10 Best Books of All Time for Teenagers
1. The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a heart-wrenching love story that follows two cancer patients, Hazel, and Augustus, as they navigate life, love, and death. This novel tackle’s big themes like mortality and illness with humour and grace, making it a perfect read for any teenager struggling with big questions about life.
There are a lot of great books out there for teenagers, but it can be tough to know where to start. Here are 10 of our favourites that are sure to capture your attention and get you thinking.
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
This classic novel follows the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenager who is kicked out of boarding school and becomes a wanderer in New York City. Holden is angry, lonely, and confused, and the book gives insight into the mind of a troubled adolescent.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is set in the deep south during the 1930s and tells the story of Atticus Finch, a white lawyer who defends a black man accused of a crime he didn’t commit. The book tackles issues of racism, injustice, and courage, and is a timeless masterpiece.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future society where children are forced to compete in a televised battle to the death, Katniss Everdeen emerges as a reluctant hero. The book is action-packed and thought-provoking and will leave you eager for the next instalment in the trilogy.
5. Animal Farm by George Orwell:
This allegorical tale about the rise of Stalinist Russia is as timely as ever. The animals on Manor Farm overthrow their human owner and establish their own society, but soon discover that not all creatures are equal.
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Set in a future utopia where people are born into predetermined social classes and genetic engineering is the norm, Brave New World explores the dangers of conformism and the power of individuality.
7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
When a group of boys are stranded on an uninhabited island, they must fend for themselves and figure out how to survive. But as order begins to break down, savagery takes over. This book is a frightening look at what happens when there is no civilized society to rein in our dark impulses.
8. The Giver by Lois Lowry
In a future world where everything is carefully controlled and there is no pain or suffering, Jonas begins to see things differently from his elders after he is chosen to be the next “Receiver of Memory.” As he starts to understand the true cost of this seemingly perfect world, Jonas must make a decision that will change his life forever.
9. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A frank and funny look at high school life from the perspective of Charlie, an introverted freshman who just doesn’t quite fit in. Charlie’s insights and observations about his friends, family, and teachers will resonate with any teenager who has ever felt like an outsider.
10. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
This harrowing journal chronicles one girl’s decent into drug addiction and her eventual road to recovery. While it may be shocking at times, this book provides valuable insight into the dangers of drug use and its effects on young people’s lives.
Extra Book. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
A biting critique of war disguised as an absurdist science fiction novel, Slaughterhouse-5 follows American soldier Billy Pilgrim as he struggles to make sense of his experiences during WWII after he’s mysteriously “unstuck in time” and forced to relive them over and over again.