This Month in Teen Books: March 2024

Reading recommendations for teens
March 13, 2024
Featured Title
The Breakup Lists by Adib Khorram
Jackson Ghasnavi is a lot of things—a techie, a smoothie aficionado, a totally not obsessive list-maker—but one thing he’s not is a romantic. And why would he be? He’s already had a front row seat to his parents’ divorce and picked up the pieces of his sister Jasmine’s broken heart one too many times. No, Jackson is perfectly happy living life behind the scenes, and keeping his romantic exploits limited to the breakup lists he makes for Jasmine, which chronicle every flaw (real or imagined) of her various and sundry exes. Enter Liam: the senior swim captain turned leading man that neither of the Ghasnavi siblings stop thinking about. Not that Jackson has a crush, of course. Jasmine is already setting her sights on him and he’s probably—no, definitely—straight anyway. So why does the idea of eventually writing a breakup list for him feel so impossible?
What’s New This Month
A buzzworthy, immersive post-apocalyptic debut by Brooke Archer is on the way. Also incoming is a horror anthology centering heroic Black Girls, the latest in the Twisted Tales series of reimagined Disney stories, and new books from authors like June C. L. Tan, Maya Van Wagenen, K. Ancrum, Vanessa Le, Holly Jackson, Faridah Àbíké-íyímídé, and more.  
What’s Hot This Month
With prom season right on the doorstep, make sure to check out these prom-themed YA reads.  
What We Are Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about the books in the newest list of recommended picks:
Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin, ill. by Nina Vakueva: “A lovely graphic novel that perfectly captures the vibes of the late 90s music scene and presents a unique aesthetic that harkens back to the days of dial-up, Walkman music players, TVs that weigh more than a person and RadioShack being a successful business.”
Money Out Loud by Berna Anat: “Berna has been documenting her money matters content on IG since 2017.  As a first-gen, immigrant, BIPOC femme, she has had to learn the hard way about money, so she decided to do something and write a book about inequalities in money management.”  
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