Of course, this article is written in this writer’s opinion, but that doesn’t mean these aren’t wonderfully written pieces of work. Each one of them has a special place in the world of teen fiction, and deserves to be read and reread by generations of people like you. Let’s start with number 1… (Note: these books are listed in no particular order. Enjoy!)
1. The Harry Potter series
Well, who doesn’t love a story about witches, wizardry and magic? Beyond all of that though, is a story that has its heart and soul in friendship, loyalty, love and respect. These tomes may take some time to be read, but rest be assured that once you start, you will keep going back to them again and again – without boredom or dissatisfaction. A modern classic, for sure.
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Touted the best fiction work of all time, J.R.R. Tolkein’s masterpiece is an intricate fantasy novel – so deep and detailed, it had to be broken into three parts. Who knew the story of little people and a gang of misfits looking to destroy a ring could be so revered and loved in the fiction circle? Ah, it has been said that the world is divided into two parts – people who have read The Lord of the Rings and people who are yet to read The Lord of the Rings. Which part are you in?
3. The Hunger Games trilogy
The writer of this article has personally not read these books, but she has heard enough about it to include it in this list. It does help that the series helped spawn a megabucks blockbuster movie trilogy as well, starring the charming Jennifer Lawrence, but this series deserves the credit it has received. The story revolves around Katniss Everdeen, a girl living in dystopian future North America, who enters a savage “reality show” where everything is at stake – life included. Of course she wins the battle, but that’s just the beginning…
4. The Catcher in the Rye
Written by J.D. Salinger in 1951, the theme in this novel hits close to home even today. Dealing with relatable issues like drugs, alienation, belonging and identity crisis, this novel has been named one of the best 100 English-language novels of the 20th century. The theme may be dark and disturbing for some, but it is compulsory reading for every teen (or teen-at-heart) because it speaks volumes about issues only teens and young adults will relate to.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Often compared to The Catcher in the Rye, this book also deals with similar themes of finding oneself, pain, death, love and loss. Already made into a major motion picture, this book chronicles the life of Charlie and his complicated life in school and out of it. Don’t watch the movie first – get the book and dive into Charlie’s world.
6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Such a title is enough to make people sit up and pay attention. However, this book is not an attention-seeker. Instead, it is stealthy and sneaky, creeping up on you like a little phantom and sticking in your head long after you have finished reading the last line in the book. Written in the voice of an autistic mathematical boy genius who finds his neighbour’s dog murdered, this book is much more than a curious incident. It will make you laugh, cry, pull your hair in frustration and gasp in between. A must-read.
7. The Artemis Fowl series
This is another series about a boy genius, but not in the way you are used to – he is a criminal mastermind, coming from a long line of criminal masterminds. There are faeries in this book too, but not the kind you’re used to reading about. Artemis Fowl is tongue-in-cheek, witty and extremely satirical. Eoin Colfer certainly received an epiphany while writing these books, as they are as flawless as a teen fantasy caper can be. Read it as a teen or as an adult – its charm will not be lost on you.
What are your favourite books? Did we miss something you like? Comment below!