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Nine Teen Reads For Everyone to Love

October, in addition to being National Book Month, is also TeenTober™. This is a YALSA initiative, where libraries across America promote year-round services and ways to help teens learn skills and fuel their passions, as well as to celebrate literacies of all types. With this in mind, today’s post includes trendy teen reads (both fiction and non-fiction) that you can look for in your local library, and if you decide you need it, then get it for yourself (or others) too! So go support your local library this week, for it is National Friends of the Library Week too!

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A Ton of Tremendous Teen Reads!!

Growing up, I don’t recall seeing so many books specifically for the teen and YA audiences. Looking back, maybe some of them were for that age group but not marketed that way. I simply read books! Books that I could access, understand, felt like reading, and could devour at whatever period of my life. Which is why I definitely ended up reading some books that other ten-year-olds around me didn’t read (like the classics) or picked up my first Mills & Boons way after many of my friends had read them. It is a different story that that first Mills & Boons paved a life-long love for love stories!

Today, I delight in the fact that there are so many books catering to this audience and in the knowledge and young readers today have no dearth of choices when it comes to good reading material. And while I am nowhere in the age-range for a teen/YA audience, I delight in reading these books as well!

When I first started writing this post, I had just a couple of books in mind, but I recalled looking at or being curious about a few others which I had been meaning to read as well. So I ended up checking them all out from my library (the ones I had not yet read – which is about half of this list actually!) and started reading them. Now, some of them are my most recent loved teen reads, others are in my currently-reading list, but they are all amazing and worth sharing, which is why I came up with this list of

Nine Teen Reads For Everyone to Love

Alte Zachen / Old Things

Alte Zachen by Ziggy Hanaor and illustrated by Benjamin Phillips (Teen & YA Multigenerational Family Fiction | 12 – 17 years, and up | Cicada Books | September 6, 2022)

A beautifully illustrated and presented intergenerational graphic novel that follows 11-year-old Benji and his elderly grandmother, Bubbe Rosa, as they traverse Brooklyn and Manhattan, gathering the ingredients for a Friday night dinner.

Thanks to NetGalley for the digital review copy of this book.

You know that feeling when you start something and realize it is way more than what it appears, like a treasure wrapped in brown paper, or an unexpected hot cocoa waiting at the end of a long, cold day, or… Well, you get the gist. This book is that feeling. So many emotions wrapped up in these pages that in the end simply engulf you in this short yet profound read about family and love. I loved how Bubbe Rosa’s flashbacks and current storyline appear back and forth with colorful and gray monotones, and totally enjoyed this graphic novel.


Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater (Teen & YA Fantasy Fiction | 12 years, and up | Disney Press | May 3, 2022)

What if you had one year to save everything you loved? One Princess: Merida of DunBroch needs a change | Two Gods: Feradach, an uncanny supernatural being tasked with rooting out rot and stagnation, and Cailleach, an ancient entity of creation | Three Voyages: a series of epic journeys to kingdoms near and far in an attempt to inspire revolution within her fam | Four Seasons to save DunBroch

Thanks to NetGalley for the digital review copy of this book.

I am not sure why I never picked up any of Maggie Stiefvater’s books before (like The Raven Boys), but better now than never, right? I loved Bravely from the very first line to the end. It is hard to decide my favorite character though it might be easy to fall back on the protagonist, but I cannot pick one here. This is one read that both older and younger readers can enjoy together, and I am guessing can (and might) be easily transformed to the screen in some adaptation at some point.


Fashionopolis: The Secrets Behind the Clothes We Wear by Dana Thomas – Young Reader’s Edition (Teen & YA Multigenerational Family Fiction | 12 – 17 years, and up | Cicada Books | September 6, 2022)

A look at fast fashion and its impact on the environment and social justice, perfect for middle grade classrooms. This nonfiction book shows us how the clothes we wear–and throw away–every day are made, and what that means for our planet and for people around the world.

I am still reading it but I can already tell you that it is a must-read for all, regardless of age. I recall looking at the original edition of this book a while ago, but somehow didn’t pick it up. But when I saw this Young Reader’s edition, I knew I had to try to read it (given how much I have enjoyed previous young reader editions of other non-fiction reads over the last couple of years). And this one is proving to be as amazing as the others, eye-opening, informative, and sure to spur readers to action, to do their bit to save our beautiful planet.

I Could Not Do Otherwise

I Could Not Do Otherwise: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker by Sara Latta (Teen and YA Nonfiction/Women Biographies | 13 – 18 years, and up | Zest Books ™ | October 4, 2022)

One of the first women to earn a degree in medicine, Mary Edwards Walker championed women’s rights, social justice, and access to health care. A Civil War surgeon and a spy, and the only woman to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. I Could Not Do Otherwise brings to light an amazing historical figure who broke gender norms and fought for issues that are still relevant today.

Thanks to NetGalley for the digital review copy of this book.

