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August 2018

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update

August 2018

One of our most popular features on Teenreads is our Ultimate Reading List, a selection of books that are compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping; books that we would hand to someone and say, “read this!” This month, we're adding five amazing titles you're sure to love.

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry - Contemporary Fiction

August 7, 2018


When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, things can’t get much worse. Michael needs a friend, and when a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy, isn’t just Catholic...she wants to be a priest. Lucy introduces Michael to a group of outcasts, Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be a feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants and Eden can practice paganism. Michael encourages the Heretics to expose the school’s hypocrisies one stunt at a time. But when Michael takes one mission too far, he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom or rely on faith, his friends or himself.

Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles - Fiction

August 14, 2018


Careful --- you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding 12 stories with endings that are still being written --- whose next chapters are up to you. Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared. Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes 10 short stories, a graphic novel and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. This collection addresses topics like gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out and poverty and ranges in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance.

We Regret to Inform You by A.E. Kaplan - Contemporary Fiction

August 21, 2018


Mischa is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she's rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies, Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.

That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger - Contemporary Fiction

August 28, 2018


It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story --- that she died proclaiming her faith. But it's not true. I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight...but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did --- and didn't --- happen that day.

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram - Contemporary Fiction

August 28, 2018


Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian, and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, either. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they’re spending their days together. Sohrab calls him Darioush --- the original Persian version of his name --- and Darius has never felt more like himself.