Tired of 'Twilight' Clones? 5 Young Adult Books to Try Instead

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For those who browse young adult shelves, the choices may be starting to blur: girl meets supernatural boy, then must choose between two boys. Or - for a little variety - supernatural girl meets human boy, then must choose between two boys. Vampires, fairies, angels - they're all over the young adult section. So, in the spirit of Teen Read Week, here are five gripping young adult titles that manage to keep otherworldly creatures and dramatic love triangles well out of sight.

For those who browse young adult shelves, the choices may be starting to blur: girl meets supernatural boy, then must choose between two boys. Or - for a little variety - supernatural girl meets human boy, then must choose between two boys. Vampires, fairies, angels - they're all over the young adult section. So, in the spirit of Teen Read Week, here are five gripping young adult titles that manage to keep otherworldly creatures and dramatic love triangles well out of sight.

#5 "My Name Is Not Easy," by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Debby Dahl Edwardson's novel - based on a sad history - tells the story of six native Alaskan teenagers forced to attend Catholic boarding schools, where they encountered prejudice and obliviousness towards their culture. The teenagers struggle with others and themselves as they grow to adulthood.

#4 "Shine," by Lauren Myracle

"Shine," which recently made headlines when author Lauren Myracle was asked to withdraw from the National Book Awards, follows the aftermath of a hate crime in which protagonist Cat's gay best friend is left comatose. Cat tries to find out who in her tiny town was responsible for the crime and delves into the many secrets of her tight-knit community. …