Teen Titles for Everyone
Why do adults read fiction published for the teen market? Who doesn’t like a good coming-of-age story, or romance... adventure... fantasy... tearjerker... all of which are represented in contemporary teen fiction? It’s exciting, gets to the point sooner, and is often shorter than an “adult” novel.
“Pop culture, courage in the face of great odds, abuse, cruelty, young love, and many other topics, are simply and honestly dealt with in teen books,” says Jeanette Bobeen, Children and Family Services Manager at the Library. “With exciting plots and plenty of action, these titles quickly get to the heart of the matter, and give young protagonists interesting ways to solve their problems and cope with their surroundings.
Recent studies show that over half of the teen fiction purchased is by readers over the age of 18. Adults aren’t just purchasing for their children. When asked about the intended recipient, they report that 78% of the time they are purchasing books for their own reading. While cross-over series like Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games may have introduced adults to the teen market, other teen stories about journeys, trials, quests, falls from grace, rebirths, conflict and internal struggle have kept them there.
“The teen market is where the action is,” says Bobeen. “If you haven’t yet experienced teen fiction, now is the time to check it out.”
Recommended Teen Fiction
Trapped by Michael Northrop. Seven students, trapped at high school during a blizzard, cope with no heat, water or electricity. As the days and snow mount up, the realization that no help is coming forces a devastating decision. (Adventure, Survival)
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. They expected to frolic on the beach for a photo shoot, but a crash landing leaves 13 survivors stranded with little food and water, and practically no eyeliner. What will they do when the sexy pirates show up? (Romance, Survival)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The appearance of gorgeous Augustus Waters at Cancer Kid Support Group gives Hazel something to think about besides her terminal condition. (Love and loss)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. October 11, 1943. A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Upon arrest, “Verity” faces a grisly execution. Will trading secrets be enough to save her life? (Historical fiction)
Divergent by Veronica Roth. In a future Chicago, all 16-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives...but how to survive the choices they have made? (Science Fiction, Dystopia, Futuristic)
Evermore by Alyson Noel. For failing to suppress her unwanted talents, 16-year-old Ever is branded a freak at her new high school. Only Damen Auguste can silence the noise and random energy in her head. First book in The Immortals series. (Fantasy)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. “Death” relates the story of Liesel, a young girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents sustain her family and neighbors in World War II Germany. (Historical fiction)
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. Catherine, the 13-year-old daughter of an English country knight, records the events of her life, her longing for adventure beyond the usual role of women, and her effort to avoid being married off. (Historical fiction)
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. 16-year-old Miranda recounts her family’s struggles to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing world-wide catastrophic weather changes. Life as they knew it is gone forever. (Realistic, Contemporary fiction, Survival)
Seraphina: A Novel by Rachel Hartman. Mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd ramps up while Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, one so terrible its discovery could mean her very life. (Fantasy)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled and babied by his parents to entering 5th grade at a private middle school, enduring the taunts and fears of classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another kid. (Self-worth, Cruelty)