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Books For When You Need To Get Away


It’s Teen Read Week and the theme is Get Away At Your Library so we’re celebrating books of EVERY genre imaginable that whisked us away from everyday life. Read on for 13 books that do an exceptional job of freeing you from reality: whether it’s to a fantasy world, the past, or simply into someone else’s shoes!


Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Sydney’s always felt invisible, but after her brother lands in jail because of a drunk-driving accident, she starts to question her place in the family and the world.


Atlantia by Ally Condie

Rio’s lived her whole life in the underwater city of Atlantia until one decision changes everything and she uncovers long-hidden truths about her mother’s death, her destiny, and the complex system that governs the divide between land and sea.


The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Ever since Hayley’s father returned from Iraq, she’s been on the move with him as he tries to escape the demons that torture him. Now, they’re back in the town she grew up in, but does she really have a chance at a normal life?


Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Half New York love story, half Parisian romance, the story of Isla and Josh is one that confronts the reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.


Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The true story of how Maya Van Wagenen followed a 1950′s popularity guide and what it taught her in a modern-day Texas high school.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Escape into the mind of a heroine who’s descending quickly into villain. And peek inside the sequel, The Rose Society, which just came out!


Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Tired of your high school routine? Jump into Scott’s, which is made infinitely better by his honest, hilarious tips for survival inside and out of the halls. And peek inside the sequel, Sophomores and Oxymorons, here!


Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Jump on a road trip with Michelle and Leah, who have absolutely nothing in common except the man they’re journeying to see – the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Jay Asher’s international bestseller explores the idea of how everything is connected and the effect we have on those around us.


Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

A story of friendship, identity, and transformation set in Hawaii that will instantly transport you to the sun and sand.


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The tale of twins Noah and Jude is a brilliant burst of art, family, love, and tragedy that will take your heart to new heights.


The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Travel back in time to the Great Depression with the tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant.


Rookie Yearbook Four by Tavi Gevinson

A collection of art, photographs, tutorials, advice and interviews perfectly-curated to inspire you and help you celebrate the beauty, pain, and awkwardness of being a teenager.

Sometimes escaping from reality doesn’t always go as planned — here are 6 of the worst fictional islands to get stuck on (oops).



10 Love Stories Gone Wrong

We all love a good love story…but not all love stories necessarily have smooth courses (or happy endings). Come to think of it, a lot of love stories have a few bumps (or 200) along the way. Here are 10 love stories that don’t go quite as you’d expect!   The Love that Split the World by … Continued
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12 Books to Read If You’re Obsessed With Musical Theater

Do you sing Hamilton in the shower? Wicked in your car? Geeking out to Six the Musical on a regular basis? Here are the musical theater books for you.   The Alex and Eliza Trilogy by Melissa de la Cruz Hey Hamilton lovers, this one is for you. The Alex and Eliza Trilogy is the love story … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: Rebelwing

Happy #FridayReads! Did someone say robot dragons?! This week, we’re reading Rebelwing by Andrea Tang. Read the excerpt below! Chapter 1   The Drop   The whole mess was a long time coming, but the drama really began when the long, sleek snout of a plasma gun interrupted Pru’s breakfast.   “Good morning,” said Alex, black-eyed gaze intent over … Continued
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7 Alternate Histories to Answer Your Biggest “What If’s…”

Historical fiction is great, but sometimes you need your history with a twist. What if one thing had changed about your favorite historical time period? We’ve rounded up 7 reads that answer some of our favorite “what if’s”.   What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Roberton (Cremer) After years … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton

Excerpt alert! This week we’re reading The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton by Richard Fifield. The Serpent King meets Girl in Pieces in this moving and darkly funny story about a teenage girl coming of age and learning how to grieve in small-town Montana. Scroll down to start reading! The court-appointed advocate dropped me off at two o’clock in the morning. … Continued
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6 Books to Cuddle Up With

Winter is the best time to be a reader because no one tries to force you to go outside and be “active,” leaving you with plenty of time to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Below are a few of our favorites to get all snuggly with, and the … Continued
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4 O.G. YA Romances That Must Be Remembered

For many of us book nerds, YA romances were what helped us start to learn what love is. (The PINING. Oh, that unforgettable PINING. 💔) If you’re looking for some romances to cozy up with indoors right now, then we’re here to remind you of some of the ORIGINAL YA romances that some of us … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: A Phoenix First Must Burn

A Phoenix First Must Burn is a collection of sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A … Continued
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10 Books That Will Destroy Your Heart (And Help You Heal)

As the incomparable Mara from Aaron Starmer’s explosive novel Spontaneous sagely said, “No one buying a book cares about metaphors and all that crap. All they want to do is cry.” We all have that book that we sobbed through, or books we return to when we’re in need of a good old fashioned feels … Continued
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Top Dragon Book Recommendations…by Author Andrea Tang!

Andrea Tang’s debut, Rebelwing, is hitting shelves THIS.MONTH. We are so psyched to join Prudence Wu on the back of a cybernetic dragon in an epic escape from a smuggling deal gone VERY wrong. If you are here for dragons, dystopia, or action-packed plot, make sure to add this one to the top of your February TBR! … Continued
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