A couple of months ago I made a post talking all about a few of the books that I read as a child and loved. It was a post that I really enjoyed writing. It was really nice to look back and reminisce, and share with you some of these amazing books. Since I enjoyed it so much, I thought that I would do another post like it, but this time with some of the books that I read as a teenager. All the books on this list are ones that I still love to this day (I’m not including ones that I liked at the time I read them, but not any more), they are all books that have really stuck with me over the years. I am also splitting this one in two. The first half is all books that I read as a younger teen, 13-16, the second half ones that I read as a older teen, 16-18. this has been a very long intro, so without further ado, lets get to the actual post.
Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
This was the first every book that I wanted to re read the second that I finished it. It makes me so happy that this one has gone started being reprinted. If you haven’t heard of this one, basically it follows a 13 year old boy called Cameron who is suffering from a heart condition. He is in desperate need of a heart transplant, but is having no luck on the waiting list. Enter a doctor with a radical plan. Use a pig heart. This book deals with a lot of topics regarding ethics and animal rights, all with underlying themes of growing up. It is such a brilliant book. It pushes the boundaries, as only Blackman can, and really makes you think. I read this when I was about 13 or 14 and I still think about it today, at 21. I really want to reread this one and see if it is as good as I remember.
Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie
I read this book when I was about 14 and it is one of the first books that I read in one sitting. I borrowed it from the school library, which is how I read most of my books back then, and completely fell in love with it. The story follows Theo and Rachel as they meet and uncover the truth about themselves, they are clones. Suddenly the pair are thrown into a fast paced, drama filled world. This book had me gripped from the first page and I absolutely adored it. Like the previous book, it deals with a lot of issues regarding ethics and rights, but it also has a lot of other topics in it as well. Such as body image, parental abandonment, abusive relationships and so much more. I read it 2 or 3 times, and I fell in love with it a bit more each time. There is a sequel to this one, which I did read, but it wasn’t anywhere near as good. I am actually planning to read this again soon.
The Splendour Falls by Rosemary Clement Moore
This book is weird as fuck but I love it. And I am so sad that it is out of publication. I brought this during my Twilight phase and I loved it. It is really hard to describe It is essentially a contemporary with a weird supernatural twist, that it never explained (lol). It is a bit like ‘A Monster Calls’ in that sense. Basically this book follows 16 year old Sylvie, a professional ballerina who has been through a lot recently. She has lost her father, seen her mother remarry and broken her leg, possibly ending her career. You follow her as she is shipped of to Alabama to stay with her fathers cousin While there she uncovers a lot of history about her family and falls for welsh boy Rhys. Throughout this story Sylvie is trying to uncover the secrets of the ghost that she is seeing in the house. Lets leave it there for the supernatural element of the story, mainly because this is where it stops making sense lol. Even though this story is very weird and bizarre, I still love it. I read this one several times and just adored it. I have no idea why I loved this one so much, but I did. I know if I read it again now I wouldn’t have the same feelings towards it, but for now, I love it.
The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey
Again, another book I found in my school library. This is a series of 6 (I think) books surrounding the Drake family. Consisting of 7 brothers and 1 sister, this is no ordinary family, they are vampires. Originally supposed to be a longer series. Each book centres around a different sibling and another character (told from alternative POV), as the pair fall for each other. You watch each couple fall in love but also as a larger story unfolds involving the sister. I have read 4 of these books and loved them all. I don’t know what it is about this series, but they really draw you in. I think it is because the vampires in this book work. They make sense and have rich backstories and histories. I don’t know. What I do know if that I love these books. I am still planning to finish this series
Twilight by Stephanie Meyers
UNPOPULAR OPINON ALRET, I like Twilight. Fight me. I read the whole series back to back just after Breaking Dawn came out (I got them for Christmas that year) and I fell in love with them. I have read them about 6 or 7 times now, they are my guilty pleasure read. I know that they are kind of stupid and they aren’t well written, the characters are two dimensional and boring, everything is just stupid, I don’t care. I still love them. There is just something about them. I mean, there is a reason why these books have sold so many copies. I am not ashamed to admit that I still like Twilight.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
the next three books on this list are all ones that I had to read for College and completely fell in love with. I studied English so I had to read quiet a lot of books, and a lot of them where amazing. The first of these was The Lovely Bones. I remember being so gripped by this book. I had weeks to read it, and I ended up reading it in just a few days, I could put it down. If you haven’t heard about this one, basically you follow Susie Salmon as she is raped and murdered. You watch the world and her family from besides her in heaven. You see the world search for her, what her murderer does, the aftermath of her death with her friends and family and more. If memory serves me correct, there is a weird moment when Susie possesses someone, but bedsides that, this is a beautiful book about love and loss.
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
I think that this was the first dystopian book the I ever read. If you have been living under a rock and not heard of this one, basically the book follows the story of Offred, a handmaid. But in this world a handmaid isn’t what we associate it with. They are essentially sex slaves. The world has become infertile. Only a select handful of woman are still able to conceive and have been forced to become sort of surrogate, slaves for the wealthy, high ranking remembers of society. This book is so interesting and honestly a bit frightening, because of how realistic it feels. This is one of those books that everyone should read in their lifetime. I regularly still find myself thinking about this book.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
this book made me cry in public multiple times. This is such a hard hitting book. Again, if you have somehow made it this far in life without hearing about this book, essentially this book focus around Amir, a young Afghanistan boy. You follow him throughout his life as he makes mistakes, struggles to gain his fathers favour, flees to America to escape the war and so much more. You watch about 40 years of his life. This book is incredibly deep and gripping. It addresses so many issues and topics. It is just incredible. I actually want to reread this one, and like the previous book, I believe that everyone should read it at some point.
And there we have it. Those are just a few of the books that I read and loved when I was a teenager. