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Good Books for Teenage Girls

Updated on April 15, 2015

Find the best books for teenage girls

If you're looking for ideas of compelling, exciting good books that teenage girls will love there are lots of ideas in the article below. But as well as the ideas of books suggested, here are some more ways to get ideas of the great reading material.

Check out what other teen girls are reading Ask you teen friends about the books they enjoyed. You can also look on line for reviews by other teen girls.

Check out other websites There are hundreds of other websites with great reading material for teens. Start with this list of 1004 books for teenage girls.

Explore the book store or library There's nothing better than looking at a physical format of a book and flicking through to see if you'll enjoy it. If you're a parent who wants to encourage their kid to read why not get them a book store voucher which they can spend.

Broaden your horizons Reading doesn't have to mean fiction. Think about your interests. There are lots of practical and fun books to explore too some of which are mentioned in the article.

There are lots more tips about finding good books in the article as well as specific suggestions of bestselling and popular books. There are lots of different genres from romance, to thrillers, to practical and factual books.

Read on for suggestions of good books for teenage girls.

Popular and Best Selling Books for Teenage Girls in 2014

To start with, here is a selection of some of the best selling books so far this year (2014).

Obviously bestsellers change from week to week, so it's well worth checking out websites like the New York Times Bestseller list for young adults to see what is other people are enjoying.

It's always worth checking out bestseller lists on as well to get more ideas.

Some of the books below have just been published in the last couple of years, others have been around for quite a few years already.

For more recent and popular books, this is an excellent list of young adult books popular in 2013.

The Book Thief
The Book Thief
This has been a bestseller for a few years now! Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)
Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue-Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is-she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park
Eleanor and Park is currently on the New York Times Bestseller list and has excellent reviews over on amazon. It is about two 16 year old teenagers that fall in love but don't let the imagined corny storyline put you off - this is a gem of a book. It's 1986 and both Eleanor and Park are 16 year olds who don't fit in. Eleanor stands out with her wild red hair and patwork outfits and Park tries to slide under the radar. They sit next to each other on the bus and at first it's silence but soon they are discussing comic characters and making each other mix tapes (it is 1986!). Soon, they have fallen in love for the first time, the way only 16 year olds can.

Love Reading - Explore free and cheap books!

If you love reading there are plenty of places you can get free or cheap books and explore more on offer. Here are a few ideas:

The Library - Why more people don't use the library is a mystery. In what other place can you borrow and use items for free. You can check out quite a few books at a time and they will even order you a specific book to have in the library if you request it. Why buy a book again when we have such a fantastic resource. If you haven't been to your local library it's well worth checking out.

Free Kindle books - You can also get a range of free books sent to your e-reader. Many of these are classics but that's great if you like to read the classics. But you can get some more modern books too. Check out this list of They include action, fantasy, romance and paranormal.

Book Swapping - There are lots of book swapping websites, where you can swap books that you've finished reading with those you want to read. Some ideas include book mooch and paperback swap Alternatively whey not swap with your friends or family? Some libraries do bookswapping events as well.

Thrift shops - Don't forget to check out thrift and charity shops in you area. Sometimes they have a lot of the popular titles that people have finished reading for a fraction of the price.

Story of a girl

The book below was the author's first novel and was a National Book Award finalist.and was the Amerian Library's Associations best book for young adults too.

Story of a Girl
Story of a Girl
Deanna is 13 when her father catches her in the act with an older boy in her car. Since this moment, he can't look at her in the eye. The story spreads and Deanna is known as the school s...t. Deanna stays away from boys since this incident but the small town mentality means she can't escape her reputation. Deanna wishes she could escape the town but over one Summer she starts to make peace with herself. A surprisingly good book for teenage girls

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why is a New York Times bestselling young adult fiction novel and is the debut novel by Jay Asher.

Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why is a must read, an un-put-downable book. It tells the story of Hannah Baker's suicide. After her death Clay Jenson is one of 13 people who receive a tape in the post detailing the circumstances that lead to her suicide. It's a sad book which has a powerful message

The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian

This is another book that has won lots of awards.

They include the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and it was also named in one of the best book lists for the School Library Journal in 2007.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Junior is an aspiring cartoonist who grows up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Junior was born with water on the brain which means he has physical disablilities that have led to him dealing with some rough treatment due to the prejudices of others on the reservation. Taking his future into his own hands, Junior decides to go to an all-white high school in the off-reservation town of Reardan. The book confronts issues such as racism, poverty, and the following of tradition

Great Book Websites for Teens

There are lots of great websites for the teen bookworm.

Here are three of my favorites.

Series for Teen Girls

There are lots of great series for teenagers. Some of the most well known include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Divergent series as featured above.

The Breathing Series is a series that is popular with teen girls and is by bestselling author Rebecca Donovan. The first book in the series is Reason to Breathe and featured below.

If you're looking for romance with great characters and a love story, check out The Selection by for a fun and quick read.

Reason to Breathe (Breathing)
Reason to Breathe (Breathing)
This is a gripping story that is emotional too - it will make you laugh and cry. It tells the story of teenager Emma Thomas who has an abusive home life but manages to keep it hidden. She works hard at school and has one close friend, Sara. But unexpectedly she meets Evan Matthews and finds love....
The Selection
The Selection
This is book 1 in a series of 3 books. It's a lighthearted romance, where reality TV meets a fairytale romance. The main character America Singer is selected to be one of 35 girls who gets to compete for the heart of Prince Maxon. For most of the girls it's a chance of a life of dreams but for America Singer it's a nightmare. She has to leave her secret love with Aspen to enter a competition that she doesn't want to win. That's until she meets Prince Maxon and she realizes what she dreamed of may not compare to the possible future layed out before her.

