The reason that I love books which have been targeted at teenagers and young adults is that the content always seems to be a little more dramatic and over the top – after all getting teenagers engaged can be tough so teen books often need to be dramatic and emotional and have themes that are relatable for teenagers. So today I am dedicating this blog post to My Top 5 Teen Favourites.
5) Divergent- Veronica Roth
In a post-apocalyptic Chicago, survivors are divided into five factions based on their dispositions: Abnegation, for the selfless; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the intellectual. Each year, all sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test that determines the faction for which they are best suited. 16 year old Beatrice Prior (Tris) was born in Abnegation, but she doesn’t fit. The test was supposed to tell her where she belonged but the results only make things worse. She decides to leave her faction to figure out who she is and where her place is, but her new life is brutal and she becomes drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. She is in more danger than she realises as she must conform or lose everything.
I found the world in which Roth has created truly fascinating but most of all I became fully invested in these characters.
4) The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.
Much like Divergent, the world created is fascinating to say the least and well constructed. These books are such page turners which is why they’ve become so popular.
3) Trouble -Non Pratt
When the entire school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby.
Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. I personally love this hidden gem of a book. It’s very modern, and relatable for teenagers with elements of mystery as you gradually learn of the secrets of the characters pasts. It’s certainly a page turner! (When I ordered this book it arrived at 8pm, I started reading immediately and had finished the book at 5am the following morning as the light began to seep through my bedroom curtains, feeling satisfied… and tired….) 5 stars- totally recommend this to everyone!
2) The Mortal Instruments- Cassandra Clare
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
I absolutely love these books. These books contain storylines so original and new that they stand out from the rest. The characters Cassandra Clare has created are so in-depth and lovable while others you’ll hate with a vengeance. Not only am I left on the edge of my seat while reading these books but what I love most about these books is how insanely funny they can be. The characters are witty and sarcastic; these are probably the only books which have physically made me cry with laughter every chapter and then actually cry with sadness. They really are books which will take you to emotional extremes…
1) Harry Potter- JK Rowling
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t permanently reserve the number 1 spot for Harry Potter. It’s a world that has captured millions and millions of people (including myself), with a fan base which remains strong even years after the publication of the final book. Everyone has heard about Harry Potter and there a few people who haven’t read or at least watched it. What’s great about it is there’s a little bit of everything in these books and they’re so easy to get lost in. The world Jo has created is just so perfectly constructed its as if it could be real which is a factor in the fantasy genre. When a world is so believable it’s all the more magical. Not many people will need an introduction to the story in these books but I’ll add a quick blurb below anyway for the few who have sincerely missed out so far…
Harry Potter is a very ordinary boy, with nothing special about him other than a peculiar lighting shaped scar on his forehead. He is raised by his neglectful and hateful Aunt and Uncle along with his spoiled cousin and is made to sleep under the stairs. When mysterious letters begin to arrive for Harry things begin to change. Then, A beetle eyed giant of a man named Hagrid arrives on Harry’s eleventh birthday and hands him a letter that changes his life; He is a wizard, famous for defeating one of the darkest wizards of all time when he was just a baby, and he has been accepted at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Harry dives into a world of magic and wonder and friendship… but not all is as it seems… something dark is brewing and Harry, with the help of his friends, may be the only ones who can stop it…