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The 10 Best Summer Reads for Teenagers

The 10 Best Summer Reads for TeenagersDuring the dog days of summer, there is plenty of time in your teen's schedule for pleasure reading. They can sit back, read something that was written less than a decade ago, and dig in and enjoy that summer reading list. These ten amazing books are sure to be popular summer reads for teenagers.

Kiera Cass's The Crown is the latest book in the thrilling The Selection series. This book details the end of Eadlyn's journey to true love - complete with a few unexpected twists and turns along the way. This sweet love story is told from a princess's point of view and is the companion to The Selection, The Elite, The One, and The Heir.

If you have a fantasy lover in your life, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is sure to be a hit. This scriptbook brings to the printed page what will come to life on stage as the beloved Harry Potter series offers amazing new content for its biggest fans. 

Kerstin Geir's Ruby Redwhich is followed by Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green, tells the story of a time traveler who plunges back through time unexpectedly. She'll deal with incredible adventures, including confronting her own mother to discover why she lied about her birth date, meeting a boy who travels through time just like she does, and discovering more about the Circle of Twelve.

Jessica Verdi's What You Left Behind is an incredible tear-jerker of a story that follows the life of a single dad as he tries to navigate all the emotion that goes along with losing his baby's mother, dealing with diapers and middle of the night feedings, and navigating the rocky road to falling in love again.

Libba Bray is back, and The Diviners casts teen readers into a fascinating new world filled with supernatural powers, murder, and a dark evil coupled with a main character who has just realized that her previously hidden powers could potentially make a huge difference in her world. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, which will be coming to the big screen very soon, tells Jacob's story as he visits what appears to be an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales. A series of photographs, however, let Jacob know that the inhabitants of the orphanage might still be alive. 

Visit an entirely new world straight out of myth and legend in Rick Riordan's latest novel, The Trials of ApolloThis fascinating new read casts Apollo out of Olympus and forces him to make his way as a mortal until he regains his powers - but of course, there are plenty of old enemies who would love to take advantage of his weakened state.

There is a transforming summer in every young lady's life: the summer when she steps out of that awkward young teen phase and becomes pretty, confident, and more sure of herself. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han explores that experience through Belly's eyes as the boys she's always noticed finally notice her.

At Hex Hall, wayward witches, faeries, and shapeshifters are forced to control their powers and learn the error of their ways, whether they've become too difficult for human society or simply need a reminder of the effects of their power. Rachel Hawkins weaves a fascinating narrative as she is exiled to Hex Hall following an accident on prom night.

Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall explores the power of a simple moment: the power that can be had through making simple changes in a single day. Samantha is planning for a great "Cupid Day" at her high school, but there's just one problem: she dies the day before. Instead of staying dead, however, she lives that day repeatedly, each time making small changes that have a huge impact.

Whether your teen is looking for a fluffy beach read or a fascinating novel that will have them turning the pages well into the night, there are plenty of fascinating choices available this summer. The books on this list are a great starting place as your teen prepares to spend the summer with his or her nose in a book. 

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