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March 2018

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update

March 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.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo - Fiction

March 6, 2018


Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has let her fists do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours it all into a notebook, reciting the words like prayers. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara knows that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi - Fantasy

March 6, 2018


Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner - Contemporary Fiction

March 13, 2018


Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. Until his death. Now, forced to live in the suburbs with his mom, Klee can’t help but feel he’s lost all the identifying parts of himself --- his beloved father, weekly trips to the MoMA and the energy of New York City. That is until he meets Sarah in art class. Suddenly it seems as if she’s the only thing that makes him happy. But when an act of betrayal sends him reeling, Klee lands in a psychiatric hospital for teens in Northhollow. While there, he undergoes intensive therapy and goes back over the pieces of his life to find out what was real, what wasn’t and whether he can stand on his own feet again.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan - Contemporary Fiction

March 20, 2018


Leigh is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles - Fiction

March 20, 2018


When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

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

March 27, 2018


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.