Summer reading for 14-year-old boy?This question was posted by msnewbook on June 14, 2012. It seems it should be open to discussion, since there are so many possible choices. I can only think of...

Summer reading for 14-year-old boy?

This question was posted by msnewbook on June 14, 2012. It seems it should be open to discussion, since there are so many possible choices. I can only think of some old warhorses like Sherlock Holmes and Jack London's Call of the Wild. There must be lots of more recent books for teenagers that are very good.

I am a 14-year old teenager..I want to ask what books  i should read during this summer.

PS: I like mystery, fiction, vampires, etc.



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 Posted by msnewbooklover on June 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM and tagged with books, literature, mystry books, recommend, summer
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e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Sherlock Holmes books seem like a good idea to me too, and the stories of Edgar Allen Poe come to mind as well. This could be a good time to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy, books which have suspense, monsters, valour and adventure and which were written with the 14-18 year old reader in mind.

Then there are the classic mystery novels of Agatha Christie...and the books of Stephen King. For summer reading, I would be looking for entertainment and quality, so I wouldn't feel bad dipping into some King-style popular fiction, or maybe even Dan Brown if that strikes your fancy.  

William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In response to #2. It's funny, but I thought of Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie (especially And Then There Were None), and Stephen King too. Some other things that have occurred to me are:

Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Cornell Woolrich

More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

The Short Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Oh, to be fourteen again!




Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would highly recommend the Hunger Games trilogy.  I am not 14 anymore, but the book is written from the perspective of a teenager, and I would imagine it would be even more powerful if I was reading it as a teenager and not an adult.  I teach middle school and most of my kids loved the books.  Additionally I would recommend the Percy Jackson books, starting with The Lightning Thief.  Again, it is written from a middle school vantage point, and it is a very exciting series.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a 14 year old, I was busy reading my DC and Marvel comic books and Mad Magazine, but I still had time for the classics. Treasure Island and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer are essential reading for young teen boys, and (since there is an interest in vampires) Edgar Allan Poe short stories might be a good fit.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Any story by Sharon Draper, especially Tears of a Tiger.  This book has huge appeal, especially to teenage boys, and it is a very high-interest book, especially for reluctant readers.  I have had been able to get students to read her books when all other books and series failed.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My son loves The Chronicles of Vladamir Tod. As well, he loves reading Stephen King (all of them). Another great author is Walter Dean Meyers. That said, Twisted, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is another great text for boys.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

TheNoughts and Crossesseries by Malorie Blackman may appeal to your sense of adventure. The short stories of Ambrose Bierce also contain the mystery element you will appreciate.

janetlong eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For crime, Walter Mosley. For pure reading candy, Patrick O'Brian--beginning with Master and Commander.

ortegati | Student

Here is a real quick list, hope you at least enjoy one book:


To Kill a Mockingbird


The Catcher in the Rye


The Great Gatsby


The Dark Knight Returns







kak2013 | Student

I recommend the "cirque du freak" series, it is exciting and full of adventure. But I work in a library and also notice teen boys are checking out a lot of Rick Riordan Series (example, the Percy Jackson series or The Kane Chronicles or the 39 Clue Series).

high-blue-skies | Student

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Awesome book.

nikitasingh | Student

the best series that i recommend to you u is the percy jackson is an awsum series filled with mystery and is also fiction.i love reading it so even u shud try it.