“Never judge a book by its movie”

As a book lover, it makes me sad to see that less and less teenagers are actually reading. Reading is definitely not for everyone, and there’s nothing wrong with not enjoying it. But how can you know you don’t like something if you don’t try it? There’s something so indescribably beautiful about novels that I can’t believe people are missing out on! Here are some books I think every teenager should read at least once.

1- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher*

Yes, this is the one that’s recently been adapted into a Netflix series (that doesn’t do it justice, in my opinion). When I first bought this book a few years ago, I stayed up all night to read it and had a massive headache in school the next day. But it was so worth it. This is an incredibly heart wrenching story, with an incredibly important message.

2- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton*

This short novel was part of my eighth grade required reading and I’ll admit that I wasn’t very excited to start it at first. Once we got into it I found myself feeling for the characters as if they were my own friends. The dialogue in this book is very believable and there are a few quotes that I still think about quite a lot (“Things are tough all over”).

3- The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern (Adapted by William Goldman)

This one won’t be very good for every once, but will do the trick for readers who are looking for a lighthearted story with a little bit of romance and humor. The dialogue in this one is very witty and sarcastic and will definitely make for a good read.

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4- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver*

This book was turned into a fairly good movie this year. While it might not be a book you’d want to read more than once, it definitely should be one you read. It really gets you to think about the impact of your actions and choices on the people around you.

5- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson*

Technically, this book was written for younger audiences (around 6-8th grade) but seeing as it’s made it’s way onto the list of banned books I think it can have a spot here too. I’m still dealing with the ending though, so proceed with caution if you don’t want your heart broken.

*May contain material that is offensive/disturbing to some readers.

It’s no secret that I love books. They’re all I ask for as gifts and I never have any money because I’ve spent it all in the Young Adult Fiction aisle. My bookshelves are my favorite part of my bedroom. If you read just one book off this list and enjoy it, I’ll consider my goal to spread my love of reading accomplished.

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