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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.

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

July 2010

After a train abandons him in the middle of Montana, Ry is on a journey to return home to his grandfather and parents. Ry will use all means available to find his loved ones, including planes, cars, boats, and his feet. With his trusty guide, Del, Ry will get there, won’t he?

Bullet Point by Peter Abrahams

July 2010

Wyatt never really thought much about his dad, a lifer in prison. But when he meets a girl named Greer with a criminal dad of her own --- who happens to be in the same jail as Wyatt’s dad --- Greer arranges a meeting. Wyatt immediately connects with his father and believes him when he says he’s been framed. However, Wyatt’s decision to help his father escape may possibly be the worst decision he's ever made in his life.

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

July 2010

Did you ever wonder about Carrie Bradshaw's teen years? Smart and witty Carrie lets us in on her senior year: the guys, the family, the fashion, the writing dreams, and (naturally) the best friends. Carrie's early story not only is true to the character we know and love, but also makes for quite the stay-up-all-night type of excellent read.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

July 2010

FOR THE WIN dives deep into the world of online gaming and reveals a complex system that sets players up for failure while mistreating its workers. The Webblies, a rebel group against the big companies controlling the games, have a plan that could potentially crash every virtual world --- and the real one!

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

July 2010

It’s 1962, and it seems the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. Eleven-year-old Franny Chapman doesn’t know how to deal with what’s going on in the world --- no more than she knows how to deal with what’s going on with her family and friends. But somehow she’s going to make it through.

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin

July 2010

Jennie Lovell's life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancé falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

July 2010

Sixteen-year-old Gemma is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty --- rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar --- pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback.

By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

April 2010

Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for “completers” --- www.through-the-light.com. While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

April 2010

Jena, Dakota, Skye and Owen are all at Paradise --- the resort in the Caribbean, that is --- for different reasons, but in Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Over the course of four months, through four voices and four stories, what happened in Paradise will change them all.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

April 2010

Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. She explains that there are 13 reasons why she decided to end her life --- and Clay is one of them.