Weekly Book List: Week 26 (YA Books that Adults might Enjoy)

The Diviners / Libba Bray

After humiliating her parents with her unrestrained behavior at a party, privileged young Evie O’Neill is sent to live with her eccentric uncle in New York City — a “punishment” that utterly delights Evie, who can’t wait to mix with Ziegfield girls and sneak into some big-city speakeasies (it’s the Roaring Twenties). But when her Uncle Will, curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, is called on to help solve a rash of bizarre, other-worldly murders, Evie is drawn in to the investigations because of a special ability she’s tried to keep secret. (TEEN FIC BRAY)

I Hunt Killers / Barry Lyga

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is the son of Billy Dent, the country’s most notorious serial killer, and “Dear Old Dad” taught him everything he knew. But Billy’s in prison now and Jazz wants to convince the world — and himself — that he’s not like his father. When several murders occur in his town, Jazz and his friend Howie try to track down the killer before he strikes again. (TEEN FIC LYGA)

All the Bright Places / Jennifer Niven

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another. (TEEN FIC NIVEN)

How I Live Now / Meg Rosoff

To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land. (TEEN FIC ROSOFF)

 

Fangirl / Rainbow Rowell

Cath Avery’s life has two polestars: Wren, her identical twin, and the Simon Snow series, a Harry Potter–like publishing phenomenon that Cath has been reading—and rewriting, as a hugely popular fanfiction author—for years. While Cath is an expert on Simon’s life, she finds her own difficult, especially now that she’s starting college and Wren doesn’t want them to room together. Since Cath would rather stay in her room and write than do anything involving other people, that first year is terrifying, which she expected, but also heartbreaking and romantic, which she did not. (TEEN FIC ROWELL)

The Raven Boys / Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargent’s gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the Aglionby Academy, she discovers that together their talents are a dangerous mix. (TEEN FIC STIEFVATER)

 

The Walls Around Us / Nova Ren Suma

Orianna and Violet are ballet dancers and best friends, but when the ballerinas who have been harassing Violet are murdered, Orianna is accused of the crime and sent to a juvenile detention center where she meets Amber and they experience supernatural events linking the girls together. (TEEN FIC SUMA)

 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender / Leslye J. Walton

Born with bird wings into a family cursed to be foolish in love, sixteen-year-old Ava delves into her family’s past hoping to understand her unusual nature and learn to fit in with her peers, but she is ill-prepared for what she discovers. (TEEN FIC WALTON)

 

Highly Illogical Behavior / John Corey Whaley

Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that–and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results. (TEEN FIC WHALEY)

 

The Book Thief / Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. (TEEN FIC ZUSAK)

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