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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list, compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), suggests books that teens, ages 12–18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read. Titles published in late 2008 are noted; all others were published in 2009. The committee’s top 10 choices are identified with a star (*).
America’s Next Top Model:
Fierce Guide to Life; The Ultimate Source of Beauty, Fashion, and Model Behavior. By J. E. Bright. illus. Universe, paper, $24.95 (9780789318596).
Let your inner diva shine.
Are You Afraid Yet? The Science behind Scary Stuff. By Stephen James O’Meara. Illus. by Jeremy Kaposy. Kids Can, $17.95 (9781554532940); paper, $9.95 (9781554532957).
Uncover the scientific truth about the strange and unusual.
Art of the Video Game. By Josh Jenisch. illus. 2008. Quirk, $40 (9781594742774).
The digital artistry of your favorites.
Crap: How to Deal with Annoying Teachers, Bosses, Backstabbers, and Other Stuff That Stinks. By Erin Elisabeth Conley and others. Zest, paper, $8.95 (9780979017353).
Life is crappy, but it doesn’t have to wreck your day.
Deadly Perils and How to Avoid Them. By Tracey Turner. Illus. by Ben Hasler. Walker, paper, $11.99 (9780802787385).
. . . and then you die.
The Dictionary of High School B.S.:
From Acne to Varsity; All the Funny, Lame, and Annoying Aspects of High School Life. By Lois Beckwith. illus. 2008. Zest, paper, $10.95 (9780979017391).
High school—one definition at a time.
The Disposable Skateboard Bible. By Sean Cliver. illus. Gingko, $39.95 (9781584233275).
Ultimate guide to skateboard decks.
Extreme Pumpkins II: Take Back Halloween and Freak Out a Few More Neighbors. By Tom Nardone. illus. 2008. Penguin/HP, paper, $13.95 (9781557885333).
Not your traditional jack-o’-lantern: alien, booger-filled pumpkin and more!
Fuck the World. By Bodhi Oser. illus. Chronicle, paper, $16.95 (9780811866453).
Signs all over the world—with one word added.
Gothic Lolita Punk. By Rico Komanoya. illus. Collins Design, paper, $24.99 (9780061149955).
A showcase of art and artists from Japan.
Hell Bound: New Gothic Art. By Francesca Gavin. illus. 2008. Laurence King, paper, $24.95 (9781856695633).
Art from the dark and disturbed.
* High Voltage Tattoo. By Kat Von D. illus. Collins Design, $29.99 (9780061684388).
Famed L.A. tattoo artist talks ink and rock ’n’ roll.
Celebrity Dogs Bite Back. By Nasim Mawji and others. illus. 2008. DK, paper, $9.95 (9780756636821).
What is Paris Hilton’s dog really thinking?
How to Be a Vampire: A Fangs-On Guide for the Newly Undead. By Amy Gray. Illus. by Scott Erwert. Candlewick, $14.99 (9780763649159).
Thinking outside the coffin.
A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves. By Crystal Renn. illus. Simon & Schuster, $25 (9781439101230).
A model’s success doesn’t require starvation.
I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets:Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure
. By Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser. illus. HarperTeen, paper, $8.99 (9780061726842).
Turn the page: teens’ true confessions.
I Love Yous Are for White People. By Lac Su. illus. HarperPerennial, paper, $14 (9780061543661).
Violence at home and on the streets.
42 People, 42 Stories. By Carey Hart and Chris Palmer. Illus. by Bill Thomas. 2008. Workman/Artisan, $35 (9781579653354).
Everyone’s skin has a story.
Clever, Odd, and Outrageous Tattoos. By John Smith. illus. 2008. teNeues, $19.95 (9783832792800).
What were they thinking?
Jonas Brothers Forever:The Unofficial Story of Kevin, Joe, and Nick
. By Susan Janic. illus. ECW, paper, $14.95 (9781550228519).
All you need to know about the bros.
LOL Cat, v.1:
I Can Has Cheezburger? A LOLcat Colleckshun. By Professor Happycat and icanhascheezburger.com. illus. 2008. Gotham, paper, $10 (9781592404094).
Dis buk iz rilly funnee!
LOL Cat, v.2: How to Take over teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning. By Professor Happycat and icanhascheezburger.com. illus. Gotham, paper, $12 (9781592405169).
