Great Reads for Girls (Teen)

Allen Rachael.  The Revenge Playbook.  YPB Allen
Four girls, who each have their own personal reasons for wanting revenge, come together to complete a list of fourteen dares before the rookie members of the football team can accomplish the same goal.

Aguirre, Ann.  The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things.  Y FIC Aguirre
Sage has learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine. . . until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Anderson, Katie D.  Kiss & Make Up.  Y FIC Anderson
Emerson Taylor can read the mind of any person whom she kisses on the lips, and when she decides to use this power to steal secrets and test answers, Emerson does not envision her plot being complicated by feelings of love.

Avi.  Blue Heron.  Y FIC Avi
While spending the month of August on the Massachusetts shore with her father, stepmother, and their new baby, almost thirteen-year-old Maggie finds beauty in and draws strength from a great blue heron, even as the family around her unravels.

Bauer, Joan.  Rules of the Road.  Y FIC Bauer
Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father.

Boles, Philana Marie.  Glitz.  Y FIC Boles
Sixteen-year-old orphan Ann Michelle runs away from her grandmother’s house in Toledo, Ohio, with a new friend who is intent on seeking her own fame while the teenagers follow a hip-hop musician to New York City.

Brashares, Ann.  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Y FIC Brashares (SERIES)
Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants.

Brian, Kate.  Lucky T.  Y FIC Brian
Carrie gets upset when her mother gives her lucky T-shirt to Help India, now she’s only having bad luck, so she decides to travel halfway around the world to get her lucky shirt back.

Brian, Kate.  Sweet 16.  Y FIC Brian
On the night of her sweet sixteen birthday party, self-centered snob Teagan Phillips receives a visit from a special person who tries to convince the teenager to change the way she lives her life.

Cabot, Meg.  The Princess Diaries.  Y FIC Cabot /  LT Y FIC Cabot  (SERIES)
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.

Caletti, Deb.  Stay.  Y FIC Caletti
In a remote corner of Washington State where she and her father have gone to escape her obsessive boyfriend, Clara meets two brothers who captain a sailboat, a lighthouse keeper with a secret, and an old friend of her father who knows his secrets.

Caletti, Deb.  The Story of Us.  Y FIC Caletti
After jilting two previous fiances, Cricket’s mother is finally marrying the right man, but as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities, complications arise for Cricket involving her own love life, her beloved dog Jupiter, and her mother’s reluctance to marry.

Cherry, Alison.  For Real.  Y FIC Cherry
When shy, intelligent, eighteen-year-old Claire convinces her beautiful, popular sister Miranda to team up and compete against Miranda’s cheating ex-boyfriend on a reality television show, Claire is the one to capture a fellow contestant’s attention.

Childs, Tera Lynn.  Oh. My. Gods. : Goddess Bootcamp.  Y FIC Childs
Seventeen-year-old Phoebe, unable to control the powers inherited from her ancestor Nike, must attend summer camp with a group of ten-year-olds, while coping with her boyfriend’s apparent betrayal and mysterious messages about her deceased father.

Cirrone, Dorian.  Prom Kings and Drama Queens.  Y FIC Cirrone
When high school junior Emily Bennet is caught between a new relationship with the boy of her dreams and planning an alternative prom with her longtime rival on the student newspaper, it forces her to think about her values and make a difficult decision.

Colasanti, Susane.  So Much Closer.  Y FIC Colsanti
Seventeen-year-old Brooke has a crush on Scott so big that when he heads for New York City, she moves into her estranged father’s Greenwich Village apartment, but soon she begins to focus on knowing herself and finding her future path.

Creech, Sharon.  Absolutely Normal Chaos.  Y PB C (SUMMER READING)
Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin’s search for his biological father.

Culbertson, Kim.  Catch a Falling Star.  Y FIC Culbertson
Carter Moon is expecting to spend a quiet summer working in her parents’ restaurant and hanging out with her best friends Alien Drake and Chloe–but when a Hollywood company arrives to film a movie, her sleepy California town is suddenly transformed, and Carter finds herself playing an unexpected part in it all.

Danziger, Paula.  P.S. Longer Letter Later.  Y FIC Danziger
Twelve-year-old best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara-Starr’s family moves to another state.

Demetrios, Heather.  Something Real.  Y FIC Demetrios
Since the cancellation of her family’s reality television show, seventeen-year-old Bonnie Baker, one of twelve siblings, has tried to live a normal life with real friends and a possible boyfriend, until her mother and the show’s producers decide to bring “Baker’s Dozen” back on the air.

Dionne, Erin.  Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies.  Y FIC Dionne
Overweight thirteen-year-old Celeste begins a campaign to lose weight in order to make sure she does not win the Miss HuskeyPeach modeling challenge, in which her mother and aunt have entered her–against her wishes.

