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BKLYN Friday Night Films for Teens: The Outsiders Read-a-Likes

This list was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library for Friday Night Films for Teens' showing of The Outsiders. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit Bklyn BookMatch here:

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The first part last

Angela Johnson. |

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

Curveball, the year I lost my grip

Jordan Sonnenblick. |

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

After Tupac and D Foster

Jacqueline Woodson. |

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

Dream things true

Marie Marquardt. |

Evan, the nephew of a conservative southern senator, and Alma, who lives with her large, warm Mexican family, fall in love, but when Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids on their town, Alma knows she needs to tell Evan her secrets, but how can she tell her country-club boyfriend that she is an undocumented immigrant?

More happy than not

Adam Silvera. |

After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Benjamin Alire Sâaenz. |

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

The lovely reckless

Kami Garcia. |

Romeo and Juliet meets The Fast and the Furious in this edgy romance set in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

The Battle of Jericho

Sharon M. Draper. |

Perfect chemistry

Simone Elkeles. |

Wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be. Now they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates -- and others.


Coe Booth. |

Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.

Party girl

Lynne Ewing. |

The death of her best friend Ana in a drive-by shooting causes fifteen-year-old Kata to question her position in the Los Angeles gang life.

What they always tell us

Martin Wilson. |

Sixteen-year-old Alex feels so disconnected from his friends that he starts his junior year at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, high school by attempting suicide, but soon, a friend of his older brother draws him into cross-country running and a new understanding of himself.

Jumped in

Patrick Flores-Scott. |

All American boys

Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely. |

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

This song will save your life

Leila Sales. |

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.