Book Trailers of popular teen fiction
REAL LIFE: TEEN ISSUES
Anderson, Laurie Halse
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.
250 p. 2007
Th1rteen R3asons Why
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
288 p. 2008
Child of divorce, high school junior, and tutor to football players Mackenzie is trying to stay invisible, but when she becomes a YouTube sensation performing CPR on a fellow student, it creates a media feeding frenzy which results in her becoming a celebrity.
259 p. 2012
A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie
Rene, a high school freshman with obsessive-compulsive disorder, finds life to be like a scary movie, and even after he makes friends with the ultra-cool Giovanni he still feels responsible for saving his favorite teacher, dealing with his missing father, courting the beautiful Ariel, and trying to pretend to be normal for the school psychologist.
248 p. 2011
My Lost and Found Life
When her mother is accused of embezzling a million dollars and vanishes, spoiled, selfish Ashley must fend for herself by finding a job and a place to live.
312 p. 2006
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
Following her conscience leads high school freshman Mena to clash with her parents and former friends from their conservative Christian church, but might result in better things when she stands up for a teacher who refuses to include Intelligent Design in lessons on evolution.
268 p. 2007
Girls Don’t Fly
Myra, a high school senior, will do almost anything to win a contest and earn money for a study trip to the Galapagos Islands, which would mean getting away from her demanding family life in Utah and ex-boyfriend Erik, but Erik is set on winning the same contest.
300 p. 2011
Everything I Was
Thirteen-year-old Irene helps in her grandfather’s plant nursery, makes new friends, and begins to learn what she really wants and needs after her father, having lost his job as an investment banker, moves her and her mother to his father’s farmhouse upstate.
209 p. 2011
If I Stay
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
259 p. 2010
What Boys Really Want
The crumbling friendship between writer Lita and entrepreneurial Adam is compromised by unexpected jealousies over each other’s romantic entanglements, stolen blog posts and a premature offer to sell a new self-help book.
297 p. 2012
Love in the Library
Love? Maybe. – Heather Hepler
Just because Piper’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day does not mean she’s a romantic. In fact, after watching her father and then her stepfather leave, she’s pretty sure she doesn’t believe in love at all. Then her friends concoct a plan to find them all Valentine’s dates, and somehow Piper finds herself with the most popular guy in school. But true love never follows a plan, and a string of heartfelt gifts from a secret admirer has Piper wondering if she might be with the wrong guy.
In this heartwarming romance, true love is more than a maybe – and it might be closer than you think.
Once in a Full Moon (Full Moon Series #1) – Ellen Shreiber
Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.
Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend’s Run is famous for them. She’s used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.
Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who’s from the wrong side of town. But she can’t deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste’s hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run.
Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.
Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan
This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.
When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.
This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.
Audition – Stasia Ward Kehoe
When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she’s deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem’s muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she’s chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent.
Belinda’s Obsession – Patricia Penny
Dating in high school is hard enough, especially when you’re gay. Belinda is convinced there’s no such thing as love, until she runs into her “summer fling,” and thinks they may be able to rekindle their romance. But when she sees her mom walking arm in arm with a man who is not Belinda’s father, her parents’ marriage suddenly becomes the focus in her life. Obsessed with the affair that could break up her family, Belinda pushes away the people closest to her.
Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.
When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King’s Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.
An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
Morgan Sparks and Cam Browne are a match made in heaven. They’ve been best friends since birth, they tell each other everything, and oh yeah—they’re totally hot for each other.
But a week before their joint sweet sixteen bash, everything changes. When Morgan demands answers, she’s shocked to discover the source of Cam’s distance. It isn’t another girl—it’s another world. Pip claims that Cam is a fairy. No, seriously. A fairy. And now his people want Cam to return to their world and take his rightful place as Fairy King.
Determined to keep Cam with her, Morgan plots to fool the fairies and see if their “perfect” love can weather an uncertain future.
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Bronxwood – by Coe Booth
Realistic Fiction. When his father is released from prison, 16-year-old Tyrell is disappointed (although not surprised) to see his dad go right back to doing the things that got him locked up in the first place, and he decides not to move back in with him. But without the use of his dad’s DJ equipment, Tyrell doesn’t have many options for making a living — much less getting his younger brother, Troy, out of foster care — and his life starts to spiral out of control as the friends he’s living with pressure him to deal drugs. With tense family drama, sizzling romantic encounters, and its gritty picture of life in the projects, this sequel to Tyrell is both riveting and affecting.
