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What Teens are Saying About What They Are Reading

To help teen readers find good books even when I am not around to give them ideas, the Middletown Public Library uses a form called Teen Choice Best Books. After teens complete the form, it is posted on the bulletin board with a copy of the book cover. Ideally in just a few words or phrases, they can capture what makes these books great and sell them to other teen readers looking for something new. I like the “don’t take my word for it” aspect of the display because I’m an adult, so I could be wrong, but peers should should have more insight. Here are some of the books our teens are reading along with their personal spin on why you should read them too.

Serena, 17: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Dani, 16: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Cari, 14: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

(2011 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults)

Julia, 14: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

(2009 Teens’ Top Ten)

Brittany, 16: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

(2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

Lexxy, 12 : Sweep series by Cate Tiernan

(Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers)

Rebecca, 12 : The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne

What three words describe a great book you’ve just read?


— Laura C. Perenic is reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (a 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee)


  1. I love this idea. I think teens do react to peer recommendations well.

  2. Laura C Perenic Laura C Perenic

    Thanks, I sort of got the idea from Reading Rainbow with the kids giving their opinion of things. I like how the would always say ‘but don’t take my word for it’ as more encouragement to read.

  3. […] works or what other books the young adult reviewers have written about, check out my previous post, “What Teens are Saying About What They Are Reading.”) When I looked at the display recently, of course I had a ton of reviews for The Hunger Games, but […]

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