10 Good books for teens or young adults

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Need ideas for great books for teens or young adults (YA)? You will be assured of an exciting read when you choose from any of these books. Reluctant and enthusiastic readers will enjoy any of these books.

1. “Hurricane Song: a novel of New Orleans” by Paul Volponi

Hurricane Song: A Novel of New Orleans” by Paul Volponi is set during Hurricane Katrina, soon after Miles has moved to live with his father. How will Miles and his father deal with their differences? First they have to survive the hurricane. A gritty teen novel, it will keep the reader’s attention hooked.

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2. “Epic” by Conor Kostick

Epic” by Conor Kostick is set in a futuristic dystopian world where computer games result in direct, real life consequences. With plenty of action and adventure, this book is of particular appeal to teens with an interest in dystopian literature or computer games.

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3. “Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver

The teen novel “Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver offers a uniquely formulated and very captivating plot which is certain to find appeal among high school girls. This YA book is about friendship, social hierarchies and discovering the consequences of actions.

If you could re-live a very important day in your life, what would you do differently and what might result?

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4. “Where the Truth Lies” by Jessica Warman

Explore some very big issues when you read the teen novel “Where the Truth Lies” by Jessica Warman. How does Emily move forward when her past is shrouded in mystery? The gripping plot makes this book a page-turner and keeps teens guessing.

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5. “Borderline” by Allan Stratton

Curious about other viewpoints? The novel “Borderline” by Allan Stratton portrays the point of view of a Muslim-American teen boy when his world starts falling apart around him. This young adult book makes teens think about difficult questions involving family and loyalty, while delivering an attention-grabbing plot.

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6. “Matched” by Ally Condie

Teens with a questioning mind will enjoy this exciting trilogy starting with “Matched” by Ally Condie. This young adult book describes a futuristic dystopian setting where people’s lives are decided by officials – and people are OK with it. But when Cassia, a 17 year old girl, starts questioning these decisions, all kinds of weird things happen – and fast.

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7. “Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials” by Rosalind Wiseman, 2010

The book “Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials” by Rosalind Wiseman will grab even the most reluctant YA reader’s attention. This superb teen novel makes readers think about the question of whether all school traditions are good traditions. Although through its main character this young adult book is geared toward teen girls, the issues addressed are common to teens of both genders.

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8. “Bruiser” by Neal Shusterman

Bruiser” by Neal Shusterman delivers a very original plot which will keep readers thinking long after finishing the book. This teen novel is about mystery, family, loyalty, and friendship. Ultimately, the main characters have to make decisions reagarding how far they are prepared to go for a family member or a friend. This is a gripping action-packed book for teenagers and YA.

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9. “Variant” by Robison Wells

Variant” by Robison Wells is a fascinating thriller mystery for teen readers. Benson is a foster child who is fortunate enough to get a scholarship to a private school. But from day one, the only thing that is clear is that something highly unusual is going on at this school. For starters, where are the adults? and what is the real deal at this school? With action upon action, this book will keep even the most reluctant of readers glued to the pages.

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10. “Positively” by Courtney Sheinmel

Positively” by Coutney Sheinmel is about a teen girl dealing with being HIV positive. Thirteen years old now, she has been HIV positive since birth. Now she has to deal with her mother’s AIDS-related death. Things aren’t going well after she moves to be with her father and new stepmother. She just wants to have a normal life, but can that ever happen?

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You can’t go wrong when you choose from these 10 good books for teens or YA. There is something for everyone in this featured collection of great teen novels, and even reluctant readers will find these to be fast-paced and gripping.