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10 Summer Books for Reluctant Teenage Readers

Summer is a great time for teenagers to read, but many of them wouldn't dream of picking up a book.
If you've got a child in that category, the American Library Association has compiled a list of books it recommends for reluctant readers. If books about teenage sex, marijuana, disgusting food and a tattoo star won't tempt them to put down their iPods, there probably is no hope.

10 Great Books for Relucatant Readers

1. This is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks by Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley.

Have an appetite for a bacon cheeseburger on a Krispy Creme bun along with deep fried Coke on the side? This is a book about what one reviewer called "deliciously gross food."

2. Rules of Attraction (A Perfect Chemistry Novel) by Simone Elkeles.

This is a novel about two teenage boys who get tangled up with a gang and a powerful drug lord.

3. Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex and Safety by Nikol Hasler.

No sex topic is considered taboo in this book that features the silhouette of two cows copulating on the cover.

4. The D.U.F.F. (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger.

This novel is stuffed self-esteem issues, divorcing parents, sex and frank discussions about birth control and STD's.

5. Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and Randy DuBurke.

This is a retelling of an infamous slaying of a 14-year-old girl by an 11-year-old boy named Yummy.

6. Scars by Cheryl Rainfield.

This is a psycho thriller about a 15-year-old girl who is being taunted by her rapist.

7. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.

Yet another uplifting book - this one about a teenage girl who is nearly raped by her best friend's boyfriend.

8. Rikers High by Paul Volponi.

The story tracks a juvenile delinquent's time in jail after being sent there for telling an undercover cop where to buy weed.

9. The Tattoo Chronicles by Kat Von D.

This is an illustrated diary about a year in the life of Kat Von Do, a tattoo artist and the star of LA Ink.

10. Warriors Versus Warriors: Ten Fighters, Five Battles, ONE Winner by Catherine Brereton and Hannah Wilson.

Aztec to Zulu, who will dominate?

Lynn O'Shaughnessy is author of The College Solution, an Amazon bestseller, and she also writes her own college blog at The College Solution.

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