Why Should Your Parents Have All the Fun?: Adult Reads for Teens

If YOU, my older Reading Rants adolescent friend, are anything like the teenagers I know and work with, I would guess that you tend to troll both the teen AND adult section of your local library or bookstore when looking for new reading material. Some of you even stoop to poking through your parents’ stacks of paperbacks to see if Oprah’s recommendations are any good. You may not even know what YA (Young Adult) fiction is, because you’re too busy reading your favorite adult authors or devouring genre fiction by the thick paperback-ful. (If that’s the case, please take a look at some of the other lists here on RR–I’d be shocked if there wasn’t a teen-published book somewhere on this site that might tickle your fancy as much as those Neil Gaiman or Jean Auel tomes weighing down your backpack) Well, if you’re looking for recommendations of adult published books that you might enjoy too, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve always reviewed adult books on RR that I thought teens might like, but I thought I’d make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for by corralling them all in one place. Now, be forewarned, the only things these books share in common is that they were published for an adult audience (although some titles come from the same subject lists, so they may share some of the same topics). But why should your parents have all the fun? Check out these adult-published reads and soon you’ll be the one giving the grown-ups in your life some good book recommendations! Want more adult-published reads recommended for teens? Browse through the Alex Awards, “given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18,” awarded by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association.