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Top Teen Reads – Week 4

Enjoy these favorite books selected by Teens in the Bloomfield Township area.


The Hunger Games Trilogy and The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes / Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Also available as ebook and e-audio on Libby/Overdrive and Hoopla.



Crime and Punishment / Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A psychological novel written before the phrase ‘psychological novel’ existed, Crime and Punishment is widely regarded as Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece, establishing his reputation as a powerful and influential novelist. Against the backdrop of the oppressive heat and smell of summer in St. Petersburg and in the shadow of religious faith, Dostoyevsky explores complex themes of alienation, criminal psychology, guilt, nihilism, expiation, atonement, and what might today be considered narcissistic personality disorder and in an earlier time might have been called megalomania. Convinced that ‘superior’ people, like himself, are above the law, Raskolnikov believes that he could make much better use of an old woman’s wealth and decides he is entitled to rob her. When the robbery goes horribly wrong, Raskolnikov begins to doubt his superiority, and his growing guilt and a cat-and-mouse game that ensues with Porfiry Petrovich, the shrewd police investigator, drives him further into isolation and despair. Focusing on the psychological punishment Raskolnikov suffers as a result of his crime, Dostoyevsky suggests that true rehabilitation can come only through atonement and redemption, regardless of any punishment meted out by the authorities.

Also available as ebook and e-audio on Libby/Overdrive and Hoopla.


Twilight Series / Stephanie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Also available as ebook and e-audio on Libby/Overdrive.


Where the Crawdads Sing / Delia Owens

Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world — until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Also available as ebook and e-audio on Libby/Overdrive.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo / Taylor Jenkins Reid

From Taylor Jenkins Reid, “a genius when it comes to stories about life and love” (Redbook), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top, the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds, revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love, Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Also available as ebook and e-audio on Libby/Overdrive.


The Hate U Give / Angie Thomas

After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Also available as ebook and e-audio on Libby/Overdrive and ebook on Hoopla.

JJ: October 24, 2023