LOLcats r bak!
Real Girls and Guys Confess More of Their Most Mortifying Moments! By Seventeen magazine staff. illus. Hearst, paper, $7.95 (9781588167309).
It’s funny because it’s not you.
* The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive. By Marvelyn Brown and Courtney E. Martin. 2008. Amistad, paper, $14.95 (9780061562396).
“That boy did her scandalous.” —Ezra, 16
A Revealing Insight into the Obsessed Minds of Men. By Tony Davidson. illus. Virgin, paper, $12.95 (9780753516904).
Boobs, boobs everywhere. Where’s Waldo for teenage boys.
* Paranormal Caught on Film. By Melvyn Willin. 2008. illus. David & Charles, $16.99 (9780715329801).
“I’m going to keep the light on.” —Noel, 13
Passive Aggressive Notes:
Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings. By Kerry Miller. illus. 2008. HarperCollins, paper, $13.95 (9780061630590).
Dear Reader, Do you really need an invitation to open this book?
Fated for Fame. By Mel Willams. illus. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, paper, $9.99 (9781416989974).
There’s more to the actor than his trademark hair: short, sweet, full of pics.
The Robert Pattinson Album. By Paul Stenning. illus. Plexus, paper, $16.95 (9780859654388).
The full story.
* Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know; Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic. By Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith. 2008. illus. Collins Design, paper, $24.95 (9780061662577).
Fighting a shark, getting out of a car in a miniskirt—it’s all here.
The Skateboarding Field Manual. By Ryan Stutt. illus. Firefly, paper, $19.95 (9781554073627).
Skateboarding 101: evolution, tricks, etiquette, and dealing with the law.
* The Street Art Book:60 Artists in Their Own Words. By Ric Blackshaw and Liz Farrelly. illus. HarperCollins, paper, $29.95 (9780061537325).
Life, art, and inspiration: graffiti artists talk.
Street Art San Francisco:
Mission Muralismo. By Annice Jacoby. illus. Abrams, $35 (9780810996359).
Altered billboards, graffiti, murals—and more.
Stuff on my Mutt. By Mario Garza. illus. Chronicle, paper, $12.95 (9780811868976).
Wigs, Easter eggs, and tiaras . . . oh my!
Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition. By Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. illus. Chronicle, $40 (9780811868877).
It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s classic NYC.
Tattoo Delirium. By Eva Minguet. illus. Collins Design, paper, $29.99 (9780061740329).
The Travel Book:
A Journey through Every Country in the World. By Lonely Planet Publications staff. illus. 2008. Lonely Planet, $24.99 (9781741040050).
Around the world in 80 seconds.
Twilight Director’s Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie. By Catherine Hardwicke. illus. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316070522).
Behind the scenes.
Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying That Way. By David Horvath and Sun Min-Kim. illus. Random, paper, $5.99 (9780375857027).
Secrets of everyday life in the Ugly world.
* The Vampire Book. By Sally Regan. illus. DK, $19.99 (9780756655518).
All you ever wanted to know in full dead and living color.
Off the Wall; Stories of Sole from Vans Originals. By Doug Palladini. illus. Abrams, $24.95 (9780810983755).
All the art and dirt.
Who Would Buy This? The Archie McPhee Story. By Mark Pahlow. illus. 2008. Accoutrements, $24.95 (9780978664978).
Weird and bizarre in plastic. “The donkey butt cigarette dispenser is gross cool.” —Lenox, 15
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook:
Middle School. By David Borgenicht and others. Illus. by Chuck Gonzales. Chronicle, paper, $10.99 (9780811868648).
How to get out alive.
Would You Rather . . . ?
Gross Out! Over 300 Disgusting Dilemmas Plus Extra Pages to Make Up Your Own. By Justin Heimber and David Gomberg. illus. 2008. Seven Footer, paper, $9.95 (9781934734117).
Gargle blue-cheese dressing for mouthwash or wear liver-scented deodorant? You choose.
The Definitive Guide to World Wrestling Entertainment. By Brian Shields and Kevin Sullivan. illus. DK/Brady Games, $45 (9780756641900).
Fifty years of smack downs.
After. By Amy Efaw. Viking, $17.99 (9780670011834).
Baby in the dumpster—why? A 2010 Best Book for Young Adults.
