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Young Adult Books You Want to Read

As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Bookreporter.com. Throughout the year, Bookreporter.com features adult books on Teenreads.com, our site for young adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from Teenreads.com that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

May 2013

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist, a person who has the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. But as the son of a lowly chalkmaker, he can only watch. When students start disappearing, Joel and his friend Melody are assigned to help the professor investigating the crimes. They find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery, one that will change Rithmatics --- and their world --- forever.

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May 2013

Ashleigh is worried that her boyfriend, Kaleb, will forget about her when he leaves for college and decides to text him a picture of herself --- sans swimsuit. But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb forwards the text, making it go viral. Ashleigh feels completely alone until she meets Mack, who offers her a fresh chance at friendship. He's the one person in town who received the text --- and didn't look.

Yellowcake: Stories by Margo Lanagan

May 2013

YELLOWCAKE brings together 10 short stories --- each of them fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking. The stories range from fantasy and fairy tale to horror and stark reality, and yet what pervades is the sense of humanity. The people of Margo Lanagan's worlds face trials, temptations and degradations. They swoon and suffer and even kill for love as they seek solace and strength.

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

April 2013

Lucy just had the worst week ever. And suddenly, it's all too much --- she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of. Now her life is completely different...every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

April 2013

In Liz Coley's alarming and fascinating psychological mystery, 16-year-old Angie Chapman must piece together the story of her kidnapping and abuse. PRETTY GIRL-13 is a disturbing --- and ultimately empowering --- page-turner about accepting our whole selves and the healing power of courage, hope and love.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

February 2013

It's 1950, and the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, 17-year-old Josie Moraine wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

February 2013

On April 21, 2008, Steven "Crash" Crashinsky saved more than a thousand people when he stopped his classmate David Burnett from taking their high school hostage armed with assault weapons and high-powered explosives. More than that, this is a story of two teens whose lives have been inextricably linked since grade school, who were destined, some say, to meet that day in the teachers' lounge of Meadows High.

The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist

February 2013

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl --- the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck --- suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.

Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney

January 2013

In this riveting and emotional conclusion to Caroline B. Cooney’s thriller-romance series that started with THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON, all will be revealed as readers find out if Janie and Reeve's love has endured, and whether or not the person who caused Janie and her family so much emotional pain and suffering is brought to justice.

What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

January 2013

Allie Kim suffers from a fatal allergy to sunlight that confines her and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, to the night. When Juliet takes up Parkour --- the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping off tall buildings --- Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her. On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder. Allie investigates, and the truth comes at an unthinkable price.