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Essential Reading: 10 Good Books to Read for Teens

We often get asked about good books to read for teenagers. Of course, each and every teenager is different, but there are a list of books that are generally regarded as good books to read for all teens.
The books on this list have been selected from the best books ever written, and are good for teens who are getting into reading, as well as teenagers who are book lovers and want to find new good books to read.

10 Good Books to Read for Teens

1. 1984 – George Orwell

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

(As featured in 12 Outstanding Books That Will Blow You Away)

No one should grow up without reading this book. Orwell tried to depict a totalitarian state, where the truth didn’t exist as such, but was merely what the “Big Brother” said it was. Freedom was only total obedience to the Party, and love an alien concept, unless it was love for the Party. A terrifying glimpse into the future that could be, or already is.

2. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

(As featured in 10 of the Most Exciting Page Turner Books You’ll Ever Read)

Ender Wiggin is a special boy. He is the youngest of a family of child geniuses. This story is set in the future where aliens have tried to invade the earth twice. Twice the Earth defeated them, but at a great cost. The government is scrambling to make sure this never happens again by training the next set of star fleet commanders from childhood.

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

(As featured in 15 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Life)

This book is not only a good book to read for teens, but everyone should read this book at least once in their life. Adams’ peculiar humour also draws deeply from the well of sociology, philosophy, and science. Beneath the surface of utter hilarity, Adams actually used his sarcasm and wit to make some rather poignant statements about this silly thing called life and the manner in which we are going about living it.

4. The Giver – Lois Lowry

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

(As featured in 8 Best Books You Were Forced To Read In School)

Jonas lives in a perfect world where war, disease, and suffering have all been eradicated. The people have no worries or cares. The Community strives for “sameness,” in which everyone and everything are the same and equal. To help the Community function as a cohesive unit, each member is assigned a position in society. This is a good book for teens because of its sense of community, rebellion and legacy.

5. Holes – Louis Sachar

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

Stanley Yelnats is falsely accused and convicted of theft. She is sent to Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility. To build character, the warden forces each “camper” to dig a hole five feet deep by five feet wide by five feet long every day. What Stanley and the rest of the boys don’t know is that the warden isn’t just building character, she’s looking for the lost buried treasure of outlaw, Kissing Kate Barlow.

6. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

(As featured in The Ultimate 10 Best Books You Must Read Before You Die)

The Name of the Wind is very well written. The characters are real, the action is convincing and it has a compelling story to tell.

One of the best things about this book is that the magic is absolutely rooted in the book’s world. Nothing seems contrived; the consistency is excellent and the world is believable. This is one of the best books for teens and its sure to keep their attention from the opening lines of the book.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

One of the most significant books of the 20th century, To Kill a Mockingbird is full of memorable quotes such as, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” If you weren’t forced to read it in school, read it, even if your class made you hate it.

8. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

(As featured in 10 Books That Will Make You Fall In Love With Reading)

The story follows the journey of Milo, a boy bored of everything around him. One day he receives a mysterious package that turns out to be a tollbooth. For lack of anything better to do, he puts it together and begins to play, only to find himself driving in an entirely different world.

9. The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

(As featured in 8 Best Books You Were Forced To Read In School)

This book, which was written in the 1960’s, may have well been written today. It describes the many conflicts between gangs, social groups, family violence, and friends.

10. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

Good Books to Read for Teens

Good Books to Read for Teens

(As featured in 10 Books That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind)

This is a wonderful and highly original novel about a mentally challenged man named Charlie who wanted to be smart. One day, his wish was granted. A group of scientists selected him for an experimental operation which would to raise his intelligence to genius level. Suddenly, Charlie found himself transformed, and life changed.