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Get Teens Hooked on Books with These Unputdownable Series

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • December 02, 2021

It isn't enough to ask our teens to take time away from their screens and read a book. We have to offer them literature that is simply too good to put down. With her One of Us is Lying series, Karen McManus enthralled millions of readers, young and old. Now you can get her new book, You'll Be the Death of Me, which was just released November 30. And here are ten more addictive series for teens. (Not to mention a lot of adults, too!)

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

Set in a future Los Angeles, now walled off to protect from floods and ruled by a totalitarian government, this four-volume series features a romance between June, a military prodigy born to an elite family, and Day, a wanted criminal.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

This delicious murder mystery series centers on teenager Stevie Bell, a student at the elite Ellingham Academy, and her ambitious plan to solve the decades-old crime that took place here. But when the shadowy perpetrator returns, chaos ensues.

Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

In the dystopian world of this trilogy, people have been infected with a germ that killed females and caused men to hear each other's thoughts. A teenage boy is fleeing the violent men from his town when he encounters a surprising creature: a girl.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This enduring series, consisting of five bestselling novels, tells the story of four young women who share a friendship—and a pair of pants that fits each of them perfectly, even though they are all different shapes and sizes.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

With seven volumes, this high fantasy series featuring a teenage, female assassin has real lasting power. As she navigates a corrupt kingdom and a tyrannical ruler, Celaena Sardothien forms unexpected bonds and uncovers dangerous conspiracies.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

This trilogy of novels-in-verse explore themes around addiction and the harrowing impact it can have on a family. The story centers on Kristina, a bright and talented teen whose life spins out of control when she gets addicted to crystal meth.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This dystopian series conjures a world where, at age sixteen, everyone gets a surgery correcting all their physical flaws—turning "Uglies" into "Pretties." Tally can't wait for her imminent procedure. But then she meets Shay and everything changes.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Imagine Cinderella as a cyborg working as a mechanic. Set in a futuristic world, this inventive fantasy series reimagines classic fairy tales, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White, with a science-fiction twist.

Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara can't remember anything about the night her friends died. All she knows is what she's been told: they went to an abandoned asylum and the building collapsed. She has a feeling there's more to the story. There is.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

In the first book of this dystopian series, a group of teenagers live in a strange place called the "Glade" with no memory of how they got there. They only know their names and their only escape is the ever-changing, deadly Maze.

It's a beautiful thing to see young people hooked on books! These series promise many hours of rapt reading for booklovers, young and old. Find your new literary obsession.

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