Gifts for Teens: Books for Teenagers (or Young at Heart)

16 Nov 2015

Teenagers can be notoriously difficult to buy for. When I was a teenager, I’m pretty sure the only thing I wanted was a new laptop. Not exactly a $15 stocking stuffer. The good news is that gifts for teens are easy when you know a teenager who loves to read. Books are great gift ideas and, per usual, we’ve done the hunting for you. Below are some of the best new books in 2015 that are great gifts for teens (or for book lovers who are young at heart).

Gifts for Teens: Books for Teenagers (or Young at Heart)

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How to Be Brave: A Novel

E. Katherine Kottaras

How to Be Brave has gotten a lot of positive press in Fall 2015. It deals with problems familiar to a lot of teenagers: body image issues, fear of failure, and feeling like an outcast. This is a great gift for a wallflower or teenager who is unsure of herself (spoiler: that’s every teenager).

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For the Record

Charlotte Huang

This book is tons of fun. It stars a girl who has always wondered what it would be like to be a rockstar – and suddenly gets her wish. She’s learning that fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If you know a teenager who loves music, this is a great gift.

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Jenn Bennett

This one is for the artsy types. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is a love story between Jack, one of the most notorious graffiti artists in San Francisco, and Beatrix, a student who is determined to follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci.

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Placebo Junkies

J.C. Carleson

Placebo Junkies is a darker read than the other books on this list. It deals with heavier issues and has plenty of social commentary. Follow the story of Audie and her friends, who are professional lab rats and test drugs for pharmaceutical companies in exchange for money.

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Carry On

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is famous for her teenage love stories (with plenty of literary clout) and she doesn’t disappoint with Carry On. This book has mystery, monsters, and Rowell’s signature dialogue. Also kissing. Don’t forget the kissing.

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Taylor loves books with a heavy dose of absurdity, hilarity, and beautiful prose. She is a marketer, adventurer, nature-lover, Hufflepuff, wannabe world traveler, and advocate of laughter.