It’s time for the end of the year, “most awesome books ever” list! These Teen titles have been on my mind (and the Library’s bookshelves) all year, waiting for their time to shine. Although my “must read” list will only get longer as we roll into 2015, these favorites will most definitely be at the top, if they haven’t been devoured already! Check em out.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I can’t say much for fear of giving it away, but this quick mystery will not only throw you for a loop, but will stick with you for a long time to come. Just trust me.
I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Nobody writes with as much heartbreak and hope as Jandy Nelson, and her newest realistic fiction doesn’t disappoint. You will alternately love and hate twins Jude and Noah as you come to know them 3 years ago, when their mother was still alive, and in the present, as the two once extremely close siblings radically divide in their grief.
When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
The urban setting of this story, combined with the easygoing Ali, who isn’t interested in the drugs and violence that are prevalent in his New York neighborhood, and his best friend Needles, who has other opinions about illegal activities, will bring out all of your emotions.
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
A dead horse. A car accident. Epilepsy. A famous author father. These are the things that define Finn, but he wants to be more than the sum of all these parts. When his girlfriend moves from California to Chicago, Finn sets out on a roadtrip with his best friend Cade, to some very unexpected consequences. Quirky, funny and endearing, this book is the epitome of an Andrew Smith story.
The Accidental Highwayman: Being the tale of Kit Bristol, his Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides by Ben Tripp
As if the title didn’t give enough away……this book breaks the mold as a nod to the swashbuckling tales of yore, mixed in with a healthy dose of magic and humor. Kit Bristol is the servant of a notorious highwayman (and if you want to know what a highwayman is you, my friend, will have to read this book) and unwittingly becomes involved in the rescuing of a feisty princess after his master unexpectedly dies. Not only is he dodging magical fairies and trying to keep up with the princess, but he must also contend with a magical map that foresees his destiny….as hanged man on the gallows. Chock full of adventure and very cool illustrations throughout, this is a unique read for the book lover near you.