Teen Titles – Good for Grown-Ups, Too!

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During the pandemic I’ve been working at different department stations in the Library than usual. So I field questions about book suggestions from grown-ups, rather than the kids and teens I usually see. While I can use great tools like Novelist to find ideas, nothing beats a personalized suggestion.

I’m pleased to report that I’ve had some luck with customers agreeing to try a title from our Teen Fiction stacks. A few of them have even come back for more!

If you’re a grown-up in search of rich stories with complex characters, big questions and twists, never count YA out! (FYI, books for teens have long been called “Young Adult” in libraries, so many of us—and some of our users—still think of them that way. Whatever we call them, though, many of them are really great reads.)

I’ve gathered some titles written for teens that have plenty of appeal for adult readers. You’ll find sci-fi, historical fiction, true crime and realistic fiction in this grab bag.

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Blood Red Road

In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Last Seen Leaving

Flynn’s girlfriend is missing, and people are suspecting him of knowing something, so he struggles to uncover her secrets as he must also face the truth about himself. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

A Song Below Water

In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.