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Young Adult Books You Want to Read

As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Bookreporter.com. Throughout the year, Bookreporter.com features adult books on Teenreads.com, our site for young adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from Teenreads.com that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

June 2015

Samantha McAllister has a secret that her friends would never understand: She has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. When Sam's friend, Caroline, introduces her to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by their school at large, she slowly begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd...until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

June 2015

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from 17-year-old Minnow. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something --- but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of --- if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life by Marcus Samuelsson

June 2015

In this inspirational autobiography, world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his extraordinary story and encourages young people to embrace their mistakes and follow their dreams. Based on his highly praised adult memoir, YES, CHEF, this young adult edition includes an eight-page black-and-white family photo insert.

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult

May 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. It’s a miracle that seems perfect at first --- but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down.

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena Dunkle

May 2015

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia. Told entirely from Elena's perspective over a five-year period and co-written with her mother, award-winning author Clare B. Dunkle, Elena's memoir is a fascinating and intimate look at a deadly disease, and a must-read for anyone who knows someone suffering from an eating disorder.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

May 2015

At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, 15-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys arrested. Nevertheless, the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance.

Killer Instinct by S. E. Green

May 2015

Lane is a teen who channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals and delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder, but with each visceral rush, the line of self-control blurs. And when a young preschool teacher goes missing --- and returns in pieces --- Lane gets a little too excited about tracking down “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer who has come to her hometown.

Killer Within: A Killer Instinct Novel by S. E. Green

May 2015

It’s been three months since Lane made her first kill --- the sadistic Decapitator --- and now she feels both closer and more alienated than ever from her united, grieving family. Haunted by conflicting memories of her mother, Lane resumes her role as the vigilante Masked Savior out of a feeling of obligation --- but her heart just isn’t in it anymore. Now that Lane has felt the rush of deeper, darker thrills, a growing part of her wants to revisit its seductive power, and she’s not sure how long she can resist.

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka

April 2015

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only 10 letters, and 40 kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives. In this dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --- and better people --- through their long-distance exchange.

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

April 2015

Emilia and Teo's lives changed in a fiery, terrifying instant when a bird strike brought down the plane their stunt pilot mothers were flying. Teo's mother died immediately, but Em has survived, determined to raise Teo according to his late mother's wishes --- in a place where he won't be discriminated against because of the color of his skin. But in 1930s America, a white woman raising a black adoptive son alongside a white daughter is too often seen as a threat.