Science Fiction and Fantasty

There are some great science fiction and fantasy books for teen girls. This genre has become much more popular with girls in the last few years with female authors such as Suzanne Collins writing books with girls who feature as some of the principal main characters.

One popular trilogy that features a teen girls as the main character and mixes science fiction with some romance is the Mortal Instruments series by Classandra Clare. The first book, The City of Bones is featured below and has been made into a movie as well which is a testament to its popularity.

For more popular teen sci fi reads, check out this list of 351 books from good reads.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1)
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder, much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

Books Turned Into Movies

Over the past few years there have been a lot of fiction books for teens and young adults that have been very successfully turned into movies. Some of these have already been included in the article and are still in the bestsellter lists.

They ones already mentioned and released in the last year include (find a link to the review of each movie) :

The Book Thief (released November 2013)

Divergent (released March 2014)

The Fault in Our Stars (released June 2014)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (released August 2013)

I love watching a movie of a book I've read to see how it has played out in other people's minds. The Perks of a Wallflower featured below is another book that has also been turned into a movie.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman is about to be turned into a movie due for release in August 2014. It's also currently in the New York Times Bestseller lists and it looks to remain so for the foreseeable future.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives or to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends.
If I Stay
If I Stay
Mis is a talented celloist with a boyfriend Adam but her life changes drastically after a car crash. The last thing Mia remembers is being in the car with her family before the accident. Then she is outside her body, looking at her parents lifeless bodies and the paramedics working on her and her brother's bodies. Mia is whisked to the hospital where she stands over her body in a coma. The book explores Mia's life, her music, her family, boyfriend and relationships as she makes the difficult decision - whether to live or die.

Popular books for teenage girls

There are some great books for teenage girls by Sarah Dessen.

She writes about the problems of teenage girls, about their family, friends, loves, turmoils and traumas. Her books are extremely well written and allow teenage girls to identify and empathise with the characters. They are funny, sad, romantic and unputdownable.

There are some good choices of Sarah Dessen books below.

Along for the Ride
Along for the Ride
Auden is an suffers from insomnia brought on when she couldn't sleep listening to her parents argue. They have now split up and she goes to spend the Summer with his father, his wife and their new baby. There, she has to find new places to pass the time and this is when she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac he becomes her nightime guide.
Someone Like You
Someone Like You
Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she's devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Though their friendship may be tested by the strain, like a true friendship, it will endure.

Thrilling, Mystery and Horror - Books

If you want a book with a combination of mystery, intrigue and which is little bit scary - then Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children may be the novel for you.

It's another book which is currently on the amazon bestsellers list.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Book 1)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Book 1)
This novel combines real haunting old photographs with fiction. It tells the tale of sixteen year-old Jacob who discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on a remote island. Jacob explores the building and it becomes evident the children weren't only peculiar but dangerous. Perhaps quarantined on the island for a reason. They may even still be alive.

Biographies and Autobiographies

As well as some great ficiton books, don't forget there are also some great non fiction for teen girls. As a teenager and an adult I have loved non fiction but at school and college it was rarely recommended. Reading other people's life stories is fascinating for me and I love biographies especially inspritational tales.

There is also this list of biographies of inspirational women for teens from a library.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
In exciting, inspiring first-person stories, 26 young women aged 14 to 24 tell of their daring feats, from extreme sports to ground-breaking achievements. Part One features these stories. Part Two tells readers how they can set goals and follow their dreams. And Part Three explains the how-tos and benefits of getting fit and staying safe. Resources point the way toward more information.

Fun Books for Teenage Girls

If you prefer some non fiction books, there are hundreds to choose from. Some ideas include:

The Guinness Book of World Records - Meet the new shortest living man and a slam-dunking parrot, and witness the fiercest predators in the ocean.

Ripleys Believe It or Not - awesomely weird information such as rainbow clouds in the Himalayas, a Chinese building in shape of teapot, a woman who's worn and lived in pink clothes for 25 years, a kidney stone the size of a coconut, bed sheets that cost $150,000, running a marathon underwater, and more.

And the book below.

97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School
97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School
This book give lots of ideas of exciting and interesting things and challenges to complete before you finish high school. Ideas include trying a new hairstyle, making a podcast, redo your bedroom, learn how to repair you clothes, watch a sunrise, write a journal and lots lots more. Obviously you don't have to do them all but there are some great ideas that will get you thinking.

Practical Books for Teenage Girls

Perhaps you want to learn to cook, look good or drive. There are tons of practical books to learn new skills.

Ideas include:

Cookbooks - learn how to cook or bake or improve your existing skills

Books to teach you new hobbies Ideas include crafts, sewing, decorating your room and designing clothes.

Books on health and beauty Learn new techniques to do your hair, learn how to paint your nails in all kinds of different designs, learn beauty habits, tips and tricks.

Sports books - Buy books on how the sport you like to play or watch. Discover stats, new skills and more

The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life
The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life
In The EveryGirl's Guide to Life, Maria shares personal experiences and photos from her life and professional journey as well as the various mantras, mottos, and philosophies she's adopted from the world's most impressive women. She gives advice on health, career, relationships, renovations, recreation, and more. From your carpet to the red carpet, Maria teaches the EveryGirl on a budget how to do it all, while living a healthier and happier life.

Self Help Books

There are lots of self help books for teenagers. Here is my top pick.

You can also check out this list by Good Reads

33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women
33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women
Thirty-three extraordinary women lend their diverse voices to this outstanding collection of stories, songs, poems, comics, and essays about making the transition from girlhood to womanhood. Dealing with subjects like popularity, success, communication with boys, speaking one's mind, and body image.

Do you have any suggestions or comments on good books for teenage girls? Please feel free to add them below.


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