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6 Young adult books you’ll want to borrow from your teen

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Kidlit for grownups

Looking for a hobby to share with your teen? Try reading the same books. Start your own family book club with these six young adult books that will capture your imagination as well as your teen’s.

Young adult literature is flying off the shelves lately, and it’s not due to a sudden surge in the teen population. Adults who aren’t exactly young are indulging in books written for teen readers. Series like The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter books brought widespread attention to YA books and gave parents the opportunity to enjoy what teens were reading. Whether you have a teen or not, here are six YA books to check out this summer.

Girl Unmoored

Author: Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Age: 12 and up

Price: $12

Jennifer Gooch Hummer's Girl Unmoored has been Judy Blume's classic 1970 novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, due to the engaging way it tackles tough issues such as death, grief and infidelity. This book is smart, funny and quirky. It's also a poignant coming-of-age story that continues to enjoy strong cross-over appeal. Loved by young adults, those who came of age in the 1980s and anyone looking for a good read, this book should definitely be on your must-read list.

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Girl Unmoored

Code Name Verity

Author: Elizabeth E. Wein

Age: 14 and up

Price: $11

Since its publication in May, Code Name Verity has received glowing reviews. If you’re looking for an alternative to paranormal romance, this riveting historical drama is for you. Featuring strong female leads and friendship, it’s also a great book to share with your teen daughter. Code Name Verity follows the story of a young spy captured in Nazi-occupied France. She tells her own story to avoid horrific execution.

Code Name Verity

Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Age: 14 and up

Price: $10

Veronica Roth’s dystopian series begins with Divergent. The follow up, Insurgent, was released this summer and has already blown up with rave reviews. Taking place in a broken, futuristic Chicago, this series follows a young girl through the aftermath of a difficult choice she must make when she turns sixteen. Popular with teens and adults, Divergent is a thriller with an element of romance.

Divergent

The Demon’s Lexicon

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Age: 14 and up

Price: $10

If your teen isn’t interested in reading about female protagonists, it may be harder to find popular YA books. The Demon’s Lexicon is the first of a series of books that follow two brothers through a paranormal world of demons and magic. This urban fantasy series has a wide appeal and a buddy-adventure theme reminiscent of the popular television series, Supernatural.

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The Demon's Lexicon

Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore

Age: 14 and up

Price: $10

Published a few years ago, Graceling is the introduction to Kristin Cashore’s fascinating world where certain individuals are given a special talent called a Grace. Graced with the ability to fight, Katsa is forced to live as a killer. If you’re looking for a series to get swept away by, Graceling is the way to go. Follow-ups Fire and Bitterblue take you deeper into the unique world crafted by Cashore. Each features a strong female heroine.

Graceling

Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin

Author: Robin LaFevers

Age: 14 and up

Price: $11

Following the popular theme of girls who can kick some major butt, Grave Mercy is the first book in a series. Ismae escapes an arranged marriage and becomes an assassin. This romantic adventure mixes careful history with fanciful elements, for a great alternative to fantasy worlds and contemporary romances. Perfect for ages 14 and up, this is one you might need two copies of unless you can put up with sharing with your teen.

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