Popular Books on Adolescence

 

Adolescence is a strange time for everyone. Your body is changing, and you are suddenly in that phase where you are supposed to act like an adult but are still treated like a child. A time of first loves, finding yourself and the path of self-discovery that happens.

 

Anne of Green Gables

Anne Shirley begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When she realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them over.

Read it For:
The character, Anne and her spunky spirit and charming demeanor
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t like reading children’s stories, then this book is not for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The great character sketches, the vivid imagery, and vocabulary used to highlight the life at Green Gables.

Wonder

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid, but his classmates can’t get past his face.

Read it For:
Empathetic writing and portrayal of a disorder from various perspectives.
Don't Read it For:
This book is a wonder in itself; you should read it the moment you can get your hands on it
What makes this book stand out?:
various perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance, a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope, making it a worthy read on the list of books on adolescence.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Clay Jensen, returns home and finds a weird package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Read it For:
An insight into a suicidal teenager’s mind and the refreshing plot.
Don't Read it For:
If you think that this book romanticizes suicide.
What makes this book stand out?:
If you think that this book romanticizes suicide.

The Book Thief

Set during World War II in Germany, this 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. Liesel Meminger, a lost and orphaned child, is brought to her foster parents, Hans and Rosa Huberman. Her foster father finds the stolen book, strangely enough, he does not scold her. Instead, he teaches her how to read. With that, the girl finds the joy of reading and becomes immersed in her newfound joy.

Read it For:
impeccable storylines running parallel to each other,
Don't Read it For:
There is no reason to not read it, this book makes you cry and is a must-read on the list of best books on adolescence.
What makes this book stand out?:
Zusak compels us to not put down his book because of its unusual rendition by Death. With a masterful narration, he captures our minds and makes us empathize with the situation. Hugely imaginative, it has wonderful imagery and metaphors to describe the atmosphere that reigned in Hitler's time.
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Eleanor and Park

An unusual love story between two completely different people.

Read it For:
If you like warm and gooey love stories, but don’t want to read something too conventional, this book is for you.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t like reading love stories in Young adult fiction.
What makes this book stand out?:
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. This is one of the popular books on adolescence.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

the book follows observant “wallflower” Charlie through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Stephen Chbosky's haunting page-turner of a debut, 'The Perks of being a Wallflower' has been critically acclaimed as a novel rightfully written as a roller coaster ride by Charlie, a young adult making his way through high school and trying to 'participate' in life.

Read it For:
An unusual narration and masterful writing.
Don't Read it For:
An unusual narration and masterful writing.
What makes this book stand out?:
An unusual narration and masterful writing.

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace meets a gorgeous boy named Augustus Waters at a Cancer Support Group. Till then, her terminal illness has only been reduced by a tumor-shrinking medical marvel, but soon after this meeting, her life changes forever.

Read it For:
heartbreaking yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t like gooey, romantic books.
What makes this book stand out?:
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw. The emotional joyride of a book will make your heart tighten by the end. This book is a must read on the list of 10 best-selling books on adolescence.

Looking for Alaska

Miles “Pudge” Halter heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe because of the gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young.

Read it For:
the well-written characters and the brilliant insight into teenage life.
Don't Read it For:
if you don’t like gooey, romantic books.
What makes this book stand out?:
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw.

The Catcher in the Rye

A coming-of-age novel that traces the journey and the thought process of 17-year-old Holden Caulfield.

Read it For:
Teenage dilemma about the way life works, feelings of alienation and the struggle against the artificial world, meticulous description of all of the above in The Catcher in the Rye. The profanities used in the book express his frustrated state of mind and no one is spared, from his parents to his fake teachers to his roommate who scores with girls.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t like coming-of-age novels.
What makes this book stand out?:
The blunt, offensive language through with the protagonist expresses their confusion and moral state. Also, it is a controversial classic of adolescent angst that has inspired readers as diverse as President George HW Bush and John Lennon’s assassin Mark Chapman.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The tale of Francie Nolan, a little girl living in the New York slums with her family, overcoming one adversity at a time.

Read it For:
The brilliant and warm style of writing through which Smith shows us the mind of a child
Don't Read it For:
You must not read this book for no reason at all! This is a reader’s delight and a warm cup of cocoa on a winter’s night
What makes this book stand out?:
The storytelling panache that the author shows, especially in the debut novel. One of the best books on adolescence, this book is going to make you cry.

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