For Guys Who Hate Dragons

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Realistic Fiction for Guys: No Superpowers. No Magic. No Monsters. Just Life.

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Born to Rock by Gordon Korman


Destroy All Cars by Blake Nelson


Godless by Pete Hautman


I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak


Inexcusable by Chris Lynch


Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork


Nailed by Patrick Jones


Paper Towns by John Green


Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas


Slam by Nick Hornby


The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by D.C. Pierson


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin


The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp


The Trap by John Smelcer


The World Made Straight by Ron Rash


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Trapped by Michael Northrop


Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks


Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick


Marissa B’s Top 10

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Our awesome library page, Marissa, is heading off to college. But before she goes, she presented us with the best gift ever: A list of her top ten books from the Teen Room. Marissa is a terrific reader… so you know these books are going to be good!

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10: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

By far the most popular book by the reclusive J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye chronicles four days in the life of teenage boy Holden Caulfield, who embarks on an adventure in New York City after being kicked out of his latest boarding school. Holden has strong opinions about the entertainment industry, “phonies,” and just about anything else. Though the book has been challenged innumerable times, it still remains a classic coming of age story.

 9: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Rilke’s letters go out to Mr. Kappus, a young man at a crossroads in his life. He bestows upon Kappus his advice regarding solitude, love, writing, and religion among other topics. Though a short compilation and a quick read, Rilke’s letters provide perspective and guidance for anyone at any stage in life. In fact, Lady GaGa is so enamored with Rilke that she got a tattoo of a quote from Letters to a Young Poet.

 8: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers’s latest foray into non-fiction took him three years to complete, and chronicles the life of Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his family before, during, and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Zeitoun remained in New Orleans during the hurricane against his wife’s wishes, and worked tirelessly to save others trapped around the city. However, Zeitoun was arrested and imprisoned for over three weeks in the aftermath, revealing a serious flaw in the law enforcement post-Katrina.

 7: The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Spell Book of Listen Taylor details the life of the bizarre Zing Family and their secret that brings them together every Friday Night in their parents’ tool shed. Listen Taylor, whose father Nathaniel is dating a Zing, is thrown headfirst into their world of deception, sneaking, and wilderness romance novels. She discovers a spell book that bears the tagline “This book will make you fly, will make you strong, will make you glad. What’s more, this book will mend your broken heart.” And, as the book guides Listen through the spells, Moriarty’s book will do the same for its readers.

 6: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut’s seminal novel follows Billy Pilgrim through both time and space as he struggles to cope with a war that he does not want to be in, and the bombing of the city where he is imprisoned. Pilgrim becomes “unstuck in time” and meets the extraterrestrial Tralfamadorians, who educate him on their nonlinear way of viewing time, and method for accepting death. Difficult to explain and nearly impossible to forget, Vonnegut’s book remains a stunning work of fiction even after his death. So it goes.

 5: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Asher’s prose is both dark and beautiful as he narrates from both the perspective of Hannah Baker-a high school girl who committed suicide and left behind a box of tapes with the thirteen reasons why she ended her life-and Clay Jensen, who admired Hannah from afar and finds himself on her list. Hannah’s tapes reveal secrets not only about herself, but also secrets about bullying and its dramatic consequences.

 4:  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Greasers and the Socs are the two rival gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Hinton’s story focuses on a young Greaser named Ponyboy, who, along with his friend Johnny, create intense violence between the two gangs that forces them to leave the city and go into hiding. Helped by his older brothers Darry and Sodapop, Ponyboy eventually learns that there’s more to being a Greaser than simply beating up Socs.

 3: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Goblet of Fire introduces the readers to a much darker layer of the wizarding world. The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts, and someone enters Harry’s name into the cup, thus making him the fourth champion to compete in three rigorous and dangerous tasks over the course of the year. Rowling delves deeper into the powers that Harry’s scar possesses, the relationships between Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and what Dark magic really is.

 2: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Told only through letters to an unidentified recipient, Stephen Chbosky’s book is the life of Charlie, a high school freshman. Charlie struggles with making friends, dealing with the suicide of his former best friend, the drama within his family, and adjusting to a whole new world. Charlie generally observes his surroundings and reports on them, but as he begins to feel more comfortable, he starts to participate with surprising results. Although many books are described as “heartbreaking,” or “hilarious,” The Perks of Being a Wallflower hits both extremes right on the head.

 1: The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

The Spellman family is the brainchild of Lisa Lutz, and not until one reads this book will they comprehend exactly how simultaneously insane and genius her brain must be. The Spellmans are a family of private investigators, headed by Albert Spellman, ex-cop, husband to Olivia, and father to David, Isabel, and Rae. Told from the perspective of 28-year-old Isabel Spellman, the book circles around the various cases brought to Spellman Investigations, and the meddling, spying, and blackmailing that are commonplace in the Spellman household. Never before has a book with this level of wit and humor included footnotes and an appendix worth reading. *See also: Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans. and The Spellmans Strike Again.

Booklist: Our Favorites 2010

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We read…a lot. So we know the good stuff. Here are the best books that we read in  2010, and there’s something for everyone. Looking for more? Just ask us!

And be sure to add your own favorites in the comments below…

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A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

Gentlemen by Michael Northrup

Girl Parts by John M. Cusick

Happyface by Stephen Emond

Harvey: How I Became Invisible by Herve Bouchard

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Nothing by Janne Teller

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Zombies vs Unicorns, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

It Gets Better

It Gets Better

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Stories about finding the strength and courage to be yourself

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A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

Am I Blue? edited by Marian Dane Bauer

Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden

Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby

Freak Show by James St. James

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger

Hero by Perry Moore

How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsburg

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

The Boys and the Bees by Joe Babcock

The Full Spectrum edited by David Levithan

The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burg

What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Booklist: Twi-likes


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More stories to get you in the mood for the premiere of Eclipse: Paranormal romances and adventures that just might have you saying ‘Edward who?’ Okay – maybe not…but give these books and series a try anyway!

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong

Devoured by Amanda Marrone

The Evernight series by Claudia Gray

Fallen by Lauren Kate

The House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Immortal by Gillian Shields

The Immortals series by Alyson Noel

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Need & Captivate by Carrie Jones

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare

The Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann

The Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead

The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr

Booklist: World Gone Wrong

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For you cheerful types, here are books set in dystopian futures

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Bloodtide and Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess

Feed by M.T. Anderson

how I live now by Meg Rosoff

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Little Brother by Cory Doctrow

Rash by Pete Hautman

The Carbon Diaries books by Saci Lloyd

The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Line by Teri Hall

The Mortal Engines quartet by Philip Reeve

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Uglies quartet by Scott Westerfeld

Thinner Than Thou by Kit Reed

Unwind by Neal Shusterman