Even if your teenager isn’t big on reading, there are some books that are must-reads for certain age categories. Whether it’s because of the mark these books have made on society and culture, or simply because they are beautifully written, check out these suggestions of three books every teenager should read.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
This book tells Malala’s story and provides an inspiring account of her activism in the face of great danger. This book is important for teens to read because it helps them understand that age does not need to be a limiting factor in standing up and speaking out. It also helps them understand other cultures and societies and the struggles that millions of women and girls continue to face around the globe.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
This beautifully written, moving book is admittedly very sad, but it is also full of joy, hope, and laughter. It can help teenagers reflect on big issues, including mortality, love, and life’s purpose, without it feeling too big or scary to do so. There is also a well-made film version of the book, the promise of which can make the process of reading more enjoyable and interesting for book-resistant teens.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Widely considered one of the most powerful works of American literature, Angelou’s devastating novel deals with issues including racism, abuse, and teenage pregnancy, but the power of Angelou’s voice and her own self-belief make this an inspiring, empowering read, rather than an entirely bleak one.