This is one of the main reasons I love reading children’s and teen nonfiction. Learning about amazing people I had not even heard of before; but these books help me recover from that mistake. Dr. Mary Edwards Walker is one such powerhouse of a personality, and one everyone should read about. So go ahead and look for this book for yourself, and read along with me. Considering this is one of many current reads, it should be possible!

Lawless Spaces

Lawless Spaces by Corey Ann Haydu (Teen & YA Multigenerational Family Fiction | 14 years and up | Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | January 18, 2022)

Perfect for fans of Deb Caletti, this “powerful, absorbing, and beautiful” (Booklist) coming-of-age novel in verse follows a teen girl who connects with the women of her maternal line through their journals and comes to better understand her fraught relationship with her mother.

I love novels-in-verse, so of course I had to share this one. One of my current reads, inspired by the making of this list, but one that I had looked at earlier, thanks to looking at the Cybils Awards nominations!! I am finding it heart-wrenching, emotional, and so very beautiful so far, and I am guessing (strongly) that it will stay this way to the end which is why I can easily recommend this to you.

No Filter and Other Lies

No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado (Teen & YA Coming of Age Fiction | 14 – 17 years, and up | Holiday House | February 8, 2022)

Golden-haired Max Monroe has it all: beauty, friends, and tons of followers. Her picture-perfect existence seems eminently enviable.
Except it’s all fake.
“Max” is actually Kat Sanchez, a quiet and sarcastic 17-year-old living in drab Bakersfield, California. Nothing glamorous about her existence—just bad house parties, a crap school year, and the awkwardness of dealing with best friend Hari’s unrequited love.

I previously read the author’s Fat Chance, Charlie Vega and loved it. Maldonado expertly weaves social issues and taboos with amazing story telling once again, and so far, this reader is lost in its pages. But I needed to pause the reading for this one (along with the couple other current reads)

Teen Innovators

Teen Innovators: Nine Young People Engineering a Better World with Creative Inventions by Fred Estes (Teen & YA Nonfiction/Biographies | 10 – 15 years, and up | Zest Books ™ | September 6, 2022))

This book tells the stories of discovery and the inventions of nine young students.

Thanks to NetGalley for the digital review copy of this book.

A great book for middle-grade readers, and even older readers. While it might be too wordy for younger readers, I think it can work in the classroom or with the help of an older person for young readers as well. Since it is full of inspiring young people who worked to pursue their STEM goals to help make the world a better place. I love how it includes the science behind their projects, as well as enough information about their projects themselves so interested readers know that they can choose to tackle problems if they so wish. Each one is so cool, and while I had read about a few on the news or other social media, reading about these inspiring teen innovators and their projects in detail here was educational and powerful.

Three Kisses, One Midnight

Three Kisses, One Midnight by  Roshani Chokshi , Sandhya Menon, Evelyn Skye  (Teen & YA Coming of Age Fiction | 13 years and up | Wednesday Books | August 30, 2022)

New York Times bestselling authors Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye, and Sandhya Menon craft a spellbinding novel about discovering the magic of true love on one fateful, magical night in Three Kisses, One Midnight.

Thanks to NetGalley for the digital review copy of this book.

I had to include one book that works for the season; this one is perfect to cozy up with your choice of hot drink, be it cocoa or that pumpkin spiced whatever! Cuteness, magical overtones, romance, friendship, and other swoon-worthy moments make this book a great read to start now. Plus, I am in awe at how the three different authors wove the stories and characters together so beautifully. While I have enjoyed Sandhya Menon’s books before, Roshani Chokshi has(well, had) been on my TBR for too long. I am yet to read Evelyn Skye (her other books, I mean).

When You Get the Chance

When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord (Teen & YA /Coming of Age Fiction | 12 – 18 years, and up | Wednesday Books | January 4, 2022)

A bighearted novel about falling in love, making a mess, and learning to let go, from Emma Lord, the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon YA Book Club pick You Have a Match.

I enjoy Emma Lord’s books; and so had to pick this one as well. I just got started on it and it is as cute as her previous books; I know I will end up adoring it with what I have seen so far!!

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And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, have you read any of these teen reads? Your thoughts and comments on them? Any other similar teen reads that you can recommend?

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5 thoughts on “Nine Teen Reads For Everyone to Love

  1. Can I be a teen again, these all sound so interesting. But my favorite is Teen Innovators. With so much negativity these days, it’s a joy to read about positive things that our youngsters are doing.

  2. These reads look amazing – but is the first book for teens? It rather looks like a children’s book – whereby, everybody can read any book they like, obviously. However, it sounds very interesting, dealing with the Jewish sabbat preparations.
    I love that you are introducing books for teens since over the past years, reading books becomes more and more unpopular, especially among that age group.

  3. There are a few of these which I think my teen sister would enjoy reading these book. I would say bravely would be of the books she would enjoy based on previous books she read. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I like reading teen tageted books from time to time, it’s my guilty pleasure. I will make sure to send the list to my niece, she’s of age and loves reading (and she’s not picky, I think she reads just about everything). Fashionopolis sounds most intriguing to me, I think I will try it for myself

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