5 Books To Read With Your Teen This Summer!

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Reading to your child is one of the best gifts you can give them, it helps build a life long love of books and creates a common interest you both share. Honestly, anything non-confrontational with a teen is a win.

When my girls were little, I would always read aloud to them, and we would make frequent trips to the library for story time. It was an activity we would all enjoy, they would fill up their totes with books, and off we would go to enjoy them all week long. I would love to go back to those carefree days with young kids.

As they got a little older, we would still go to the library, but mostly we would head to the book store, get a snack at the cafe and browse the aisles, separately of course. But in the end, we still had a common interest and an enjoyable outing to share.

Summer is the perfect time to share and discuss a book with your teen. It allows them to voice their own opinion and may give you some perspective on their thoughts. Below is a list of five Young Adult Books both you and your child can enjoy together. Don’t forget to visit the author or publisher’s website for some insight into the book. They may offer discussion questions or reading guides to help with some talking points.

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5 Summer Reads For Your Teen

AURORA RISING by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – This Science Fiction book is the first in the trilogy.

“This intergalactic space opera has it all: action, thrills, suspense, laughs, and all the feels.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review.

TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET by Karen M. McManus – This thriller is sure to keep you guessing.

“With complex characters and intricate plotting, McManus delivers a fast-paced, twisty whodunit.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review. 

SLAYER by Kiersten White – This NYTimes best seller is perfect for those who love vampire stories.

ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas – This is by the same author of the best selling book THE HATE YOU GIVE. It addresses many social issues opening the door for an excellent discussion.

“This honest and unflinching story of toil, tears, and triumph is a musical love letter that proves literary lightning does indeed strike twice. The rawness of Bri’s narrative demonstrates Thomas’ undeniable storytelling prowess. A joyous experience awaits. Read it. Learn it. Love it.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak – The book is intense, memorable and beautifully written. It’s also a movie.

What Young Adult books are on your summer reading list?

Happy reading,


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