Babygirl Drama, v.1:
16 on the Block. By Babygirl Daniels. Urban, paper, $9.95 (9781601621849).
From group home to high rise.
Babygirl Drama, v.2:
16 1/2 on the Block. By Babygirl Daniels. Urban, paper, $9.95 (9781601621832).
Why did Latina spend three years in a detention home for girls?
Babygirl Drama, v.3:
Sister Sister. By Babygirl Daniels. Urban, paper, $9.95 (9781601621542).
Twin vs. twin.
Babygirl Drama, v.4:
Glitter. By Babygirl Daniels. Urban, paper, $9.95 (9781601621986).
Pregnant and scared. Is there anyone to trust?
Chasing Romeo. By A. J. Byrd. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373830909).
BFFs crushing on the same boy leads to major trouble!
Breathless. By Lurlene McDaniel. Delacorte, $10.99 (9780385734592).
Four friends face the toughest decision ever—life or death.
Brutal. By Michael Harmon. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375840999).
Taking down the status quo.
The Chosen One. By Carol Lynch Williams. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $16.95 (9780312555115).
Can 13-year-old Kyra save herself from becoming her 60-year-old uncle’s seventh wife? A 2010 Best Book for Young Adults.
Cirque du Freak Manga, v.1.
By Darren Shan. Illus. by Takahiro Arai. Yen, paper, $10.99 (9780759530416).
One visit to a freak show can change your life. A 2010 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
Cirque du Freak Manga, v.2: The Vampire’s Assistant. By Darren Shan. Illus. by Takahiro Arai. Yen, paper, $10.99 (9780759530386).
Life as a half-vampire is never easy.
Cirque du Freak Manga, v.3:
Tunnels of Blood. By Darren Shan. Illus. by Takahiro Arai. Yen, paper, $10.99 (9780759530430).
Working for a vampire can be bloody and murderous.
Crazy Beautiful. By Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Houghton, $16 (9780547223070).
Beauty meets “The Beast,” 2010.
Dead Girl, v.1:
Dead Girl Walking. By Linda Joy Singleton. 2008. Flux, paper, $9.95 (9780738714059).
Racing against time to save her brain-dead body from being unplugged.
Dead Girl, v.2: Dead Girl Dancing. By Linda Joy Singleton. Flux, paper, $9.95 (9780738714066).
It’s spring break—off to party in a college student’s body.
Dead Girl, v.3: Dead Girl in Love. By Linda Joy Singleton. Flux, paper, $9.95 (9780738714073).
Amber’s in the coffin. Who’s walking around in her body?
Denim Diaries, v.1: Sixteen Going on Twenty-One. By Darrien Lee. 2008. Urban, paper, $9.95 (9781933967714).
True love since kindergarten.
Denim Diaries, v.2: Grown in Sixty Seconds. By Darrien Lee. Urban, paper, $9.95 (9781933967721).
Expecting a child, missing their best friends.
Denim Diaries, v.3: Queen of the Yard. By Darrien Lee. Urban, paper, $9.95 (9781933967776).
Will the gang life let her go?
Denim Diaries, v.4: Broken Promises. By Darrien Lee. Urban, paper, $9.95 (9781933967745).
What could wreck the perfect family?
Dirty Jersey. By Phillip Thomas Duck. 2008. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373830947).
Fame is fickle and can have a price.
Dirty South. By Phillip Thomas Duck. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373831425).
Family and feuds: is there a way out? (A sequel to Dirty Jersey.)
* Dope Sick. By Walter Dean Myers. Amistad, $16.99 (9780061214776).
Life on the streets with a supernatural twist.
Drama High, v.6: Courtin’ Jayd. By L. Divine. 2008. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $9.95 (9780758225368).
Boys, babies, and hair.
Drama High, v.7:
Hustlin’. By L. Divine. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $9.95 (9780758231055).
Jayd’s ups and downs.
Drama High, v.8:
Keep It Movin’. By L. Divine. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $9.95 (9780758231079).
Wheels and weaves.
Emily the Strange: The Lost Days. By Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner. HarperCollins, $16.99 (9780061452291).
Emily has amnesia—and that’s not her only problem.
Five Minutes More. By Darlene Ryan. Orca, paper, $12.95 (9781554690060).
Why would D’Arcy’s dad commit suicide?
Gifted, v.1: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
. By Marilyn Kaye. Kingfisher, paper, $7.99 (9780753462836).
