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Pasadena Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Edgy noir with violent sex, drugs best for mature teens.
By Sherri L. Smith
(2016)
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Escape from Asylum: Asylum, Book 0.5 Book Poster Image
age 16+
Repetitive prequel best for longtime fans.
By Madeleine Roux
(2016)
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American Street Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Raw and gritty immigrant story best for mature teens.
By Ibi Zoboi
(2017)
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The Dangerous Art of Blending In Book Poster Image
age 16+
Courageous love story told by teen suffering abuse.
By Angelo Surmelis
(2018)
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The Tangled Lands Book Poster Image
age 16+
Related novellas have ecological themes, lots of violence.
By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias Buckell
(2018)
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Not the Girls You're Looking For Book Poster Image
age 16+
Half-Iraqi teen finds her way in scattered coming-of-ager.
By Aminah Mae Safi
(2018)
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I Stop Somewhere Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Haunting, heartbreaking tale of teen rape and murder.
By TE Carter
(2018)
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Sadie Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Raw thriller about a brutal crime and teen seeking justice.
By Courtney Summers
(2018)
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Book Poster Image
age 16+
Moving tale of young boy grieving loss of dad on 9/11.
By Jonathan Safran Foer
(2018)
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Damsel Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Dark, twisty dragon quest tale has sex, gore, brutality.
By Elana K. Arnold
(2018)
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Home After Dark Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Powerful graphic novel explores issues of abandonment.
By David Small
(2018)
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The Nowhere Girls Book Poster Image
age 16+
Teens aim to end school's rape culture in empowering tale.
By Amy Reed
(2017)
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King Dork Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
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The Spectacular Now Book Poster Image
age 15+
Teen drunk's tragic story best for mature readers.
By Tim Tharp
(2008)
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Monstrumologist Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Gruesomely good gothic horror too violent for younger teens.
By Rick Yancey
(2009)
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Shine Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Moving mystery about gay boy's beating in impoverished town.
By Lauren Myracle
(2011)
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Everybody Sees the Ants Book Poster Image
age 15+
Powerful, challenging tale of outsider fighting back.
By A.S. King
(2011)
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Rainbow Boys Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Breakthrough book about coming out -- and falling in love.
By Alex Sanchez
(2001)
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Leverage Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Powerful, perhaps too-intense tale of sports bullying.
By Joshua C. Cohen
(2012)
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This Is Not a Test Book Poster Image
age 15+
Zombie apocalypse meets mature high school-set thriller.
By Courtney Summers
(2012)
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