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Justina Ireland's DREAD NATION is a Terrifying Look at Racism, Survival and Humanity

When a biracial teenager tasked with fighting the undead discovers a dangerous corrupt plot, her life takes a drastic turn in this reimagined America.

Jesse Andrews Satirizes Wealth and Privilege in MUMUN

In a world where your financial status determines your physical size, how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them?

Carolyn Mackler's Hit Book Has Been Updated for the Digital Age

THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS has been updated with digital and pop culture references for a new age.

Claudia Gray Returns with the Sequel to DEFY THE STARS

Noemi Vidal finds herself flying directly into a trap in this thrilling and romantic sequel to Gray's hit book.

Ultimate Reading List: Our MUST-Reads for April

See the books we think every teen should read this month!

Check Out Our April Guy-Brary Bookshelf!

We’re back with our April Guy-Brary update recommending guy-friendly books releasing throughout the month!

Features and Contests

April Teen Board Question
An ending can make or break a book. There are some endings that leave you completely breathtaken and others that leave you asking "What in the world did I just read?" We know that every reader has a different style, so we asked our Teen Board members if there were any books or series they have read where they wished they could change the ending. For those members who have enjoyed all of their books' endings, we asked them what makes a perfect ending, whether it is a great character arc, a happily ever after or something more open-ended. Click here to see part 1 of their answers and check back soon for Part 2.

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update
One of our most popular features on Teenreads is our Ultimate Reading List, a selection of books that are compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping --- books that we would hand to someone and say, “Read this!” Here are the titles we've added this month: DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland and LIFE INSIDE MY MIND, edited by Jessica Burkhart.

Latest Reviews

LIFE INSIDE MY MIND is an anthology of true-life events from writers of this generation, for this generation. These essays tackle everything from neurodiversity to addiction to OCD to PTSD and much more. The goals of this book range from providing home to those who are feeling alone, awareness to those who are witnessing a friend or family member struggle and to open the floodgates to conversation.

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy - Contemporary Fiction

Iris wants to blaze her own path, but it's not easy when you're the granddaughter of the famous author of the Elementia series, hailed as the feminist response to LORD OF THE RINGS. With a motion picture adaptation of the books in the works, Iris can say goodbye to her dream of making her own way in the music industry. But when Iris and her brother get invited to the film set in Ireland, she can't deny the beauty of the countryside, and brushing shoulders with the hot, young cast isn't awful. Iris even finds the female director inspiring. Will making a film for the big screen help Iris to see the big picture?

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland - Speculative Fiction

For all of Jane McKeene's life,the have walked the battlefields of Gettysburg, derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum - Contemporary Fiction

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David.  Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty --- in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Fifteen-year-old Virginia feels like a plus-sized black sheep in her family, especially next to her perfect big brother Byron. Not to mention her best friend has moved, leaving Virginia to navigate an awkward relationship with a boy alone. He might like her now...but she has her doubts about how he'll react if he ever looks under all her layers of clothes. In order to survive, Virginia decides to follow a “Fat Girl Code of Conduct,” which works, until the unthinkable causes her family's façade to crumble. As her world spins out of orbit, she realizes that being true to herself might be the only way back.

Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess's life begins to unravel. Everyone says it was an accident, but to Jess, that doesn't add up. Jess is compelled to learn everything she can about the sister she thought she knew. At first it's a way to stay busy and find closure...but Jess soon discovers that her twin kept a lot of secrets. And as she digs deeper, she learns that the answers she's looking for may be truths that no one wants her to uncover. Because Anna wasn't the only one with secrets.

Mare Barrow's blood is red --- the color of common folk --- but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince --- the friend --- who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

Together in print for the first time in this paperback bind-up, the dazzling prequels to the Three Dark Crowns series are finally available for fans to have and to (literally) hold. Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now.

Autonomous by Andy Marino - Fiction

After winning a contest, William becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. Now he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip. For William, an adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before graduation. But Autonomous is more than just a car without a steering wheel. It's capable of downloading all of the passengers' digital history. The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well-kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own. Think you know Autonomous? The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you?

Munmun by Jesse Andrews - Dystopian Fiction

In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute --- and tiny. Their size is dangerous: day and night they face dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about. There are no cars or phones small enough for them, or schools or hospitals. No one that little has any purchasing power, and doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them?