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Happy Teen Lit Day! 9 award-winning books to read right now

Curling up with a good book on a rainy day is such a treat, and kicking it by the pool with a page-turner is our fave way to spend a sunny day. Really, just about every day is a day to celebrate books—but since today is national Teen Literature Day, it’s an official day dedicated to honoring all the splendid, romantic, hilarious, dramatic and heart-pumping titles we totally heart. So sit back, relax and celebrate the occasion with our fave YALSA Best of the Best books winners.

How are you celebrating Teen Lit Day? Share in the comments below.

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    Every Day by David Levithan, (2013 winner)

    What would you do if you woke up everyday in a totally different body with a entirely different life? Different hair color, different ethnicity, different weight—even a different gender. That’s exactly the life that A is living in this book. Body hopping is difficult enough, but when A falls in love with a girl named Rihannon, things get even more problematic.

    Grab the book here!

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    Firegirl by Tony Abbott (2007 winner)

    Through the eyes of seventh grader Tom Bender, we learn about the new girl Jessica Feeney. Jessica is regarded as a freak of nature after suffering intense burns all over her body, but Tom is an outsider as well and learns that Jessica isn’t that different after all. As a reader, you’ll discover that simple acts of kindness are well worth it.

    Grab the book here!

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    Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (2013 winner)

    In this book, you’ll get not one, but two narrators. While they may not think they have much in common, Echo and Noah both attend regular therapy sessions to cope with their traumatic pasts. The sparks that ensue when Echo is appointed Noah’s tutor creates a love story that no one saw coming.

    Grab the book here!

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    Where She Went by Gayle Foreman (2012 winner)

    If you loved Gayle Foreman’s book If I Stay, then you’re gonna freak over Where She Went. This book follows up on Mia’s life at Juilliard after her tragic accident years ago. It’s all about heart-wrenching love, music and New York City—what more could you want?

    Grab the book here!

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    Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (2011 winner)

    “Everything happens for a reason” may be a cliché, but that does not make it any less true, and it’s exactly the lesson Samantha Kingston learns in this book. Sam goes from popular to gone in just one day when she dies in a car accident. This story follows Sam’s intense journey from sadness to acceptance as she relives the fateful day seven times over.

    Grab the book here!

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    Heist Society by Ally Carter (2010 winner)

    Working for the family business usually means working at a bakery or an auto shop, but not for this teen. When Katarina Bishop tries to ditch the biz for boarding school, she ends up getting pulled right back in—but for an unlikely reason.

    Grab the book here!

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    Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (2010 winner)

    This book is a romantic whirlwind. Nora Grey didn’t know she would find herself falling for the easygoing hottie Patch, or how tangled her entire life would become because of it. If you’re in need of a dramatic, thought-provoking book, Hush, Hush is one you def need to pick up.

    Grab the book here!

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    Divergent by Veronica Roth (2012 winner)

    Including this worldwide fave in our list was a no-brainer. If you haven’t read it yet then, uh, what are you waiting for?! This dystopian novel is all about making choices, which is easier said than done. Pick up a copy today and then hit theaters to see the crazy chemistry between Shailene Woodley and Theo James in Divergent on the silver screen.

    Grab the book here!

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    Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (2008 winner)

    If you didn’t catch the flick based on this book starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Sarah Hyland then you seriously missed out. While waiting for the DVD release, reading the book is a must. It’s a punch of sass and edge, packed into a boarding school you’re definitely gonna wanna attend.

    Grab the book here!

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by Sydney Adamson | 2/1/2016