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10 Awesome books for teens to read

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Written by Vera C. Last updated on .

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If you're looking for the best books for teens to read, take a look at any of these. You will be assured of an exciting read due to the fast-paced action in all of these books.

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Each of the books features here are very different from each other, so there's something for everyone, seriously. Keep scrolling until you find something you like.

1. "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 teenagers with an interest in dystopian literature or computer games.

If you'd like to find out more first, check out our Book Review - Epic by Conor Kostick

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2. "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.

Want more details? We've written a fuller review of this teen novel here at FlipFall: Book Review: “Hurricane Song: a novel of New Orleans” by Paul Volponi

3. "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver

The teen novel "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver offers a fascinating 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? This book really makes you think. You can find out more about it here at FlipFall: Book Review - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

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.

You may like to learn a bit more about this book in our Book Review - Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman

5. "Borderline" by Allan Stratton

This is an action-packed teen novel with plenty of thought behind the big questions of conflicting viewpoints. The young adult book "Borderline" by Allan Stratton portrays the point of view of a Muslim-American teenage 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.

If you want to find out more, take a look at our Book Review - Borderline by Allan Stratton.

6. "Matched" by Ally Condie

Do you like to question the rules and test them out? If so, you'll 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.

Find out more about this awesome dystopian teen book at our Book Review - Matched by Allie Condie.

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.

If you're not sure whether this book is for you, get more information in our Book Review: Boys, Girls and Other Hazardouse Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

8. "Bruiser" by Neal Shusterman

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

Need more info first? See our Book Review - Bruiser by Neal Shusterman.

9. "Variant" by Robison Wells

"Variant" by Robison Wells is a fascinating thriller mystery for teens. 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 you glued to the pages, even if you're not an avid reader.

You can learn more about this young adult book here at FlipFall Magazine: Book Review - Variant by Robison Wells

10. "Positively" by Courtney Sheinmel

"Positively" by Courtney 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?

Looking for more detail? See our Book Review - Positively by Courtney Sheinmel.

Didn't find any books you liked?

In that case, check out our list of most disturbing books for young adults. But be warned: they are seriously warped and scary!


You can’t go wrong when you choose from these best books for teenagers or young adults. There is something for everyone in this featured collection of books for youth to read.

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