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NPR: School's Out: 5 Great Summer Reads For Teens

posted Jun 20, 2013, 9:11 AM by Anastasia Quinn Keck   [ updated Jun 20, 2013, 9:14 AM ]
 I'm surrounded here at NPR Books by people with sophisticated, grown-up tastes — happy to dive into the latest Claire Messud or Daniel Alarcon or James Salter. Meanwhile, give me — any day — a book about teenagers (and preferably dragons). A good YA novel is a polished gem of solid storytelling, but more than that, it draws us back in time to the teenagers we once were — or never were, or wanted desperately to be. Here are five (well, really six) books that capture the roller coaster of adolescent experience: that delicate thump in the gut when you realize that suddenly a friendship is more than a friendship. Or the rock-solid conviction that YOU are the chosen one, the heroine of your own drama (whether or not you want to be). Or just that all-over twitchy feeling, lying on the living-room couch and staring out the window, of longing for your real life to begin.

The Summer Prince  by Alaya Dawn Johnson•

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell•

Drama by Raina Telgemeier•

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence•

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey•