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Adult Books You Want to Read

As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Throughout the year, features adult books from, our site for adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

October 2011

In a distant American future, Hannah Payne awakens after being infected with a virus that has turned her skin red. Chroming is her punishment for her crime of murder --- for terminating the pregnancy of her unborn child. Because of her refusal to identify the father or name the abortionist, she is forced to live in permanent disgrace.

Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber

September 2011

A girl who ran away from home five years previously must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and has to face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever. Diana Abu-Jaber’s latest novel is about family and self, self-indulgence and generosity, against the vivid backdrop of contemporary Miami.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

September 2011

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

September 2011

In the middle of the night, Le Cirques des Reves, a dazzling show of magic and wonder, appears without warning and vanishes well before daybreak. The circus enchants all who enter --- but hidden behind the scenes is a fierce competition between two young magicians. In the midst of this dark rivalry that only one of them can survive, the two fall headfirst in love.

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

August 2011

When Alice Bliss learns that her father is being deployed to Iraq, she's heartbroken. Alice idolizes her father, and he will miss seeing his daughter blossom from a tomboy into a full-blown teenager. At once universal and very personal, this is a transforming story about those who are left at home during wartime, and a teenage girl bravely facing the future.

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell

August 2011

Margo Crane is just 14 years old when her world begins to unravel, starting with the death of her beloved grandfather. When the unimaginable happens, 16-year-old Margo takes a rifle and hits the Stark River in her rowboat. In search of her mother, she discovers much more, in this enthralling page-turner.

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

August 2011

She was only two-feet eight-inches tall, but her legend reaches out to us more than a century later. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world’s most unexpected celebrity. 

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

August 2011

Lizzie and her best friend, Evie, are 13 years old and inseparable --- until the day Evie disappears. Lizzie is frantic to puzzle out the mystery behind the disappearance and to bring Evie home. Her desperate quest is entwined with her own coming-of-age story, in an intense and gripping tale of obsession, friendship and family. 

The Magician King by Lev Grossman

August 2011

THE MAGICIANS took the fantasy world by storm when it released in 2009. Now, in THE MAGICIAN KING, author Lev Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates have fled the sorrows of the mundane world, only to face terrifying new challenges. 

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

August 2011

In THE MAGICIANS, a cadre of young wizards --- and the fantasy genre itself --- learn to live in the real world. This fabulously rendered novel manages to completely ensnare readers by their escapist tendencies, then show how our dreams of happiness and magic never quite live up to the real thing.