Ahh, teenagehood. One of the most confusing times in life, where your body is growing in ways you can’t stop and life just gets all the more confusing. While many people find reading books boring, there are many novels that are both interesting and can help a teenager with their current epidemics in life. Keep in mind that I have personally read these books, and this is merely a personal opinion.
1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Cover via Amazon
I am an avid reader, and rarely no book can phase me. However, with the Jodi Picoult’s amazing descriptions of the characters, their lives and their relationships, along with a beautiful ending, this had almost drive me to tears. This novel deals with struggle, loss of love, feeling lost in the world, depression, and hatred as well as love. It was made into a major motion picture (which is not nearly as good as the book, in my opinion) so you can also watch that if it floats your boat!
2. Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann
This is a collection of three books, called Wake, Fade and Gone. This is about a teenager girl who struggles with a power she does not want and can’t control – growing up with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. This book relates strongly to those who are made fun of things they cannot change, like so many teenagers are. Although it reaches fantasy and science fiction, it is definitely a superb novel.
Cover of Wake (Wake Series, Book 1)
3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
A bit more romance-y than the other novels I’ve mentioned, but Eleanor & Park has still earned its place on this list. Characters Eleanor & Park struggle with acceptance in High School, from both fellow peers and their families. They are brought together in a world where nobody understands them, and subsequently, begin to understand each other and form an everlasting bond.
4. Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The first book being “Infinity”, followed by “Invincible, Infamous, Inferno, and most recently, Illusion”, this book dwells a little more into the supernatural than the others. This book talks about the goddess Artemis – the Greek Goddess of the moon (Selene being the personification of the moon, for all you Greek Mythology fanatics), as well as Vampires, Demons and Hunters. The main character, called – surprise surprise- Nick, deals with everything supernatural trying to kill him, while still maintaining his perfect full scholarship average, and being a perfect little boy for his mom. Chronicles of Nick overall reveals the struggles of both average day teenagers, and shows us that there’s a demon that we need to fight inside all of us.
5. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
I quite enjoy Jodi PIcoult’s book albeit they are quite long. Nineteen Minutes follows Josie, who is only trying to be herself in a world where acceptance is not easy. So, through trials and tribulations, she finds her way to a place she wants to be; despite what she has to give up and WHO she has to give up. It also tells the tale of Peter Houghton, a 16 year old boy who is forever haunted by his older brother’s perfect shadow. Through struggles, love and hate, these two find themselves trapped. This is much like how many teenagers feel (I am one, for reference), and many people can relate greatly to this brilliant account.
Reading embodies the mind of both the readers and the characters, and teenagers who read these books will be glad to know that they are not alone in this world, in how they feel and in what they do. They have a companion – even if only a character – in this world.