10 Books to ‘Check Out’


Adrianna Krach, Author

The Giver – Lois Lowry

I read this book in the sixth grade and even now, nearly four years later, I find myself running back to it. This book is about a boy named Jonas who has grown up in a dystopian world without color, inequality, or any question of authority. On the day of his final aging ceremony, he’s given the job of the ‘receiver of memory’ and suddenly, things aren’t so black and white. 


The Caraval Series

Scarlett, who grew up on an island, finds herself finally on an adventure she’s dreamed of seeing since she was a child and it opens up a world of chaos over these three books. Is it truly magic or is it some unfathomable illusion? That’s for you to figure out but do be sure to remember the important saying ‘Remember it’s all a game.’


The Darkest Minds Series

Another dystopian masterpiece, The Darkest Minds is about a teenage girl named Ruby who has lived in a camp for the last few years of her life. She, among all other children, were survivors of a new disease known as IAAN, and as a result, the children left alive gained newfound abilities. The issue is, the adults have imprisoned them and America has fallen to shambles. Through the books, Ruby and her new friends go through the unimaginable in an attempt to fix all that the adults, and the very corrupt president, have ruined. 


Vampire Academy series

Rose Hathaway is the teenage guardian of her best friend, a vampire princess named Vasilisa Dragomir. The two girls are captured by their school they had run from two years ago and it only takes off from there. They fight to save Lyssa’s deteriorating mental state, to keep her from harm’s reach, and against the evil vampires, Strigoi to be exact. With a tiny bit of romance, and a lot of chaos, the series truly makes to be brilliant. 


The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a very hard hitting book that I tend to cry to every time I read it. It’s definitely an amazing read, touching base on modern topics and a real eye opener for some. The lead, Starr Carter, faces taking on life after the death of her friend, including speaking up on the brutality she witnessed that night in the car with him. It’s a book so well-written it got a movie a few years later.

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Most know the name, the main plot but in case you don’t, I’ll tell you the basics.  Teenagers, Hazel and Augustus meet at a cancer therapy group and soon enough, they fall for one another. They call nightly, spend all their time together, and they even fly to Europe to meet Hazel’s favorite author; but thing’s cannot always be the way we want them to. A tear jerker to say the very least. 


Love, Simon – Becky Albertalli

Simon Spear, he’s your average teenager except, he’s currently in a sexuality crisis. Simon, closeted, finds himself with a pen pal by the name of ‘Blue’ and soon enough, he’s head over heels for him. Now, as with the last book, nothing can last at peace forever. Another student reads Simon’s emails and uses them as blackmail, risking all that Simon has… How that all goes down shall remain a mystery for now but I recommend you go read this to get the full story.


Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

A sixteen year old girl who hasn’t left her house since she was a baby watches the world from her windows and one day, she catches the new neighbor boy walking by. Olly is tall, perfect, handsome, and of course, I’m sure you see where this is going. The window conversations are harmless, so are their late night emails where Olly flirts shamelessly and Maddy defelects as she smiles at every last letter on her screen. Now, where the real jump lies, is when Maddy’s live-in Nurse allows Olly inside of the house to visit without her mothers knowledge. One seemingly small risk has never grown so steep as Maddy breaks every boundary at risk of her own health for just a chance of normalcy with Olly. 


The Maze Runner Series

I have yet to get my hands on these but I do know the basics and I cannot wait to read them. Thomas, the main character, finds himself with no memory of himself, and in a field where other men surround him, calling him the newest ‘Greenie’. Soon enough, we’re introduced to the maze, where only the fastest of their group run when the gates open, searching for a way out. This has gone on for ages before Thomas’ arrival but only after, do they find success. The last two books follow the same group facing the outside world and discovering the reasons for their struggles.


Beautiful Creatures Series

Ethan Waite hates the town he lives in, and even more so as he begins to lose sleep, his dreams feeling so real; the girl in them looking so real. His real problems arise as the girl of his literal dreams shows up at school, shattering windows and terrorizing the southern belles of the school. She’s an outcast, and a mark of evil to every soul in that town, but not to him. No, Ethan Waite finds the new girl to be all he could ever need. Alas, Leena has a secret. Leena’s family are known as ‘casters’, and her ‘claiming’ is approaching quickly as the couple’s months together dwindle down. On her sixteenth birthday, Leena will either go dark, or be claimed by the light. With all of nature going against the two, it’s chaos trying to even imagine how they’ll survive it. And maybe they do, maybe they don’t; read and find out because it’s a brilliant read for fans of the supernatural.