15 Books Every Teenager Should Read
Here are 15 books you should read without fail.
- The fault in our stars
- The hunger games
- A Thousand Splendid Suns
- The Kite runner
- Harry Potter
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- The Alchemist
- Percy Jackson
- Paper Towns
- The perks of being a wallflower
- Eleanor and Park
- Thirteen Reasons why
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I have read this book 3 times but each time it ends up becoming more interesting. This story is about Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old girl, who is suffering through lung cancer. In her support group she meets Augustus Waters. Augustus has had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, but has recently had the all clear. Things take a turn in her life after she meets him. This book was heartbreaking but it was so good at the same time. I cried, laughed and I was on a rollercoaster of emotions. I would give this book a 8/10 just because of how great everything was, from the setting to the characters.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Hunger games is a book trilogy. Hunger Games was one of the very few books that I finished in a matter of days, (I’m a slow reader). I don’t have enough words to describe how good this book was. There were moments when my heart was in my mouth. This book is about Katniss Everdeen and her struggles to survive in the dystopian society. Every year a tribute is selected from each district from both boys and girls. In order to win the games who have to kill or be the only one to survive the hunger games. The books were all fantastic but my favorite one was definitely the second part, Catching Fire. I rate it a 9/10.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Another dystopian society trilogy but just as good. This story is about Beatrice who needs to choose which faction she wants to be a part of, Amity, Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation. She chooses to go to Dauntless and leave her parents. I felt all kinds of emotions when I was reading the book, excited, nervous, happy, sad and so many more. The first book was the best book from the trilogy. I’d give the book an 8/10.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini is one of my favorite writers if not my favorite. This story is about two young females, Mariam and Laila and their lives in Afghanistan in the 1960’s. They get married to the same man, Rasheed who is an abusive husband. They bond over time and things start to take a turn. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. It was so heartbreaking but it was so fantastic at the same time. I didn’t lose my interest even once. This book is a 9.5/10. No book is perfect but this is the closest thing to that.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Another book from Khaled Hosseini and this is just as good. What makes his books so good is how true they are which makes it even more powerful. This book is about an Afghani immigrant Amir who is summoned from his California home to Pakistan by Rahim Khan, an old, dying friend of his father. As a boy in Afghanistan, wealthy Amir was best friends with servant’s son Hassan, but when Hassan was brutally assaulted by a local bully, Amir was too scared to save him, and has been tormented by guilt ever since. This is another book that I would rate a 9.5/10 just because of how much I enjoyed it.
Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Do I even need to say anything about this book? You have probably read this book but if you haven’t what on earth are you waiting for? All the magic is just…wow. It’s about a young boy, Harry Potter who finds out he is a wizard on his eleventh birthday. He is taken to Hogwarts, the school for witches and wizards where he learns a lot more about his parents who were wizards themselves. There are 7 Harry Potter books and all of them as great, better than great actually. This is a 9/10 series because it’s Harry Potter, everyone loves it.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This book is a classic. even though it can be hard to understand it is interesting when people understand it. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during 1933–1935. The story is told by the little six-year-old girl Jean Louise Finch nicknamed Scout. She is a rebellious girl who has tomboy tendencies. Scout lives with her elder brother Jem, and her father, Atticus, who is widowed. I would give this book an 8/10.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Even though I am currently reading this book, it is enjoyable. The Alchemist tells the story of a young shepherd named Santiago who is able to find a treasure which he saw in his dreams. He travels to Egypt and along the way, he learns to listen to his heart and realizes that his dreams, or his Personal Legend are not just a part of his soul of the universe. I would give this book a 8/10.
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson made me fall in love with greek mythology. Before reading this book I knew absolutely nothing about Greek mythology. It is about a boy Percy Jackson who finds out he is the son of a Greek God, Poseidon. He is taken to Half-Blood Camp where he makes allies and friends. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction — Zeus’ master bolt. I love this book series so much, I would give it a 8/10. It was full of action.
Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin is having the night of his life when Margo, the most popular student in high school, asks him to help her play mischievous pranks on the friends who betrayed her. The next day, however, the mysterious Margo is nowhere to be found. With help from a few friends and some clues that she left behind, Quentin goes on a mission to find her. It’s been years since I read this book and it left an impression on me. I rate this book a 7.5/10. The book was amusing and funny.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Have you ever imagined having a friend who doesn’t have a name? Or a strange made up name? Stargirl, who up till now has been homeschooled, starts school at Mica High as a tenth grader, where Leo is starting his eleventh grade year. Stargirl’s entrance to school is a Big Deal for all the students in this small Arizona town. She immediately gets everyone’s attention because of her behaviors and her clothes. I would give this book a 7.5/10 as well. It was awe-inspiring.
The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The movie was such a hit but the book was even better. The thing about books over movies is that you can imagine everything on your own. This book is about Charlie, who is a wallflower which means he watched everything from the sidelines. He soon meets people who quickly become his friends. Sam and Patric help find Charlie happiness and joy from first love to music until he ends up falling for Sam. This book was a 7/10.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
For someone who loves romance I love this book because of how realistic it is. It explores the coming of age and teenage romance. Eleanor Douglas and Park Sheridan are two star-crossed teens living in 1980s Omaha, trying to get through their own struggles while figuring out the complicated matter of first love. Their relationship began while sitting together on the bus and listening to music. This book is a 7/10.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight was definitely something. In my opinion Twilight was a good book but it lacked many elements and there were some storylines that I didn’t fully understand. The characters were all very different which made things interesting and fun to read. I think I liked this book solely because I like romance and that was one thing that kept my interest. So if you like romance novels and supernatural beings I suggest this book series. Twilight is about High-school student Bella Swan who doesn’t expect life to change much when she moves from Arizona to Washington state. Then she meets Edward Cullen. She discovers Edwards is a vampire. Edward is a vampire whose family does not drink blood, and Bella, far from being frightened, enters into a dangerous romance with her immortal soulmate. I would give this a 6/10.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Everyone knows 13 reasons why but it was a book first and it was so much better than the TV show. It’s about Hannah Baker who commit suicide and her life, her school and her friends were the reason she took such a step. The book covers a lot of social issues in the society today and tells us the consequences of our actions. I would give this book a 7/10. The story was great and you can learn so much from it.
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