Looking for something to read? Try one of these young adult novels on your next road trip.
Emily Ellsworth is a blogger at Emily's Reading Room, a blog dedicated to promoting a love of young adult fiction. She blogs at emilysreadingroom.com and has book reviews, author interviews and more about the latest in young adult fiction.
"Blood Red Road" follows the story of Saba as she searches for her twin brother Lugh after he is kidnapped by cloaked riders following the murder of her father. Saba unwillingly allows her younger sister, Emmi, to join in the search for Lugh, and together they are plunged into a lawless world that requires both of them to fight to survive and learn who can be trusted.
This book is written in a poetic style with no quotation marks and phonetic spelling. It’s a beautiful addition to the story that will leave the reader breathless. Readers should be aware that there is mild profanity and significant violence. However, it is a captivating and original read. It has already been snapped up by Hollywood for a film adaptation, so expect to see a lot more of this story.
Ally Carter is the queen of the teenage-girl action novel. In the second book in the Heist Society series, Kat is asked to steal the Cleopatra diamond and return it to its rightful owners. An easy task for the girl that pulled off a heist in the greatest museum in the world. Except that the diamond hasn’t been seen in public for 30 years and, of course, it’s cursed.
"Uncommon Criminals" is full of intrigue, world travel and very cute boys. Teenage girls will love Kat and her adventures, probably almost as much as they love Hale. The heists planned by Kat and her crew are clever and imaginative. As a bonus, this book has zero questionable content and will be loved by young and old readers alike.
Since her parent’s bitter divorce, McLean and her father have lived in four towns in two years. With each move, McLean reinvents herself and takes on a new identity complete with new friends. With this new move, McLean discovers that she wants to stay and be herself, whatever that is.
This is another hit for Sarah Dessen. "What Happened to Goodbye" is a marvelous story about a girl that is desperately searching for an identity after her parent's tragic and public divorce shattered her world. Readers will love the wonderful, dynamic characters and the cute romance. There is some underage drinking, but is otherwise a clean read.
In this second book in the "Paranormalcy" trilogy, Evie has the normal life that she’s always dreamed of. But she soon realizes that normal life can be, well, boring. Evie is given an opportunity to work with the International Paranormal Containment Agency and agrees in the hopes of having some diversity. This choice puts her relationship with Lend in danger, and as she learns more about her past, she discovers that she is the key to a much larger conflict.
"Supernaturally" has the same wit and hilarious dialogue that was present in "Paranormalcy." Evie’s relationship with Lend is tested as he is away at college, and she learns that being normal comes with some serious, and boring, responsibilities. Evie also learns more about where she came from and what purpose she was intended for. Readers will love Evie’s spunky, cute attitude. This is another squeaky clean read that younger teens will enjoy.
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue — Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent). Each year, all 16-year-olds must choose which faction they wish to belong to. Beatrice chooses to leave her family and become a member of the Dauntless, changing her name to Tris. As she trains for initiation into the Dauntless, Tris learns who she can trust and what it really means to have courage. But she also learns that she has a secret that no one must ever know.
"Divergent" will thrill those who loved "The Hunger Games" trilogy. Tris is a warrior much like Katniss, which means that there is much to love about her. This is a book that once started is difficult to put down. This book has some heavy violence and mature behavior (tattooing, drinking, etc), and would be more suitable for older teens.