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Favourite Reads of 2013 - Reviews by Various Teen Bloggers

The Rosie Project - book coverThe Storyteller - book coverAllegiant - book cover

What were the best books that you read in 2013?


This is a bit difficult! I'd have to say…

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion because it was beautifully written, well fleshed out, and hilarious--seemingly without trying. [Editor's Note: this book is from the Library's Adult collection.]

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult because the basis of the story is not only something we learn in school (the Holocaust), but it's also relevant to our society as a whole. It was both emotional and inspiring, with excellent writing--typical of Jodi Picoult.


I would totally say Allegiant by Veronica Roth! It's a book recently published and it is similar to The Hunger Games, which I am sure quite a lot of teens would like. But this series is not a copycat, it has its unique ideas and ending...ok, no spoilers here. The story is very interesting. It portrays a version (probably not the best version) of our future, which is cool to read about it.


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. She manages to keep her story about teen love from straying into stereotypes, her characters are realistic, and the prose is beautiful. [Editor's Note: this was also one of favourites - I even have Eleanor and Park desktop wallpaper! - Danielle]


Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson: The worldbuilding was interesting and unique. The characters were memorable and well-developed.

Glitch series by Heather Anastasiu: The constantly-changing scenery kept me on my toes. The unique struggles of the characters inspired parts of a novel I wrote in November.


 Eleanor and Park-book coverThe Rithmatist-book coverGlitch- book cover


  • The Lie Tree
  • The way he lived
  • A drop of night
  • Thief of lies
  • Defender
  • Character, driven
  • Every young adult's break-up survival guide
  • Hidden gold
  • The heart of stone
  • The last boy and girl in the world
  • The epidemic
  • I see reality
  • Finding Hope
  • Under the Dusty Moon
  • Flawd
  • Dark energy
  • Hot pterodactyl boyfriend
  • Harmony House
  • Burning
  • See no color
  • One of us
  • A tangle of gold
  • It should have been a #GoodDay
  • Beautiful broken things
  • The radiant road
  • Speak a word for freedom
  • When we collided
  • Hit count
  • Fig
  • The beast of Cretacea
  • Essential maps for the lost
  • Queen
  • Exit, pursued by a bear
  • The Raven King
  • Breakaway
  • The forbidden orchid
  • The young adult's guide to public speaking