Books for Teens

Whether your teens are into dystopian novels, high school drama, fantasy, thrillers, romance, or just plain great stories, the books on this list are all excellent picks. Just try to put them down! If your teen hasn't fallen in love with reading yet, one of these top-rated titles is sure to do the trick. Some are starts of trilogies or longer series that will hook your kids for volumes to come. For more great teen reads, check out our Coming-of-Age Books and Science Fiction Books lists. 

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The 5th Wave, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Super intense apocalyptic alien-invasion nail-biter.
By Rick Yancey
(2013)
(2013)
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All the Crooked Saints Book Poster Image
Lovely, lyrical family story explores miracles and music.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2017)
(2017)
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The Book Thief Book Poster Image
Powerful testament to humanity in Nazi Germany.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
(2006)
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Defy the Stars Book Poster Image
Sci-fi space thriller is a thought-provoking page-turner.
By Claudia Gray
(2017)
(2017)
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Far from the Tree Book Poster Image
Beautifully written story about finding your family.
By Robin Benway
(2017)
(2017)
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Eerie gothic fantasy a satisfying creep fest for teens.
By Ransom Riggs
(2011)
(2011)
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Once and for All Book Poster Image
Grieving girl learns to love again in sweet romance.
By Sarah Dessen
(2017)
(2017)
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The Scorpio Races Book Poster Image
Bloodthirsty horses star in thrilling coming-of-age tale.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2011)
(2011)
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Warcross, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Winning teen girl drives cyberpunk virtual reality thriller.
By Marie Lu
(2017)
(2017)
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Poster Image
Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
By Sherman Alexie
(2007)
(2007)
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The Book of Dust, Book 1: La Belle Sauvage Book Poster Image
Nail-biting start to trilogy in His Dark Materials world.
By Philip Pullman
(2017)
(2017)
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Dear Martin Book Poster Image
Boy faces racial profiling in powerful, realistic tale.
By Nic Stone
(2017)
(2017)
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Divergent, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.
By Veronica Roth
(2011)
(2011)
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The Fault in Our Stars Book Poster Image
Heartrending love story told by teen dying of cancer.
By John Green
(2012)
(2012)
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The Hate U Give Book Poster Image
Powerful story of police shooting of unarmed black teen.
By Angie Thomas
(2017)
(2017)
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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Book Poster Image
Empowering, stereotype-shattering coming-of-age story.
By Erika L. Sanchez
(2017)
(2017)
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One of Us Is Lying Book Poster Image
Dirty secrets abound in fun but intense high school mystery.
By Karen M. McManus
(2017)
(2017)
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Otherworld, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Virtual reality thriller has old theme but fun, twisty plot.
By Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
(2017)
(2017)
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Six of Crows, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Riveting, violent fantasy of flawed teens on a mission.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2015)
(2015)
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Turtles All the Way Down Book Poster Image
Thought-provoking exploration of mental illness, first love.
By John Green
(2017)
(2017)
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King Dork Book Poster Image
Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
(2006)
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The Night Circus Book Poster Image
Illusionists compete in dream-like literary romance.
By Erin Morgenstern
(2011)
(2011)
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Looking for Alaska Book Poster Image
Award-winning novel of life and death, for older teens.
By John Green
(2006)
(2006)
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