Teen Novels for Adults

This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the S.E. Hinton classic The Outsiders, the story of two rival gangs in 1960’s Tulsa, Oklahoma: the Greasers and the Socs. While The Outsiders is considered YA novel, it’s also enjoyed by many adults. Literary Hub has released a list of teen novels that also appeal to adults. Here are some you can find at the Lake Bluff Library:

Marlena – Julie Buntin
Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogs a litany of firsts — first drink, first cigarette, first kiss — while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify.

The Secret Place – Tana French
Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad, and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. “The Secret Place,” a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper.

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another

Girls on Fire – Robin Wasserman
When a popular high school athlete commits suicide amid rumors of local satanic worship in a 1990’s Pennsylvania community, an unlikely friendship between a lonely misfit and a pop-culture rebel leads both to a feverish downward spiral of high risk and dangerous secrets.

How to Be Both – Ali Smith
In Ali Smith’s new novel, two extraordinary characters inhabit the spaces between categories. In one half of the book, we follow the story of Francescho del Cossa, a Renaissance painter in fifteenth-century Italy who assumes a duel identity, living as both a man and a woman. In the novel’s other half, George, a contemporary English teenage girl, is in mourning after the death of her brilliant, rebellious mother. As she struggles to fill the void in her life, George finds her thoughts circling again and again around a whimsical trip she and her mother once made to Italy, to see a certain Renaissance fresco

For the full list of books, visit http://www.literaryhub.com

-Claire

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