The 8 Best Books for Teens in 2019 [Guide]

Searching for some of the best books for teens to read this year? We’ve got you covered in our annual roundup of some of the best YA books of 2019 (so far!)

Whether you’re a YA book lover yourself, or trying to find the perfect book for the teen in your life, this short guide will help get you started.

From dystopian adventure, to hip hop, to reimagined fairy-tales, we’ve gathered some major YA page turners to put at the top of your must-read list. Check out this list of eight books for teens they won’t be able to put down.

End of Summer Roundup: 8 Books for Teens in 2019

1. The Sieger Chronicles

By Cory Ellsworth

The Sieger Chronicles, a series of books by Cory Paul Ellsworth, is an exciting, dystopian delight that’s sure to get your heart racing. The action-filled adventure series tells the story of a brave group of freedom fighters, battling against a corrupt government despite long odds and constant danger.

It’s the year 2060 and Benjamin True Sieger finds himself in the middle of a battle against a corrupt dystopian regime. Despite long odds and constant danger, Ben and the brave group of fighters go to war for what they believe in most – freedom. An insightful look at emotion, character, and power, you won’t want to miss the riveting first novel. Perfect for YA fans of The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and Divergent series.

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2. Two Can Keep a Secret

By Karen M. McManus

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. 

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3. Imprison the Sky

By A.C. Guaghen

Aspasia captains a ship dedicated to rescuing women and children from slavery. With war brewing and a constant threat hanging over her, Aspasia must rely on her magic, tenacity, and loyal friends to win her freedom. This action-packed sequel to Reign the Earth will satisfy your teen’s craving for magic, romance, and suspense.

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4. Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons #4)

By Matt de la Peña

The irresistible DC Icons series continues with the story of a teenage Clark Kent. When he stumbles across a dark secret hiding beneath the charm of Smallville, Clark and his best friend set out to find the truth and save the town.

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5. Field Notes on Love

By Jennifer E. Smith

A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

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6. Cinder

By Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

With high-stakes action and a smart, resourceful heroine, Cinder is a Cinderella retelling that is at once classic and strikingly original. It’s certainly a unique novel to add to your list of books for teens this year.

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7. On The Come Up

By Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.

But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.

Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, this novel is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you.

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8. The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

By Ally Condie

Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be, and the ways love can change and shape you. Even—and especially—when you think all is lost.

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Books are an incredible journey that can stay with you for a lifetime. We hope this list of books for teens in 2019 will help to jumpstart your bookshelf and provide your family with endless entertainment. Check out one of these page-turners this fall – you’re sure to find a new favorite!

Looking for an action-packed series of adventure books? Don’t forget to add The Sieger Chronicles to your must-read list. Within the first few pages, you’ll be completely hooked. Purchase the series here!