Recommended Books

I’m often asked for book recommendations, so I’ll share a few with you here! I’ll start with my favorite authors and books, and then include a running list of all my 5-star reviews if you are looking for something else/something different!

Favorite Books

1984 by George Orwell

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

Favorite Authors

John Corey Whaley

Where Things Come Back A teenage boy tries to figure out why his brother disappeared.

Noggin A boy has his head reattached to a cancer-free body, and must navigate adolescent life as the second successful full-body transplant patient

Highly Illogical Behavior A girl befriends a boy with agoraphobia.

AS King

The Dust of 100 Dogs A 16th century pirate girl is cursed to live the lives of 100 dogs and comes back as 21st century teenage girl when the last life has been lived.

Ask the Passengers A story about a girl trying to unravel her attraction to another girl.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz A girl is dealing with the death of her best friend, Charlie, and the role she may have played in it.

Reality Boy A former child reality TV star struggles with his complex family life.

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future A girl and her friend begin seeing visions from the future and struggle to understand what they mean.

I Crawl Through It A surrealist novel about four teens struggling with the after effects of trauma.

Still Life With Tornado 

E. Lockhart

The Ruby Oliver Quartet A series of comical books about a quirky Seattle girl learning to manage her panic attacks and anxiety disorder…as well as friends and boys.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Angry that she is not allowed to join her boarding school’s all-male secret prankster club, Frankie takes matters into her own hands and starts pranking the boys.

Fly on the Wall A modern take on Kafka’s Metamorphsis…featuring a teenager girl who wants to know what goes on in the boy’s locker room.

We Were Liars Four very privileged teens summer on an exclusive island, but something happened last summer that left one of them unable to remember the past.

Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle A boy narrates life in the middle of a grasshopper apocalypse (meaning the world is being taken over by giant grasshopper-like bugs that eat you alive).

Winger Ryan Dean is the youngest kid at his boarding school and on the rugby team, and he can’t help but keep getting in trouble.

100 Sideways Miles Finn sees time as the miles earth travels through space, and Finn knows that things can change in the span of a few short miles.

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