Young Adult Books with Adult Appeal

Submitted by teenspace on July 26, 2010 - 6:04pm

You're never too old for a great book.
Find these titles in the Young Adult Section.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder. Haunting, disturbing, unforgettable.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Set in 1947, with her stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever. Winner of the National Book Award.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Mad Cow disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwoard he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure. Wacky doesn't even begin to describe this book. Winner of the Printz Award.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

The Fortunes of Indigo Sky by Deb Caletti

Indigo is looking forward to becoming a full-time waitress after high school graduation, but her life is turned upside down by a large check given to her by a customer who appreciates that she cares enough to scold him about smoking.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own Grace, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia. Winner of the Printz Award.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Brian Ness

Imagine a world where all thoughts are shared. No secrets exist. One day Todd, the youngest person in the village, finds a place of complete silence, an escape from the Noise. How can this be?

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson

In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to survive until they turn eighteen.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the government maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father and his family the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd

Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets. Shell, caretaker to her younger brother and sister after the death of their mother is not about to reveal her own secret until suspicion falls on the wrong person.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Paper Towns by John Green

One month before graduation from high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him no a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disapperas.

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