty and insightful novel will leave you swooning and craving more from Crystal Maldonado. Don't miss out on this delightful celebration of love in all its forms, from family and friends to romance and self-discovery.
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The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas - 2017-02-28
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A teenage girl, Starr Carter, must navigate between two worlds: her poor neighborhood and her wealthy prep school. After witnessing the fatal shooting of her unarmed childhood friend at the hands of a police officer, Starr must decide whether or not to speak out and risk her own safety. The Hate U Give is a powerful exploration of racial tensions and police brutality that will leave readers questioning their own assumptions and beliefs.
Only This Beautiful Moment by Abdi Nazemian
Monstrous by Sarah Myer
In Limbo by Deb JJ Lee
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Bee Sting by Paul Murray
Land of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang
Game of Freedom by Duncan Tonatiuh
Mountain Song by Lucy Fuggle
The Getaway List by Emma Lord
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Promise Boys by Nick Brooks
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Firekeeper's Daughter by Boulley Angeline
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Begin Again by Emma Lord
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Simple Business by Lucy Fuggle
Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler
Murtagh by Christopher Paolini
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Fangirl, Vol. 3 by Rainbow Rowell, Gabi Nam
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Doodles from the Boogie Down by Stephanie Rodriguez
Parachute Kids by Betty C. Tang
Knockout by Sarah MacLean
Đứa Trẻ Hư by Zijin Chen, Michelle Deeter
The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by S.A. Chakraborty
The Skull by Jon Klassen
Ruby Lost and Found by Christina Li
Ancestory by Hannah Salyer
Nena, y Roberta ¿dónde está? by Marie Biskai
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Magic by Mirelle Ortega