Top 10 Young Adult Books Your Teen Won't Be Able to Put Down!

Top teen reads that will have you finished with your summer reading before you know it!

Well, for many of us, summertime is coming to a close, and school is around the corner once again!

Lots of teens I know, have to read two books to fulfill their summer reading requirement. When we published our other top ten list, which you can find here, I knew I wanted to post a follow up list, for teen and young adult reads.

There are lots of terrific books out there, so narrowing the list down took some effort! Whether you need a title to finish that summer reading, or are just searching for that perfect end of summer book, we've got you covered! pun intended!

FYI: While choosing books for this 'Last Minute Reading List" we included books that were both quick enough to fly through, and of course, great reads regardless of page count!


1. Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Sawyer Taft is a girl whose grandmother offers her a very tempting deal- as long as Sawyer agrees to become a debutante, that is! Nevertheless, convinced to go through with it, Sawyer is thrust into the world of high society and finds it's filled with more secrets and surprises than she ever imagined. Witty writing and a twist-filled mystery will keep you reading and enjoying every minute!

Sequel, Deadly Little Scandals release date: Nov 5, 2019

2. Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt De La Peña

Okay, I've always been a superhero fan even when my friends were into everything but superheroes as a kid! They were cool, interesting, different and special! Everything I wanted to be! Everything I still want to be! I thought Superman: Dawnbreaker was really entertaining and well-written by an incredible author and I really enjoyed it!

Clark Kent is facing all the challenges your typical teen deals with. Add to that his developing powers, finding out he's not from this planet and solving Smallville's missing persons mystery and this is not your average coming-of-age story! If you like superheroes, you'll thoroughly enjoy this 4th installment to the best-selling DC Icons Series!

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Every year, each of the twelve districts in the dystopian land of Panem must send one girl and one boy to compete in the Hunger Games. The Games is a televised competition established by the Capitol in which only one contestant survives: the winner. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen unexpectedly finds herself among the competitors and knows the chances are slim. With a compelling heroine and a vicious competition, the Hunger Games is an unforgettable book you'll be racing to finish!


4. Peak by Roland Smith

Fantastic read! After getting into trouble, 14-year-old Peak Marcello is given a choice. The teen with attitude gets recruited by his outdoors-company owner dad to climb Mt. Everest! Amazing descriptive excellent book for those who go in for adventure!

5. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

They have wings, they can fly and they've got each other's backs! Max is the leader of the flock - a group of kids that were genetic experiments and have banded together to find a missing member, get answers and stay alive! A best-selling fantasy series that has plenty of action and appeals to a wide range of audiences-most notably-teens!


6. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

A suspenseful, psychological thriller centering around four friends who made a pact never to reveal the thing they did one summer night. After the accident, Julie, Ray, Helen and Barry swore they would try to act like it never happened, and now, a year later, they almost have. Then, Julie receives a haunting letter with the message: "I know what you did last summer." Destined to have you at the edge of your seat, this deliciously cunning novel will have your full attention from the first word to the final page!

7. The Selection by Kiera Cass

In the caste-divided nation of Illa, the Selection is the ultimate chance for young women to win the heart of the crown prince and have their lives transformed forever. Though for America Singer, one of the Selected, it means competing for a life and crown she's not at all certain she wants! A glamorous, romantic read, this series is perfect for those who love fairy tales- and competitions!


8. Alex Rider - Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Terrific book (and series!) for all those who love spies and adventure! Perfect for last minute summer reading with a quick pace and hold-your-breath moments that will have you glued to the book and turning the pages! Think a young Tom Cruise - Mission Impossible, but British!

Click HERE for some fun things to do and cool ideas to go along with Stormbreaker!


9. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I've always loved a good 'road-trip' book! Whether it's Dorothy on the way to Oz or Percy Jackson looking for a lightning bolt, there's just something extra special about the journey!

Well, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson is one of those books!

One by one, Ginny Blackstone opens the 13 little blue envelopes, each with an enclosed task -some specific, some open to interpretation. Each task serves as a guide in this quirky, but entertaining road trip adventure that will have you reaching for the sequel the minute you finish the book!


If you like books that involve road trips or journeys, you'll love 13 Little Blue Envelopes!

10.The Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Tally is on the edge of turning sixteen, the age she has to be in order to get the operation that turns her from a less than average Ugly, into an enviable Pretty. This doesn't go as planned however, when Tally's new friend runs away, and Tally is forced to make a decision that opens her eyes to all that being a Pretty really means! A futuristic read that has a clever concept and plenty to think about, The Uglies is a great choice for a summer page turner!



Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Living in the downstairs of the opulent Biltmore Estate during the Gilded Age, Serafina is not your average southern girl. While she's been warned all her life to keep to herself, when the children at the Biltmore begin to vanish, it's up to Serafina and her newfound friend, Braedan Vanderbilt to follow the clues that lead to the sinister force behind it all!

Combining a unique setting, memorable heroine and a clever mystery, Serafina and the Black Cloak will have a hold on you from start till finish!

Click HERE for my review of the fourth installment in the series!



The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Ever since their mother died six years ago, siblings Carter and Sadie Kane haven't seen much of each other. When their father brings them to the British Museum attempting to right a past mistake, he winds up unleashing powerful Egyptian gods, resulting in Carter and Sadie's discovery of their own powerful roots. Join Carter and Sadie as they receive a crash course in Egyptian mythology and embark on a quest overflowing with action, humor and magic at every turn!


Hope you found some helpful titles!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

-Cenzia & April

Main, 1,3,6,7,& Bonuses


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