1. eleanor + park by Rainbow Rowell.
Set in the ’80’s in the Midwest, this NY Times seller, draws a crowd of females readers 18-34. Seriously. The musical playlists Park gives Eleanor are irresistible to the female demo who attended high school in the 80’s because who doesn’t love The Cure when Robert Smith was hot & his mascara went on straight? (see also her new book FanGirl).
2. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
Perhaps this book falls more the ‘new adult’ genre but since it is ‘fan fiction’ based on the teen-aimed Twilight series, just go with it. Soccer moms to grandmothers pick up the racy, sexed-up version and read it over and over and over again. Apparently it gets better the more you read it. While in Twilight, Edward was worried a kiss could lead to Bella’s death, due to that tricky vampire blood lust, Christian Grey desires to have Anastacia Steele at every possible moment, even at the dinner table. Kids, make sure the adults keep their hands where you can see them before you take those peas from them.
3. The Fault Is In Our Stars by John Green
Insert any John Green novel in here and you’ll spot it on the subway faster than you catch someone trying to shove ’50 Shades of Grey’ into their handbag when a shady guy makes his way towards a woman reading it. Greene connects with positive messages and crushable, flawed male characters with big hearts. Women of all ages want to know how a man’s brain works, especially a sensitive one who cares. Swoon.
4. Divergent by Veronica RothTwilight and The Hunger Games made trilogies a must for adults looking for good fiction. The Divergent series (coming to the silver screen) shows teens having to decide, much like in real life the SATS determine your future, which virtue –Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent)- they will cultivate and dedicate the rest of their lives to & this idea of having that one choice, that one value is what draws in the adult crowd. Life just gets more complicated, boiling it down to a few paths is very appealing. And, as Robert Frost said “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
Which teen novels do you think adults should read?