I Want My Youth Back!

Look back on the angst of your teen years from the safety of your minivan! Follow best friends Lena, Carmen, Bridget and Tibby as they spend their first summer apart in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Cringe with Jessica as she tries to hide her budding relationship with Marcus (the class geek) from her friends, in Sloppy Firsts. Or cheer for Juli as she realizes that Bryce’s blue eyes are just about as empty as the rest of him, in Flipped. Here are some teen stories you don’t have to be a teen to enjoy.

What My Mother Doesn't Know

By Sonya Sones

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Composed entirely of short poems in free verse, What My Mother Doesn't Know captures the ups and downs of Sophie's freshman year of high school and her first real romance.
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True Confessions of a Heartless Girl

By Martha Brooks

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A confused seventeen-year-old girl, a single mother and her young son, two elderly women, and a sad and lonely man, with their own individual tragedies to bear, come together in a small Manitoba town and find a way to a better future.

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Tomorrow When the War Began

By John Marsden

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Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.
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Deenie

By Judy Blume

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When Deenie finds out that she has scoliosis, she’s scared. When she sees the brace for the first time, she wants to scream.

But the words won’t come out. And Deenie, beautiful Deenie, who everyone says should be a model, is stuck wearing a brace from her neck to her hips. For four years—or longer. She never worried about how she looked before—how will she ever face the hard times ahead?

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

By Ann Brashares

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How can one pair of jeans fit four friends as different as Lena, Bridget, Tibby, and Carmen? As the girls trade the pants back and forth over one magical summer, each experiences love, loss, and friendship.

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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

By Ann Brashares

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With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisters that wears them embark on their 16th summer. Bridget: Impulsively sets off for Alabama, wanting to both confront her demons about her family and avoid them all at once. Lena: Spends a blissful week with Kostos, making the unexplainable silence that follows his visit even more painful. Carmen: Is concerned that her mother is making a fool of herself over a man. When she discovers that her mother borrowed the Pants to wear on a date, she's certain of it. Tibby: Not about to spend another summer working at Wallman's, she takes a film course only to find it's what happens off-camera that teaches her the most.

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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

By Chris Crutcher

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The daily class discussions about the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior's attempt to answer a friend's dramatic cry for help.
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Speak

By Laurie Halse Anderson

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Melinda Sordino's inner voice provides sardonic commentary on her high school experience, while her real self remains mute about a painful incident that has made her an outcast.
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Sloppy Firsts

By Megan McCafferty

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When her best friend, Hope, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, 16-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. Jessica is a fish out of water at school, a stranger at home, and now -- with the only person with whom she could really communicate gone -- more lost than ever. How is she supposed to deal with the boy-and-shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad's obsession with her track meets, and her nonexistent love life?

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Second Helpings

By Megan McCafferty

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Jessica Darling is up in arms again in this much-anticipated, hilarious sequel to Sloppy Firsts. This time, the hyper-observant, angst-ridden teenager is going through the social and emotional ordeal of her senior year at Pineville High.
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