A teenage book recommendation: The Elite (Selection) by Kiera Cass

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/1dz0ngk.
Books similar to this are The Jewel, the Matched series or the Under the Never Sky series. This book is a relaxing and easy read, but it kept me hooked and I, for one, couldn’t put it down.
Book description from Google Books:
The second book in Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection seriesWith even more glamour, intrigue, and swoon-worthy romance, this sparkling sequel to The Selection will captivate readers who loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, or Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn.Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection, and to win Prince Maxon’s heart. Now six girls remain, and the competition is fiercer than ever—but America Singer is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—that she wants? Or is it still Aspen, her first love? 
The book is rated 4.02/5 at goodreads.com, from 276280 ratings. See 22158 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1KqEWIF.
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A teenage book recommendation: The Elite (Selection) by Kiera Cass

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/1dz0ngk.
Books similar to this are The Jewel, the Matched series or the Under the Never Sky series. This book is a relaxing and easy read, but it kept me hooked and I, for one, couldn’t put it down.
Book description from Google Books:
The second book in Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection seriesWith even more glamour, intrigue, and swoon-worthy romance, this sparkling sequel to The Selection will captivate readers who loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, or Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn.Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection, and to win Prince Maxon’s heart. Now six girls remain, and the competition is fiercer than ever—but America Singer is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—that she wants? Or is it still Aspen, her first love? 
The book is rated 4.02/5 at goodreads.com, from 276032 ratings. See 22149 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1KqEWIF.
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A teenage book recommendation: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Series #2) by James Dashner

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/1wmdgf5.
Dashner has not failed to disappoint on this fine occasion, and I shall be waiting for the movie release eagerly.
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The second book in the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series—The Scorch Trials is a modern classic for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?
The book is rated 3.93/5 at goodreads.com, from 351593 ratings. See 23273 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/17Z5OC6.
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A teenage book recommendation: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2dd0nrr.
For me, this book was about the real thing! How issues are actually dealt with, relationships formed and family ties strengthened, and not like your usual OMG teenager drama!
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A New York Times bestseller To find the truth you’ve got to be willing to hear it.   When she’s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection.   But her real life is far from perfect.   Fortunately, she’s got Owen. He’s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated to always telling the truth.   And most of all, he’s determined to make Annabel happy. . .   “This is young adult fiction at its best.” —School Library Journal   Also by Sarah Dessen: Along for the Ride Dreamland Keeping the Moon Lock and Key The Moon and More Someone Like You That Summer This Lullaby The Truth About Forever What Happened to Goodbye
The book is rated 4.06/5 at goodreads.com, from 209512 ratings. See 7389 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1rqAr6S.
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A teenage book recommendation: The Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling Survival by Carine McCandless

A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/1vudIY6.
…The Wild Truth is an important book on two fronts: It sets the record straight about a story that has touched thousands of readers, and it opens up a conversation about hideous domestic violence hidden behind a mask of prosperity and propriety.
Book description from Google Books:
The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer’s book,Into the Wild, became an international bestseller, translated into thirty-one languages, and Sean Penn’s inspirational film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame. But the real story of Chris’s life and his journey has not yet been told – until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in The Wild Truth, written by Carine McCandless, Chris’s beloved and trusted sister.  Featured in both the book and film, Carine has wrestled for more than twenty years with the legacy of her brother’s journey to self-discovery, and now tells her own story while filling in the blanks of his. Carine was Chris’s best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Growing up in the same troubled household, Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family. In the many years since the tragedy of Chris’s death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption. In this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth.
The book is rated 3.67/5 at goodreads.com, from 5909 ratings. See 883 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1vudJvd.
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A teenage book recommendation: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2cvE3Gq.
I would have loved it if Greg’s humour had appealed to me and I had wanted to be his friend…Despite all these negative comments, I did enjoy Jesse Andrew’s book. It was refreshing to read something different and original.
Book description from amazon.com:
The book that inspired the hit film! Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience AwardSundance Grand Jury Prize This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death. It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life.
The book is rated 3.58/5 at goodreads.com, from 95751 ratings. See 11656 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1MQBbNW.
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A teenage book recommendation: Gallagher Girls: 01: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2dfLGUj.
I thought this book was really entertaining and I was hooked from the first page. Cammie is a likeable character and the situations that she gets into with her friends are exciting to read.
Book description from Google Books:
Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses – but it’s really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can Cammie have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?
The book is rated 3.82/5 at goodreads.com, from 159140 ratings. See 6778 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1LtKWmX.
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A teenage book recommendation: Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/1SSxiek.
Such an exciting follow up to Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare has indeed done it again! I cannot wait to read the final instalment- a must read trilogy!
Book description from Google Books:
True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them. Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
The book is rated 4.46/5 at goodreads.com, from 334938 ratings. See 18098 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1SSxk5R.
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A teenage book recommendation: Gallagher Girls: 01: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2dfLGUj.
I thought this book was really entertaining and I was hooked from the first page. Cammie is a likeable character and the situations that she gets into with her friends are exciting to read.
Book description from Google Books:
Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses – but it’s really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can Cammie have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?
The book is rated 3.82/5 at goodreads.com, from 159126 ratings. See 6777 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1LtKWmX.
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A teenage book recommendation: Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/1GUatl1.
One of the characters in this tender, clear-eyed and humorous novel remarks of the years before 1914 that “there were still happy endings in those days”.
Book description from Google Books:
An epic, heart-wrenching follow-on from E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It stories. The five children have grown up and World War I has begun in earnest. Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at art college, Robert is a Cambridge scholar and Jane is at high school. The Lamb is the grown up age of 11, and he has a little sister, Edith, in tow. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories … until, for the first time in 10 years, he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious purpose. Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed, and the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint – factory-workers, soldiers, nurses and ambulance drivers, and the people left at home, and the war’s impact will be felt right at the heart of their family.
The book is rated 3.94/5 at goodreads.com, from 837 ratings. See 169 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1GUawx6.
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