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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hillaryrb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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. 

lkhernandez eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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. 

 

lschertz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

udonbutterfly | Student

If you still want a flare of fantasy you can always read Incarceron. It has the lovely twist between fantasy and dystopia and it sounds like it would be a great read for yourself.

Or if you want to get a little historical I would recommend The Watsons Go to Birmingham. It really does a great job and illustrating the importance of family.

But if you want to stay in this era and you want something light hearted fun then I say Dash and Lily's Book of Dares is definitely a great choice to start at.

falsefantasy | Student

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. 

 

Nice choice. Thank you!

falsefantasy | Student

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.

'Matched' sounds really good! I like thought-provoking  books.So far, no one else mentioned it. Thanks a lot. 

falsefantasy | Student

I would say The Hunger Games SeriesThe Harry Potter Series, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

I've read most of them. Thanks anyway.

falsefantasy | Student

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.

'Matched' sounds really good! So far, no one else mentioned it. Thanks a lot.

falsefantasy | Student
What are some good books for teenagers?

I've always been reading fanatsy fiction novels and mysteries. Want to try something else as well...

the hungergames thats a great book series

twilight of course and i heard perks of being a wallflower is pretty good so check it out

Thanks.

falsefantasy | Student

fantasy books have worked for me.

eg. twilight or soul screamers these come in series (4 books)

Actually I think twilight is overrated. Will see soul screamers.

falsefantasy | Student

I recommend reading books by classic female authors such as: Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, and Jane Austen. My favorite book of all time is "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen and my runners-up include "An Old-Fashioned Girl" by L.M. Alcott and "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. These are some of the best novels for teenage girls!

They are really nice. I've read pride and prejudice. Thanks.

falsefantasy | Student

I am an English teacher for Grade 9 in Pakistan.

Just gave To Kill a Mockingbird to my class of 14 yr olds to read. Some liked it but many of them didn't care for it too much, but I'm glad they read it as they learnt a lot of new things like how trials (in court) are conducted (which they found interesting), besides of course the issues between "white" n "coloured" people at the time in the Southern states of USA.

I will be giving them The Kite Runner to read over the winter break. Will let u know their response.

When i was in Grade 9, I enjoyed reading Erle Stanley Gardner's books on his famous character Perry Mason, a lawyer (cum detective) and his attractive secretary Della street. The books are not too long and they're very addictive.

I love John Grisham personally but i feel it might be better for 16 yrs and above.

Flowers in the Attic is also a very good book, based on a true story.

My class just loved Pride and Prejudice last year.

Best of Luck. Hope this helps.

Thanks a lot...

popan006 | Student

Purple Hibiscus- really good

zozobra1 | Student

I would say The Hunger Games SeriesThe Harry Potter Series, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

dastess | Student
What are some good books for teenagers?

I've always been reading fanatsy fiction novels and mysteries. Want to try something else as well...

the hungergames thats a great book series

twilight of course and i heard perks of being a wallflower is pretty good so check it out

swaggartp | Student

fantasy books have worked for me.

eg. twilight or soul screamers these come in series (4 books)

broadwaygirl184 | Student

I loved the Hunger Games and the The Perks of Being a Wallflower

cfecteau | Student

I recommend reading books by classic female authors such as: Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, and Jane Austen. My favorite book of all time is "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen and my runners-up include "An Old-Fashioned Girl" by L.M. Alcott and "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. These are some of the best novels for teenage girls!

luiji | Student

I am an English teacher for Grade 9 in Pakistan.

Just gave To Kill a Mockingbird to my class of 14 yr olds to read. Some liked it but many of them didn't care for it too much, but I'm glad they read it as they learnt a lot of new things like how trials (in court) are conducted (which they found interesting), besides of course the issues between "white" n "coloured" people at the time in the Southern states of USA.

I will be giving them The Kite Runner to read over the winter break. Will let u know their response.

When i was in Grade 9, I enjoyed reading Erle Stanley Gardner's books on his famous character Perry Mason, a lawyer (cum detective) and his attractive secretary Della street. The books are not too long and they're very addictive.

I love John Grisham personally but i feel it might be better for 16 yrs and above.

Flowers in the Attic is also a very good book, based on a true story.

My class just loved Pride and Prejudice last year.

Best of Luck. Hope this helps.

Hi zehrad

I'm just wondering whether you've explained all the depth behind To Kill A Mockingbird to your students. For example, the symbolism in the mockingbird, and all the historical context behind the writing of the story. I just remember when I had to read it for school, that I didn't see that depth when I first read it, but when my teacher explained what it was really all about, and i did some extra research, it became one of my favourite books.

I also really love John Grisham, but I think you can give it to readers younger than 16. I've been reading John Grisham ever since about two years ago when I was just 14, and I loved them!

All the best with your work in teaching!

zehrad | Student

I am an English teacher for Grade 9 in Pakistan.

Just gave To Kill a Mockingbird to my class of 14 yr olds to read. Some liked it but many of them didn't care for it too much, but I'm glad they read it as they learnt a lot of new things like how trials (in court) are conducted (which they found interesting), besides of course the issues between "white" n "coloured" people at the time in the Southern states of USA.