Fateful – by Claudia Gray
Paranormal Historical Romance. British teenager Tess Davies, who has worked for the demanding Lisle family for years, hopes that the upcoming voyage she’ll be taking with her employers on the RMS Titanic will give her the chance to begin a new life in New York City. But when Tess meets handsome Alec Marlow on board the ship, she quickly becomes entangled in the dark secrets of his past…and despite the revelation that Alec is a werewolf, falls passionately in love with him. Readers who like melodrama and lovingly detailed historical settings will be swept away by this fast-paced, steamy, and suspenseful read.
Stay with Me – by Paul Griffin
Realistic fiction. Fifteen-year-old Mack is a high school drop-out who has a special way with dogs; Céce is a straight-A student who’s terrified of them. In this memorable and heart-tugging story, the two teens fall almost instantly in love — and are separated just as abruptly when Mack makes a horrible mistake. With its authentic characters and intense romance, this is “realistic fiction with realistic underlined” (VOYA); fans of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry series who would like something a bit more raw and believable will be entranced, and dog lovers will be moved by Mack’s tenderness toward the abused pit bulls he rescues and rehabilitates.
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories – edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
Short Stories. If you’re a fan of steampunk (stories that combine elements of alternative history, science fiction, and fantasy; often have a Victorian air about them; and usually feature airships, clockwork automatons, and other ingenious machines that may not actually exist) you won’t want to miss this awesome collection of tales by big-name YA authors such as Libba Bray, M.T. Anderson, Cassandra Clare, and Cory Doctorow. Set in alternate pasts, presents, and futures and in a wide variety of locations, these stories — two of which are graphic novellas — push the boundaries of steampunk but will nonetheless thrill its devotees.
Variant – by Robison Wells
Thriller. When Benson Fisher is accepted into Maxfield Academy, he’s relieved to have found an escape from the foster-care system and excited about making a fresh start. But soon after he arrives at the boarding school and the doors lock behind him, Benson realizes that he’s made a huge mistake. Students at Maxfield are trapped inside the school, under constant surveillance, and at war with each other — and the punishment for rule-breakers is death. Be sure to start this impossible-to-put-down novel (a great choice for fans of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner) when you have enough time to finish it in one go, because its brutal action, startling revelations, and surprising twists are sure to keep you reading straight to the cliffhanger ending.
Great Books You May Have Missed
Gemini Bites – by Patrick Ryan
Fiction. Sixteen-year-old fraternal twins Judy and Kyle Renneker have always been rivals, but they’ve never fought over a guy…until now. The twins’ classmate Garret Johnson is living with their family for a month, and while Garret is a bit odd (he’s a loner who talks like a character from a gothic novel and claims to be a vampire), Kyle is strangely attracted to him. And Judy isn’t about to let her brother win anything — or anyone — without some spirited competition. Narrated in alternating chapters by both Judy and Kyle, Gemini Bites is a funny, sexy read that fans of Rachel Cohn’s Cyd Charisse trilogy are bound to enjoy.
I’ll Be There: A Novel – by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Fiction. Raised by an unstable and abusive father (a petty thief who is always on the run from the law), 17-year-old Sam Border does his best to protect his younger brother Riddle and doesn’t think about much beyond that. But after he meets — and falls for — Emily Bell, Sam’s life starts to change for the better…until his dad uproots the boys yet again. With its powerfully real characters, harsh circumstances, and steadily building suspense, this fast-paced read is one that should grab fans of Rachel Ward’s emotional thriller Num8ers.
2011 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominations
Bachorz, Pam. Drought. Egmont USA. 2011. (978606840160). Ruby and the Congregants have been enslaved to collect water for Darwin West and his Overseers. Ruby uses her magical blood to bless the water; without her blood, the Congregants will die. She and the Congregants pray to Otto, her father, to return and save them all. One day, Ford, the new overseer, arrives, and he and Ruby fall for each other. Ruby longs to run away with him to the modern world where she can lead a normal teenage life. She is torn between two worlds. Will she choose to be free with her forbidden love, or will she choose to be enslaved with her family?