Dominy, Amy Fellner.  OyMG.  Y FIC Dominy
Fourteen-year-old Ellie will do almost anything to win a scholarship to the best speech school in the country, but must decide if she is willing to hide her Jewish heritage while at a Phoenix, Arizona, summer camp that could help her reach her goal.

Freitas, Donna.  The Survival Kit.  Y FIC Freitas
After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Rose works through her grief by finding meaning in a survival kit that her mother left behind.

Green, John.  The Fault in Our Stars.  Y FIC 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

Greenwald, Lisa.  My Life in Pink and Green.  Y FIC Greenwald  (Pink & Green SERIES)
When the family’s drugstore is failing, seventh-grader Lucy uses her problem solving talents to come up with solution that might resuscitate the business, along with helping the environment. SEQUELS: My Summer of Pink & Green (2013) & Pink & Green is the New Black (2014).

Hale, Shannon.  Princess Academy.  Y FIC Hale (SERIES)
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.  SEQUELPalace of Stone (2012)

Han, Jenny.  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  Y FIC Han  (SERIES)
Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.  SEQUEL: P.S. I Still Love You (2015).

Hesse, Karen.  Out of the Dust.  Y PB H // Y FIC Hesse (SUMMER READING)
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Hillyer, Lexa.  Proof of Forever.  Y FIC Hillyer
Four former friends are transported back in time to a pivotal summer in all of their lives during a camp reunion.

Kirby, Jessi.  Golden.  Y FIC Kirby
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap–one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery–she decides to take a chance.

Koss, Amy Goldman.  The Girls.  Y PB K  // Y FIC Koss
Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them.

Levine, Gail Carson.  The Wish.  Y FIC Levine // Y PB L  (SUMMER READING)
When granted her wish to be the most popular girl in school, Wilma, an eighth grader, forgets that she will graduate in three weeks and her popularity will vanish.

Maizel, Rebecca.  Between Us and the Moon.  Y FIC Maizel
Just before spending her sixteenth summer on Cape Cod, Sarah’s boyfriend breaks up with her and, as a scientist whose focus is on winning a scholarship through her study of a comet, she designs an experiment to become more like her older sister to see ifshe, too, can be popular.

Matson, Morgan.  The Unexpected Everything.  Y FIC Matson
When a scandal surrounding her father upsets all her carefully laid plans for her future, Andie must learn to accept a new relationship with her father and to embrace a little chaos in her life.

Moriarty, Jaclyn.   The Year of Secret Assignments.  Y FIC Moriarty
Three female students from Ashbury High write to three male students from rival Brookfield High as part of a pen pal program, leading to romance, humiliation, revenge plots, and war between the schools.

Noel, Alyson.  Art Geeks and Prom Queens.  YPB Noel
Sixteen-year-old Rio Jones dumps the friends she has made at her new southern California private school in favor of cheerleader Kristi and an exclusive clique, an eye-opening experience for all concerned.

Noel, Alyson.  Evermore.  YPB Noel  (SERIES)
Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras and hear people’s thoughts, and she goes out of her way to hide from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries.

Palmer, Robin.  Once Upon a Kiss.  YPB Palmer
When sixteen-year-old Zoe Brenner is transported thirty years in the future to the year 2016, she finds that she’s the most popular girl at school, she is dating the star jock, and her best friend Jonah won’t even speak to her.

Patrick, Cat.  Forgotten.  Y FIC Patrick
Sixteen-year-old London Lane forgets everything each night and must use notes to struggle through the day, even to recall her wonderful boyfriend, but she “remembers” future events and as her “flashforwards” become more disturbing she realizes she must learn more about the past lest it destroy her future.

Philpot, Chelsey.  Even in Paradise.  Y FIC Philpot
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ryder, a girl from a working class family whose talent for the arts has gained her entry into the exclusive St. Anne’s school, is drawn into the circle of the larger-than-life Julia Buchanan, a former senator’s daughter.

Portes, Andrea.  Anatomy of a Misfit.  Y FIC Portes
The third most popular girl in school’s choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic mistfit ends in tragedy and self-realizaition.

Rowell, Rainbow.  Fangirl.  Y FIC Rowell
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, 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 fragile father.

Rudnick, Paul.  It’s All Your Fault.  Y FIC Rudnick
Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Singleberry is a proper Christian teenager and member of a family singing group, but today she has been given a truly impossible assignment–keep her cousin Heller Harrigan, Hollywood wild child, out of trouble for the last weekend before her first big movie debuts.

