Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

About the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
To encourage young adults to read for pleasure by presenting to them lists of popular or topical titles which are widely available in paperback and which represent a broad variety of accessible themes and genres.

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Gowns Greasepaint and Guitars

2013 Selection(s)


Telgemeier, Raina. Illus. Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic/ GRAPHIX. 2012.$10.99.

More drama than one stage can handle.

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

Sonnenblick, Jordan. Scholastic. 2006. $7.99.

Steven has a lot to deal with when his brother is diagnosed with leukemia.

Emiko Superstar

Tamaki, Mariko. Vertigo. 2008. $9.99.

Shy geek by day, performance artist by night.


Shulman, Polly. Speak. 2007.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that mishaps will ensue when two girls are cast in the boys' school musical.

Somebody Everybody Listens To

Suplee, Suzanne. Speak. 2011. $8.99.

Retta Lee Jones has big dreams of making it big in Nashville.

Struts and Frets

Skovron, Jon. Amulet. 2011.

Sammy struggles with his rock band, senile grandfather, and feelings for his best friend.

Withering Tights

Rennison, Louise. HarperTeen. 2012. $8.99

Move over Brontë the wild English moors have a new star!

I'm New Here Myself

2013 Selection(s)

Ask Me No Questions

Budhos, Marina. Atheneum. 2007. $11.95.

9/11 changes everything for Nadira and her family.

Border Town: Crossing the Line

Alegria, Malín. Scholastic (Point.) 2012. $5.99.

Going to high school in a Texas border town involves a whole other set of bound

Does my Head Look Big in This?

Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Scholastic Paperbacks. 2008. $9.99.

Amal's faith and cultural pride are much bigger than her hijab.