Great YA Books for Adults

This week, Wilmington Memorial Library’s teen librarian, Alison Schwartz, clues us in on teen reads that adults like, too!

Do you find yourself browsing the Teen Fiction section of our library? Did you devour John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars before or after seeing the movie? Did you cheer on Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games as she battled ‘muttations’ or re-live your awkward youth in The Perks of Being a Wallflower? There is no shame in diving into Young Adult books – even if you are well into your adult years. Who wouldn’t want to read a book with strong characters and a solid plot that dives right into the action?

Much like the structure of a good YA read I will get straight to the point: here are some titles that will appeal to adults and teens alike. You’ll want to head straight to WML’s Teen Zone to check them out. Check out the next page for some starters!

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Image courtesy of The Hurstville City Library

Found at the Book Store Next Door: “Tom Swift in the Caves of Nuclear Fire” by Victor Appleton II

Today at the Book Store Next Door, staff writer Anna found true adventure in the heart of the Earth! Come to 183 Middlesex Avenue between 10:00 and 4:00 today to snag it for yourself!

Title: Tom Swift in the Caves of Nuclear Fire

Author: Victor Appleton II

What it’s about: Can Tom Swift and his friends solve the mystery of the corrosive subterranean gas?? This book isn’t one for kids anymore, or even most adults; it has some weird mid-20th-century elements, such as a fairly offensive stereotypical hostile African tribe, and the quasi-hokey-pseudo-science sounds even hokier by today’s standards than it did originally. Not exactly beach reading – but as a collector’s item? Well…

Whether you grew up with the Tom Swift books, love the ridiculous, or just like to collect old series, this one’s a plum copy in fine condition. It is number 8 in the sequence of 33, and there are even a few others on the shelf nearby if you’re interested in bringing home a few at a time.

So remember: even if you’re more into vintage books than snazzy new reads, the Book Store Next Door has still got something for you!

Where: In the YA section of the children’s room, on the Vintage shelf, on display next to a white bin,

Patron Movie Review: The Double

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Image courtesy of DVDs Release Dates


Movie: The Double

Where is it: Hot DVDs

The Verdict: Movie was Dreadful, Depressing, Dark and Doubly horrible from the opening scene to the 10 long, miserable minutes I watched it. I thought this movie, The Double, shouldn’t be on the shelf.




Patron movie reviews come from the patrons of Wilmington Memorial Library. If you want to review a movie, fill out the blue slip inside of new and hot DVDs!