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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.

Illusion by Frank Peretti

March 2012

Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life --- or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the 19-year-old she was in 1970.

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

March 2012

Persecuted at school for her beliefs and struggling with her distant, devout father at home, 10-year-old Judith McPherson finds solace and connection in a model in miniature of the Promised Land that she has constructed in her room from collected discarded scraps --- the Land of Decoration.

Pure by Julianna Baggott

February 2012

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. When a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

February 2012

When his best friend commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason Prosper is devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. When a major hurricane hits the New England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in Jason’s life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been buried by the boys he considers his friends.

Little Girl Gone by Drusilla Campbell

February 2012

Madora was 17 and headed for trouble when Willis rescued her. She ran away with him, and for five years they have lived alone, in near isolation. But after Willis kidnaps a pregnant teenager and imprisons her in a trailer behind the house, Madora is torn between love and her sense of right and wrong.

Long Drive Home by Will Allison

February 2012

Glen Bauer's life changes forever in one impulsive jerk of his steering wheel. The manner in which his existence is altered invokes a terrifying "this could happen to any of us" horror while compelling readers to turn just one more page, and then another.

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

January 2012

The resonant story of a young woman’s struggle to take charge of her own future, THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY is a modern take on Charlotte Brontë’s classic, JANE EYRE. 

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

January 2012

When Lexi Baill, a former foster child with a dark past, moves to the Farradays’ small town, she becomes inseparably close with their family. But one bad decision on a summer night during their senior year of high school will change everything.

NIGHT ROAD is now available in paperback.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

January 2012

How does one talk about love? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of this novel has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary.

THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY is a recipient of the 2012 Alex Award, which is given to books written for adults that have special appeal to teens.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

December 2011

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, and preparations are underway for their annual autumn ball. Then, on the eve of the ball, a coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who --- with her husband, the very dubious Wickham --- has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered.