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Staff Favorites of 2013: Teens

The staff of the County of Los Angeles Public Library read some great books in 2013. Here are some of our favorites!

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, 2013

Think you’re over vampire books? Think again. Holly Black’s deliciously creepy vampire tale will make you forget all the hearts, flowers, and sparkles that vampires have been associated with lately. Seriously. It’s super scary. And also amazing. Read it in the daytime.
Downloadable eBook & audiobook.

Genre: Horror

Recommended by Vickie from Topanga Library

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, 2013

The stories of a variety of gay teenage boys navigating life in the 21st century, including two who attempt to set a world record for kissing, are narrated by the generation of gay men who died of AIDS. The unique narrators bring an important historical context to today's realities in a book that is lyrical, thoughtful, hopeful, and warm-hearted.
Downloadable eBook.

Genre: Fiction

Recommended by Kristi from Library Headquarters

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More Than This by Patrick Ness, 2013

The last thing Seth remembers is drowning in the ocean and hearing his bones break against the rocks. When he wakes up, he is in his childhood home thousands of miles away. But the world seems to be empty, as if no one has been around for years. Where is he? Is he dead? "More Than This" is continuously surprising and original.
Downloadable eBook.

Genre: Science Fiction

Recommended by Teresa from La Crescenta Library

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, 2013

A delightful romance that centers around a vulnerable protagonist who is much more fabulous than she knows. This fangirl has a real life story on her hands that is even better than the best fan fiction.
Downloadable audiobook.

Genre: Fiction

Recommended by Melissa from Manhattan Beach Library

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Since You Asked by Maurene Goo, 2013

Holly Kim, the daughter of Korean immigrants, is the snarky, too cool for school friend you never had in high school. When her snarky rewrite of a classmate's newspaper column is accidentally published, she finds herself alternately hated and loved by her classmates. Why couldn't she have just stayed invisible?

Genre: Humor

Recommended by Sarah from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, 2013

There's a lot to love about this series -- romance, the search for a lost king, dangerous magic – but what keeps drawing me in is the characters: reckless Ronan; driven Adam; passionate Gansey; and stubborn Blue. All are trying to find their fate, or to escape from it, and a mix of fear and hope for them kept me reading long into the night.

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended by Karen from Hawaiian Gardens Library

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All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry, 2013

A compelling and superbly written story of a girl who must find her voice (figuratively and literally) following her two year abduction. Suspenseful, romantic, haunting… this book will break your heart in all the right ways.
Downloadable eBook and Streaming Audiobook.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Recommended by Vickie from Topanga Library

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Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, 2012

This book is a stunningly beautiful and painful look at sibling rivalry and loved ones lost to AIDS. It is the ultimate love story about coming to love your family as they really are. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Transcendent!
Downloadable eBook.

Genre: Fiction

Recommended by Melissa from Manhattan Beach Library

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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, 2013

If you have read anything by this author before, you know that unique magic systems are where he really shines, and this is no exception. A little bit of artistry with a lot of geometry makes this fun without getting too complicated.
Downloadable audiobook.

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended by Catherine from Pico Rivera Library

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The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler, 2013

Jude is spending the summer after her Senior year taking care of her father who has early onset Alzheimers. In an attempt to feel like her father isn't disappearing completely, she hires a young mechanic, Emilio, to help restore Papi's vintage motorcycle. There's romance, there's humor, but the most important aspect of the story is family.
Downloadable audiobook.

Genre: Fiction

Recommended by Stacey from City Terrace Library

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, 2012

This book was so gripping, I couldn't put it down-not even when the protagonist is splashed by blood from the guillotine used to kill the young French girl that has been tied to her wrist to wrist. The story of a young, beautiful British spy captured during World War II is told in first person along with the story of her best friend, a British pilot.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Recommended by Melissa from Manhattan Beach Library

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, 2011

What’s the worst thing that could happen to you? Right now Conor is dealing with a lot in his life: his mother is sick, his father has left, he’s living with a mean grandmother, and every night a monster comes to visit him in his dreams. Will the monster destroy Conor or help him find peace?
Downloadable eBook.

Genre: Fiction

Recommended by Victoria from Quartz Hill Library

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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, 2010

Dash finds a hidden note in one of the books in his favorite used book store. Turns out it is a scavenger hunt which leads him to clues. Lily continues the clues throughout the city in hopes that they will meet. You'll have fun following along with the clues and seeing the city of New York.
Downloadable eBook.

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Recommended by Leticia from Sorensen Library