Standalone Novel

Eleanor and Park

By: Rainbow Rowell

In this novel set in the 1980s, two very different teens become friends through a series of mix


By: Rainbow Rowell

Cath, the “awkward” twin, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her emotionally fragile father.


By: Perry Moore

Thom Creed, a closeted gay teen, struggles with more than one secret identity – but when the world's superheroes begin dying under mysterious circumstances, Thom must join forces with a league of outcasts and confront society's prejudices and his dad's probable disapproval, head on.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

By: Ned Vizzini

Craig is ambitious. He has a plan for school, a plan for life, a plan for everything, but then the pressure becomes too much and he nearly kills himself. This is a tale of passing the breaking point and learning how to heal and get back to a happy medium.


By: Meg Cabot

Sixteen-year-old Jean "Jinx" Honeychurch, the descendant of a witch, must leave Iowa to live with relatives in Manhattan after the first spell she casts goes awry, but she will have to improve her skills to stop her cousin from practicing black magic that endangers them and the boy they both like.

Shade’s Children

By: Garth Nix

In a savage, postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

The Book Thief

By: Markus Zusak

During World War II, a young German girl's book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Glass Arrow

By: Kristen Simmons

In a world where women are scarce and hunted by men, Aya has grown up learning how to hide and make it in the wilderness – but when she is caught, she has to learn how to survive in a modern world, in which everyone is an enemy.

The Handmaid’s Tale

By: Margaret Atwood

In this novel, the United States has undergone a radical theocratic revolution and, in a time of declining birthrates, fertile women are dispersed to high-ranking white men as baby-making handmaids. If a handmaid cannot reproduce, she is exiled to the Colonies, an uber-polluted wasteland. One of these handmaids, Offred, not only remembers her life before the revolution, but is determined to reclaim it.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

By: Cynthia Hand

After her younger brother commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By: Stephen Chbosky

Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent deals with the usual "teen problems," but also with the suicide of his best friend.

The Unlikelies

By: Carrie Firestone

After a video of Sadie rescuing a baby goes viral, she is invited to lunch with an unlikely group of teens that decide to right the injustices of their town.

Thirteen Reasons Why

By: Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jensen receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Turtles All the Way Down

By: John Green

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. This book deals with OCD and anxiety in an honest way.