Claire’s Book Corner

Book Recommendations for Teen Readers


Abhi Sharma

Claire Benson, Lifestyles Editor

Hello! My name is Claire! Since March is reading month, I thought that I would publish a story recommending books to my fellow classmates. Enjoy!!

These recommendations are formatted as such:

  • Title and author
  • Goodreads rating
  • My comments about the book
  • A description of the book taken from the original synopsis


  • Scythe by: Neal Schusterman
    • 4.37 goodreads
    • For the reader that likes dystopias
    • I could not put this book down!! It was so clever and original! All three books in this trilogy are definitely worth a read! 
    • A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.”


  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by: Hank Green
    • 4.02 goodreads 
    • For the reader that likes both science and mystery 
    • I absolutely love Hank Green. He is so smart, and he has clearly thought out this book very well. I am not a huge science fiction fan, but this book was amazing!
    • The Carls just appeared.
    • “Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her best friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.”


  • Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline
    • 4.27 goodreads
    • For the fans of the 80s 
    • My sister recommended this book to me, and I could not be more happy about it! Ready Player One is such a fascinating read, and full of retro references (even though it is set in the future)! We could learn a little something from Ernest Cline because they have virtual reality schools!
    • “In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.”


  • Six of Crows by: Leigh Bardugo
    • 4.46 goodreads
    • For the fans of clever wit
    • I am absolutely obsessed with Leigh Bardugo and have read everything that she has published. She knows how to create and weave togetehr the most intricately detailed characters and settings. Her books are fast-paced, and you won’t be able to put it down! This is one of my favorite books of all time!!
    • “Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes”


  • Caraval by: Stephanie Garber
    • 3.95 goodreads
    • For the fans of magic and romance
    • I read this book within 24 hours. It is so full of magic and mystery, and it is impossible to put down! The farther you get into the book, the harder it is to tell what is real and what is just a game…
    • “Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.” 
  • Ace of Shades by: Amanda Foody
    • 3.88 goodreads 
    • For the fans of deception 
    • This book reminds me of Six of Crows. Set in the City of Sin, the book is full of deception and intrigue (And if you’re not a huge fan of romance, this is the book for you!)
    • “Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow. Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.”


  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by: John Green
    • 3.79 goodreads
    • For the fans of a love story
    • John Green is known for his writing capabilities, especially when it comes to romance. This is one of his lesser-known books, but it is one of my favorites. 
    • “Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine. It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions.”


  • We Were Liars by: E. Lockhart
    • 3.84 goodreads
    • For the fans of psychology and mystery
    • We Were Liars captivated me until literally the last page. It feels as though you are slowly regaining your memory and putting pieces together when you read this book. It is a mystery that is not predictable in any way. 
    • “A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends, the Liars, whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.”


  • Ten by: Gretchen McNeil
    • 3.68 goodreads 
    • For the fans of a good thriller/horror 
    • I have made so many people in my life read this book. I am a huge horror fan (movies, books, you name it). This book is a thriller, so it is not too graphic or scary, but still retains that element of captivation. You won’t want to put it down. 
    • It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives: an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.”


  • Threads and Flames by Ester Friesner
    • 3.95 goodreads
    • For the fan of the history and the American dream
    • I read this book a while ago, but it became my favorite book when I did. It is so raw, and it really puts you in the shoes of a woman in early America that survives the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. It was so raw and detailed, and a great read! 
    • “It’s 1910, and thirteen-year-old Raisa has just traveled alone from a small Polish shtetl all the way to New York City. It’s overwhelming, awe-inspiring, and even dangerous, especially when she discovers that her sister has disappeared and she must now fend for herself. She finds work in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sewing bodices on the popular shirtwaists. Raisa makes friends and even-dare she admit it?- falls in love. But then 1911 dawns, and one March day a spark ignites in the factory. One of the city’s most harrowing tragedies unfolds, and Raisa’s life is forever changed. . . . One hundred years after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, this moving young adult novel gives life to the tragedy and hope of this transformative event in American history.”