Teen Book Club: What’s Popular?

So, my monthly Teen Book Club met tonight and I had 14 teens there for a free discussion. (Sometimes we all read the same book and discuss that, but coming off the summer months, we do a lot of free discussion because they have more free time to read. There are pros and cons to both kinds of discussion.)

Anyway, these are the books and authors that got brought up, in the order that they were brought up, grouped by which discussion led to more discussion:

– Susane Colasanti, who immediate got compared to…
– Sarah Dessen, who wrote “Just Listen” which led someone to talk about…
– “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson

– “The Last Little Blue Envelope” by Maureen Johnson, which led to a discussion about recent sequels and included:
– “Dream Dark” and “Beautiful Chaos” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and…
– “Son of Neptune” by Rick Riordan (where I had to squeal and beg them not to spoil me, as I’m on page 475 right now)

– “Matched” by Ally Condie, which led to talk about…
– “Crossed” by Ally Condie, which led to talk about…
– “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, and…
– “Blood Red Road” by Moira Young

– “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, which naturally brought up…
– “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green and David Levithan

– “Shine” by Lauren Myracle and “Chime” by Franny Billingsley which led to a great debate on…
– “ttyl,” “ttfn,” “l8r, g8r” by Lauren Myracle and a hugely awesome discussion on Banned Books in general, which led to…
– “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher which has just been pulled from a classroom book collection this week

Other Books Brought Up:

– “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern
– “I Am J” by Cris Beam
– “The Redemption of Ajax” by Trinity Faegen
– “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick
– “10 Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have)” by Sarah Mylnowski

Anyways, that’s what we talked about! It’s pretty much an easy program to run, with the teens monitoring themselves. Mostly I just have to remind them not to have side conversations or to talk over one another. Next month, we’re reading “Eleventh Grade Burns” together — should be a good one!


  1. We’re going to start doing this as part of our monthly Teen Scene Initiative meetings. Today we did a little talking about books… My teens are still crazy for fantasy, but most of them kinda scoff at Twilight. They love House of Night, Shiver, and Matched.

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