Books for Guys

All American Boys
Jason Reynolds

Black teen Rashad is assaulted by a white police officer. White classmate Quinn, who was practically raised by the police officer, witnessed it. When a video of the brutal event surfaces, the school, city, and country explode with protests and outrage.

The Maze Runner
James Dashner

Thomas lives in a mysterious society, inescapable due to the gigantic maze surrounding it. 

Laurie Halse Anderson

Events and changes have high school senior Tyler questioning his place in school, his family and in the world.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

Hopelessly awkward, Charlie feels lost in his high school  until a group of seniors take him in and teach him how to live.

Christopher Paolini

Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed.

Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card

Earth’s children are trained in battle to defeat invading aliens. Ender, a child prodigy, finds himself torn between being a normal kid and fighting in the war.

Throne of Glass
Sarah J. Maas

If Celaena can kill 23 assassins, thieves and enemy warriors she will win her freedom.

Brandon Sanderson

The world has become overrun with superpowered humans called Epics. Unfortunately, rather than being a bunch of superheroes, they have all proven to be psychopaths. David Charleston, a survivor of one of Steelheart's attacks as a boy, has since devoted his entire life to destroying Steelheart. 

Neal Shusterman

Rebellious teens’ parents can opt to have their bodies “unwound” or harvested for reuse. To escape unwinding, Connor goes on the run.

Looking for Alaska
John Green

"Pudge" Halter befriends some fellow boarding-school students and falls in love with Alaska Young, the moody, self-destructive center of the group. When tragedy strikes, Pudge discovers the value of unconditional love.

E.R. Frank

America has been mistaken for black, Asian, Native American and white. At age 15 he has spent years lost in the system.

The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness

A noise “virus” makes Todd hear everything that everyone is thinking at all times. Chased by a madman preacher and possibly the rest of his townsfolk as well, young he flees his settlement on a planet where war with the natives has killed all the women and infected the men with a germ that broadcasts their thoughts aloud for all to hear.

Little Brother
Cory Doctorow

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. 

I Am Number Four
Pittacus Lore

John has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

Anthony Horowitz

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.

Walter Dean Myers

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Al Capone Does My Shirts
Gennifer Choldenko

Moose stands up for his autistic sister while living on Alcatraz.

Scott Westerfeld

In an alternative history, Europe is headed towards a Word War. The Germanic Clankers, with their advanced machinery, face off against the British Darwinists, with their crossbred animals. The Darwinists have a new weapon, the Leviathan, a flying whale ship. Deryn Sharp is new to the service and is on the Leviathan for her first assignment. But only males are allowed to be in the service, so she must hide her identity from everyone, and disguise herself as a boy.

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Barry Lyga

Fanboy is miserable at school, where he is bullied, and at home, with his pregnant mother and her husband, the "step-fascist." His only relief is the late hours spent creating his own comic book. Then he receives an instant message from Kyra who seems to be the only witness to the violence he endures, and the two form a friendship.

Wednesday Wars
Gary D. Schmidt

During the fall and winter of 1967-68, Holling is condemned to spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher who also happens to hate him!

The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline

The world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people, and for Wade it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life.

Going Bovine
Libba Bray

Cameron is going to die. But hopes appear in a pink-haired angel and the great, American road trip.

Andrew Smith

Ryan is head-over-heels in love with his best friend Annie, but she sees him as a little brother. This is the story of his junior year—a year full of bullies, rugby and tragedy.