Adult Books for Teens

Booklist and School Library Journal have deemed these adult books to be great for teens . . . and we agree!

I.M. by Isaac Mizrahi
Also available in audio
Isaac Mizrahi is sui generis: designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, a TV celebrity. He’s a pop culture icon unlike any fashion designer of recent memory, just as likely to be recognized walking down Main Street USA as Madison Avenue NYC. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now.

“A good choice for teens interested in the fashion industry, and those striving to realize their creative passion, establish an identity, or understand their sexuality.” —Booklist, YA Interest

Award-winning author Irina Reyn explores what it means to be a mother in a world where you can’t be with your child. MOTHER COUNTRY is Irina Reyn’s most emotionally complex, urgent novel yet. Hopeful and full of humor, it is a story of mothers and daughters and, above all else, resilience.

“YAs will sympathize with teen Larisska’s simmering resentment about her perceived abandonment, and appreciate her struggles with a challenging disease.” —Booklist, YA Interest

GHOST WALL by Sarah Moss
A taut, gripping tale of a young woman and an Iron Age reenactment trip that unearths frightening behavior. A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss’s GHOST WALL urges us to wonder how far we have come from the “primitive minds” of our ancestors.

Sophisticated [YA] readers will be drawn in by Sylvie’s sexual awakening and her struggles to navigate her oppressive family life. —Booklist, YA Interest

THE WARRIOR CODE: 11 Principles to Unleash the Badass Inside of You by Tee Marie Hanible & Denene Millner
Also available in audio
From American Grit co-star, former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tee Marie Hanible, comes her story of how she became a warrior . . . and how you can do it too.

“Hanible’s frank assessments of her teenage choices and the motivations behind them will speak to YAs wrestling their own demons.” —Booklist, YA Interest

OF BLOOD AND BONE by Nora Roberts
They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed. Thirteen-year-old Fallon Swift is The One, and her training is about to begin. She’ll find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.

“Roberts’ teen readers and YA fantasy fans will be intrigued by this magical coming-of-age tale” —Booklist, YA Interest

RUSH by Lisa Patton
Bestselling author Lisa Patton digs deep into exciting new territory with RUSH, a story about mothers and daughters, sisterhood, tradition, and doing the right thing. This novel is a sharp, nuanced look at a centuries-old tradition with a harvest of heart, humor and honor mixed in between.

“Teens will enjoy this book for its insider look at Greek life, but also for its exploration of class, insecurity, and self.” —School Library Journal

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