I will be giving them The Kite Runner to read over the winter break. Will let u know their response.

When i was in Grade 9, I enjoyed reading Erle Stanley Gardner's books on his famous character Perry Mason, a lawyer (cum detective) and his attractive secretary Della street. The books are not too long and they're very addictive.

I love John Grisham personally but i feel it might be better for 16 yrs and above.

Flowers in the Attic is also a very good book, based on a true story.

My class just loved Pride and Prejudice last year.

Best of Luck. Hope this helps.

tayloraustin | Student

Teenagers? well this you might think can spoil but inspirational book may do just like the book of Joshua Harris "I Kissed Dating Goodbye".

kenzilyn | Student

harrypotter.

emfitz3 | Student

My ultimate favorites are hunger games and twilight, although they might be a bit old. Another favorite was "the art of racing in the rain"which is an enlightening story about struggle and cancer and family. Definitely read the summary and try it!!!

falsefantasy | Student

The best series I ever enjoyed was the 'Ranger's Apprentice' series. They're slightly fantasy, but medieval and very addicting. I loved them.

I definitely recommend reading Harry Potter

The Hunger Games is a good series but really weird and slightly disturbing, I found.

If you're looking for good books that aren't fantasy, I would recommend Jodi Picoult's books - any is fine, but my favourite was 'My Sister's Keeper'.

I also really enjoyed the novels by John Grisham - about crime, lawyers and courtcases. His book, 'the Client' is a must.

A good piece of literature is 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. This book actually made it into the top 10 novels for teenagers, but it's an old classic. Very enlightening.

A good comedy novel is 'the Help'. You might have seen the movie. The book is even better. I couldn't stop laughing.

Hope that'll get you started. I can't think of anymore right now.

All the best.

Thanks.

falsefantasy | Student

Before I Fall, Paper Towns, 13 Reasons Why, and my favorite is Perks of Being a Wallflower. Every teenager can relate to Perks of Being a Wallflower. It is very emotinal and insperational. I recommend this book and if you have ever felt like you don't belong or like an outsider, this is the book for you.

I'll sure try The perks of being a wallflower.

falsefantasy | Student

1. The Hunger Games Series

2. The Harry Potter Series

3. The Pendragon Series

4. To Kill A Mockingbird

5. The Life of Pi

6. Maximum Ride Series

7. I Am Number Four (Then Power Of Six)

*I haven't read this book yet but I hear that Divergent and Insurgent are good books*


Hope this helps!

It'll definitely help. ;)

falsefantasy | Student

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.

I've heard that it's a nice book(A Tree Grows in Brooklyn). Thanks.

falsefantasy | Student

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. 

Thank you...

falsefantasy | Student
In reply to #26: Thanks... :)
falsefantasy | Student
In reply to #25: Thanks. And you're not a geek. This stuff is cool lots of people like it.
falsefantasy | Student

The Hunger Games and olso the books of Paulo Coelho and Dan Brown....

and if u like luv stories P.S.I Love You and the books of Nickalous Sparks....

but if u r a lover of classics i will definately recomend my favourite --

Little Woman  and  Good Wives  by Louisa May Alcot....

Thanks you :)

 

falsefantasy | Student

I saw somebody already put the giver so i though of Gathering Blue which is the sequel to The Giver, except it is set in a different society with different people in a different time period.

Thank you.

 

falsefantasy | Student
In reply to #16: Thanks... I like books that can make me shed tears... ;)
falsefantasy | Student
In reply to #15: I've already read these books... Anyways, thanks.
larrystyles | Student

Before I Fall, Paper Towns, 13 Reasons Why, and my favorite is Perks of Being a Wallflower. Every teenager can relate to Perks of Being a Wallflower. It is very emotinal and insperational. I recommend this book and if you have ever felt like you don't belong or like an outsider, this is the book for you.

zozobra1 | Student

1. The Hunger Games Series

2. The Harry Potter Series

3. The Pendragon Series

4. To Kill A Mockingbird

5. The Life of Pi

6. Maximum Ride Series

7. I Am Number Four (Then Power Of Six)

*I haven't read this book yet but I hear that Divergent and Insurgent are good books*


Hope this helps!

popan006 | Student

the perks of being a wallflower!!!

belladona | Student

Personally, my favorite book if Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. Also, Graceling by Kristen Cashore is really good.

ashl3y | Student

1. Hunger games series

2. The mortal instruments series

3. The infernal devices series

4. The sky is everywhere

5. The house of night novels

6. Daughter of York 

7. Rules of attraction

8. Little women

9. Perfect chemistry

10. Jane

11. The reformed vampire support group

12. Before I fall

13. If I fall

14. Where she went

15. Bliss

16. Peace love and baby ducks

17. Sarah dessen books

18. 13 little blue envelopes

19. A great and terrible beauty 

20. Freaked

Hope you enjoy some of these:)

