The best books for teen
Adolescence is usually a time when the habit of reading almost completely disappears. Few young people read for pleasure and those who do so hardly dare to admit it. Gone are the times when sitting down to read a book with mom or dad was a leisure time.
It is normal. They are at an age where experimentation takes precedence over everything. They need to discover the world, discover themselves and, above all, meet their needs for fun at all costs. However, in the process, they forget that in reading they can find all that too. And much more.
Therefore, we bring you this selection of books for teenagers with which they will rediscover the pleasure of holding a book in their hands.
The two faces of Kai
Author: Estelle Maskame
Age: +14 years
Vanessa Murphy is a girl who always does what she wants: she does not believe in serious relationships, and she is not willing to be hurt. Thus, when Harrison Boyd decides to take revenge on her with an intimate video that turns Vanessa’s life upside down, she does not hesitate for a second to seek retaliation.
To her surprise, the enigmatic new kid from high school offers her help to get revenge. What reasons does he have for wishing Harrison no harm? Little by little, Vanessa will discover Kai’s hidden past and the cause of her grudge. But while they hatch their plot and implement the plan, something is emerging between the two of them, something that goes beyond simple friendship.
Author: Care Santos
Age: +14 years
Xenia struggles to get the best grades, driven by the illusion of entering Medicine, but lately, her performance is declining. And it is that Xenia has fallen in love, although not with a boy from her environment, but with a ghost, with a voice that emerged from the Internet with which she shares her passion for reading. Since Xenia is determined and her virtual love refuses to go on a date, she sets out to surprise him, so she begins her inquiries with the little data available to her. And everything turns out to be false, a lie, neither the photo nor the name is real. Who really is your soulmate?
What at first seems to be a simple young adult novel, turns into something complex and of a real rawness. Topics such as social inequality, drugs, and violence. The excess of parental control or the risks of social networks. All of them come together between the pages of this novel that manages to keep the reader’s attention until the last page. A novel that will make young readers think a lot.
Author: Cesar Mallorquí
Age: +13 years
Once, a long time ago, I saw a ghost. It happened the same year that man reached the Moon and, although there were times when I was very scared, this story is not what is usually called a horror novel. It all started with an enigma: the mystery of a very valuable object that was lost for seven decades, the Tears of Shiva. Crusade revenge, forbidden love affairs, and strange disappearances took place around him. There was a ghost, yes, and an old secret hidden in the shadows, but there was also much more.
A novel that faithfully reflects the society and customs of Spain in the late 1960s. In it there is intrigue, there is humor, there is love. But above all, there is a plot that prevents you from stopping reading. A beautiful love story is hidden under intrigue and suspense.
The girl with the oranges
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Age: +13 years
«My father died eleven years ago when I was only four. I thought I would never hear from him again, but now we are writing a book together… ».
Georg finds one day the letter that his father wrote to him when he learned that he was going to die. In it, he talks about the great love he felt for the mysterious Young Woman with the Oranges and finally asks her a question that Georg must answer. Before answering, he will write a book with his father, a story that goes beyond time and the limits of death.
It is a book that makes the reader reflect on the intensity of life, but also on death. A story that tells us about time and what we really are, about the mystery we share with the universe. A beautiful story that invites you to get carried away by carpe diem, to seize the moment.
Author: Susan E. Hinton
Age: +13 years
Nobody said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure he has things under control. He knows that he can count on his brothers and his friends, who would do anything for him. And when it comes to the Socs (a violent rival posh gang), they’re always up for a fight. But one night someone takes this too far and Ponyboy’s world takes an unexpected turn.
With an agile narration, he tells us about friendship and the importance of knowing how to live with one’s personal circumstances.
A classic of youth literature that, despite being written 5 years ago, remains valid in too many areas to be overlooked. All a criticism of the adult world and society in general.
Leave the dead alone
Author: JR Barat
Age: +14 years
The young Daniel Villena travels with his family to spend the holidays in a small town by the sea. There he comes into contact with a strange boy who appears and disappears mysteriously, and who is able to enter his dreams and turn them into real nightmares. One day he receives an anonymous letter containing thirteen threatening words: Leave the dead alone or very soon you will be one of them. From that moment on, Daniel will be involved in a story with corpses, enigmatic characters, and inexplicable events. A story in which nothing is what it seems.
An intriguing argument that catches the reader with an adequate dosage of information. Not surprisingly, the novel was written in chapters by the author so that his own son would get hooked on reading.
Fear of dogs that have told me not to bite
Author: Javier García Rodríguez
Age: +14 years
You get up and think: “It’s war.” You go out and find what you need in poetry. The world and you stop being insecure. And the poem is no longer just language. This book is the poetry of any given day in your life. And any given day is always a special day.
A beautiful work that narrates, between poetry, quotes, and messages, the daily life of a teenager.
A happy world
Author: Aldous Huxley
Age : +14 years
This classic of 20th-century literature is a grim metaphor for the future. The novel describes a world in which the worst predictions have finally come true: the gods of consumption and comfort triumph, and the orb is organized into ten apparently safe and stable zones.
However, this world has sacrificed essential human values, and its inhabitants are procreated in vitro in the image and likeness of an assembly line. A title to reflect on and analyze how society works.
Under the same star
Author: John Green
Age: 14 to 18 years old
Hazel and Gus would like to have more ordinary lives. Some would say that they were not born with a star, that their world is unfair. They are only teenagers, but if cancer they both suffer has taught them anything, it is that there is no time for regrets. That, like it or not, there is only today and now.
Emotional, ironic, and sharp. A novel tinged with humor and tragedy that speaks of our ability to dream even in the most difficult circumstances.
An impossible novel to forget, that will make you laugh, cry and leave you wanting more.
Catcher in the Rye
Author: JD Salinger
Age: +15 years
A classic of youth literature that cannot be missing from our teenagers’ shelves. In this novel, its protagonist is a teenager who will tell us in the first person his experiences, in which school failure leads him to enter the darkest places in New York.
A faithful account of the conflicts and problems that puberty causes. Drugs, sexual relations, experimentation, anxiety, or depression are just some of the topics that we will find between its pages. Without filters, in a clear and scathing way.
A novel that holds wonderful lessons, with which young people will feel very identified and that, above all, will make them reflect.
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