Teen books aren’t just for teens anymore. There are so many new books out there that will appeal to teens and adults too. Since I work in a bookstore, I thought it would be a great idea to share which teen books every adult should read. With Christmas coming up, these will give you a head start on all your holiday book shopping. Since I am all Twilight-ed out, I thought it would be helpful to share some books other than the Twilight series.
The first of the teen books that every adult should read is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Okay, I am the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of books that involve aliens. But this one is different. For one, the events that happen in the book are actually very realistic. The timeline of the story is very believable, which makes it different from all the other post-apocalyptic novels out on the shelves. And the great thing about this book? Just when you think you have it figured out…..wham! A total twist to the story that comes out of nowhere. To me, that makes this at the top of this list.
The next book that I think should be on your reading list is the Partials series by Dan Wells. This book is like Terminator and Outbreak all rolled into one non-stop plot. I really enjoyed this because it combines science fiction with futuristic medicine. And it sends out a great message that teen girls can be leaders, are smart, and don’t take baloney from anybody. There is a second book in the series, Fragments, that is out as well. I am anxiously awaiting the third and final installment to come out in March of 2014. I really hate waiting.
Other teen books that every adult should read also includes the Divergent series. Without saying too much, don’t walk to the bookstore. Run. Or drive fast in a very safe manner. This series was not one that I expected to like as well. Again, there is a teen girl who takes the lead, learns to work with others, and to always question the obvious. There is a strong sense of family in this book, although not in the way you would expect. Intrigued yet? Read it for yourself!
And I can’t mention teen books without bringing up The Hunger Games trilogy. My teenage son actually got me to read them. He read them first over Christmas vacation a few years back, and had been bugging me for quite a while to read them myself. A few weeks before the first movie came out, I picked up the first book and started reading. After reading the first few chapters, I couldn’t figure out what the big deal was. And then it happened……the point in the plot that sucks you in and keeps you hooked for hours. At that point, I grabbed my e-reader and bought the trilogy. And read the other two over the course of the next 72 hours. The second book, Catching Fire, was the best one in my opinion. I am looking forward to the movie coming out later this month. As I have mentioned in other book discussions, the movies do not do the books justice. These books are so much better. So grab your copies today.
So these are just a few of the teen books every adult should read. I tend to like the fantasy/adventure section of the teen fiction section. Probably because it is the most believable to me. Or due to the fact that I am not a big romance reader, which makes up a large percent of all the teen fiction. So if you have read teen fiction before, what are some of your favorite titles? Which ones do you recommend? Leave a comment here and let everyone know what teen reads are worth checking out!