Our staff read across all genres and have a wide selection of teen titles to recommend this year. So whether you enjoy fantasy, romance, graphic novels, history, sci-fi, or realistic fiction, we hope there’s something for everyone in the titles listed below! And while you’re reading, why not earn prizes too? Check out our 100 Books Before Graduation Challenge page to learn more.
Be sure to also visit our Staff Picks lists for Adults and Children to find new reads for the whole family. Should you need more recommendations, try out our My Next Read service, contact a librarian virtually through our Ask a Librarian feature (green tab on our website), or text us at (571) 536-7695. Of course you can always visit or call!
Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega — recommended by Nideria B. at Sandston
The Getaway by Lamar Giles — recommended by Tracey B. at Tuckahoe
Local author spins a near future dystopian tale where the power difference between the wealthy and the workers of an inclusive resort is played out through the eyes of four teens whose families have come to the resort for very different reasons.
Vanja Schmidt is a morally grey heroine who takes a princess's identity to commit a series of jewel thefts in order to pay off a debt. There are so many lovable characters and you are rooting for them all as Vanja has to break a curse a god placed on her for her greed and still find some way to evade investigators.
This immersive, richly-colorful graphic memoir features both typical autobiographic moments -- new school, first sleep-away camp -- and very specific ones, like how she attends Catholic schools and dreams of being a nun, even as meals with extended family include stories of fleeing Nazis told partly in Yiddish.
Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi — recommended by Kathryn K. at Tuckahoe