New Teen Fiction

New Teen Books Coming Out This Summer:
You won’t find any “should read” books on this list that parents love but teens don’t. In fact, it’s probably the opposite: parents might worry about this new crop of gritty, real books about mental illness, suicide, rape and school shootings, but teens will love the way these authors tell stories that they actually want to read. Also on this list are some great classic fantasy books—not as gritty, but equally engaging.
Fiction:
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum:
Jessie is the new girl at a private high school in Los Angeles after her father gets remarried and uproots her from her home in Chicago. She’s different from her rich L.A. classmates, and she feels totally alone, until she gets an anonymous email from moves from “Somebody Nobody” offering to help her navigate the waters of her new school. She accepts, they begin communicating throughout the
day and building a real friendship, but he SN refuses to meet her in person. What happens when she tries to discover his true identity?
Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan:
A very entertaining book about a prank war. 16 year old Max gets an invitation to participate in a prank from his school’s notorious—and anonymous—Chaos Club. When he arrives at a water tower, the site of the challenge, he sees a group of fellow misfits and they all realize they’ve been set up. The group comes together and decides to take revenge by unmasking and shutting down the Chaos Club for good.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston:
Popular Hermione is drugged and raped at camp one summer. This is an interesting book, because here the focus is on Hermione’s strength and recovery rather than on the rape itself. There’s no sugarcoating what happens—at all—but it also opens the door to show readers that there’s no “right way” to deal with events like this.
Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira:
Phoebe is a book nerd. She’s also a high school junior uncomfortable in the world of dating. She turns to her favorite books to emulate the heroines inside the pages, with some embarrassing—and disastrous—results.
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle:
16-year-old Quinn lost his sister and his father within one year—his sister to a car accident, and his father to abandonment. He withdraws to his room permanently until his best friend Geoff reintroduces him to the world. This book’s pluses are its humor, creativity, and the LGBTQ romance.
Genesis Girl (Blank Slate) by Jennifer Bardsley:
This is an original sci-fi thriller. As a student vestal at Tabula Rasa, 18-year-old Blanca does not have a digital fingerprint. Protected and sheltered from the Internet and social media, the vestals lack a digital presence, which sets them apart and makes them valuable to corporations. At her postgraduation auction, Blanca is sold for $35 million to Cal, a wealthy businessman who wants Blanca to help bring his son Seth, an Internet addict, back into his life

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Novel) by Brittany Cavallaro:
Sherlock Holmes is having a moment right now, and if you’re a fan of the original books or the current tv shows, then you’ll love this book. It takes place at a boarding school in Connecticut, where two descendants of the original Sherlock and Holmes are classmates. When there’s a murder on campus, Charlotte Holmes and James Watson are framed for it and they come together to find the killer and clear their names. This book is the first in a series.
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith:
This book is told in four parts, one part for each year of high school. Eden “Edy” McCrorey is a typical freshman until her older brother’s best friend sneaks into her room one night and rapes her. As she deals with the trauma of the rape, her relationships and behavior are changed forever.
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter:
18-year-old Cassie has had a difficult life. Her mother checked her into a mental institution two years earlier in an act of abandonment. Suddenly, after Cassie’s release, her mother is back, and even and offers to pay for college. This is a story of mothers and daughters—and forgiveness and moving on.
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate:
There are seven deadly sins, and this book features seven different characters to represent each sin. The story is told in alternating views, so you hear from each character. The plot centers around a student-teacher scandal in a small town, and there’s a little bit of a Breakfast Club theme in the way that these 7 very different kids come together during the investigation.
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp:
This book recounts the 54 minutes from the beginning of a school shooting to the end, and it’s told through four different viewpoints. It’s hard to recommend a book about such a harrowing topic, but the sad fact is that events like this occur at schools in the United States all the time. For further reading on a similar subject, check out Hate List by Jennifer Brown, about the aftermath of a school shooting.
Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange:
Another book with a Breakfast Club vibe, this is about 4 teens and a night that changes their perceptions and their lives. When Sam, Andi, York and Boston end up fleeing the scene of a party that’s been busted by the cops, they steal a car and get themselves into a mess that requires them to work together to clear their names. If you like this book, you might want to check out the author’s previous bestseller Butter:
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley:
Solomon is an agoraphobic who has dropped out of school after a panic attack led to an embarrassing situation in the high school fountain. Lisa wants to attend the college with the second best psychology program in the country, but her essay must detail a personal experience with mental illness—something she doesn’t have—so she takes Solomon on as a project. She and her boyfriend Clark end up developing a complicated friendship with Solomon that changes their relationship and their perceptions.
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner:
The title sounds as if it belongs to a fantasy novel, but the serpents that it refers to are real. Dill’s father is a disgraced snake-handling, Bible-Belt preacher who is in jail for child pornography. Dill only has two friends: Lydia, who runs a fashion blog, and Travis, whose physically abusive father has forced Travis to turn to a literary fantasy world for escape. A coming of age story in a richly detailed small town.

