Teen Books Trending on #BookTok

No other social media site has influenced book sales and bestseller lists quite like TikTok. Young users share their recommended reads in the niche community lovingly known as #BookTok. And better yet, #BookTok is encouraging today's teens to rekindle a love of reading. By surfacing obscure hidden gems, beloved modern classics, and trendy new releases, #BookTok is setting many of the latest crazes. From fantasies to romances to mysteries and more, the books below have made the rounds of TikTok influencers' must-read lists. Need more recommendations? Check out Best Book Series for Teens and Romantic Fantasy Books for Teens.

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The Dragon's Promise: Six Crimson Cranes, Book 2
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The Dragon's Promise: Six Crimson Cranes, Book 2

age 12+

Riveting finale to East Asian fairy tale-infused duology.

By: Elizabeth Lim (2022)
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The Gilded Ones, Book 1

age 12+

Teen girl quests for true identity in captivating fantasy.

By: Namina Forna (2021)
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The Book Thief

age 13+

Powerful, moving tale of book-loving girl in Nazi Germany.

By: Markus Zusak (2006)
The Brothers Hawthorne book cover: The title in large type against a dark background entwined with leaves and branches from which hang various objects: a padlock, a knife, a pocket watch, etc.
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The Brothers Hawthorne: The Inheritance Games, Book 4

age 13+

Series continuation keeps up the intrigue, puzzle-solving.

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Caraval, Book 1

age 13+

Sisters escape abusive father to play dangerous magic game.

By: Stephanie Garber (2017)
Divine Rivals book cover: Dark background with D and R as antique typewriter keys
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Divine Rivals: Letters of Enchantment, Book 1

age 13+

Two gods, two teens, two typewriters in apocalyptic romance.

By: Rebecca Ross (2023)
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Family of Liars

age 13+

Murder, addiction, and ghosts mix in satisfying prequel.

By: E. Lockhart (2022)
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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, Book 1

age 13+

Teen detective "unsolves" murder in riveting thriller.

By: Holly Jackson (2020)
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The Inheritance Games, Book 1

age 13+

Intriguing teen mystery has puzzles, twists but fizzles.

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Kingdom of the Wicked, Book 1

age 13+

Compelling supernatural series starter can be violent.

By: Kerri Maniscalco (2020)
Throne of Glass book cover: Teen girl holds staff in the archway of a huge building
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Throne of Glass: Throne of Glass, Book 1

age 14+

Violence, moral dilemmas aplenty in complex assassin tale.

By: Sarah J. Maas (2012)
The Hunger Games, Book 1 book cover: Black background with title along top in white type and the golden mockingjay in a golden ring with a gold arrow in its mouth
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The Hunger Games, Book 1

age 13+

Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.

By: Suzanne Collins (2008)
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Six Crimson Cranes

age 12+

Fascinating fantasy steeped in East Asian folklore.

By: Elizabeth Lim (2021)
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Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

age 13+

Funny, clever novel about teen girl forced to face fears.

By: Joya Goffney (2021)
The Summer I Turned Pretty book cover: Illustrations of seashells on a green-blue background
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The Summer I Turned Pretty, Book 1

age 13+

Breezy summer romance has close friends, some substance use.

By: Jenny Han (2010)
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We Were Liars

age 13+

A privileged life goes askew in haunting summer mystery.

By: E. Lockhart (2014)
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You've Reached Sam

age 13+

Heartbreaking tale deals with love, loss, second chances.

By: Dustin Thao (2021)
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All the Bright Places

age 14+

Compelling teen romance tackles suicide, finds hope.

By: Jennifer Niven (2015)
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

age 14+

Literary story of two boys' life-changing friendship.

Better Than the Movies book cover: Title in large blue letters surrounded by several small images of a White red-haired young woman and a young man with brown-hair and tan skin reenacting scenes from popular romcoms
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Better Than the Movies

age 14+

Fun, sweet romance tips hat to romcom films and tropes.

By: Lynn Painter (2021)