In this coming-of-age novel complete with plenty of teenage angst, Barry Lyga creates an unlikely (and unlucky) hero in Kevin Ross, but we cheer him anyway. In Hero-Type, Kevin starts out as a local hero, saving the popular good girl from a dangerous run-in with a wanted criminal. It seems like a dream come true, as the girl he saved also happens to be his very secret crush. But then Kevin offends the entire town by inadvertantly displaying anti-military behavior, and he suddenly turns into an instant pariah. This novel goes beyond the regular young adult theme of High School Stinks, as Kevin strives to discover what it means to be a hero and do the right thing, which as we all know, isn't always easy.
Recommended by Rachel DeBusk