Fantasy Books
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken:
When Etta is suddenly transported to a ship in the past, she discovers that she is descended from one of a few time traveling families. The families battle one another through time for power, and she’s been captured by one of the rivals. She joins with Nicholas Carter, part of the ship’s crew, to journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues of her heritage and searching for the magic object that can give her freedom. Some readers think there are some pacing issues due to information dumps, but this is a promising series opener, so even with some slower sections it promises to pay off. Alexandra Bracken is the author of the popular Dystopian series, The Darkest Minds (A Darkest Minds Novel)
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry:
Reviewers: you had us at “this book is Friday Night Lights meets Time Traveler’s Wife.” Romance, sci-fi and the paranormal all blend together in what looks like a great read about a love story between teenage Natalie and Beau. A little time travel, some magical realism and stories of Native American culture are woven throughout. The book opens with a vision of “Grandmother”—who has been appearing to Natalie all her life—warning Natalie that she has “three months to save him.” Save who, and how?
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor:
Hope’s mother is in Scotland when she dies during an earthquake. Or did she? Grieving, Hope travels to Scotland where she discovers her mother is part of a secret time travel society, and it’s up to Hope to travel back in time to rescue her mother and return to the present before its too late.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig:
More time travel and pirates! Nix and her father travel through time on the pirate ship Temptation. Nix’s father is looking for a specific map that will take them back in time to save Nix’s mother from dying in childbirth. But what will that mean for Nix’s own existence? From New York, to Hawaii to China and back to Hawaii–the settings are beautiful.
Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die) by Danielle Paige:
The Dorothy Must Die series takes place after the events of the original The Wizard of Oz. In this version, Dorothy stayed in Oz, and her access to magic changed her for the worse. Her friends became twisted versions of themselves, and the land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place. Amy Gunn is a fellow Kansas girl swept to Oz by a tornado to assassinate Dorothy before she destroys Oz. This is the third and final book of the trilogy.

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire) by C.J. Redwine:

This is based on the story of Snow White. Queen Irina has murdered Lorelai’s father, the King, and taken the throne of the Ravenspire kingdom. Forced into hiding, Lorelai works hard to overthrow Queen Irina while evading Kol, the Queen’s huntsman. Lorelai is no sweet, wallflower princess waiting for rescue—in the words of one advance reviewer, she “kicks butt.”
Marked by Jenny Martin:
Marked is the sequel to Tracked, a science fiction story about a rally racer named Phee on the planet of Castra. Elements of Star Wars, Firefly and the Fast and Furious combine to make a great, action-packed story.
Glass Sword (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard:
This is the sequel to Red Queen. In this fantasy series, class is determined by blood. The silver blooded Royals have magical powers and control the kingdom. No Reds have ever had powers—until Mare, a Red, discovers her own abilities.