 

nesh1d4life | Student

Also, you'd like the Gravity Series, if you're into mythical things like ghosts, vampires, witches, and vision seers. I guess I kinda like that stuff........WOAH! Does that mean I'm a total geek, or something?! PLEASE TELL ME NO!!!! :O

nesh1d4life | Student

I think The Fallen Star Series is a good selection to choose from. The author, Jessica Sorensen, writes awesome teen books, so you might like those. :)

flipe1992 | Student

I would offer any book from Jodi Picoult; Melvin Burgess "Junk"; Katie Price "Angel"; Stephanie Meyer "The Host".

suzannah304 | Student

We teenagers, as per our age need  someinspirations and suggestions so I would recommend the books of Paulo Coelho. You'll for sure love his books. 'The Alchemist' has som real good messages. Try his books out.

kathrina-pierce | Student

The Hunger Games and olso the books of Paulo Coelho and Dan Brown....

and if u like luv stories P.S.I Love You and the books of Nickalous Sparks....

but if u r a lover of classics i will definately recomend my favourite --

Little Woman  and  Good Wives  by Louisa May Alcot....

taekwondogirl98 | Student

To me tale of two cities. :D 

rainbowdinosaurus | Student

I saw somebody already put the giver so i though of Gathering Blue which is the sequel to The Giver, except it is set in a different society with different people in a different time period.

msnewbooklover | Student

defintly try HUNGER GAMES....if u really want to try something else then fantsy...i would highly suggest u KITE RUNNER and A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS...by Khalid hossieni...its one of ma most fav....its beautifully written with a gr8 plot....u can read the backgroung on enotes.....and read nicholas sparks esp A WALK TO REMEMBER and LAST SONG....i bet you`ll shed tears....:))

best luck

senthuraan | Student

OMG!! Don't you try HARRY POTTER???????? Janee Eyre, The secret , Secret seven are lovable bookks right?

kashmirinnocence | Student

i cant believe i forgot"DRACULA"! since u already mentioned u r into fiction ...its a great piece of literature by BRAM STOKER

falsefantasy | Student

In reply to#12: Thanks....
Actually your suggestion might be the best 'cause people of the same age group can suggest better in some cases...

kashmirinnocence | Student

if want something that is a trend then u already know the answer!  but if u want to read something thats actually gonna change the way u think!  for better....

a scarlet letter, nathaniel hawthorne

great expectations,charles dickens

hamlet ,the gift of magi,the last leaf, schools and schools( i know its not technically what u asked for but still they teach u a lot!)

pride and prejudice

anna karenina,tolstoy etc.,

falsefantasy | Student
You can try The chronicles of Narnia and try any books by Meg Cabot. Cheers! :)

I've already read those! Anyway thanks for taking out your time to answer me.

nicoledesilva | Student
You can try The chronicles of Narnia and try any books by Meg Cabot. Cheers! :)
falsefantasy | Student
So so sorry! Made a mistake while writing the post numbers. Actually there was no post #4 so got confused. Post#7 is actually in reply to post#2 and post#8 to post# 3.
falsefantasy | Student

In reply to#4: Thanks for the suggestions. The Chocolate War seems amusing!

falsefantasy | Student

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.

Thank you for reminding me of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde.

The Book Thief sounds interesting, will try it definitely.

falsefantasy | Student

The best series I ever enjoyed was the 'Ranger's Apprentice' series. They're slightly fantasy, but medieval and very addicting. I loved them.

I definitely recommend reading Harry Potter

The Hunger Games is a good series but really weird and slightly disturbing, I found.

If you're looking for good books that aren't fantasy, I would recommend Jodi Picoult's books - any is fine, but my favourite was 'My Sister's Keeper'.

I also really enjoyed the novels by John Grisham - about crime, lawyers and courtcases. His book, 'the Client' is a must.

A good piece of literature is 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. This book actually made it into the top 10 novels for teenagers, but it's an old classic. Very enlightening.

A good comedy novel is 'the Help'. You might have seen the movie. The book is even better. I couldn't stop laughing.

Hope that'll get you started. I can't think of anymore right now.

All the best.

Actually your definite recommendation is my favourite series. I have read all the books at least 11 times (the first 3 ones even more!)

Love those series and I'm proud to say that I can answer any question from Harry Potter.

As for the other books, I was going to start with "The Hunger Games" but thought it was overhyped.

Anyways, thanks for your suggestions. Might look into one on those. 

luiji | Student

The best series I ever enjoyed was the 'Ranger's Apprentice' series. They're slightly fantasy, but medieval and very addicting. I loved them.

I definitely recommend reading Harry Potter

The Hunger Games is a good series but really weird and slightly disturbing, I found.

If you're looking for good books that aren't fantasy, I would recommend Jodi Picoult's books - any is fine, but my favourite was 'My Sister's Keeper'.

I also really enjoyed the novels by John Grisham - about crime, lawyers and courtcases. His book, 'the Client' is a must.

A good piece of literature is 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. This book actually made it into the top 10 novels for teenagers, but it's an old classic. Very enlightening.

A good comedy novel is 'the Help'. You might have seen the movie. The book is even better. I couldn't stop laughing.

Hope that'll get you started. I can't think of anymore right now.

All the best.