teens

Black shadow of dragon in the background. The backside of a young man with a backpack and a sword in it.

The Story of Owen

E. K. Johnston
5
Rated by
Octavia V.
Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014

After famed dragon slayer, Lottie Thorskard, is injured on the job she takes early retirement and moves to the small town of Trondheim to escape her notoriety and the big city. She brings her partner Hannah, and nephew Owen, whose father is out fighting the carbon eating dragons that have plagued Canada since the dawn of time.

A silhouette of a face made of smoke on a silver background

Half Bad

Sally Green
5
Rated by
Bethany T.
Monday, Apr 28, 2014

Nathan is the seventeen-year-old son of a White Witch and a Black Witch, and in the viciously divided community of English witches that makes him an outcast. Questioned, brutalized and eventually imprisoned, the Council will stop at nothing to make sure that Nathan's half-Black Magic side doesn't corrupt the rest of the underground magic community. It doesn't help that his father is one of the most violent Black Witches in the world, responsible for more deaths than any other living witch.

Two teenage boys and one teenage girl standing together in front of a green background

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky
4
Rated by
Becky C.
Monday, Mar 31, 2014

Charlie, a modern-day Holden Caulfield, reminds me of myself when I was an uber-angsty adolescent. That’s the good thing about reading Young Adult Fiction as a middle aged adult: you have a broader worldview which allows you to appreciate teenage angst in a deeper way. You’ve been there and back. You’ve lived through it. You know there’s a way out. You understand.

a hooded man walks through a graveyard with a lamp and a staff

Revenge of the Witch

Joseph Delaney
5
Rated by
Bethany T.
Monday, Mar 31, 2014

Tom is the seventh son of a seventh son, which means two things: one, his father is all out of tradesmen to apprentice his sons to. And two, Tom can hear the dead. These two things mean that Tom is going to be apprenticed to the Spook, the old man who rids the County villages of boggarts, ghosts and witches. Soon, Tom comes face to face with things that would make a person (like me) shudder to think about, and has to use his brains and his instincts to protect himself and the County.

the petals of a red rose are intertwined with a spiral staircase as a girl in a red dress walks down the stairs

Cruel Beauty

Rosamund Hodge
5
Rated by
Bethany T.
Monday, Mar 31, 2014

Nyx Triskelion lives in a parchment world of alchemy and myth—a land called Arcadia that was mysteriously split from earth centuries ago and that has been ravaged by demons ever since. Groomed from birth to marry the king of the demons and to kill him, Nyx is wedded by proxy and sent to the crumbling castle to live with her new husband, Ignifex. Except, instead of the monster she's been raised to fear, she finds a handsome young man—all sharp edges and biting words—who knows her better than she knows herself.

Television sets stacked on each other. Some have thick colored lines on the screen. Two at the top say Some Thing, and one underneath those say Real.

Something Real

Heather Demetrios
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Monday, Mar 31, 2014

Something Real gives us a deliciously inside look at the truth behind “reality” shows. It reminded me of The Truman Show, except that the people being filmed are aware that millions are watching their private lives unfold. So many people in today’s world seek out their 15 minutes of fame. Would so many desire fame if that fame came with a price—everyone you meet knows every embarrassing, bumbling, horrifying experience of your life?

Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell
3
Rated by
Rachel C.
Monday, Mar 31, 2014

I lost track of how many people told me I should read Fangirl, that I would love it. After all, it's about a shy, dorky girl going off to college and feeling incredibly nervous about it—to which I can greatly relate—a girl who would much rather just be online than have to deal with real people and is very much into fannish activities and communities. It'd be like reading about myself! Or so I was told.

A girl with long hair and a leather jacket stands in front of a New York background

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Joe Schreiber
4
Rated by
Bethany T.
Monday, Feb 24, 2014

Perry Stormaire has a major problem: all he wants to do is go play a gig with his band in New York City, but instead, his parents are making him take the weird Lithuanian exchange student to prom. Perry is chronically unable to say no to his overbearing father, so he reluctantly but politely takes Gobi to the dance. At her request, they end up in New York City anyway, and then in a moment that floors Perry, she tears away her bulky outfit to reveal a slinky dress and an amazing body; no less amazing, she kills a man.

A girl in a green dress reaches to a young man against a backdrop of stars

These Broken Stars

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
5
Rated by
Bethany T.
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014

Lilac LaRoux is the richest girl in the galaxy, the scion of a massive terraforming empire. Tarver Merendson is a military hero from a poor far-flung planet. When they meet on the massive starliner the Icarus, their chemistry is immediate--but so is the reality that their two social classes can't mingle, a fact that Lilac drives cruelly home to Tarver. And then the unthinkable happens: the Icarus is ripped right out of subspace and crashes into a nearby planet.

Black background.  White smoke rising as if a candle has just been snuffed out.

Looking for Alaska

John Green
4
Rated by
Becky C.
Friday, Jan 24, 2014

John Green writes novels for young adults, but you don't have to be young to enjoy them. I'm forty-three, and he's one of my favorite contemporary authors. I became a fan of Green not by reading his books but by watching videos on his amazing YouTube channels CrashCourse, Mental Floss, and Vlogbrothers. I thought I was too sophisticated and mature to read a young-adult novel, but I love Green so much I gave him a shot.

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