What are some good books for teenagers? I've always been reading fanatsy fiction novels and mysteries. Want to try something else as well...

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As a teenager I was believe I may well have been above my reading/interest level, but I did enjoy every Jane Austen novel, especially Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Mansfield Park was entertaining as well. Persuasion is one of my favorites. I believe these books have alot of what teen girls love to read about, but in a more sophisticated style of writing. They deal with the worries of young girls as far as their appearance and dating life is concerned, how others (including family) perceive them, what will become of their futures, and of course falling in love with someone and painfully not having them fall back. 

I find the Austen novels highly humurous as long as you can focus enough to meet all the characters and make it through the first couple chapters!

On a less intense level, I think Alice in Wonderland is a great whimsical read. The Other Boleyn Girl is HIGHLY captivating in its development of Mary and it's a much lighter enjoyable read. 

 

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The 'Matched' series by Allie Condy may be a series you would enjoy. This series follows a girl who lives in a society where they match people based on algorithms to keep peace and harmony in their society.  But the girl loves a different boy and she flees with him.  This series is a realistic science fiction/fantasy series, remniscent of The Hunger Games series, but less hyped.  It really makes you think and question societal values. There are 3 books in the series.

The Giver series by Lois Lowry are also very good realistic fantasy books that make you really think and question society, but they are very enjoyable as well.

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I am a trained reading specialist for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. For younger teenages, I would recommend adventure fantasies such as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, or The Heroes of Olympus. Gregor the Overlander and the remainder of the series by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins are also favorites of younger teens and tweens. Of course, there are the time tested Harry Potter (JK Rowling), Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis), and Inheritance books (Christopher Paloini) have sold hundreds of millions of copies throughout the world. Graphic novels (like the Diaries of a Wimpy Kid) are also taking off in popularity

Older teenagers often enjoy biographies about the famous atheletes, singer/entertainers, and actors or actresses they are interested in. It is a nice distraction from the English and Early American literature they are often required to read in their English and American Lit classes in high school. Magazine subscriptions (ESPN the Mag, Billboard, etc.) also make great gifts for older teenagers, as the articles can be read quickly and related to their interests. 

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I am always recommending one book to teenagers. That is an oldie titled A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It is a coming-of-age novel about a girl who loves to read and should appeal to any girl who loves to read. It is not hard to find at a big bookstore or a library. It was made into a movie in 1945, directed by the famous Elia Kazan, who later directed On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Names Desire, among others. Click on reference link below for more info about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

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The Chocolate War, The Hunger Games, and A Separate Peace are all books I'd recommend to someone with your interests in your age group. If you are looking for a challenge, you might want to take up some of the classics like Brave New World. 

New books are always coming out too. You could be the first person in your neighborhood or town to read the next Big Thing if you check out the new releases at your local book store or your local library.

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Teens tend to love dystopias, such as The Hunger Games or The Giver.  I am not sure why they like it so much, except it is in trend.  I also recommend classics like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Jekyll and Hyde. They still have engaging plots.  My students also really enjoyed The Book Thief.  It is a very unusual book.

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