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November 2017

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update

November 2017

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 Closest I've Come by Fred Aceves - Contemporary Fiction

November 7, 2017


Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, away from his indifferent mom and her abusive boyfriend. When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program, he meets Zach and Amy, whose friendship inspires Marcos to open up to his crew, too, and start to think more about his future and what he has to fight for. Marcos ultimately learns that bravery isn’t about acting tough and being macho; it’s about being true to yourself.

Now Is Everything by Amy Giles - Fiction

September 18, 2018


The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this family is hiding a dark secret. Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed. When Hadley attempts to take her own life at the hospital post-accident, her friends, doctors, family and the investigator on the case want to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking.

I Never by Laura Hopper - Contemporary Fiction

November 7, 2017


Janey King’s priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends and family. But when 17-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex.

Frankie: A Novel by Shivaun Plozza - Mystery

November 6, 2018


Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend, or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances. When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes, a criminal record, and secrets of his own.

Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl - Romance

November 13, 2018


Martin is an American teen on the autism spectrum living in France with his mom and sister for the summer. He falls for a French girl who he thinks is a real-life incarnation of a character in his favorite book. Over time Martin comes to realize she is a real person and not a character in a novel while at the same time learning that love is not out of his reach just because he is autistic.

Ready to Fall: A Novel by Marcella Pixley - Fiction

November 28, 2017


When Max Friedman’s mother dies of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his brain. With the tumor in charge, Max implodes, slipping farther and farther away from reality. Finally, Max is sent to the artsy, off-beat Baldwin School to regain his footing. For a while, Max almost feels happy. But his tumor is always lurking in the wings --- until one night it knocks him down and Max is forced to face the truth, not just about the tumor, but about how hard it is to let go of the past.