Best of 2020: Teen Fiction

Created on October 29, 2021, 12:16 pm

Last Updated November 1, 2021, 10:20 am

See some of our favorite teen books in Oak Park’s Best of 2020, a librarian-curated selection of titles, featuring some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers!
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“If you like thrillers and adventure fiction books then this story of survival is for you!”—Darcel, Teen Services Specialist
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“This novel-in-verse is absolutely stunning, and Michael is a character I won't soon forget.”—Jenna, Collection Management Librarian
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“This is a beautiful novel about grief, love, and the difficulty of forgiveness.”—Darcel, Teen Services Specialist 
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“A book about feelings, being LGBTQ+, and love, and all the good and complicated associated.”—Megha, Children's Services Library Assistant
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“Sci-fi fantasy mixed with a bit of fairytale tropes. Great for anyone interested in female protagonists, futuristic adventures, or classic fairytale format.”—Alexander, Teen Services Librarian
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“Powerful and impossible to put down. Pairs especially well with the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.”—Jenna, Collection Development Librarian
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“Fantastic novel that explores racial discrimination through the lens of a teen in the 1950s.”—Alexander, Teen Services Librarian
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“Magic and werewolves and stuffy British boarding schools are nowhere in sight. But ICE is.”—Genevieve, Children's Services Librarian
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"I'm usually a Marvel person, but if anything would convert me to DC it's this. Characterization is great, plot is fascinating, and it handles race and disability really well. Plus, excellent librarian representation.“—Shelley, Children's Services Librarian
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“This teen fantasy inspired by West African folklore pulled me out of a reading slump, and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel.”—Jenna, Collection Development Librarian
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“Such a fun contemporary teen novel that focuses on inclusivity, anxiety, queer narratives, and chronic illness. While that all sounds heavy this novel unfolds like a gift to be savored.”—Rose, Adult Services Librarian
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