Teen Books from 2019

Even though fewer teens are reading for fun, one of the best ways to engage them is with a great book -- especially one that is relevant to their interests and experiences. These YA books from 2019 are new enough that teens will still want to read them, but old enough that you can actually find them in paperback or avoid having to get on a waitlist to borrow them from the library. With fantasy gems, diverse voices, and touching coming-of-age stories, 2019 was a great year for teen books. For the teen picks that are hot off the presses, check out New Teen Books 2020.

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On the Come Up

age 14+

Teen challenges stereotypes with hip-hop in heartfelt tale.

By: Angie Thomas (2019)
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With the Fire on High

age 13+

Teen mom/chef's inspiring tale shows perseverance, teamwork.

By: Elizabeth Acevedo (2019)
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Song of the Crimson Flower

age 13+

Absorbing companion story to Asian-inspired fantasy series.

By: Julie C. Dao (2019)
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Light It Up

age 14+

Strong police shootings story lacks character development.

By: Kekla Magoon (2019)
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The Queen of Nothing: The Folk of the Air, Book 3

age 14+

Clever fantasy in Faerie ends with charm and enchantment.

By: Holly Black (2019)
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Exile from Eden

age 16+

Teens tour the apocalypse in zany, touching sci-fi satire.

By: Andrew Smith (2019)
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Angel Mage

age 14+

Riveting fantasy has fierce women, angelic magic, adventure.

By: Garth Nix (2019)
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Pet

age 13+

Girl hunts for a monster in strange, beautiful fantasy.

By: Akwaeke Emezi (2019)
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Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

age 14+

Haunting and unforgettable novel of love, loss, and hope.

By: Laura Ruby (2019)
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Cursed

age 16+

Fierce woman leads reimagined, violent Arthurian tale.

By: Thomas Wheeler (2019)
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Call Down the Hawk: The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1

age 14+

Thrilling, heartbreaking start to Raven Cycle spin-off.

By: Maggie Stiefvater (2019)
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Winterwood

age 14+

Moody, emo tale of star-crossed teens and haunted woods.

By: Shea Ernshaw (2019)
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Our Wayward Fate

age 13+

Taiwanese American teens tackle racism in heartfelt tale.

By: Gloria Chao (2019)
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Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel

age 13+

Action-packed graphic thriller spotlights young Bruce Wayne.

By: Marie Lu, Stuart Moore (2019)
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Suggested Reading

age 13+

Teen starts secret library in intriguing banned books tale.

By: Dave Connis (2019)
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American Royals

age 13+

Imagined U.S. royal family tale best for romance fans.

By: Katharine McGee (2019)
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The Fountains of Silence

age 13+

Poignant, powerful drama set in 1957 fascist Spain.

By: Ruta Sepetys (2019)
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Jackpot

age 14+

Fun lottery ticket quest tale explores race, class issues.

By: Nic Stone (2019)
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Six Goodbyes We Never Said

age 14+

Teens struggle with grief, mental illness in moving novel.

By: Candace Ganger (2019)
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Who Put This Song On?

age 17+

Eccentric teen girl fights depression in moving story.

By: Morgan Parker (2019)
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