Beam, Cris. I Am J. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2011. (9780316053617). J (Jeni) is a boy and has always identified himself as such, but he was genetically born female. As a teen, J acts like a boy and dresses in baggy clothes to hide his feminine body. He wants to begin testosterone treatments to transfer physically to a man, but his parents and best friend do not accept him as male. J decides to run away and enroll in a school for gay and transgender students, where he is able to begin to find acceptance. More than just a story of a transgender teen, this is the story of how teenagers live and love and cope.
Beaudoin, Sean. You Killed Wesley Payne. 2011. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. (9780316077422). Teenage Dalton Rev is a private eye. He is sent to a high school to find out about the death of Wesley Payne. Was it really a suicide? The school’s tight cliques have gone insane and lost control. It’s up to Dalton to sort through a huge mess of betrayal in order to restore the hierarchy.
Black, Holly and Justine Larbalestier. Zombies vs. Unicorns. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2010. (9781416989530). Are you Team Unicorn or Team Zombie? In this anthology of twelve fast-paced stories, popular teen authors make strong arguments for both sides in the long and gruesome debate concerning the awesomeness of zombies versus unicorns.
Card, Orson Scott. The Lost Gate. Tor Books. 2011. (9780765326577). Danny thought he was a “drekka,” one without magic, until he discovers he has magical powers as a gate mage. The only problem: all the magic families made a pact to kill any person who could make gates to transport themselves. Danny is forced to run from everything and everyone he knows in an attempt to unravel the secrets behind his powers.
Clare, Cassandra. The Clockwork Angel. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry. 2010. (9781416975861). In this prequel to the Mortal Instruments series, Tessa Gray travels to England to search for her brother, her only remaining relative. She is captured by the mysterious Dark Sisters and discovers that there is a fantastical world thriving alongside her own. She finds that she must ally with the unknown shadowhunters to save her brother.
Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay. Scholastic. 2010. (9780439023511). The final book in the Hunger Games series finds Katniss Everdeen rescued from the horrific 75th Hunger Games—but not her fellow tribute, Peeta Mallark. Now she must lead a rebellion against the evil capital with the help of District 13, which is not destroyed, but has been quietly sowing the seeds of war for years. As Katniss becomes more entangled in war and revolution, the question of who she can trust becomes ever harder, and she must fight for her life once again.
Collins, Yvonne. Love, Inc. Disney/Hyperion. 2011. (9781423131151). Zahara, Kali, and Syd meet in a support group when their respective parents get divorced, but it gets so much worse when they realize they’ve all been dating the same guy: Rick, aka Rico, aka Eric! The girls are devastated…until they decide to show the cheater the error of his ways. When more and more people find out about their plots and plans, Zahara, Kali, and Syd realize that they are much more than three girls who were cheated on.
Condie, Ally. Matched. 2010. Penguin/Dutton. (9780525423645). In Cassia’s society, most of her choices are made for her, including the person with whom she will spend the rest of her life: her Match. At age 17, Cassia is happily surprised when her Match turns out to be her best friend Xander, but when a glitch occurs and another boy’s face appears on her screen, Cassia can’t help but wonder what would happen if she were able to choose her own Match. Now she must decide between conforming to society and pursuing a life where she can make her own choices.
Cremer, Andrea. Nightshade. Penguin/Philomel. 2010. (9780399254826). When Calla, who is a Guardian, saves a boy on her mountain from a bear attack, the consequences are farther reaching than could be imagined, especially when that boy shows up at her school and appears to be a favored companion of her masters, the Keepers.
Fitzpatrick, Becca. Crescendo. Simon & Schuster Children’s. 2010. (9781416989431). In this sequel to Hush, Hush, a few months have passed since Nora’s lab partner Patch, actually a fallen angel, saved her from his murderous vassal Nephil and became her guardian angel. She and Patch are now dating, but she is starting to doubt his love for her. Is he keeping something from her? And is she really safe now?
Grant, Michael. Lies. 2010. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books. (9780061449093). Lies continues the story that began in Gone and Hunger. Is death the only answer? Life is getting hard for the under 15s who survived. Food is running out, the beach is burning, and things are getting tense. The situation is getting worse for the survivors and everyone has their own battles to face.
