Top 10 Tuesday: Important Books for Teens

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It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ from  The Broke and the Bookish is back today, this week is a ‘back to school’ freebit

When I went to my most recent bookclub meet-up one of the women there said she wanted to give the book we were reading (The Power) to the first teenage girl she saw, so I decided to do Top 10 Important Books For Teens, these books are books which would teach a lesson, but hopefully in a fun way. They are not all designed for teenagers, but I think they would generally be appropriate. I also tried to pick books which would appeal to a wide range of teenagers not just ones with certain issues

As always, in no particular order

How to Build a Girl- Caitlin Moran

This one for teenage girls (most of them probably are as I was one once). It’s a bit like How to be a Woman but in fiction form. So a good feminist novel which teaches things you might not learn in school. I would probably like to introduce girls to How to be a Woman too, but this is probably more accessible.

Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

It’s a fairly decent representation of a relationship, not perfect and about accepting people for who they are, and thinking of others before yourself

The Storyteller- Jodi Picoult

A good one to learn about the holocaust, but also about forgiveness and remorse, and how it still has an impact on people today.

Look Who’s Back- Timur Vermes

A comic story, but with a serious message about how history can repeat itself, probably best read after learning about Hitler


Animal- Sara Pascoe

Teaches about feminism and sex ed in a way that school won’t and contains some really important information. As soon as I read this I wanted to share it with every teenage girl

Furiously Happy- Jenny Lawson

A somewhat comic look at depression which is good for showing that mental health is important and should be talked about

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Summers of the Sisterhood)- Ann Brashares

The first one on my list that I read as a teenager. About the importance of friends, and growing up. When I read it there was only one book in the series but I did read the second (and I think the third too). The first is probably the best but there is a lot of important emotional stuff in the second.

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret- Judy Blume

I think Judy Blume’s teenage books are pretty much essential reading for teenage girls. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret is probably the best place to start. The issues are fairly ordinary issues for most teenage girls and deal with becoming a woman.

Anything by Paula Danziger

Like Judy Blume Paula Danziger writes about typical teenage issues. If amazon is anything to go by not many of her books are still being published which is sad, they were one of my teenage staples. The photo is one of the few I could find new from amazon, and it’s aimed at boys(!)

Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging- Louise Rennison

Another typical teenager book, but one which is set in the UK. Not always the most serious of topics but it is good in terms of talking about independence and dating

Special mentions: The Girl’s Series- Jacqueline Wilson, Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson, Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman


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16 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday: Important Books for Teens

  1. Furiously Happy definitely seems like a good option to put on here! Hadn’t even thought of it yet, but know that I’m reminded of it. Yup!
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is another one that I think should be read by as many people as possible.


  2. I did not realize that Furiously Happy discusses depression – I may need to add it to my TBR list after all! 😀 Happy Tuesday!


  3. I`ve read “How To Be A Woman”, but I still need to get to “How To Build A Girl”. Absolutely loved “Eleanor and Park”.

    Carmen / Carmen`s Reading Corner


  4. I loved Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging when I was a teenager, the whole series was a great look at the messy world of being a teenage girl and the weirdness of dating.
    My Top Ten Books I read for school.


  5. I loved Eleanor and Park. Such a great book! I haven’t read any of the others you mentioned. Hope you have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know


  6. Great list — I’ve heard of a few here, but not read any. Furiously Happy looks really interesting.
    My TTT for this week.


  7. I haven’t read The Hate U Give, but it’s on my wishlist, I’ve heard really good things

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  8. I would recommend it, I probably prefered her first but still very good

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  9. I haven’t read one negative review on it! Definitely worth reading, in my opinion. 🙂


  10. How to Build a Girl is really good, not an autobiography but certainly very much inspired by Caitlin Moran’s own life


  11. Maybe start with some Judy Blume’s, definitely must reads


  12. I prefer Jenny Lawson’s first, but they’re both really good

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  13. Great list! Sadly the only one I’ve read so far is Judy Blume’s. I’m looking forward to reading more of these!


  14. Poinsettia

    Nice list! I really like your theme. I haven’t read any of these, but several of them sound good. Here is my TTT


  15. I love The Storyteller, such a good book! I read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants when I was a teen and loved it.
    My TTT:


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