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February 2018

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update

February 2018

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!”

In the past, we have updated our Ultimate Reading List once a year, but now we're switching things up a bit: from this moment on, we will be updating our Ultimate Reading List every month, so you can start adding our selections to your TBR even sooner. Read below to see the titles we're adding this month.

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi - Memoir

February 6, 2018


At 13, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. She didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. AMERICANIZED follows Sara's progress toward getting her green card, but that's only a portion of her experiences as an Iranian-"American" teenager.

Speak: The Graphic Novel Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and Illustrated by Emily Carroll - Graphic Novel

February 6, 2018


From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda is friendless --- an outcast --- because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. 

When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger - Fiction

February 6, 2018


Alvie Fitz doesn’t fit in, and she doesn’t care. She’s spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers If she can make it to her eighteenth birthday without any major mishaps, she’ll be legally emancipated. All she wants is to be left alone to spend time with her friend, Chance, the one-winged hawk at the zoo where she works. Then she meets Stanley, a boy who might be even stranger than she is. Her past stalks her with every step, and it has sharp teeth. But if she can find the strength to face the enemy inside her, maybe she’ll have a chance at happiness after all.