My daughter has always been a bookworm and often spends a lot of time on our travels reading. Since it is the time of year when we are all struggling with what to buy for holiday gifts, especially for teen girls since all they seem to want are their phones, I thought I would put together a guide to gifts for teen book lovers.
So if you have a teen that loves to read young adult books, take a look at this gift guide for book lovers. Everything was hand-selected and approved by my teen bookworm.
Gift Guide for Teen Book Lovers: Books
I’ve included a few of my daughter’s favorite young adult series, new releases, and old favorites to give a mix to suit everyone’s taste (but yes, this list is a bit fantasy heavy.)
Marissa Meyer is a fantasy-author favorite of teen boys and girls alike as she adapts classic fairytales to a fantasy world. Gilded is her latest, based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin. However, if your teen has yet tried Cinder or Renegades, pick those up as well!
The Warcross Duology by Marie Lu is another favorite. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Karen McManus followed up her hit “One of Us is Lying” with a new page-turning mystery. Four years ago, Brynn left Saint Ambrose School following the shocking murder of her favorite teacher—a story that made headlines after the teacher’s body was found by three Saint Ambrose students in the woods behind their school. The case was never solved. Now that Brynn is moving home and starting her dream internship at a true-crime show, she’s determined to find out what really happened.
One of my favorite books of this year (yes, I enjoy YA books too!) was Firekeeper’s Daughter. Soon to be adapted for Netflix, Firekeeper’s Daughter follows the journey of 18-yea-old Daunis Fontaine as she finds herself living two disparate lives, one as a loving daughter and one as a confidential informant to the FBI. After witnessing a murder, she must choose between protecting the people she loves or protecting her tribal community.
The Throne of Glass series from Sarah J. Maas has been out for a few years but it is one of my daughter’s all-time favorites. Just keep in mind that this is for mature teens. There is a lot of violence and the romance starts out tame but really heats up by the third or fourth book and may be a little steamier than you would approve of depending on the age and the kid.
I have recently been raiding my teen’s bookshelf and I agree that All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven was an amazing read. It does deal with issues of teen depression and suicide so note the trigger warning. However, it was moving and insightful. And yes, I cried. If your teen likes John Green, I think they will like Jennifer Niven too. This has been made into a Netflix movie so you can do a book and movie comparison.
This award–winning novel that’s an irresistible romance starring a Mexican American teen who discovers love and profound truths about the universe when she spends her summer on a road trip across the country.