Fall Teen Book Club Titles

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy CoverFatal Throne CoverCinder Cover

This month I wanted to introduce the teens to some different genres that they might not typically pick up. I began reading classic science fiction in my early teens, so I thought they might enjoy Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I enjoyed rereading it, and it was fun to see the kids experience a book that was so silly that they couldn't help but laugh out loud while reading. This book has really managed to hold up very well, despite being originally published in 1979. Some of the younger teens did have difficulty understanding some of the chaos and more advanced topics, so I would suggest it for ages 14+ due to difficulty of content, unless they are reading at an advanced level.

We received several ARCs for Fatal Throne, so I thought that might be a fun introduction to historical fiction. Henry Tudor is a fascinating and bizarre historical character. This book gives an interesting perspective, written in first person perspective by several different popular YA authors, each assigned to a different pivotal character in the story. The book was excellent, however, towards the end there is a fairly graphic sex scene, though it is meant to be more gross than arousing. I was surprised, as the YA novels I had read up to this point had shied away from obvious sexual activity, maybe only hinting at it after the fact. I would recommend this for older teens as well, probably 16+, though it is a very interesting depiction of a fascinating period in the British monarchy. (Total disclosure, I am obsessed with the British monarchy). 

Finally, all the kids had been telling me forever that this book series, beginning with Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, is the best thing ever, so I finally broke down and read it. This book is definitely suitable for younger teens, probably even 11+, and is a fun way to introduce them to science fiction by way of fantasy. We also have tons of copies, so its easy to get hold of enough for everyone.