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October 2018

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update

October 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!” This month, we're adding five amazing titles you're sure to love.


(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health by Kelly Jensen - Anthology

October 2, 2018


In order to understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY is a conversation starter and guide to better understanding how our mental health affects us. 33 writers, athletes and artists offer essays, lists, comics and illustrations that explore their personal experiences with mental illness. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in and let’s get talking.

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman - Fiction/Adventure

October 2, 2018


The drought --- or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it --- has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turn against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life --- and the life of her brother --- is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold - Fantasy

October 2, 2018


The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son must venture out into the gray lands, slay a dragon and rescue a damsel to be his bride. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, she knows none of this. She knows only this handsome young man, the story he tells of her rescue and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. But there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows, and the greatest threats may not be behind her, but around her, now, and closing in.

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka - Graphic Novel

October 9, 2018


In kindergarten, Jarrett's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict. His father is a mystery. Jarrett lives with his grandparents. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. 

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul - Fiction

October 9, 2018


When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend. Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore --- even to the girl of his dreams. No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi - Historical Romance

October 16, 2018


It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a 16-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments --- even the physical violence --- she endures as a result of her race, her religion and the hijab she wears. So she refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then she meets Ocean James, the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin.