When you are a teenager, you go through a lot of things, some that make sense to you and some things that you just can’t wrap your head around. During these years it is important to know that you are not alone, there are a lot of people who go through this. Books can prove to be a great source of comfort. Here is a list of books that every teenager should read.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
This book tells the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
This is a young adult novel about a sixth-grade girl who has grown up without a religious affiliation, due to her parents’ interfaith marriage. The novel explores her quest for a single religion, while confronting typical issues faced by early adolescent girls going through puberty, such as buying her first bra, having her menarche, and feeling attracted to certain boys.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is a 2008 dystopian novel. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle royale to the death.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Set in the early 1990s, the novel follows Charlie, an introverted observing teenager, through his freshman year of high school in a Pittsburgh suburb. The novel details Charlie’s unconventional style of thinking as he navigates between the worlds of adolescence and adulthood, and attempts to deal with poignant questions spurred by his interactions with both his friends and family.
The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
The Book Thief is a historical novel. Narrated by Death, who over the course of the book proves to be a morose yet caring character, the plot follows Liesel Meminger as she comes of age in Nazi Germany during WWII. After the death of her younger brother on a train to the fictional town of Molching, Germany on the outskirts of Munich, Liesel arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann, distraught and withdrawn. During her time there, she is exposed to the horrors of the Nazi regime, caught between the innocence of childhood and the maturity demanded by her destructive surroundings.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The story follows dual narratives by Eleanor and Park, two misfits living in Omaha, Nebraska from 1986 to 1987. Eleanor, a chubby 16-year-old girl with curly red hair, and Park, a half-Korean, 16-year-old boy, meet on a school bus on Eleanor’s first day at the school and gradually connect through comic books and mix tapes of ’80s music, sparking a love story. Park grows to love Eleanor and Eleanor learns to understand Park.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The book is narrated by Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl from a poor neighborhood who attends an elite private school in a predominantly white, affluent part of the city. Starr becomes entangled in a national news story after she witnesses a white police officer shoot and kill her childhood friend, Khalil. She speaks up about the shooting in increasingly public ways, and social tensions culminate in a riot after a grand jury decides not to indict the police officer for the shooting.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska follows the novel’s main character and narrator Miles Halter, or “Pudge,” to boarding school where he goes to seek the “Great Perhaps,” the famous last words of François Rabelais.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.