Adult Books with Teen Appeal

AttachmentsAttachments / Rainbow Rowell

Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail, but they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart, even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him. This story is about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself, even it is someone you have never met.

BrillianceBrilliance / Marcus Sakey

Starting in 1980, about 1% of all children born in the U.S. were gifted with unusual abilities. Thirty-three years later, these “brilliants” (also called “abnormals” or “abs”) are leaders in various fields — including terrorism. Nick Cooper’s one of them, though he works for a government agency charged with stopping ab terrorists. To stop them, Nick will have to demolish most of his beliefs about the world he lives in — and maybe most of that world itself. The too-close-for-comfort possibilities of this near-future thriller will linger long after the last page.

Charlotte StreetCharlotte Street / Danny Wallace

After a brief meeting on Charlotte Street, Jason Priestley is left holding her old-fashioned disposable camera, chock full of undeveloped photos. Now Jason faces a dilemma. Should he try to track The Girl down? But that would mean using the only clues he has, which lie untouched in the beaten-up camera.

City SavagesCity of Savages / Lee Kelly

Living in Manhattan, which is now a prisoner-of-war camp, sisters Skyler and Phee set in motion a series of events that forces them to join a group of strangers on an escape mission through a city rife with cannibals and sadistic cults.


Girl GiftsThe Girl with All the Gifts / M.R. Carey

Not every gift is a blessing. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh. Melanie is a very special girl. Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, The girl with all the gifts is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

JulietJuliet / Anne Fortier

Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, Italy, and is told it will lead her to an old family treasure. Launched into a quest to discover the history of her ancestor Giulietta, Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud. Julie comes to the realization that the notorious curse — “A plague on both your houses!” — is still at work, and that she may be the next target.

Night CircusThe Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern

A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in “a game,” in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

Night FilmNight Film / Marisha Pessl

Scott McGrath has it all — a successful career in journalism, a beautiful wife, and an adorable daughter — until his impulsive, possibly libelous comment about the mysterious film director Stanislav Cordova causes everything to fall apart. Five years later, Cordova’s talented daughter, Ashley, dies from an apparent suicide — or is it? A giant, delicious, juicy read in the noir tradition that cuts across genres.

PurePure / Julianna Baggott

In a post-apocalyptic world where those undamaged by the cataclysmic events are kept safely inside the Dome, a young girl on the outside teams up with a boy on the inside to search for his missing mother.


Ready PlayerReady Player One / Ernest Cline

Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world’s creator.


WheredWhere’d You Go, Bernadette? / Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.



Adult Books with Teen Appeal