This question may apply particularly to those of us who were schoolchildren and young teenagers before today's huge number of young adult books in every genre. What was your first important book bought with your own money from the drugstore rack or borrowed from the adult section of the library?
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I read the Lord of the Rings the summer before my 12th birthday, and (as you know, Sid) it was life-changing for me too.
I just realized I was only thinking about fiction. At the same age - about 11 - my brother was in a high school human sexuality course with the classic "all about sex" books of the era, and, with my mother's encouragement, I read them all.
Three great books to read as a young teen!
I think the experience of stretching yourself to understand is important -- especially when you do it for fun. I wonder if teens today have as much chance to get that experience.
That sounds like a great book! It's making me think of the ones I picked up around my parents house too -- not always such happy choices. (I ended up reading Eli Wiesel's Night far too young).