Hawkins, Rachel. Demonglass. Disney/Hyperion. 2011. (9781423121312). An unbelievable betrayal, an ancient spell, and a love triangle all make Rachel Hawkins’ sequel to Hex Hall impossible to put down. When Sophie goes to her father’s mansion for the summer, she thinks she knows exactly what she wants: to undergo the Removal and get rid of the demon inside of her. But when it turns out that someone else is making demons, she has to question everything and everyone—especially Archer Cross, the boy she can’t get out of her head.
Hakwins, Rachel. Hex Hall. Disney/Hyperion. 2010. (9781423121305). Sixteen-year-old Sophie is a witch sent to live at Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (witches, faeries, shape-shifters, etc.), after she bungles a spell at prom and attracts too much attention from normal humans. At her new school, Sophie must face the usual teen troubles of mean girls and crushes with the added dimension of magic and learning about her own powers.
Kagawa, Julie. The Iron King. 2010. Harlequin. (9780373210084). On the eve of her 16th birthday, Meghan starts seeing dark creatures in the most unusual places and senses that everything is about to change. But she could never have imagined the truth—that she is a princess, the daughter of a mythical faery king. When she finds out her little brother has been kidnapped and replaced by a changeling, Meghan ventures in to the fey world to rescue him.
Lore, Pittacus. I Am Number Four. HarperCollins. 2010. (9780061969553). Number Four is one of nine aliens that escaped from the planet Lorien just ahead of the evil Mogadorians, a rival alien race bent of their destruction. He’s settling into another new town on Earth, trying to get a handle on his developing powers, when he gets the news: Number Three is dead. If Number Three is dead, that means Number Four is next.
Moore, Peter. Red Moon Rising. Disney/Hyperion. 2011. (9781423116653). In a world dominated by vampires, half-vamp, half-wulf Danny is used to hiding his true nature. When he experiences strange changes, it appears that his wulf side has become active. In a world where wulves are not treated equally, Danny faces a difficult choice: a dreary future as an inmate once a month or life as an illegal, unregistered wulf.
Nelson, Jandy. The Sky is Everywhere. 2010. Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers. (9780142417805). After Lennie’s sister suddenly dies, she finds herself torn between two boys. One is the new boy in town, and the other is her sister’s ex-boyfriend. While she is genuinely attracted to one, the other really understands her feelings, yet she knows it is wrong. Who will she choose?
Oliver, Lauren. Before I Fall. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2010. (9780061726804). Popular, rich, and attractive Sam Kingston never worried about how her behavior affected other people. After dying in a car crash, Sam is forced to relive the last day of her life for seven days. She progressively becomes a better person as she realizes the ripple effect of her actions and uses the second chance to fix her most dire mistakes.
O’Neal, Ellis. The False Princess. Egmont USA. 2011. (9781606840795). At sixteen, Princess Nalia learns that the king and queen have used her as a false princess to protect their real daughter from an omen of death. Princess Nalia, now Sinda, is sent away from the palace to live with the one relative she has left in a world she does not know. Sinda struggles with her new life and uncovers a secret that may change her country forever. Magic runs through her veins, and theories of corruption in the royal bloodline keep her entangled in the royal family’s affairs.
Patterson, James. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel. Little, Brown & Company. 2011. (9780316036207). In book seven of the Maximum Ride series, the titular character is devastated after a fellow “bird kid” leaves to start his own flock of mutant heroes. Scientists tell her that another “bird kid”, Dylan, is her perfect mate, and that she’s been created to save the world. When the Doomsday Group starts hypnotizing children, Max heads to Paris with her flock to investigate. Unfortunately, Fang and his new flock are investigating as well.
Pearce, Jackson. Sisters Red. Little, Brown and Company. 2010. (9780316068680). Sisters Rosie and Scarlett March are left as orphans at eleven after their grandmother is killed by a Fenris, a soulless creature that takes the form of a man and can turn into a wolf. Scarlett loses an eye in the attack and decides to devote her life to hunting the Fenris. Eight years later, the sisters have vowed to protect their town from the Fenris. Silas, a young woodsman, returns to town. Rosie knows the Fenris deserve to die, but she’s not ready to commit her entire life to hunting them. Can the sisters learn to live with their differences as Rosie and Silas’s friendship blossoms into something more?
