unRequired Reading Blog

If you like plots that keep you guessing

Here are some suggestions for books with school drama/situations and
plots that keep you guessing at the ending.


The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin.
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young
age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.


Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks.
After moving with his mother to a trailer park to care for an injured
aunt, eleven-year-old Jamie Reardon struggles to cope with a deeply
buried secret.

If you like Back in Black by Zoey Dean

If you liked Back in Black, here are some other titles with a little suspense or romance you might like:

If you like A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Here are a few recommendations with a little romance, some happy some a bit sad, one paranormal, and one a beloved classic.

If you like Everything's Eventual by Stephen King

I'd particularly recommend The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray and A Great and Terrible Beauty.

A Nightmare's Dozen: Stories From the Dark illustrated by Michael Hussar edited by Michael Sterns.
Frightening tales from a multitude of authors promise to keep you awake at night.


Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan.
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an
encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make
life-changing choices.

If you like novels in verse

Here are some suggestions of novels in verse that I think will appeal to a teenage boy.


Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes.
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poem they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their classmates.


Comfort by Carolee Dean.
Kenny fantasizes about escape from his small hometown of Comfort, Texas, following his father's release from prison.

If you like Vampire Plagues by Sebastian Rook

Did you know it is part of a series? You mentioned that one of the things you liked about the book was the action and also that you thought it was a historical fiction book. I found some books you might like that are considered "Fang" fiction but also some historical fiction. I hope you enjoy reading some of these books:

Fang Fiction -

Stories of Eating Disorders

Here are a few titles you might enjoy:

To Dance: A Memior by
Siena Cherson
In graphic format, the author shares her story of how, after being diagnosed with flat feet, she decided to take ballet classes at the age of six and was accepted to the School of American Ballet when she was eleven.

Life in the Fat Lane
by Cherie Bennett
Sixteen-year-old Lara, winner of beauty pageants and Homecoming Queen, is distressed and bewildered when she starts gaining weight and becomes a fat girl.

If you like ballet stories

Here are a few titles you might enjoy:

To Dance: A Memior by
Siena Cherson
In graphic format, the author shares her story of how, after being diagnosed with flat feet, she decided to take ballet classes at the age of six and was accepted to the School of American Ballet when she was eleven.

Life in the Fat Lane
by Cherie Bennett
Sixteen-year-old Lara, winner of beauty pageants and Homecoming Queen, is distressed and bewildered when she starts gaining weight and becomes a fat girl.

If you like The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Here are some suggestions for other books that you may like. Next time it would help up find suggestions for you if we knew why you liked a certain book. The more info you give us, the better we can personalize your request!

If you like Kidnapped by Gordon Korman

You might try his Island series (Book one is Shipwreck, published in 2001; Book Two is Survival;Book Three is Escape).

Here are three other titles you might enjoy.

Downriver by Will Hobbs.
Fifteen-year-old Jessie and the other rebellious teenage members of a
wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader, hijack his boats, and try to run the dangerous white water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.