Featured Reads

Every Book That You Can Read For Free On Riveted By Simon Teen in September 2019

September 1, 2019
The Riveted Team
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New month = new Free Reads for YOU!

It’s the first of the month, which means we’ve got a whole new set of books to read FOR FREE on RivetedLit.com. In honor of Banned Book Week later this month, we’ll be celebrating books that were banned all September long! Plus we have extended excerpts of new YA novels hitting shelves in September 2019. How many do you plan on reading?

Full Reads

1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

We’re featuring Unwind all month long in honor of Banned Books Week! In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would “unwind” them.


2. Wake by Lisa McMann

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This is one of our monthly Free Reads in honor of Banned Books Week! For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. She can’t tell anybody about what she does — they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant….


3. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

We are featuring Crank all month long in honor of Banned Books Week! Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina — she’s fearless. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul—her life.


4. Godless by Pete Hautman

Fed up with his parents’ boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god — the town’s water tower. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg. As their religion grows, it takes on a life of its own. Jason soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it, but control it he must, before his creation destroys both his friends and himself. Godless is being featured all month long as part of our Banned Books Week promotion!

5. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

A teen plunges into a downward spiral of addiction in this classic cautionary tale. Go Ask Alice is being featured all month long as part of our Banned Books Week promotion!


6. The Misfits by James Howe: 9/22–9/28

After years of getting by, Skeezie, Addie, Joe, and Bobby decide to run for student council. Now they finally have the chance to stand up and be seen — not as the one-word jokes their classmates have tried to reduce them to, but as the full, complicated human beings they are just beginning to discover they truly are. The Misfits will be featured during Banned Books Week!


7. Forever. . . by Judy Blume: 9/22–9/28

Forever… will be featured during Banned Books Week! Is there a difference between first love and true love? Judy Blume’s groundbreaking novel about teen sexuality has a fresh new look.


8. Tweak by Nic Sheff: 9/22–9/28

This New York Times bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery. Tweak will be featured during Banned Books Week!


9. Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser: 9/22–9/28

Give a Boy a Gun will be featured during Banned Books Week! For as long as they can remember, Brendan and Gary have been mercilessly teased and harassed by the jocks who rule Middletown High. But not anymore. Stealing a small arsenal of guns from a neighbor, they take their classmates hostage at a school dance. In the panic of this desperate situation, it soon becomes clear that only one thing matters to Bendan and Gary: revenge.

Extended Excerpts

1. SLAY by Brittney Morris

Kiera built her secret online role-playing game, SLAY, as a refuge for Black gamers everywhere. But when an anonymous troll infiltrates the game & threatens to destroy it, Kiera must fight to save the only world in which she feels that she can be herself.


2. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Permanent Record tells the story of Pablo Rind, an NYU drop out whose life turns into a whirlwind romance when pop star, Leanna Smart walks into his bogeda while he’s working the graveyard shift.


3. The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Jenn Bennett’s newest book, The Lady Rogue, takes place in 20th century Romania and follows Theo as she and her ex-boyfriend Huck set out to rescue her father who disappeared while searching for a mysterious ring that was believed to have belonged to Vlad the Impaler himself. With only her father’s journal to guide them, Theo and Huck are in for a big adventure and maybe by the end they’ll be able to rekindle their love for each other.


4. Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Miller

Soon to be a Netflix original series. In this epic reimagining of the King Arthur legend, Nimue (pronounced Nim-way) is determined to fulfill her mother’s dying wish by delivering the Sword of Power to the legendary magician, Merlin. But after teaming up with a mercenary named Arthur, she quickly discovers that the age of powerful men is over…and the world needs a queen.


5. She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets 10 Things I Hate About You in this fun, contemporary novel about two sisters who have twenty-four hours to fulfill a pact and overcome the secret that threatens to tear them apart.


6. Exile From Eden by Andrew Smith

It’s been sixteen years since an army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises forced Arek’s family underground and into the hole where he was born; it’s the only home he’s ever known. But now, post-end-of-the-world, the army of horny, hungry praying mantises might finally be dying out, and Arek’s ready to leave the hole for good.


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