Books Every Teen Should Read

Reading can be a wonderful escape from the real world. Many teenagers look to books and literature to teach them life lessons as they mature into young adult. The following books are best sellers that demonstrate different life perspectives.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Through the eyes of a young girl named Scout, readers exhibit the issues of racism and stereotyping in the deep South in the 1940’s. Scout tells a heartwarming story of how to accept everyone for who they are. The story demonstrates how it takes courage to stand up to bullies and to be a voice for those in need.

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox

As a well- known celebrity with Parkinson’s disease, Michal J. Fox takes readers through his struggles and triumphs as he lives with the disease. He demonstrates how important it is to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease and how no matter the situation, there is always an optimistic view.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Written in the form of letters to an anonymous friend, Charlie is a high school student trying to find his place in the world. He describes himself as shy and awkward. Charlie tells his readers about experiencing all high school has to offer and making the most out of every day.

A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer

Filled with horrific stories of being forced to drink ammonia, having his arm burned on a gas stove, and his mother stabbing him in the stomach; Dave Peeler takes readers through his life as an abused child. The memoir demonstrates to the readers how abusive individuals can be as it shows Dave Peeler’s courage and strength to continue to live his life.

Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare

While a classic love story about two teenagers, Romeo and Juliet teaches universal themes of love, honor, family rivalries, duty, and destiny. A tragic story set in the 17th century, the message and themes are relatable to teens in the 21st century.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

After their plane crashes on a desert island, a group of English boys are left to survive for themselves. The classic novel is a commentary on how the group reacts with one another and how they fight to survive.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Told through the eyes of a schizophrenic American Indian named “Chief” Bromden, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest depicts how people cope with being institutionalized. It teaches readers to think twice about their actions.

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