Books for Girls in High School
Recommended Books for Girls in High School
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, Y Fiction Pearson (Grade 8 and up) In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Y Fiction Mitchard (Grade 9 and up) When Maureen and Bridget, two sixteen-year-old best friends who look like sisters, are in a terrible car accident and one of them dies, they are at first incorrectly identified at the hospital, and then, as Maureen achieves a remarkable recovery, she must deal with the repercussions of the accident, the mix-up, and some choices she made while she was getting better.
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson) by Louise Rennison, Y Fiction Rennison (Grade 7-9)Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.
Descendants of Darkness (Yami no Matsuei) by Yoko Matsushita, Y Graphic Matsushita(Older Teen) As a Guardian of Death, Asato Tsuzuki has a lot to think about. First of all, there are all the dead people. Someone's got to escort them safely to the afterlife. Then there's all that bureaucracy. The affairs of death come with a lot of paperwork, budgetary concerns and endless arcana. Combining supernatural action with heavy dollops of romance, sex and humor, Descendents of Darkness proves one thing: Death is big business ... and business is good.
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah, Y Fiction Abdel-Fattah (Grade 7 and up) Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.
Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti, Y Fiction Caletti (Grade 9 and up) Eighteen-year-old Indigo is looking forward to becoming a full-time waitress after high school graduation, but her life is turned upside down by a large check given to her by a customer who appreciates that she cares enough to scold him about smoking.
Good Enough by Paula Yoo, Y Fiction Yoo (Grade 7 and up) A Korean American teenager tries to please her parents by getting into an Ivy League college, but a new guy in school and her love of the violin tempt her in new directions.
Her Majesty's Dog by Mick Takeuchi, Y Graphic Takeuchi (Age 16 and up) Hyoue's servant-master pact with Amane is renewed but the koma-oni knows that doesn't mean everything's back to normal. Believing his feelings for Amane will only lead to misery, he distances himself from her, leaving her confused... and susceptible to a more aggressive classmate's affections! Things only get worse when Hyoue's threatened with expulsion from school and restless ghosts are on the loose! It's another day in the life of the young kotodama-tsukai and her supernatural dog!
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Y Fiction Dessen (Grade 9 and up) Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.
Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson, Y Fiction Henderson (Grade 8 and up) Longing to be part of the in-crowd at her exclusive London school, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Scarlett, a trained gymnast, eagerly accepts an invitation to a party whose disastrous outcome changes her life forever.
Private: A Novel (Private series) by Kate Brian, Y Fiction Brian (Grade 8 and up) When fifteen-year-old Reed Brennan wins a scholarship to Easton Academy, she quickly discovers that the Billings Girls are the most beautiful, intelligent, and powerful group on campus, so Reed tries to become a member. But when she arrives on the beautiful, tradition-steeped campus of Easton, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever thought possible. Reed realizes that even though she as been accepted to Easton, Easton has not accepted her she feels like she's on the outside, looking in.
Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore, Y Fiction Clement-Moore (Grade 9 and up) High school senior and yearbook photographer Maggie thought she would rather die than go to prom, but when a classmate summons a revenge-seeking demon, she has no choice but to buy herself a dress and prepare to face jocks, cheerleaders, and Evil Incarnate.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, Y Fiction Brashares, Y Books on CD Brashares (Grade 8 and up) During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black, Y Fiction Blackb (Grade 9 and up) Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Y Fiction Asher, Y Books on CD Asher (Grade 7 and up)When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Tsubasa by CLAMP, Y Graphic CLAMP(age 13+) (Please note that Tsubasa and XXXholic cross over and are meant to be read together as two halves of the same story)
SAKURA AND SYAORAN RETURN! But they're not the people you know. Sakura is the princess of Clow—and possessor of a mysterious, misunderstood power that promises to change the world. Syaoran is her childhood friend and leader of the archaeological dig that took his father's life. They reside in an alternate reality . . . where whatever you least expect can happen—and does. When Sakura ventures to the dig site to declare her love for Syaoran, a puzzling symbol is uncovered—which triggers a remarkable quest. Now Syaoran embarks upon a desperate journey through other worlds—all in the name of saving Sakura.
Twilight (Twilight series) by Stephanie Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer (Grade 9 and up) When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.
Uglies (Uglies series) by Scott Westerfeld, Y Fiction Westerfeld, Y Books on CD Westerfeld (Grade 7-10)In Tally's world, a 16th birthday brings an operation, transforming one from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty. Turning Pretty is all Tally has ever wanted. Her friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally must make a terrible choice.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Y Fiction Mead (Grade 9 and up) Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.
xxxHolic by CLAMP, Y Graphic Clamp (age 13+) (Please note that Tsubasa and XXXholic cross over and are meant to be read together as two halves of the same story) Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters the mysterious Space-Time Witch named Yuuko, who claims she can help. In desperation, he accepts, but realizes that he's just been tricked into working for Yuuko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Soon he's employed in her little shop—a job which turns out to be nothing like his previous work experience! Most of Yuuko's customers live in Japan, but Yuuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a land called Clow.
Zombie Blondes by Brian James, Y Fiction James (Grade 7 and up) Each time fifteen-year-old Hannah and her out-of-work father move she has some fears about making friends, but a classmate warns her that in Maplecrest, Vermont, the cheerleaders really are monsters.
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