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Blessed. Candlewick Press. 2011. (9780763643263). Quincie, everyone’s favorite teen restaurateur and vampire, is back in this follow-up to Tantalize and Eternal. This time, she has even more on her plate. She just died, became a vampire, said goodbye to her true love/ werewolf boyfriend Kieren, and she has to stop the most powerful and evil vampire in centuries and find a way to save her own soul and the souls of the soon-to-be evil vampires.
Westerfeld, Scott. Behemoth. Simon Pulse. 2010. (9781416971757). This sequel to Leviathan picks up where the last book left off with Alek, the lost Austro-Hungarian prince, and Deryn, a girl disguised as a boy, on the airship Leviathan heading to the Ottoman Empire. Upon arriving, Alek escapes and starts a revolution to overthrow the Sultan and try to stop a war.
White, Kiersten. Paranormalcy. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2010. (9780061985843). Normal? Yeah, right! Evie’s biggest dream ever was to be normal, but with a faerie ex-boyfriend and a mermaid for a best friend, she might as well just throw the word “normal” right in the trash can. Evie has the unique ability to see through paranormals’ glamours, which has made her a valued asset of the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA). When someone breaks into the Agency headquarters, Evie meets an unusual Paranormal: a boy who can shape-shift into any human. Can Evie save the lives of unarmed Paranormals from something that is after her too?
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Here are some humorous love stories, some true romances, and a few tragic romances. Some of these books will appeal more to younger teens while others are written with older teens in mind. This list comes from the Welles-Turner Memorial Library.
|Title Of Book||Author||Call Number|
|Summer Boys||Hailey Abbott||TEEN ABBOTT|
|It’s summer. It’s hot. And it’s time to hook up. Cousins Ella, Beth, and Jamie are at their family’s beach house for the summer, and they’re gearing up for the wildest time of their lives. Sassy Ella is majorly crushing on a sexy older boy–who just happens to be her sister’s new boyfriend. Meanwhile, practical Beth is surprised when she finds herself falling for her best friend George. And shy, creative Jamie gets her heart broken when her summer love abandons her. Three girls, too many boys, and some seriously stormy romances…it all adds up to one unforgettable summer. (Sequel: Next Summer)|
|Dream Factory||Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler||TEEN BARKLEY|
|Alternating chapters present the view points of two teenagers who find summer employment as costumed cartoon characters at Disney World and try to resist falling in love. (The same authors have also written Scrambled Eggs at Midnight.)|
|Squashed||Joan Bauer||TEEN BAUER|
|Sixteen-year-old Ellie pursues two goals–growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds, strengthens her relationship with her father, and meets a young man with interests similar to her own.|
(Five novels in one volume)
|Francesca Lia Block||TEEN BLOCK|
|Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop, collected into one book. The “Witch Baby” novels are full of quirky characters who form various kinds of loving relationships. (The library owns most of these novels in single editions, too.)|
|Forever||Judy Blume||TEEN BLUME|
|Two high school seniors believe their love to be so strong that it will last forever. One of Judy Blume’s most controversial books, due to its frank depiction of a teen love affair.|
|Princess Diaries||Meg Cabot||TEEN CABOT|
|Fourteen-year-old Mia is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia and that she is heir to the throne. Complicating matters is her crush on the handsomest boy in school. (There are several sequels.)|
|Honey, Baby, Sweetheart||Deb Caletti||TEEN CALETTI|
|In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman with her long-lost love and in the process learn many things about “the real ties that bind” people to one another. (By the same author: The Nature of Jade, Wild Roses, The Six Rules of Maybe)|
|Shadowland||Jenny Carroll||TEEN CARROLL|
|Sixteen-year-old Susannah Simon is a mediator, one who communicates with the dead. She also happens to be in love with Jesse, a nineteenth-century ghost. This is the first book in a series. You know the author better as Meg Cabot, author of the Princess Diaries series.|
|Truth or Dairy||Catherine Clark||TEEN CLARK|
|Courtney Von Dragen Smith swears off guys on the first mega-negative page of her journal the day after her boyfriend breaks up with her because he’s heading off to college. But are her unexpected drafting into the student government and her job at the Truth or Diary cafe enough to keep her busy, or will a guy named Grant (“like-the-lake”) Superior shatter her intentions? (Sequel: Wurst Case Scenario)|
|Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist||Rachel Cohn and David Levithan||TEEN COHN|
|High school student Nick O’Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart. Five minutes turns into hours. What do strangers turn into? For older readers. (You may also enjoy the authors’ Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares|
|Take Me There||Susane Colasanti||TEEN COLASANTI|
|A week in the life of three love-challenged teens: Rhiannon’s been dumped and wants her boyfriend back, Nicole’s got a boyfriend and her eye on someone else, and James just wishes that Rhiannon would stop mooning about the guy she doesn’t have and realize he’s standing there waiting for her. Love’s not easy! You may also enjoy the author’s When It Happens, Something Like Fate, and Waiting for You|
|Crush||Ellen Conford||TEEN CONFORD|
|A series of nine romantic episodes in the lives of B.J. and other students at Cutter’s Forge High as they plan for the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Stomp.|
|For All Time||Caroline Cooney||TEEN COONEY|
|Annie, a teenager in 1999, tries to travel back in time to join her lost love Strat in Egypt in 1899, but instead she ends up in ancient Egypt and in great danger. (Forth in a series)|
|Girl Who Invented Romance||Caroline Cooney||TEEN COONEY|
|While waiting for her first big romance and observing the sometimes rocky love affairs of her parents and brother, sixteen-year-old Kelly develops a board game called Romance.|
|Seventeenth Summer||Maureen Daly||TEEN DALY|
|A classic teenage love story follows the summertime romance of a college-bound girl and her boyfriend, who share moonlit sailboat rides, grueling introductions to parents, and the pain of separation. Written in 1942 and still popular today.|
|Jason and Kyra||Dana Davidson||TEEN DAVIDSON|
|Jason is a basketball star and one of the most popular guys in school. Top student Kyra is anything but popular. When a class project throws them together, they end up in an unlikely romance. But Jason’s now ex-girlfriend isn’t going to take that lying down.|
|Someone Like You||Sarah Dessen||TEEN DESSEN|
|Halley’s junior year of high school includes the death of her best friend Scarlett’s boyfriend, the discovery that Scarlett is pregnant, and Halley’s own first serious relationship. (If you enjoy this book, you’ll want to read Dessen’s other books, too!)|
|Romeo’s Ex||Lisa Fiedler||TEEN FIEDLER|
|In a story based on the Shakespeare play, sixteen-year-old Rosaline, who is studying to be a healer, becomes romantically entangled with the Montague family even as her beloved young cousin, Juliet Capulet, defies the family feud to secretly marry Romeo.|
|Who Am I Without You?||Sharon Flake||TEEN FLAKE|
|Short stories about girls and the boys in their lives.|
|The Half Life of Planets||Emily Franklin||TEEN FRANKLIN|
|An unlikely romance develops between a science-minded girl who has sworn off kissing after a series of bad romantic decisions and a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who doesn’t know how relationships work.|
|Annie on My Mind||Nancy Garden||TEEN GARDEN|
|Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after a disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people.|
|The Luxe||Anna Godbersen||TEEN GODBERSEN|
|In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others. (Sequels: Rumors, Splendor)|
|An Abundance of Katherines||John Green||TEEN GREEN|
|Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.|
|The Summer I Turned Pretty||Jenny Han||TEEN HAN|
|Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different. Not only does she learn a devastating secret that will change everything, she’s also torn between her feelings for three very different boys. (Sequel: It’s Not Summer Without You)|
|First Kisses #1: Trust Me||Rachel Hawthorne||TEEN HAWTHORNE|
|The First Kisses series books are about exactly that: young teenage girls and their first kisses. In this book, Jess Kane and her enemy Sean are paired as Counselors in Training. They have to spend an entire week together playing trust games. Trust Sean? Never! Even if he does have gorgeous blue eyes and a great smile.|
|Anything But Ordinary||Valerie Hobbs||TEEN HOBBS|
|Bernie and Winifred have been in love since they were fourteen, but when Winifred goes away to college in California and Bernie stays in New Jersey things change for the two of them, and each must try to forge an identity separate from the other.|
|The Raging Quiet||Sherryl Jordan||TEEN JORDAN|
