10 Books All Teens Should Read Before They Turn 18
Ernest Hemingway rightly says "There is no friend as loyal as the book." Books take us through different worlds through the eyes and thoughts of its characters. Books not only enhance our knowledge and widen our horizons but also inspire us in different ways. Some books continue to make an impact with their messages and lessons that anyone can take away from them. Here are 10 books that every teen should read before they turn 18:
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
'The Fault in Our Stars' is a bestseller with an incredible romantic storyline involving two terminally ill teenagers: Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer that has affected her lungs and 17-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. The book is beautifully written and teaches us to live our life to the fullest as our time on this Earth is limited.
2. The Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling's series isn't just one book but a series of seven books. However I'm going to count it as one. The amazing story of Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a must read for everyone, regardless of age or gender.
3. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This classic book is a series of diary entries by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The diary reveals the deep thoughts and feelings of a teenage girl, and traces her development and maturity in the midst of almost unimaginable stress.
4. The Hunger Games (Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games trilogy is the story of Katniss Everdeen who fights back again the tyrannical Capitol of Panem. Each year, the Capitol sends one boy and one girl from each province to its annual Hunger Games, where they are forced to kill or be killed. Katniss is a flawed, yet strong and powerful protagonist. Its classic good-versus-evil plot is fast-paced and suspenseful. The novel emphasizes on friendship, family, and loyalty, making it relatable for all readers.
“You can't just sit there and put everyone's lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can't. You have to do things.”— The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of age story which takes an honest look at the lives of “everyday” teenagers. Through the eyes of 15-year-old narrator Charlie, the novel narrates the daily trials and tribulations that teenagers face. The novel not only tackles hefty and controversial topics like drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide but also focuses on the role that friends, family and love play in helping us through difficult times.
6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak is a very well written novel about a depressed teen. After being raped at a party, Melinda is unable to tell angry party goers why she called the police — and eventually stops speaking all together. Speak tells the story of Melinda as she overcomes her past and finds her voice. The story is emotional and raw but one that I believe all teenagers especially all teen girls should hear.
7. Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 is set in a far future world where television dominates and books are outlawed. The totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be burned by "firemen" whose job is to start the fires instead of stopping them. But one fireman sees the value of the printed word. I think every book lover is going to love this novel.
8. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince, fable and modern classic is for young teens but is equally appreciated by older audiences. With a timeless charm, it tells the story of a little boy who travels to the universe, leaving behind the comfort of his own planet. He lands on earth and has a series of extraordinary experiences. This classic novel is a must read for the ones who enjoy reading simple yet powerful stories.
9. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
This classic book written decades ago, covers timeless truths for engaging people, making friends and earning the right to be heard. It offers simple and profound lessons in emotional intelligence.
“I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’
‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.”— Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know first love almost never lasts but that doesn’t mean they won’t try. The novel beautifully captures how young love can feel desperate, overwhelming, and catastrophic.
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