Chick Lit for Teens

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. 2005
Aunt Peg is dead, but before she died, she arranged for seventeen-year-old Ginny to backpack across Europe. But this is no ordinary trip, as Ginny is directed to different parts of the continent by each of the thirteen envelopes her aunt left behind. With each new place and envelope, Ginny discovers unknown aspects about her aunt, and a little more about herself.

The A List by Zoey Dean. 2003
Seventeen-year-old blueblood Anna Percy leaves Manhattan to spend the second half of her senior year with her father in Los Angeles and quickly becomes involved in the lives of the rich and famous at Beverly Hills High School. First in a series.

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. 2000
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie. First in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. 2010
When Anna's romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. 2011
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler. 2012
Hudson Avery gave up a promising competitive ice skating career after her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old and now spends her time baking cupcakes and helping out in her mother's upstate New York diner, but when she gets a chance at a scholarship and starts coaching the boys' hockey team, she realizes that she is not through with ice skating after all.

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci. 2005
Victoria is proudly ‘boy-proof:’ her devotion to her favorite sci-fi flick leads her to dress in a white cloak, shave her head and call herself ‘Egg’ after the lead character. When new boy Max arrives at her Hollywood school, Egg fights her attraction to him, determined to remain independent. But when another girl catches Max’s eye, Egg has to determine whether it’s better to remain eccentric and solitary or to give up her former obsessions for new experiences.

The Clique by Lisi Harrison. 2004
Claire moves from Florida to New York, expecting to be welcomed (or at least tolerated) by her wealthy cousin Massie. But Massie is the leader of the most exclusive clique at wealthy Octavian Country Day School, and friendship with the distinctly unfashionable Claire is out of the question. When Massie aims to humiliate Claire into social submission, Claire seeks revenge in an all-out war. First in the Clique series.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. 2008
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
High school sophomore Virginia feels a total misfit in her family of high achievers. Why can’t she be popular at school like her older brother, find a boyfriend who actually cares for her or be as thin as her mother wants her to be? Virginia struggles with her imperfections until a surprising event reveals that her family is not as perfect as it seems. Told in frank and witty journal entries, Virginia finds the courage to take charge of her life and accept herself.

Fresh Off the Boat by Melissa de la Cruz. 2005
Fourteen-year-old Vicenza’s family was wealthy in Manila, but since their move to San Francisco they’ve struggled to make ends meet. A scholarship student at an elite girls school, Vicenza feels like an outcast among her wealthy classmates, but continues to depict her life as a fantasy to her best friend back home in the Philippines. When her fantasy starts to become reality, she realizes it comes at a cost.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. 2004
Homeless and orphaned, Tohru Honda is taken in by a nearby family in exchange for help around the house. She soon discovers that the crazy Sohma household conceals a secret: when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into an animal from the Chinese zodiac. Family head Akito decides to let Tohru stay—if she can keep the family’s secret. This fast-paced manga series combines fantasy and humor with a touch of romance.

Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn. 2002
After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse's problems with her mother escalate after Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father. First in a trilogy.

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. 2002
The world of elite jet-setting Manhattan teenagers appears perfect on the outside, but as the anonymous Gossip Girl reveals, the reality of having everything at your fingertips doesn’t prevent any of the turmoil that comes with growing up. Add to the mix designer labels, catty remarks, mostly absent parents and a culture where truth and friendship don’t always come first. The result? Someone is going to get hurt. The first in the Gossip Girl series.

How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot. 2006
Steph Landry feels like she is the definition of a dork. Determined to begin her junior year as one of the cool kids, she finds an old guide to popularity and soon transforms herself into one of her school’s queen bees. But a new wardrobe and an advice book do little to help her figure out her changing relationship with Jason, her childhood best friend.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. 2006
Annabel dreads going back to school for her junior year after a run in with her best friend’s boyfriend turns her into a social pariah. Problems at home and misunderstandings at school push her into a friendship with Owen, a loner DJ who has his own problems with anger. With the encouragement of Owen, Annabel’s secret is revealed bit by bit as she sorts out her emotions and confronts the truth.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. 2007
In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents. First in a series.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. 2012
When Samantha, the seventeen-year-old daugher of a wealthy, perfectionistic, Republican state senator, falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is large, boisterous, and just making ends meet, she discovers a different way to live, but when her mother is involved in a hit-and-run accident Sam must make some difficult choices.

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson. 2005
Leeda, Birdie and Murphy are drawn to the Darlington Peach Orchard for different reasons. Wary of each other at first, the girls forge bonds over family trouble, first loves and their hopes for the future. First in a trilogy.

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson. 2005
Ashley’s plans include graduating from high school (barely) and moving in with her dropout boyfriend, but they definitely do not include the senior prom. But when a crisis threatens to cancel the dance, Ashley reluctantly agrees to help her friends raise enough money for a prom.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. 2001
Four girls, friends from birth, prepare to spend their first summer apart. Their only link is a second-hand pair of jeans that miraculously fit their different physiques perfectly. They pass the jeans between them, recording their misadventures on them as a sign of support. At the end of the summer, each girl finds that she’s been tested in a different way, whether in budding romances, dead-end jobs or stepfamilies. First in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. 2001
Going through high school is hard enough, but to do it without your best friend has to be nearly impossible. Sixteen-year-old Jessica is super observant, but doesn’t feel that she fits in at home, where her mother is obsessed with sister Beth’s expensive wedding, or at school where the girls only care about shopping. Add in her confused feelings for the school bad boy, and Jessica is thoroughly lost. McCafferty takes a sympathetic and funny look at the roller coaster that is high school. First in a series.

So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti. 2011
Seventeen-year-old Brooke has a crush on Scott so big that when he heads for New York City, she moves into her estranged father's Greenwich Village apartment, but soon she begins to focus on knowing herself and finding her future path.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. 2009
Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different. First in a series.

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski. 2011
Sixteen-year-old April, a high school junior, and her friend Vi, a senior, get a crash course in reality as the list of things they should not do becomes a list of things they did while living parent-free in Westport, Connecticut, for the semester. (Pop Culture)

TTYL by Lauren Myracle. 2004
BFF Zoe, Maddie and Angela promise to stay in touch, but as their sophomore year begins, they turn to instant messenger to find out what’s going on in their lives. Zoe turns to her faith while spending a lot of time with her English teacher, Angela copes with continuous boy issues, and Maddie becomes friends with the most popular girl in school. Told in IM format, each girl speaks in her own distinct voice of the struggle to make it through the school year with friendships intact. First in a series.

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones. 2001
In this fast-paced, free verse novel, ninth grader Sophie deals with the turmoil of being a boy-crazy teenager as she falls for a series of boys. With the help of her girlfriends, she finally settles on the perfect—and surprising—choice.