Book News: Adult Books for Young Adults

Maybe you like to read about characters of all ages. Maybe you like books with historical settings. Maybe you like books with thought-provoking themes. You can find books with those qualities in the YA section, but you also might be surprised at how many adult books may suit your taste. This time of year, magazines and reading organizations begin announcing their favorite “adult books for young adults” released in the previous year. School Library Journal is the first to announce their selections. Here are some of their “adult books for young adults” which we have here at Patten, or view their entire list of adult picks for you.


The Fever by Megan Abbott
High school girls are beset by a mysterious fever, causing the entire community to panic about HPV vaccines, teen sex, and any and everything else, in this powerful, thought-provoking novel.

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Three narratives converge, leading up to New Year’s Eve at a Philadelphia jazz club. In one, Madeleine dreams of singing at the club after being expelled from school for retaliating against a bully.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Darrow is a Red, lowest in the caste-system of laborers tasked with transforming Mars into a habitable planet. When his wife is executed for a simple defiance, Darrow is taken in by rebels who persuade him to infiltrate the Golds, the ruling class, in order to avenge her death.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This page-turning, suspenseful novel cuts back and forth between time periods and among the story lines of three main characters–two young people on opposite sides of the war and one Nazi officer searching for precious jewels–who are bound to intersect, but exactly how and when?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
By turns a compelling tearjerker, a mystery, and a painful family drama, Ng’s debut novel follows the lives of a dysfunctional family, focusing on the trials of middle child Lydia as she deals with racism and sexism in 1970s Ohio.

Lock In by John Scalzi
Scalzi’s latest is a science-fiction thriller in which the world has been changed by Haden’s syndrome, a virus that left one percent of its victims “locked in”—fully aware and conscious, but unable to move their bodies. An FBI homicide investigation delves into the corporate greed controlling research on the epidemic.

The Martian by Andy Weir
After a freak dust storm, Mark Watley is left behind on NASA’s third manned mission to Mars, believed dead. He uses his problem-solving ability (and mechanical engineering and botanist training) to survive the unsurvivable, which he tracks in near-daily, often hilarious, log entries.


My Salinger Year by Joanna Smith Rakoff
Rakoff recounts the year she dropped out of grad school to move to New York City and write poetry. To make ends meet she worked as the assistant to a venerable, traditional publisher whose most famous client was J.D. Salinger.

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