8 Teen Novels for Those Who Love Math

NearlyGone

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
YA MY COSIMANO, E.

A math-whiz from a trailer park discovers she’s the only student capable of unravelling complex clues left by a serial killer who’s systematically getting rid of her classmates.

AbundanceKatherines

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
YA GREEN, J.

Disconsolate after being dumped for the nineteenth time by yet another girl named Katherine, Colin meets a non-Katherine named Lindsey who helps him figure out a mathematical theorem to determine the length of romantic relationships.

ForeverChanges

Forever Changes by Brendan Halpin
YA HALPIN, B.

Gifted in math and sure to be accepted at MIT if she’d only submit her application, Brianna knows her life expectancy is shortened because of cystic fibrosis but receives encouragement from her calculus teacher, who has his own health problems.

evilgenius

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
YA SF JINKS, C.

Computer genius Cadel doesn’t realize he’s being manipulated when his therapist warns him not to get caught when he puts his talent for destruction to use at the Axis Institute for World Domination.

HigherGeometry

A Higher Geometry by Sharelle Byars Moranville
YA MORANVILLE, S.

Not given credit by other students or her parents for her mathematical ability, Anna wavers about attending college until she dates Mike, who encourages her to follow her aptitude and zeal for math.

LastUniverse

The Last Universe by William Sleator
YA SLEATOR, W.

Susan and her wheelchair-bound brother Gary explore a garden designed by a physicist, and when they realize the maker used quantum physics for the layout, they wonder if there’s an alternate world where Gary could be well.

GoodEnough

Good Enough by Paula Yoo
YA YOO, P.

Although Patti tries to be a PKD, a Perfect Korean Daughter, and keeps her grades up to attend an Ivy League school, it’s really hard when her father loves math, her mother cooks Korean food with Spam, and Patti loves music.

InRealLife

In real life by Lawrence Tabak

YA TABAK, L.

Fifteen-year-old math prodigy Seth Gordon hopes to compete professionally playing Starfare, the world’s most popular computer game, but when he gets the chance to move to Korea and train full-time, he may not be ready for the culture shock and leaving his possible girlfriend, Hannah.