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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

Dominique is a junior from a gritty neighborhood in Trenton. Ben is a musical prodigy from the Upper East Side, a violinist at a top conservatory with a brilliant future. When Dom's class is taken to hear a concert at Carnegie Hall, she expects to be bored out of her mind. But then she sees the boy in the front row playing violin like his life depends on it --- and she is transfixed. Each sees something in the other that promises to complete them. But Ben's genius, which captivates Dominique, conceals a secret, and the challenges of Dom's life may make it difficult for her to help him.

Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move wind, waves and weather, but his magical abilities can’t protect him forever from the brutal Empress Celestine. As Celestine’s relentless bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom that an invasion is imminent. Meanwhile, the queen’s formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana’Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress’s ship, sailing east. Lyss may be the last remaining hope of bringing down the empress from within her own tightly controlled stronghold.

Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been "the good girl." Ever since her beautiful, daring mother died in a skydiving accident, Clancy's father has watched her like a hawk. Then Clancy meets Denny, a college freshman and new skydiving student at the drop zone where she works. Clancy lets him think she's the same age. If only making choices were as simple as taking a leap out of a plane. Before Clancy can make things right, one last act of rebellion threatens her chance to do so --- maybe forever.

When she was three, Alena's activist mother died. She's been raised by her half-brother and his boyfriend in East London, which is being targeted by a lone bomber. Alena desperately wants to know about her mother, but her brother won't tell her anything. When she starts digging up information herself and does something that costs her brother his job and puts the family in jeopardy, Alena discovers she can be a troublemaker --- just like her mother. Now she must figure out what sort of trouble she's willing to get into to find out the truth.

The Place Between Breaths by An Na - Mystery/Suspense

Sixteen-year-old Grace's mother struggled with schizophrenia for years until, one day, she simply disappeared. Ever since, Grace’s father has worked as a recruiter at one of the leading labs dedicated to the disease, trying to find a cure in time to help his wife if she is ever found. Grace does her part, interning at the lab in the gene sequencing department…and one day they make a breakthrough. Grace stumbles upon a string of code that could be the key. But something inside of Grace has started to unravel. Could her discovery just be a cruel side effect of the disease that might be taking hold of her? And can she even tell the difference?

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi - Contemporary Fiction

When Penny Lee heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s 79 miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind. Meanwhile, Sam knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second his checking account and dying laptop are really testing him. When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul’s School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice. 

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of 17 princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most --- a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. 

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.