Books for Teens

Whether your teen is 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. 

 

And for the hottest books of summer 2020, check out our Summer Reading List!

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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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Divergent, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.
By Veronica Roth
(2011)
(2011)
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The Empire of Dreams Book Poster Image
Girl of Fire and Thorns spin-off offers a new fab girl hero.
By Rae Carson
(2020)
(2020)
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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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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Book Poster Image
Teen detective "unsolves" murder in riveting thriller.
By Holly Jackson
(2020)
(2020)
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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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The Light in Hidden Places Book Poster Image
Riveting true tale of Polish teen, Jewish family, Holocaust.
By Sharon Cameron
(2020)
(2020)
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The Lightness of Hands Book Poster Image
Bipolar teen tries to help struggling dad in charming tale.
By Jeff Garvin
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Piecing Me Together Book Poster Image
Powerful, insightful tale of self-awareness, power of art.
By Renée Watson
(2017)
(2017)
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The Poet X Book Poster Image
Powerful, haunting story of finding your voice and power.
By Elizabeth Acevedo
(2018)
(2018)
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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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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Book Poster Image
West African folklore powers lively fantasy debut.
By Roseanne A. Brown
(2020)
(2020)
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Star Daughter Book Poster Image
Vivid, unique fantasy highlights friendship, family.
By Shveta Thakrar
(2020)
(2020)
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sassy sisters steal the show in well-told romantic read.
By Jenny Han
(2014)
(2014)
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When Dimple Met Rishi Book Poster Image
Opposites begin to attract in sweet arranged-union tale.
By Sandhya Menon
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Be Not Far from Me Book Poster Image
Harrowing survival tale of teen lost in the mountains.
By Mindy McGinnis
(2020)
(2020)
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Clap When You Land Book Poster Image
Moving novel in verse about grief, family, and forgiveness.
By Elizabeth Acevedo
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Don't Read the Comments Book Poster Image
Heartfelt tale tackles sexism and racism in gaming industry.
By Eric Smith
(2020)
(2020)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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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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Frankly in Love Book Poster Image
Heartfelt coming-of-age tale about love, family, identity.
By David Yoon
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Love from A to Z Book Poster Image
North American Muslim teens find romance on Qatar trip.
By S.K. Ali
(2019)
(2019)
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Loveboat, Taipei Book Poster Image
Taiwanese American teen finds love and freedom in fun tale.
By Abigail Hing Wen
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Patron Saints of Nothing Book Poster Image
Heartrending tale explores grief, Philippines' war on drugs.
By Randy Ribay
(2019)
(2019)
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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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We Set the Dark on Fire Book Poster Image
Compelling dystopian fantasy with a Latinx twist.
By Tehlor Kay Mejia
(2019)
(2019)
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With the Fire on High Book Poster Image
Teen mom/chef's inspiring tale shows perseverance, teamwork.
By Elizabeth Acevedo
(2019)
(2019)
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Yes No Maybe So Book Poster Image
Engaging blend of activism and cross-cultural romance.
By Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed
(2020)
(2020)
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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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We Are Not from Here Book Poster Image
Haunting and unforgettable story of fleeing teen refugees.
By Jenny Torres Sanchez
(2020)
(2020)
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Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard Book Poster Image
Girl survives through smarts and magic in intense novel.
By Echo Brown
(2020)
(2020)
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Looking for Alaska Book Poster Image
Teens process tragic loss in thought-provoking novel.
By John Green
(2006)
(2006)
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