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Rowan Blanchard and Gia Coppola on 'Teenagers and Adolescence'
  • RB: I notice a theme of adolescence in your work, that kind of foreverness and longing that teens experience. What draws you to that?
  • GC: James [Franco] always said it well: Teenagers are really good vessels to articulate emotions. They feel things in such heavy ways and they wear their hearts on their sleeves.
  • RB: Everything’s so raw.
  • GC: Maybe I like these stories because I still feel like a teenager.
  • RB: Being a teenager is both awful and wonderful at the same time.

It’s Teen Read Week and the theme is Get Away At Your Library so we’re celebrating books of EVERY genre imaginable that whisked us away from everyday life. Read on for 13 books that do an exceptional job of freeing you from reality: whether it’s to a fantasy world, the past, or simply into someone else’s shoes!

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Sydney’s always felt invisible, but after her brother lands in jail because of a drunk-driving accident, she starts to question her place in the family and the world.

2. Atlantia by Ally Condie

Rio’s lived her whole life in the underwater city of Atlantia until one decision changes everything and she uncovers long-hidden truths about her mother’s death, her destiny, and the complex system that governs the divide between land and sea.

3. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Ever since Hayley’s father returned from Iraq, she’s been on the move with him as he tries to escape the demons that torture him. Now, they’re back in the town she grew up in, but does she really have a chance at a normal life?

4. Isla and the Happily ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Half New York love story, half Parisian romance, the story of Isla and Josh is one that confronts the reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

5. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The true story of how Maya Van Wagenen followed a 1950′s popularity guide and what it taught her in a modern-day Texas high school.

6. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Escape into the mind of a heroine who’s descending quickly into villain. And peek inside the sequel, THE ROSE SOCIETY, which just came out! 

7. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Tired of your high school routine? Jump into Scott’s, which is made infinitely better by his honest, hilarious tips for survival inside and out of the halls. And peek inside the sequel, SOPHOMORES AND OTHER OXYMORONS, here!


8. Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Jump on a road trip with Michelle and Leah, who have absolutely nothing in common except the man they’re journeying to see – the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Jay Asher’s international bestseller explores the idea of how everything is connected and the effect we have on those around us.

10. Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

A story of friendship, identity, and transformation set in Hawaii that will instantly transport you to the sun and sand.

11. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

The tale of twins Noah and Jude is a brilliant burst of art, family, love, and tragedy that will take your heart to new heights.

12. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Travel back in time to the Great Depression with the tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant.

13. Rookie Yearbook Four by Tavi Gevinson

A collection of art, photographs, tutorials, advice and interviews perfectly-curated to inspire you and help you celebrate the beauty, pain, and awkwardness of being a teenager. 

That’s why high school, or a crappy job, or any other restrictive circumstance can be dangerous: They make dreams too painful to bear. To avoid longing, we hunker down, wait, and resolve to just survive. Great art becomes a reminder of the art you want to be making, and of the gigantic world outside of your small, seemingly inescapable one. We hide from great things because they inspire us, and in this state, inspiration hurts.
—  One of the best articles I’ve ever read. Rookie Mag. By Spencer Tweedy.