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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.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

July 2018

Romy Silvers never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents' tragic deaths left her alone on The Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth. Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can't help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, The Eternity, will be joining The Infinity. Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the commander of The Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as The Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there's more to J's mission than she could have imagined.

Tradition by Brendan Kiely

July 2018

Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook Academy and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place. Jamie Baxter feels like an imposter at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches. When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a similar instinct for survival. Ultimately, they are faced with a difficult question: Can they stand together against classmates --- and an institution --- who believe they can do no wrong?

Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder

July 2018

Parker struggles to reconnect with her twin brother, Charlie --- who’s recovering from cancer --- as she tries to deal with her anxiety about the future. Now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She has landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology. Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time --- that she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

June 2018

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids. Then the shocking death of Jim --- their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend --- changed everything. One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft --- the seaside estate where they spent so many nights --- hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death. Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers…and at life.

The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando

June 2018

Natalie's parents are taking her and her three best friends on a cruise for her 17th birthday. But it's only been a few short months since Natalie's boyfriend died in a tragic accident, and she wants to be anywhere but here. Then she meets a guy on the first night and sparks fly. After a moonlit conversation, Natalie pops down to her cabin to get her swimsuit. But when she returns, he's gone. Why do her friends think she's crazy for wanting to make sure he's okay? Also, why do they seem to be hiding something from her? And how can she find him when she doesn't even know his name? Most importantly, why is the captain on the intercom announcing the urgent need for a headcount?

How We Roll by Natasha Friend

June 2018

Quinn is a teen who loves her family, skateboarding, basketball and her friends, but after she's diagnosed with a condition called alopecia, which causes her to lose all of her hair, her friends abandon her. Jake was once a star football player, but because of a freak accident --- caused by his brother --- he loses both of his legs. Quinn and Jake meet and find the confidence to believe in themselves again, and maybe even love.

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by M. T. Anderson

May 2018

He was King Henry VIII, a charismatic and extravagant ruler obsessed with both his power as king and with siring a male heir. They were his queens --- six ill-fated women, each bound for divorce, or beheading, or death. Watch spellbound as each of Henry's wives attempts to survive her unpredictable king and his power-hungry court. See the sword flash as fiery Anne Boleyn is beheaded for adultery. Follow Jane Seymour as she rises from bullied court maiden to beloved queen, only to die after giving birth. Feel Catherine Howard's terror as old lovers resurface and whisper vicious rumors to Henry's influential advisors. Experience the heartache of mothers as they lose son after son, heir after heir.

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

May 2018

Meade Creamery is the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade, who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best for friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend, Cate, have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew, Grady, arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady has some changes in mind.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

May 2018

Seventeen-year-old Joe hasn't seen his brother in 10 years. Ed didn’t walk out on the family, not exactly. It’s something more brutal. Ed is locked up --- on death row. Now his execution date has been set, and the clock is ticking. Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with his brother, no matter what other people think…and no matter whether Ed committed the crime. But did he? And does it matter, in the end? MOONRISE asks big questions: What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout

April 2018

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul’s School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice. This memoir is more than an account of a horrific event. It takes a magnifying glass to the institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators.