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Adult Books Teens Might Like To Read

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Michelle
Rial
2019

The author has a twitter account,ThisAmericanChart, of funny charts about everyday life, and this book includes some of the best of those related to the topic of "unimportant life questions I need to know the answer to" with many new charts that address the questions that pester you every day about whether you're doing it right or wrong.

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Angie
Cruz
2019

Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. It doesn't matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate.

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Vivek Shanbhag
Translator Srinath Perur
2017

A close-knit family is delivered from near-destitution to sudden wealth after the narrator's uncle founds a successful spice company. As the family becomes accustomed to their newfound wealth, the family dynamics begin to shift.

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Xio
Axelrod
2021

Toni's all grown up and making a name for herself in Philadelphia's indie music scene. Toni decides to take a chance to try out for a new up-and-coming band, and Toni B. and the Lillys are the perfect match. Except Seb, her ex-boyfriend, is now moonlighting as their manager. Whatever. No problem. Or it wouldn't be if Seb didn't still hold a piece of her heart...not to mention the key to her future.

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Riley
Sager
2020

Maggie Holt returns to the house made famous by her father's bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Her beliefs are challenged as she uncovers the truth about the house’s dark history.

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Julie Dachez
2020

Marguerite investigates the root of her discomforts and struggles in life. After a journey of tough conversations with her loved ones, doctors, and the internet, she discovers that she has Aspergers. Her life is profoundly changed - for the better.

Cover of No Heaven For Good Boys
Keisha
Bush
2021

Ibrahimah is sent to the capital city of Dakar to join his cousin Étienne in studying the Koran under Marabout Ahmed for a year, but instead of the days of learning that Ibrahimah's parents imagine, the young boys, called Talibé, are forced to beg in the streets in order to line their teacher's pockets.Drawn from real incidents and transporting readers between rural and urban Senegal, this is a tale of hope, resilience, and the affirming power of love.

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E. Lily
Yu
2021

The haunting story of a family of dreamers and tale-tellers looking for home in an unwelcoming world. This exquisite and unusual magic realist debut, told in lyrical prose, traces one girl's migration from war to peace, loss to loss, home to home.

Cover of The Only Good Indians
Stephen
Graham Jones
2020

Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends.

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Phuc
Tran
2020

For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong, Sigh, Gone shares a funny and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with themes from beloved works of classic literature.

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Sam
Tschida
2021

A young woman wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital with amnesia and a head wound and must work backward, using her Instagram account, to piece together her identity.

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Charlie N.
Holmberg
2020

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. She helps Bacchus Kelsey fix unruly spells around his estate in exchange for not turning her in but also becomes attracted to him. Romance, mystery, and Victorian-influenced fantasy abounds.

Cover of The Thirty Names of Night
Zeyn
Joukhadar
2020

This novel follows three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts. An exploration of how we all search for and ultimately embrace who we are.

Cover of The Unraveling
Benjamin
Rosenbaum
2021

In the distant future, somewhere in the galaxy, a world has evolved where each person has multiple bodies, cybernetics has abolished privacy, and individual and family success are reliant upon instantaneous evaluations of how well each member conforms to the rigid social system. Young Fift must decide whether to conform or carve a new path.

Cover of World of Wonders: In Prais
Aimee
Nezhukumatathil
Fumi Nakamura
2020

A collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us."Hands-down one of the most beautiful books of the year." -NPR