It’s the middle of Teen Read Week, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by picking the best teen/Young Adult books (not including “classics” like Harry Potter, Twilight or The Hunger Games) you have to check out.
We know that sometimes you can get stuck reading something totally boring that your English teacher assigned — there’s only so much Shakespeare a kid can take! — but keep in mind that reading can still be fun (plus it will definitely make you smarter)! Here’s the Top 10, in no particular order, because they’re all rad in their own ways. Also, don’t forget to let us know what some of your fave reads are below!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This incredible book follows two teens in a cancer support group. While the premise seems like it would be a downer, the story is ultimately beautiful and touching.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This book about a high school kid trying to make friends and navigate being a teenager is now a movie with Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, yet it’s still worth a read on its own. The language is b-e-a-utiful, but don’t worry about not being able to relate. This book is chockfull of “I think that too!” moments.
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
At first this doesn’t seem like a teenage read because it’s narrated by, umm… Death. But the story is super captivating about a girl trying to survive the Holocaust. Touching and suspenseful.
The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
Since we’re obsessed with Twilight and The Mortal Instruments, we didn’t think there could be another franchise containing werewolves that would actually be, ya know, good and different. But then we read this trilogy about a girl who falls in love with possibly the sweetest boy wolf ever — and we were hooked!
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This one’s old school, but totally still applicable to life now. Just imagine what it would be like to be stuck on a desert island with some of your classmates. Could be a true horror show, right? This read gives you an idea of what could happen when a plane crash leaves a group of young boys on their own on an island. Worst possible outcome of boys gone crazy? Check.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Anyone who’s had some dark days will find something that resonates with them in this heartbreaking story of a teen who finds cassettes that detail why his classmate decided to end her life. With issues of bullying and teen suicide everywhere we turn, this book shows how much we need to be there for our fellow teens.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
If you love a good mystery, this read is for you. A boy tries to figure out what’s behind the death of a neighborhood dog. A total page-turner.
Anything by Sarah Dessen
Books like Just Listen and The Truth About Forever show that Dessen is amaze at writing about young girls and what they go through. Her books deal with stuff like family issues, boyfriend trouble, and best friend drama. It’s hard to believe she’s not secretly reading our diaries. (Or is she?…)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Okay, you might have to read this one in school. But surprisingly, your teachers got it right this time. The story follows a young girl named Scout as she tries to figure out the secrets of her strange neighbor. It’s true that this book is full of serious themes like race issues and the hard truths about growing up, but it’s the story’s unexpected twists that will draw you in.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
If you loved The Hunger Games, this is another pick set in the future. Thrilling, exciting, and totally unique — sure to please any Katniss fans. (P.S. Lionsgate-Summit picked it up!)