Source: purchased used
I've been trying to get my brother to read this for years because it's one of my all-time favorite books. Isaac found it enjoyable and funny, but childish. Well, I *did* first read it in fourth grade. As there is a tiny bit of mature content in there, I'm now really not sure what age group it's intended for.
Source: Random Buzzers
This is one of the few books Isaac read before I did. He even wrote a review of it for the blog here. He started it in the afternoon while we were on vacation and stayed up into the night to finish it.
Source: borrowed from friend
This was another start-in-evening, finish-at-midnight book. I think Isaac only picked up this one because he was bored, but he sure devoured it quickly enough! He agrees with my assessment that it's an exciting dystopia but needs more deeper meaning to it to be truly great.
Source: Holt InGroup
Basically the same as The Hunger Games. We were watching some Mad Max movies a couple nights ago and comparing the 1980s post-apocalyptic themes and scenarios to recent dystopias. I think I'll point Isaac towards Blood Red Road next.
Source: library sale
This is the only other book on the list that Isaac read before I did. It took him about a month to finish, he claims because it's written for adults rather than a YA audience. Again with the comparisons to Mad Max...
I was surprised by the Wiccan aspects of the novel, but apparently they didn't bother Isaac.
Source: blog giveaway
Personally, I wasn't a huge fan of this one when I read it in seventh grade (I think I'd enjoy it more now), but Isaac liked reading it. He says it reminded him of Eoin Colfer's books, which we both read in middle school.
Source: Random Buzzers
Isaac and I agreed on this one, too: It. Was. Awesome. Totally weird and random and resembling The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but hilarious and well-written and like the author got inside a teenager's mind. I think the conclusion confused him, though, because he kept going around saying "The ending blew my mind, the ending blew my mind." My attempts at explanations didn't help much.
If anything, I think my brother enjoyed this one even more than I did. He saw me reading it and actually couldn't wait for me to finish it so he could read it. I finished at about five in the evening, and he immediately picked it up and read it through in about five hours (I couldn't believe it). He loved all the '80s references to video games and music, two things that he is very much into.
Other books my brother has enjoyed recently: the Ender series by Orson Scott Card and Airman by Eoin Colfer.
What books do you recommend for teen guys?