Queen of Mean trapped in the life of unpopular Tracey.
Better Late than Never. By Marilyn Kaye. Kingfisher, paper, $7.99 (9780753463000).
Jenna’s dad finally shows up. Too good to be true?
Gifted, v.3: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
. By Marilyn Kaye. Kingfisher, paper, $7.99 (9780753463109).
Kidnapped to commit crimes, can superpowers save them?
A Girl like Me. By Ni-Ni Simone. 2008. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $9.95 (9780758228437).
Leaving the hard life to live her dream.
If I Stay. By Gayle Forman. Dutton, $16.99 (9780525421030).
This life or the afterlife? A 2010 Best Book for Young Adults.
If I Was Your Girl. By Ni-Ni Simone. 2008. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $9.95 (9780758228413).
From the hottest girl around to baby mama.
Jaded. By Monica McKayhan. 2008. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373830992).
Can Jade handle her boyfriend’s secrets?
Deal with It. By Monica McKayhan. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373831418).
Friends face off over dance-team drama.
In Ecstasy. By Kate McCaffrey. Annick, $21.95 (9781554511754).
Best friends—sex, drugs, and lies.
Jacked. By Carrie Mac. Orca, paper, $9.95 (9781554691845).
Sneaking away from work was a bad idea.
* Jumping Off Swings. By Jo Knowles. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763639495).
One pregnancy seen through the eyes of four friends. A 2010 Best Book for Young Adults.
Just Another Hero. By Sharon M. Draper. Atheneum, $16.99 (9781416907008).
Something’s going down at Hazelwood High.
Fast Forward. By Celeste O. Norfleet. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373831340).
Is the hot new guy telling truths or lies?
Lesson Learned. By Earl Sewell. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373831166).
Keysha’s mom is out of jail, and Mike tries on his player game.
Decision Time. By Earl Sewell. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373831722).
Will Lori steal Keysha’s man while Keysha’s on stage?
Legacy. By Thomas Sniegoski. Delacorte, $15.99 (9780385737142).
Uncovering the secrets of a superhero.
* Lockdown: Escape from Furnace. By Alexander Gordon Smith. Farrar, $14.99 (9780374324919).
Doing hard time for murder—a mile beneath the earth’s surface.
Messed Up. By Janet Nichols Lynch. Holiday, $17.95 (9780823421855).
Mom’s in prison, dad’s gone—can RD make it on his own?
Muchacho. By LouAnne Johnson. Knopf, $15.99 (9780375861178).
In Alt Ed and angry, can he keep his promise to mom? A 2010 Best Book for Young Adults.
Nightschool, v.1. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. Yen, paper, $10.99 (9780759528598).
Boarding school for vampires, demons, and witches. A 2010 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
Nightschool, v.2. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. Yen, paper, $10.99 (9780759528604).
The lights may be off, but monsters still walk the halls. A 2010 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
Patterson Heights. By Felicia Pride. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373831487).
Avery’s brother has been shot—should he avenge his murder?
* Perfect Chemistry. By Simone Elkeles. 2008. Walker, paper, $9.99 (9780802798220).
Gang member and cheerleader: it’s not exactly love at first sight.
Response. By Paul Volponi. Viking, $15.99 (9780670062836).
Is there a justification for a racially motivated beating?
Shiver. By Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545123266).
Girl + Werewolf = True Love. A 2010 Best Book for Young Adults.
Shortie like Mine. By Ni-Ni Simone. 2008. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $9.95 (9780758228390).
Seven is feeling it for Josiah; rocked by her BFF’s betrayal.
Shrink to Fit. By Dona Sarkar. 2008. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373830954).
Leah’s “Thinspirations” will make all her dreams come true. Won’t they?
Sleepless. By Thomas Fahy. Simon & Schuster, $15.99 (9781416959014).
Taken. By Norah McClintock. Orca, paper, $12.95 (9781554691524).
Girls missing. One found dead. Is Stephanie next?
We Were Here. By Matt de la Peña. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780385736671).
Miguel did something awful. A 2010 Best Book for Young Adults.
Wintergirls. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Viking, $17.99 (9780670011100).
Dying to be thin. A 2010 Best Book for Young Adults.
The Pledge. By Chandra Sparks Taylor. Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373830985).
It was easy to save herself for marriage until she met Allen.
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