Continuing on from last week, we are still featuring some thoughts on our favorite titles from 2014. This week we will be focusing on the youth with three days of books that are for the under-18 set. But adults, these books are for you too – especially today’s selections!
And remember, if you want the full 2014 Staff Picks list, you can visit any of our library locations or check out it out online in two parts: 2014 Staff Picks for Adults and 2014 Staff Picks for Children.
Here are our favorite teen reads of 2014:
All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
A tragic, chilling tale about a Puritan girl who returns home as a mute after she went missing 2 years earlier. Written in a series of journal entries the story slowly reveals clues to her disappearance. – Madeline
Cress by Marissa Meyer
This third entry in the Lunar Chronicles finds our previous characters interacting with Repunzel-like hacker Cress to find a way to over-throw Lunar queen Levana. Read the first two books, Cinder and Scarlet to get to this best-yet in the series entry. Audiobook narrator Rebecca Stoler brings the characters and story joyfully to life! – Jennifer
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
One of the most imaginative books I’ve ever read is not for the faint of heart. Sixteen year old Polish-American Austin Szerba recounts the story of his relationship with his best friend Robby, who is in love with him, and his girlfriend Shann, who is also in love with him, both of whom he may be in love with, which causes him great confusion. To complicate matters further, Austin and Robby accidentally unleash a plague of giant, killer praying mantises upon humanity, bringing about the end of the world. Smith’s story is wickedly funny, imaginative, heartbreaking and profane. Recommended for adventurous, mature readers who are not easily offended. – Jennifer
The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
Awesome science fiction adventure with action from start to finish. It’s the sequel to The Fifth Wave which you must read first. – Lesley
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, 18 year-old Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. Lyrical language and slowly unraveling suspense make this a must-read (or must-listen-to.) – Jennifer