|Sixteen-year-old Marnie is widowed shortly after her marriage, and the villagers think she’s to blame. Their suspicions get even stronger when she befriends Raven, who she discovers is deaf, not crazy. When their relationship develops into love, they are really in danger.|
|Someone Like Summer||M.E. Kerr||TEEN KERR|
|An upper-middle-class white girl from Long Island and an immigrant worker from Colombia fall in love despite objections from both their families and their community.|
|My Most Excellent Year||Steve Kluger||TEEN KLUGER|
|T.C. is in love with Alé Alé is determined not to fall in love with T.C., and Augie is surprised (though nobody else is) to discover that he’s gay and falling in love with Andy. And all three are falling in love with a deaf six-year-old orphan with a thing for Mary Poppins. The three teens tell their stories in diary entries, emails, chat room conversations, and IMs.|
|Blood and Chocolate||Annette Curtis Klause||TEEN KLAUSE|
|Vivian, a beautiful teenage werewolf, must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom after she falls for a human boy. A very passionate book for older readers.|
|Son of the Mob||Gordon Korman||TEEN KORMAN|
|Seventeen-year-old Vince’s life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent. (Sequel: Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle)|
|Keturah and Lord Death||Martine Leavitt||TEEN LEAVITT|
|When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King’s Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.|
|Things I Know About Love||Kate LeVann||TEEN LeVANN|
|Seventeen-year-old Livia Stowe travels from England to Princeton, New Jersey, to visit her brother who is studying there and to celebrate her recovery from a year-long struggle with leukemia, and while she is there she writes a blog about her experiences, which include falling in love.|
|How They Met & Other Stories||David Levithan||TEEN LEVITHAN|
|A collection of eighteen stories describing the surprises, sacrifices, doubts, pain, and joy of falling in love.|
|Will Grayson, Will Grayson||David Levithan||TEEN LEVITHAN|
|When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both. This book for older readers is more about getting the courage to open yourself up to another person than about an ongoing relationship.|
|Beauty and/or Rose Daughter||Robin McKinley||TEEN McKINLEY|
|Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast. (Rose Daughter is the same story, told with more depth.)|
|The Year My Life Went Down the Loo||Katie Maxwell||TEEN MAXWELL|
|Sixteen-year-old Emily’s attempts to deal with her family’s move to England are detailed in this story told in emails to her friend back in Seattle. Adjusting to life in England (including a private school, complete with uniforms and a ban on makeup, cell phones, and PDA’s) has its ups and downs, as does her crush on the handsomest boy in school.|
|Frogs and French Kisses||Sarah Mlynowski||TEEN MLYNOWSKI|
|Love spells run amok in New York City when high school freshman Rachel asks her younger sister, who is a witch, for magical help in winning the affection of heartthrob Raf Kosravi. Rachel has finally come to terms with the outrageously unfair fact that her younger sister, Miri, has inherited magical powers from their mom. But now the whole witchcraft thing is spiraling out of control. Mom is a magicaholic, Miri’s on a Save the World kick, and the one teeny tiny love spell that Rachel begged for has gone embarrassingly, horribly wrong. Suddenly, the fate of everything is in Rachel’s hands. Her family. The world. Senior prom.|
|Sirena||Donna Jo Napoli||TEEN NAPOLI|
|The gods grant immortality to the mermaid Sirena when she rescues a human man from the sea and they fall in love, but his mortality creates great conflict between love and honor when he is called to defend Greece in the Trojan War.|
|Rich and Mad||William Nicholson||TEEN NICHOLSON|
|The gods grant immortality to the mermaid Sirena when she rescues a human man from the sea and they fall in love, but his mortality creates great conflict between love and honor when he is called to defend Greece in the Trojan War.|
|Twenty Boy Summer||Sarah Ockler||TEEN OCKLER|
|While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.|
|Angus, Thongs, and Full-Fronted Snogging||Louise Rennison||TEEN RENNISON|
|The humorous journal of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie. (First in a series.)|
|Vampire Kisses||Ellen Schreiber||TEEN SCHREIBER|
|Sixteen-year-old Raven, an outcast who always wears black and hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town, eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true. (First in a series.)|
|Bloom||Elizabeth Scott||TEEN SCOTT|
|Lauren’s boyfriend, Dave, is loyal and gorgeous. But is he really the right guy for her? When Evan Kirkland comes to town, suddenly Lauren isn’t so sure anymore.|
|What My Mother Doesn’t Know||Sonya Sones||TEEN SONES|
|Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right. This is a novel told in free verse. (Sequel: What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know.)|
|Stargirl||Jerry Spinelli||TEEN SPINELLI|
|An eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School and (especially) Leo Borlock forever. (Sequel: Love, Stargirl|
|Fruits Basket||Natsuke Takaya||TEEN GRAPHIC NOVEL TAKAYA|
|Tohru Honda is an orphan who finds a home with the Sohma family in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything goes well until she discovers the Sohma family’s secret. When hugged by members of the opposite sex, they turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal! (This is a graphic novel manga series.)|
|If We Kiss||Rachel Vail||TEEN VAIL|
|Fourteen-year-old Charlie feels guilty because she has a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend, and her loyalties become even more confused when she discovers that her mother is dating the boyfriend’s father.|
|Gossip Girl (series)||Cecily von Ziegesar||TEEN VON ZIEGESAR|
|The Gossip Girl series presents a world of jealousy and betrayal at an exclusive private school in Manhattan. Recommended for older teens.|
|Girls in Love||Jacqueline Wilson||TEEN WILSON|
|Ellie’s starting ninth grade and she’s got some very definite goals. She’ll stay best friends with Magda and Nadine. She’ll go on a diet and stick to it. She’ll get a glamorous hairstyle. And she’ll get a boyfriend. Even if she has to settle for one who likes her more than she likes him. Any guy will do, right?|
|Hard Love||Ellen Wittlinger||TEEN WITTLINGER|
|John, who thinks he is immune to emotion, discovers he’s not when he falls for Marisol, a self-proclaimed “Puerto Rican Cuban American, rich, spoiled, lesbian, private-school gifted-and-talented writer virgin.” (Sequel: Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story. I also suggest Wittlinger’s Razzle and Heart on My Sleeve. )|
|Lombardo’s Law||Ellen Wittlinger||TEEN WITTLINGER|
|A fifteen-year-old girl and her new thirteen-year-old male neighbor find their friendship deepening into a romance as they work on writing and filming a screenplay together.|
|If You Come Softly||Jacqueline Woodson||TEEN WOODSON|
|Fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people’s reactions. (If you enjoy this book, you might want to read the sequel, Behind You.)|
|Sweethearts||Sara Zarr||TEEN ZARR|
|Jennifer lost her soul mate, Cameron, when they were nine. Eight years later, Jennifer has transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron’s unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil.|
COZY UP WITH A GOOD BOOK :
If you like reading scary books with a variety of creepy characters then you will enjoy
this bookist of favorite titles divided into several topics including:
Witches & Other Powerful Teens
Classic Supernatural Fiction
The Horror…The Horror
Books That Really Suck… etc.
If you would like to print a copy don’t forget to print double sided to get the whole
booklist on one sheet.
If You Liked Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins . . .
Feed By Anderson, M. T.
Annotation:237p. (Gr. 7-12) In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
Candor By Bachorz, Pam
Annotation:256p. (Gr. 7-12) For a fee, “model teen” Oscar Banks has been secretly, and selectively, sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.
Exodus By Bertagna, Julie
Annotation:352p. (Gr. 5-12) In the year 2100, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water, fifteen-year-old Mara discovers the existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising waters, and convinces her people to travel to one of these cities in order to save themselves.
The Compound By Bodeen, S. A.
Annotation:248p. (Gr. 6-12) After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them.
The Maze Runner By Dashner, James
Annotation:384p. (Gr. 6-12) Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
Incarceron By Fisher, Catherine
Annotation:448p. (Gr. 9-12) To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.
Truancy By Fukui, Isamu
Annotation:429p. (Gr. 8-12) In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor’s goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.
The Other Side of the Island By Goodman, Allegra
Annotation:280p. (Gr. 5-9) Born in the eighteenth year of Enclosure, ten-year-old Honor lives in a highly regulated colony with her defiant parents, but when they have an illegal second child and are taken away, it is up to Honor and her friend Helix, another “unpredictable,” to uncover a terrible secret about their island and the corporation that runs everything.
Gone By Grant, Michael
Annotation:576p. (Gr. 6-12) In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.