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Recommended Reading: Teen Fiction - Alternate Realities

Fantasy and science fiction have long been my favorite genres. What I have learned over the years is that there is a multitude of subgenres that fall under these broader genre labels. Alternate reality happens to be one of these subgenres, generally falling under the science fiction category, which means the stories are within the realm of future scientific possibility. That's what we'll be exploring in this edition of recommended reading for teens - some of the latest and greatest alternate reality novels with teenage protagonists. Most of these books include modern and advanced technology, some of them involve mystery, but all of them transport the reader into new and exciting universes.


Thanks to Ellie Epperson, Youth Services Supervisor, for choosing these titles.

This is Not the Jess Show book cover

This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey (This Is Not the Jess Show Series #1)

Most people are tired of drama by the time they reach their junior year of high school, and Jess is no exception. But somehow, drama always finds its way to her, even in 1998 before smartphones, social media, and ever-pervasive technological innovations...

Jess has to deal with overbearing parents, a chronically ill younger sister, and a budding crush on her childhood best friend - easy peasy, right? Wrong. And that's not all Jess has to contend with - a mysterious illness has struck half the town, and the rest of the town's folk seem just a tad bit off as well... Jess finds herself with more questions than answers as she tries to figure out what is going on with her town and her own life.

Some readers have called This is Not the Jess Show "the teen version of The Truman Show," - what do you think? Read it and let us know!


#Murderfunding by Gretchen McNeil (MurderTrending Series #2)

Who doesn't love a good reality TV show - reality not included, right? In #Murderfunding, the latest hit reality show is Who Wants to be a Painiac? where participants hunt for big-hit serial killers. It's all fun and games until a strange girl approaches 17-year-old Becca after the sudden death of Becca's mother. The girl tells Becca that her mother was actually the infamous serial killer, Molly Mauler. Becca has a tough time believing that. She finds herself on the hit reality TV show to find out more about her mom and soon realizes that there is more murder and violence in the show than the creators let on. Suddenly, Becca finds herself fighting, not only to find the truth but to stay alive - can she survive?