Media Buzz: Books for Teens by Famous Authors

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Gone are the days when authors hid behind their pens and were mysterious, faceless entities. Thanks to avenues like Twitter and other types of social media, authors have become celebrities in their own right. So it’s no surprise that actual stars have decided to get in on all of the bookish action! With the surge in popularity of young adult books, there’s no shortage of options for teens—and celebs are among those leading the charge. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite YA books written by your favorite famous types:

Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, by Chris Colfer. You know him as Kurt from “Glee,” but did you know Chris Colfer is also a voracious reader who’s penned a few works of his own? He wrote this satiric novel about a social outcast who finds a way to use the popular kids in his school to bolster his college application. Check out a sneak peek of the recently released film version:

Ana’s Story: A Story of Hope, by Jenna Bush. In this non-fiction work, the former first daughter tells the story of Ana, a young woman infected with HIV. Bush befriended Ana while interning for UNICEF, and through Ana’s story, she highlights the stories of many children around the world with poor resources, healthcare or support.

Elixir, by Hilary Duff. Hilary is one of those stars who truly seems to do it all. She’s conquered the worlds of television, singing and fashion design—and has now jumped into YA fiction. The first novel in her paranormal Elixir series tells the story of Clea, a young photojournalist who encounters romance and mystery.

33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, Poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women, by Tonya Bolden. Okay, so these authors may not be in the teen demographic, but they sure have valuable information to share. From Natalie Merchant to Vera Wang, these famous former teenage girls use their creative voices to offer valuable insight for navigating the path to adulthood.

Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Boardby Bethany Hamilton, Rick Bundschuh and Sheryl Berk. Bethany Hamilton was just 13 when she tragically lost her arm in a shark attack in Kauai. She chronicles her journey to overcome her disability and rise to professional surfing success once again. See the gnarly action from the book in this movie trailer:

What’s your favorite celeb-penned book? Share your selections in the comments!

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