In this week’s continuation of the LongIsland.com 2014 Summer Reading Series the book recommendations will be focusing on the teen and young adult demographic. Admittedly, picking up a few books and reading them during summer vacation may not be number one on most teen’s list of summer fun, but with such a wide range of genres and reading outlets, there really is something for everyone to immerse themselves in and enjoy. That way reading during your time off won’t seem like such a chore. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find yourself looking forward to some down time so you can find out what happens next.
With topics ranging from foreign, dystopian societies to tough topics dealing with death and abuse, to budding romances and fantasy worlds, you are sure to learn something new about life, yourself, and the human experience along your journey through the story. Now, go lay out on the beach, head to a local park and find a bench in the shade, or curl up on the couch in the cool A/C, and dive into one of these many great books.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Redwall by Brian Jacques
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: Eleanor and Park, two nerdy, misfit teens find friendship, romance, and solace within one another all the while braving the difficult obstacles that come along with high school, home life, and first love. The author uses a dual narrative, allowing the reader to see the story through both Eleanor and Park’s point of views.
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- Paper Towns by John Green
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner: A thrilling dystopian novel about a boy named Thomas who is mysteriously transported to ‘the Glade,’ an enclosed environment surrounded by a maze, whose only inhabitants are a group of boys surviving on their own. Then one day a comatose girl is dropped into their world and with her she brings a terrifying message.
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
Have you read any of these titles? What did you think?
What are some other young adult and teen book titles you’d recommend?