8 Teen Novels You Should Read No Matter Your Age ...

I love teen novels. There’s this amazing quote that has always stuck with me from Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail. It goes "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does," and I think that the same can be said for the teen novels we read growing up. Teen novels shape us into who we are as people. Whether you’re still a teen yourself, or an adult simply looking for some new books to read or reminisce on, there’s something on this list for you to check out.

1. The Fault in Our Stars

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While this book is not only insanely amazing, it’s also going to be a movie in theatres soon. If you haven’t read the book yet, read it, no matter your age. It’s one of the most important and best teen novels on the market today, and I don’t care how old you are, you must read this book.

2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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Everyone scoffs at me when I say this, but the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is insanely good to read no matter how old you are. I almost think they’re better if you read the series as you get older, because you can truly understand them better. It’s almost impossible not to relate to one of the girls, or one of the story lines. Plus, Ann Brashares recently released a fifth book that is an adult novel through and through, and it will leave you sobbing and wishing your best friends were closer. Trust me.

3. Your Favorite Book from Your Teenage Years

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If you loved to read growing up, you undoubtedly have a favorite book from your teenage years. Everyone’s is different, and sometimes they’re worth going back to. Chances are you keep a copy of it around at all times, but if you can’t find your favorite book from your teenage years, you can probably find it on Amazon for penny or two.

4. The Hunger Games

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There are few people who haven’t read The Hunger Games, including adults. If you haven’t read them yet, spend some time with them one weekend. You won’t regret it, and you’ll be right in time to catch up for the next movie installment!

5. The Princess Diaries Series

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The Princess Diaries was a series that I personally read and loved while growing up, yet all of its credibility was lost when Disney made a sequel to its already shaky first movie. I’d recommend giving the books a chance, no matter your age. It may be a series about a princess, but more than anything, it’s a series about growing up.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird

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If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird yet, I’m not sure what rock you’re living under. There’s no way that it hasn’t come up in the curriculum in at least one of your classes at some point in your life. If somehow it hasn’t, drop everything you’re doing and go to your local library or bookstore and get it right now. That being said, I don’t think it’s possible not to have read this book. If you have read it, it might be worth re-reading it. You probably read it in high school and don’t remember it very well!

7. Kaydreaming

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Our own writer Jennifer Knightstep wrote this, and it's the first book in a trilogy that follows Kay, a high school student, as she tries to help the people she sees in visions every night. It's a young adult novel, but I love it even though I'm outside the age range!

8. The Book You Never Got around to Reading

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Your teenage years were a busy time. You were probably involved in a number of sports and clubs, as well as your eight hours of classes everyday. There was probably at least one book that you always wanted to read but never got around to. If you remember which book that was, pick it up at your local library or bookstore and get reading!

What was your favorite book growing up? What book would you recommend from your teenage years that everyone should read?

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