Our very own Lauren offers some of the best Teen titles that adults will also love!
I have read a number of articles recently that discuss how more and more adults are reading books meant for kids and teens. In fact, I think we even shared the link to one such article on our facebook page! I find this trend delightful - after all, now is the golden age of children's books (so says me!) It is this reader's humble opinion that teen books especially are better than ever. Apart from the obvious (Twilight, The Hunger Games) there are hundreds of amazing reads right under your nose a Mrs. Nelson's! Don't worry, I'll help you navigate the angsty terrain of teen lit and find the best books out there. To name a few:
1. I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Josh Lieb used to write for the Jon Stewart Show and it shows in this hilarious book. I could not stop laughing as I read the story of an evil genius in hiding. I would have enjoyed this book even if I wasn't already a fan of YA books.
2. In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith
Have you ever been a road trip from hell? I'm sure you have and I'm also sure it wasn't as bad as Jonah's and Simon's journey. It's a nightmare-ish fast-paced read and I enjoyed every minute.
3. The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Yes I chose another Andrew Smith book - he's an amazing and underappreciated author. "The Marbury Lens is an incredible, dark read. It's not for the faint of heart, but if you brave it you will not be disappointed! How could anyone not enjoy a book that starts with a kidnapping??
4. Stalker Girl by Rosemary Graham
Unless you are very fortunate you have probably endured a painful breakup at some point in your life. It's hurtful and messy and usually leaves a person feeling less than confident. Well in "Stalker Girl" Carly takes her self-esteem issues a step further, wanting to know what her ex's new girlfriend has that Carly doesn't. She starts to go further and further, spiraling out of control. When I read this, I both sympathized with Carly and cringed at her behavior. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her unraveling. :)
5. Reality Check by Jen Calonita
If you are anything like me, you take a not-so-guilty pleasure in watching teen reality shows. Reading "Reality Check" was like watching a juicy episode of "The Hills" (R.I.P.!) It follows a group of friends who have been chosen to star in their own reality show. They get tremendous perks - a big paycheck, fame - but there are also big drawbacks - friendship troubles, unending drama. Once I picked this up, I couldn't put it down, but at least I could justify it - books are better for your mind than tv, right?