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Here are some adult books appealing to older teens.
- Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
- In a heart-wrenching, candid autobiography, a human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.
- The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir by Cylin Busby
- After her police officer father is shot one night and barely gets away with his life, everything changes for Cylin's family when they are forced to move from their home and cut off ties with everyone they know in order to maintain their safety while the search for the attempted murderer continues.
- I Love You Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle.
- Recklessly announcing his love for the head cheerleader during his valedictorian commencement speech, Denis Cooverman is inducted into the wilder side of youth culture by the object of his affection, who turns out to be more than he bargained for.
- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
- His past marked by his father's embarrassing taunts and untimely death, Fat Charlie meets the brother he never knew and is introduced to new and exciting ways to spend his time.
- Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
- On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, on which survival is daily struggle, eccentric Mr. Watts, the only white man left after the other teachers flee, spends his day reading to the local children from Charles Dickens's classic Great Expectations.
- The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
- When her older sister runs away to marry a rodeo cowboy, Alice Winston is left to bear the brunt of her family's troubles. As the hottest summer in fifteen years unfolds and bills pile up, Alice is torn between dreams of escaping the loneliness of her duty-filled life and a longing to help her father mend their family and the ranch.
- The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz.
- Izzy Spellman, a twenty-eight-year-old amalgamation of Nancy Drew and Bridget Jones, launches her career as a private investigator while working for the firm of her outlandishly dysfunctional family.
- Gil's All-Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez.
- Hired by the owner of an all-night diner to eliminate the zombie problem that is costing her customers, werewolf Duke and vampire Earl tackle an even stickier adversary who is out to take over the diner, in an adventure involving an amorous ghost, a jailbait sorceress, and a pig-latin occult.
- Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.
- A meditative novel of a young boy on the cusp of adulthood follows a single year in the life of thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor as he grows up in what is for him the sleepiest village in Worcestershire, England, in 1982.
- Grace After Midnight: A Memoir by Felicia Pearson
- An actress best known for her portrayal of Snoop on HBO's The Wire traces her disadvantaged life, from her foster-care upbringing in violent east Baltimore and stint in prison for killing a woman in self-defense to the murder of her drug-dealer mentor and her discovery at a nightclub.
- American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China by Mathew Polly.
- Traces the author's childhood dream of studying the martial arts at the famed Shaolin Temple in China, his initial disenchantment with the tourist-trap school that turned into respect for its dedicated monk instructors, and the training that led to his eventual representation of the Temple in international competitions.
- Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck.
- Transformed into the fashion world's latest "It" girls, the three Heller sisters fall prey to the venal forces and temptations of show business, unleashing a rivalry that threatens the three girls and their quiet, neglected brother with a self-destructive disaster.
- Look Me In the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robinson
- John Robinson longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits had earned him the label "social deviant." Read how he struggles until he is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
- Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
- Confessing that she is a member of a secret organization dedicated to assassinating bad guys, murder suspect Jane Charlotte lands in a psychiatric hospital, where she recounts her increasingly bizarre life as a trained killer.
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews.
- Follow the Troutmans as they learn about themselves and each other through chaos as diverse as their personalities, while embarking on a journey across the United States weathering sleazy motel rooms, car repairs, and bizarre people.
- The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig.
- Eloise Kelly is in England to finish her dissertation on espionage in the Napoleonic era. The Pink Carnation, the most elusive spy of all time, is the main subject of her study, but her research uncovers a passionate romance that almost changed the course of history. The first of a series.