Teen books that adults will love

A Listmania! list by Lisa McMann, author of the WAKE trilogy (Mesa, Arizona)
The list author says: "Adults are missing out if they haven't picked out a teen book to read lately. Many books like Harry Potter and Twilight cross over and have become widely popular with adults, but there are many more titles that adults should try. This is a list in progress."
Teach Me
1.  Teach Me by R. A. Nelson
The list author says:
  "This is one of the most powerful YA books I've ever read. Controversial, thrilling, horrifying, sensual...so intense you won't be able to put it down."
$8.03   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Deadline
2.  Deadline by Chris Crutcher
The list author says:
  "18-year-old Ben finds out he has one year to live, and he decides not to tell anyone -- not even his family.

There's not a dull moment in this book. It's deep and thought-provoking, and funny, too. You'll cheer Ben on to the very end."
$13.64   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
3.  Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
The list author says:
  "A terrific book that deals with controversy between science and religion, from the perspective of a 14-year-old girl. Entertaining and light in in spots -- adds a great balance to the weight of the topic. Highly recommended!"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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The Book Thief
4.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The list author says:
  "Deeply moving story of the Holocaust with a unique narrator and an eleven-year-old protagonist. Zusak has a fantastic, engaging writing style."
$12.83   Used & New from: $7.49
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12,877 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Bloom
5.  Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
The list author says:
  "A great summer read. Practical and sensual."
$7.03   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

An Abundance of Katherines
6.  An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The list author says:
  "Clever, funny, poignant. Math optional."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (559 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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Every Crooked Pot: A novel
7.  Every Crooked Pot: A novel by Renée Rosen
The list author says:
  "Thirty-somethings, this will bring you back to the seventies."
$11.18   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The Killing Sea
8.  The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis
The list author says:
  "A wrenching fictional story accounting the tsunami tragedy, written by an author who was there."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Mercy, Unbound
9.  Mercy, Unbound by Kim Antieau
The list author says:
  "Journey of a girl...with a touch of mystique."
$8.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Upstate: A Novel
10.  Upstate: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon
The list author says:
  "A series of letters...more real than fiction could possibly be."
$11.70   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
11.  Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
The list author says:
  "An amazing book and Newbery Honor winner -- historical fiction, nature, religion, racism -- it's all there. Takes place in the northeast U.S."
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

The Giver
12.  The Giver by Lois Lowry
The list author says:
  "If you liked The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, or 1984 by Orwell, you'll love this one. It was paranormal before paranormal was popular."
$5.08   Used & New from: $2.34
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,331 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

Fat Kid Rules the World
13.  Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going
The list author says:
  "This book has been somewhat controversial in a school or two -- parents calling for it to be banned due to profanity, if I understand it correctly.

I had to see what the fuss was about. Currently reading it. Love it so far.

Update -- this book is real. It's funny. It contains nothing that high schoolers aren't already hearing in the halls at school. Highly recommend!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Story of a Girl
14.  Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
The list author says:
  "Fantastic! Was a 2007 nominee National Book Award."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
15.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The list author says:
  "Hilarious and poignant. A wonderful first YA novel for this highly regarded author."
$19.00   Used & New from: $2.59
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (782 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Thirteen Reasons Why
16.  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The list author says:
  "Intense! Great premise. High school senior kills herself and leaves behind audiotapes that 13 people need to listen to, in order to find out how they contributed to the girl's decision to end her own life."
$11.45   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,978 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Wake
17.  Wake by Lisa McMann
The list author says:
  "This is my book! I think it's pretty darn great. It's an edgy teen paranormal novel that will appeal to adults as well. But don't take my word for it -- it's available now for pre-order. Or ask your librarian to order it! Publishes on March 4, 2008."
$13.86   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Breathe My Name
18.  Breathe My Name by R. A. Nelson
The list author says:
  "After reading TEACH ME by this same author, BREATHE MY NAME is in my read pile..."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 12/8/07
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