Feel All the Feels with These 6 Teen Books

I often pick books to read based on my feelings—do I want to laugh, cry, get angry? If you need a book to match a big mood, try one of these! Are you feeling...

Determined?

Try Giant Spider & Me: A Post Apocalyptic Tale by Kikori Morino. Nagi lives alone in the woods, but when she encounters a huge mutant spider, they bond over food and become roommates—a development the townspeople don’t love. The pair is determined to stay together.

Lost?

In Home Time: Under the River by Campbell Whyte, a tight-knit friend group falls off a bridge and wakes up in a strange fantasy world. Each copes in their own way—embracing a chance for escape, giving in to fear or discovering their fighting spirit—as they learn strange secrets about the new world.

Hopeful?

Chito and Yuuri might be the last humans alive, but they have each other. Girls' Last Tour by Tsukumizu lets the girls wander the ruins of their industrial world, finding food, asking questions and always hoping it will work out OK.

Seen?

At some point in our lives we all struggle to make friends. In Real Friends, Shannon Hale recounts how undiagnosed childhood anxiety, OCD and bullying “friends” made her struggle to find her people.

Fierce?

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe has everything you could want—tales of growth, healing and even revenge. Young women from different eras and cultures find love through astrology, unlock powers both destructive and creative, and discover their inner ferocity.

Trapped?

Going away to college often means drifting from old friends, but a traumatic experience pushed Marin to completely abandon her old life. We Are Okay by Nina Lacour sees Marin facing that past when her best friend Mabel visits the dorms over winter break.

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