Book Reviews

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Book Poster Image
age 16+
Controversial coming-of-age classic with sex, drugs, abuse.
By Stephen Chbosky
(1999)
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Crank Book Poster Image
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age 16+
First in controversial verse poetry series about addiction.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2004)
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Heart of Darkness Book Poster Image
age 16+
Tense journey to find ivory trader gone rogue in Congo.
By Joseph Conrad
(1901)
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Native Son Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Gritty novel of violence and race best for older teens.
By Richard Wright
(1940)
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1984 Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Classic dystopian novel about life under constant scrutiny.
By George Orwell
(1949)
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Where Things Come Back Book Poster Image
age 16+
Unsettling tale of teen's small-town life is good but dark.
By John Corey Whaley
(2011)
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A.D.D. (Adolescent Demo Division) Book Poster Image
age 16+
Sharp critique of gamer culture told as sci-fi story.
By Douglas Rushkoff
(2012)
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Last Night I Sang to the Monster Book Poster Image
age 16+
Teen faces addiction and abuse in powerful, poetic novel.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2009)
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The Handmaid's Tale Book Poster Image
age 16+
Gripping dystopian novel of religious state against women.
By Margaret Atwood
(1985)
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The House of the Spirits Book Poster Image
age 16+
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
By Isabel Allende
(1985)
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Silence: The Queen of the Dead, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 16+
Paranormal adventure bogs down in details.
By Michelle Sagara
(2012)
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Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury Book Poster Image
age 16+
Tribute collection will please Bradbury fans, new readers.
By Sam Weller, Mort Castle
(2012)
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The Long Earth Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Witty sci-fi adventure takes hero to alternate Earths.
By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
(2012)
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What Happens Next Book Poster Image
age 16+
Intense novel explores feelings of date-rape survivor.
By Colleen Clayton
(2012)
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Rise Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Sexier, slower second Nightshade prequel.
By Andrea Cremer
(2013)
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On the Road Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Poetic, ecstatic, debauched novel that changed literature.
By Jack Kerouac
(1957)
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Kim
age 16+
Classic about complex Indian cultures best for older teens.
By Rudyard Kipling
(1901)
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Impulse Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Edgy sequel to Jumper is best for older teens.
By Steven Gould
(2013)
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How to Lead a Life of Crime Book Poster Image
age 16+
School-for-criminals mystery turns very dark and violent.
By Kirsten Miller
(2013)
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Asylum Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Teen horror tale has promising premise, half-baked plot.
By Madeleine Roux
(2013)
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