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Teen Librarian Picks
by Andrew Smith
Exile From Eden picks up sixteen years after the bug apocalypse and is just as crazy, funny, and crass as its predecessor. This time, the story revolves around Arek, a sixteen-year-old boy who has grown up in an underground shelter called, “The Hole.” Fans of the first book will instantly recognize his two dads, his mom, and other members of Arek’s bunker family. When Arek inevitably ventures out into the wasteland, he meets mutant bugs, a friendly chimp, and finds love.
Readers can enjoy Smith’s new book without having read the first one, but I’d highly recommend reading both (since multiple characters from the first novel make appearances in this one). If you’re into weird, funny, and interesting science fiction, or if you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a hybrid of The 5th Wave, Slaughterhouse Five, and the Fallout games, this young adult novel is definitely one you should checkout soon!
by Lamar Giles
Not So Pure and Simple is the story of a junior in high school named, Del. Del’s had a major crush on a girl named Kiera for most of his life, but he’s never had the guts to ask her out. Del is a virgin, but in order to impress everyone around him (especially his buddy, Qwan), he’s created a ladies’ man image for himself that he’s been fronting all throughout high school. When he finally builds up the courage to connect with Kiera, he gets himself involved in a “purity pledge” at her church. At first, he only does it to get close to her (with basically no intention keeping the pledge), but he starts to realize that the manly charade he’s been living is toxic and that it won’t help him get the girl of his dreams. Giles’s book features some really interesting insights into the way that teen boys think about sex, it has some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, and it’s a quick and easy read. Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for feel-good realism with diverse characters.
by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
James Patterson Presents: Once & Future is another fantastically feminist twist on the Arthurian legend. Similar to Cursed, Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy switch the protagonist from hero to heroine. However, unlike Cursed, they get rid of the medieval element, and totally revamp the story by setting it in outer space and making its lead character, a teen girl named Ari, the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur. This book features classic story elements like a magic sword and a grumpy old wizard, but also adds a swoon-worthy LGBTQIA+ romance.
by Gibby Haynes
Me & Mr. Cigar is the incredibly funny and extremely bizarre first novel by Gibby Haynes (singer of the 80s/90s band, The Butthole Surfers). Just like that band, this books is undeniably weird but also surprisingly good! Me & Mr. Cigar is one part coming-of-age story, one part science fiction, and the rest is a giant mixture of just about every other genre imaginable. The book centers around a seventeen-year-old boy named Oscar, his furry canine companion, Mr. Cigar, and his estranged sister, Rachel. Though the book is basically a story about a boy and his dog, it’s less like Call of the Wild and more like an episode of Stranger Things (since Mr. Cigar is capable of speaking to Oscar telepathically, moving things around with mind control, and coming up with schemes to overthrow corrupt government corporations). The action kicks off when Rachel contacts Oscar and tells him that she’s being held hostage. Oscar, feeling guilty about the time that Mr. Cigar bit her hand off, and his pup immediately set out to go save her. There’s way too much craziness to unpack here, but at the heart of it all is a genuinely good-natured story of a siblings reconnecting. Me & Mr. Cigar is witty, weird, and well-written.