Nineteen excellent adult books perfect for teen readers, selected by the Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers.
This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Historical fiction may not be every teen’s idea of a gripping read, but these titles are bound to immerse readers—and may even please educators, too.
With Halloween right around the corner, Sarah Hill compiles a list of compelling titles that are grim and gritty, covering everything from an out-of-control infectious disease, a no-holds-barred look at the science of war, and the return of Typhoid Mary.
Mark Flowers presents a bevy of titles that may technically be nonfiction but that are loaded with teen appeal, from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: The Revolution to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to an examination of the Dark Knight.
You’ll find something to entice your teen readers, whether they can’t tear themselves away from coverage of the Olympics are jonesing for an immersive historical read.
Teens will appreciate this genre- and format-spanning assortment of tales about love gone wrong; included are Daniel Clowes’s romantic time-traveling adventure, a thriller about Mata Hari, and Rebecca Traister’s astute feminism perspective on marriage and relationships.
Mark Flowers pulls together an assortment of short story collections—some dealing with horror and the suspense, others taking on fantasy and myth—from Joyce Carol Oates, Helen Oyeyemi, Patricia A. McKillip, and David Schow.
Join Mark Flowers on a global literary voyage, as he surveys titles set in India, Lithuania, Finland, and Lebanon.
Check out SLJ’s March 2016 starred titles, from Corinne Duyvis’s sophomore effort, On the Edge of Gone, and Stonewall-winning Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Capó Crucet, Jennine. Make Your Home Among Strangers. 400p. ebook available. St. Martin’s. 2015. Tr $25.99. ISBN 9781250059666; ebk. ISBN 9781466865044.
In this beautifully written and compulsively readable coming-of-age novel, Lizet is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to attend college—and it’s not Miami-Dade Community College, either; it’s Rawlings College, an elite liberal arts school in upstate New York, where Lizet has received a full scholarship. While Lizet is away from […]
Mark Flowers shares works in which the protagonists have an inescapable confrontation with the reality of becoming adult and making adult decisions, including Keija Parssinen’s The Unraveling of Mercy Louis and Mitchell Hogan’s A Crucible of Souls.
Adult Books 4 Teens features six debut novels for adults with teen appeal—with an emphasis on “novels,” since all of these first-time novelists have already established themselves in other forms or writing. These offerings range from a “Stephanie Plum” series read-alike by a Hollywood screenwriter to literary postapocalyptic titles.
Adult Books for Teens columnist Mark Flowers compares two recent biographies on the notorious baseball player, one of which has lots of appeal for teen readers.
While the setting for The Appetites of Girls is specifically Brown University in 1993, the emotions and issues explored throughout the book are universal. “AB4T” blogger Diane Colson goes behind-the-scenes with author Pamela Moses who is intimately familiar with this college environment.
With the holiday season approaching, we present a handful of picks that give a new spin to the definition of family and offer plenty of food for thought. The full versions of these reviews originally appeared on the Adult Books 4 Teens blog.
This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Morning, folks! I do believe my comments feature is busted at the moment, so please don’t be alarmed if you can’t get anything to go through. It’s frustrating for me as well. Feels like an echo chamber in here. Hm. Well, as you may have heard, A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy will […]
Filmmaker Hannah Weyer based her novel on a true story and uses an authentic “urban vernacular” to keep it real. Teen readers will be rooting for her young protagonist from start to finish. Adult Books 4 Teens blogger Angela Carstensen speaks with the author about On the Come Up and the real teen that inspired the book.
Among the Stars: Historical fantasy fiction; World War II heroes; a memoir by a son about his CIA father
BLOCK, Francesca Lia. The Elementals. 320p. St. Martin’s. 2012. Tr $24.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00549-6. LC 2012028277.
Adult/High School–Block’s latest is a perfect example of the “new adult” trend. While she is best known for Weetzie Bat (Harper, 1989) and its sequels, which won her the Margaret A. Edwards award, she has also written adult novels throughout her career, and this book straddles both age groups. Ariel and her friend Jeni had planed on attending UC Berkeley together, but when Ariel can’t […]