Now that my nieces and nephews are teenagers, all they want for the holidays is a gift card. It makes shopping for them much easier, but for me, it's just not as much fun. So last year, I started a new tradition. I bought them whatever gift card was on their wish lists, and then I wrapped it up along with a new book. Whether they'd admit it or not, they were pleasantly surprised by their bonus gifts. And, I bet the teenagers on your holiday shopping list would enjoy a good book, too! So to help you select the right choice, here are my top four young adult book picks available in stores and online at your favorite book retailers.
The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner is an exciting wilderness survival story written for young adults. Despite being accepted into college, McKenna Berney decides to temporarily put her education on hold for a year in order to hike the Appalachian Trails. When her best friend backs out at the last minute, McKenna decides to make a go of it on her own. Along the way, she meets up with a guy named Sam who is on the run from his abusive father. Together, they set out on a dangerous adventure from Maine to Georgia where the two fall in love. This coming of age story is ideal for the bold adventurer in your life.
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer will wow Twilight fans young and old. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its publication, this double-the-fun release includes the original Twilight book plus 400 pages of new content about Bella and Edward's love story. It's hard to believe this modern day classic first came out in 2005. So far, it's sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide. As a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 USA Today bestseller, and Time magazine's Best Young Adult Book of All Time, this beloved love story would be an ideal read for the young hopeless romantic on your list.
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First & Then by Emma Mills is modern day spin on Jane Austen set in an ordinary high school. Devon is an only child who has a crush on her best friend Cas. Unfortunately, he has no interest in her. When her younger cousin Foster unexpectedly moves in with her family, Devon must take him under her wing as they both navigate the perils of high school. Soon they discover Foster has a talent for kicking a football which causes the star running back Ezra to take an interest in him... and Devon.This delightful story of what happens when opposites attract is a highly entertaining debut read.
Carry On: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell is a #1 New York Times bestselling novel that will thrill the teenage wizard on your list. It's a combination ghost story, love story, and mystery centering on Simon Snow. This teenage boy is the Chosen One who can't make his wand work half the time. To make matters worse, he accidentally sets things on fire. It's his last year at the Watford School of Magicks and his world has been turned upside down. His girlfriend broke up with him and his mentor is avoiding him. What possibly will go wrong next? This funny tale filled with magical wands and wizards is certainly hard to put down.
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