What are the older teens reading these days?

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Are you making that list and checking it twice? Still looking for some book ideas for your teen reader? Last week we talked about the younger teens. This week we will talk about older teens, which I consider to be high school aged readers.

As an author, I am constantly looking for good reads. Not just in my genre, but others as well. Even though I write more middle grade and young teen stories, I do enjoy young adult reads. Young Adult (YA) is the next level up in maturity from a middle grade novel. 

For many YA readers, an engaging book is a must. Our two teenaged sons are not book readers. For them to stick with one, the plot has to keep moving and must be something they can relate to. Some of these books are not appropriate for younger teens but may be for older teens. Profanity, sexual scenes and violence start to show up in some YA books.  As an adult and parent, we need to keep that in mind when we are making book choices for our teenaged readers.


There are many book lists online to pick good reads from. I found on a list on NPR.org’s website. Many of the books on this list are classics I read in high school. Lord of the Flies, The Outsiders, and The Call of the Wild, just to list a few. I have a review on my blog for The Call of the Wild. Be sure to check it out. Here is the link.

Book Review – The Call of the Wild by Jack London

When I read a good book, I like to bring attention to it with a review or a mention on my blog. It is hard for us adults to know what is trending with teens, so I find a review can help other adults get some ideas.

Here are a few to add to list. Teens these days are reading books that challenge the lines of what some parents may deem appropriate. Due to their exposure to so many things on the internet, I think more mature ideas are found in these books and are relatable to the YA reader. Just something to keep in mind as you are buying books for readers at this level.

Looking for Alaska by John Green – Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at 51r+bJu6FYL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. This book made the list of challenged books in 2015 for profanity and sexually explicit scenes.

31fk1Qk54ZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – Mica Area High School has never seen anything like Susan “Stargirl” Caraway, a classic Manic Pixie Dream Girl who wears Native American buckskins, plays the ukulele and cheers for both teams at sporting events. A story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love.

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner – Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up in the thircgmhl3middle of a maze, with no memory, and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. But once he escapes, he discovers the outside world is a new and dangerous place. Here is my review of this book.

Book Review – The Maze Runner by James Dashner

All those books are available on Amazon.com.

My book is also available on Amazon.com. It is set in high school, so it may be more appropriate for kids on the older end of the middle grade scale and older teen readers. There is no profanity or sexual references in it. Here is a promo for it.

With the holiday season underway and Christmas just around the corner, have you thought about purchasing your very own copy of my book The Hard Way? 

Looking for a good teen read for a holiday gift? Be sure to pick up a copy of The Hard Way! It is available in e-book format on Amazon.com and in paperback on both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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Here is the Amazon.com link! The Hard Way – Amazon.com

And the Barnes and Noble link! The Hard Way – Barnes and Noble

Hope these posts will help you find a good read for your younger and older teen readers. Please let me know your thoughts about the choices I made for these posts. And if you decide to purchase my book, I would love to hear what you think about it.

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Girl Reading Photo by Kamila Cellary on Unsplash


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