Selfors, Suzanne.  Saving Juliet.  Y Fic Selfors
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford’s stage fright and fight with her mother on the closing night of Romeo and Juliet are nothing compared to the troubles she faces when she and her leading man are transported to Shakespeare’s Verona, where she decides to give the real Juliet a happy ending.

Serle, Rebecca.  Famous in Love.  Y FIC Serle  (SERIES)
When seventeen-year-old Paige is discovered in Portland, Oregon, and brought to Hollywood to star in a major motion picture, she finds all of the fame and adulation she had dreamed of but also gets caught in a romantic whirlwind, both on and off screen.  SEQUEL: Truly Madly Famous (2015). 

Sheldon, Dyan.  The Truth About My Success.  Y FIC Dylan
What happens when a bratty teenage star and a hardworking waitress get a taste of each other’s worlds?

Siobhan, Vivian.  The List.  Y FIC Siobhan
Every year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade–this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list.

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence.  Nerd Girls — The Rise of the Dorkasaurus.  Y FIC Sitomer
Three misfit middle school students team up to try to beat out the catty and mean “ThreePees”–pretty, popular, and perfect girls–at the school talent show.

Sones, Sonya.  What My Mother Doesn’t Know.  Y FIC Sones
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.

Spalding, Amy.  Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys).  YPB Spalding
Sixteen-year-olds Riley and Reid make a pact to pursue their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook they call “The Passenger Manifest.”.

Spinelli, Jerry.  Stargirl.  Y FIC Spinelli // LT Y FIC Spinelli  (SERIES)
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever. SEQUELLove, Stargirl.

Springer, Kristina.  Cici Reno: #Middleschoolmatchmaker.  Y FIC Springer
When Cici Reno offers to help her best friend get a guy’s attention by pretending to be her online, Cici begins to fall for the guy himself, causing tension between the two friends.

Stead, Rebecca.  Goodbye Stranger.  Y FIC Stead
As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend–or more than friend–Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: “What is my purpose?”

Stone, Phoebe.  Paris for Two.  Y FIC Stone
Twelve-year-old Petunia is used to living in the shadow of her fourteen-year-old half-sister, Ava, their mother’s favorite, but now that the whole family has moved to Paris for a year, Pet finds herself stepping into the light, making new friends, uncovering secrets, and, inspired by the classic French dolls she has found, revealing an unexpected talent for designing dresses–and her beautiful sister does not take it well.

Stone, Tamara.  Every Last Word.  Y FIC Stone
Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club.

Vail, Rachel.  Unfriended.  Y FIC Vail
When thirteen-year-old Truly is invited to sit at the Popular Table, she finds herself caught in a web of lies and misunderstandings, made unescapable by the hyperconnected social media world.

Van Draanen, Wendelin.   Flipped.  Y FIC Van Draanen
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Wells, Pamela.  The Heartbreakers. Y FIC
When three high school friends experience breakups on the same night, a fourth writes “The Break up Code,” which all agree to follow as they try to get over the bad relationships and get back in touch with themselves and one another.

West, Kasie.  Pivot Point.  Y FIC West (SERIES)
A girl with the power to search alternate futures lives out six weeks of two different lives in alternating chapters. Both futures hold the potential for love and loss, and ultimately she is forced to choose which fate she is willing to live through. SEQUEL: Split Second (2014).

Westerfeld, Scott.  Uglies.  Y FIC Westerfeld.  (SERIES)
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally’s best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.  SEQUELS: Pretties (2005), Specials (2006), Extras (2007).

Yeh, Kat.  The Truth About Twinkie Pie.  Y FIC Yeh
When twelve-year-old GiGi and her big sister DiDi move to Long Island from South Carolina for GiGi to attend a fancy new private school, GiGi has a new recipe for success and makes new friends, but then discovers a family secret that turns her life upside-down.

Zeitlin, Meredith.  Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters.  Y FIC Zeitlin
Smart, occasionally insecure, and ambitious Brooklyn fourteen-year-old Kelsey Finkelstein embarks on her freshman year of high school in Manhattan with the intention of “rebranding” herself, but unfortunately everything she tries to do is a total disaster.

Zeitlin, Meredith.  Sophomore Year is Greek to Me.  Y FIC Zeitlin
Fifteen-year-old Zona Lowell is finally comfortable in high school when her father tells her that they’re moving to Greece for the second half of her sophomore year, and she will be forced to meet her mother’s large extended family there against her will.

Zink, Michelle.  Lies I Told.  Y FIC Zink  (SERIES)
Since Grace was adopted by the Fontaines, she has been carefully taught the art of the scam and has an uncanny ability to create a personality to help her “parents,” but their latest job has her questioning everything she has been taught and the family she has grown to love.  SEQUEL: Promises I Made (2015).

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