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Best Teenage Books for Boys and Girls 2014

Updated on January 9, 2014

Reading List for Teen Boys and Girls

When I was a teenager, there was nothing like a good book to take me away to another place and time.

There are so many books out there that are great for teenagers and if you don't have a teenager who likes to read, then perhaps the trick is finding just the right book.

Keep some of these titles in mind for the perfect gift for a teen in your life. Some of them are fictional books that they'll just enjoy. Others will teach them lifelong lessons they'll need as they grow into adults.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

This book, written by Jeff Kinney, highlights the life of a character named Greg Heffley who is in trouble because someone has vandalized his school.

He must prove his innocence and gets a break while a blizzard keeps his family stuck in the house, but when the temperature warms up he will have to face the music.

What kid hasn't had a situation like this before? Most teens can relate to being in trouble for something or other in their time.

The Hunger Games

Filled with Fantasy and Adventure

With a very unique story about the world gone crazy, Katniss must participate in the Hunger Games and come out with her life, as the victor.

This emotional book rides the roller coaster of a young girl and the love she has for her family, the techniques she must use to survive the games and the relationships she builds along the way. It is a page turner for all ages.

The Cycle Series


This is the long awaited fourth book in the Inheritance Cycle series. If your teen hasn't read them yet, have them start with Eragon.

In this conclusion by Christopher Paolini, Eragon and his dragon Saphira are done training for battle so they can confront the villain, Galbatorix. If he cannot, then all hope for Alagaesia is lost.

This action based fantasy book is loved among girls and boys of all ages.

The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens

The Covey family has provided tools for people to organize and better their lives, for years.

In this new book by Sean Covey, he goes over the major decisions that almost every teenager faces before adulthood. But the book is not just a lecture for teens on how to behave.

He includes tips and tricks for dealing with sticky situations and the book has colorful cartoons to keep the reader interested. The visuals, with the sound advice in the text, are great tools for teenagers to navigate these rough years.

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak has written a book about a character named Liesel Meminger who is taken to live in Germany during WW II.

The child steals a book, though she cannot read yet, and over the years she ends up having a much larger collection of stolen books.

Through an interesting collection of friends and the hardships of the times, the girl collects her books and has her own story to tell.

Soul Surfer

A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

Based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a hungry shark, this book goes into much more detail about her struggles than the movie could ever portray.

She has a passion to surf and she does not let her injury stop her as she learns to overcome her fears and disability to get back on the board, and back into the ocean.

This courageous and beautiful young woman serves as a role model to teenagers everywhere that no matter what happens to you, you can move on and overcome.

Top Rated Book for Teens


It is almost unheard of that a teenage girl has not seen the popular movie based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer.Whether she has, or has not, this book will keep her entertained in the world of vampires.

As a teen herself, Bella moves to Forks Washington to live with her dad. She meets an unusual sort of boy who captures her interest and eventually, her heart.

But she must overcome the knowledge that he is a creature to be feared, though she loves him deeply. Full of teen angst and romance, any female will be drawn into this story.

The Anger Workbook for Teens

Written by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, this book offers a way for teenagers to deal with the anger that comes from just being a normal teenager, to those that might be suffering from emotional trauma from divorce or other upsetting circumstances.

There are worksheets that take only ten minutes, that a teen can do every day to help work through the ways they react and gain skills to handle their intense emotions. Because once anger is understood, it can then be better dealt with.

The Iron Knight

This is the fourth book in a series written by Julie Kagawa.

To survive the Iron Realm, the character Ash, must have a body and a soul to encompass it. In order to earn these two things, he must pass a series of impossible tests.

A hard truth is revealed to him along the way that makes him question his darkest beliefs and proves that he must have more than courage if he is to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Maximum Ride Novel

The Angel Experiment

By James Patterson, this book follows Maximum Ride who is the leader of a gang of kids who broke out of the lab in which they were bred.

They are mostly human and a small percentage of bird. They go on a rescue mission, run from a pack of half human wolves and have adventures that they might rather not be having.

This action adventure book is sure to keep any teenager entertained long enough to keep them out of your hair.

From self-help books to those of intense love and sacrifice, to books about unearthly creatures who must live in the mortal realm, there is sure to be a book or two to interest even the most picky teenager.

Even if you are looking for a book for yourself, many listed here have been read by adults as well.

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