Fiction Addiction – Teens

Our newest book club is getting ready to launch (Tuesday, September 28) and it is called Fiction Addiction (Learn more and register HERE). This is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill book club. First, everyone can read a different book. For our first club we are all reading a fiction book, but in future clubs we will pick a genre (mystery, science fiction, thriller, fantasy, historical fiction, graphic novel, etc) and discuss different books in that genre. Second, you don’t have to read the whole book to bring it to book club. You don’t even have to like the book. Just know a enough about the book so that you can tell what you think about it so far. Third, there will be games, snacks, and a prize drawing. If you are not sure what to read here are some Young Adult books from the New York Times Best Seller list to check out.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas has spent 232 weeks on the NY Times Best Seller List, is a Coretta Scott King honor book, has won numerous other awards, and went on to become a major motion picture which has also won several awards. The story is based on 16-year-old Starr Carter who witnesses the death of her friend in an officer involved shooting. It is a challenging and powerful book that gracefully presents difficult and timely subject matter. It will inspire conversations around issues of race, privilege, education, and identity, that are reported in the media everyday.

When I first started working with teen programming at the library I checked out the Best Seller list to catch up on my young adult reading and One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus was right in my wheel house. It reminded me of Breakfast Club with a murder mystery twist. A brain, a beauty, a criminal, an athlete, and an outcast all have to report to detention after school one day. While the supervising teacher is distracted by a car accident happening right outside the classroom window, one of the students dies of suspicious causes. Told from the perspective of the students who were left in the room this mystery will keep you guessing all the way to the end.

Brand new on the Best Seller list is The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which is the sequel to The Inheritance Games. Both books tell the story of Avery Grambs, an average high school student, who one day has her life turn upside-down. A man named Tobias Hawthorne, a man Avery doesn’t even know, dies and leaves her his vast fortune. Avery must move into a mansion with Tobias’ grandsons and solve a series of puzzles, riddles, and codes in order to receive the inheritance. These books take readers through twists and turns and surprises around every corner. The cliffhangers at the end of each book leaves you wanting more!

Another new book on the Best Seller list will interest fans of fantasy and romance novels. Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer is about the kingdom of Kandala and the struggle between those who have power and riches and those who are penniless and dying. Tessa, the apprentice to an apothecary, is trying to help the people of Kandala, who are being hurt by a very serious fever sweeping the country. Prince Corrick is the cruel yet loyal prince of the kingdom where she lives, dispensing justice for his brother the king. When they meet life gets complicated and the story gets interesting. This book has been compared to the story of Robin Hood, a tale of bravery, love, strife, generosity, and hope found in unlikely places.

Be sure to check out the other books we have at the library from the Best Seller List.

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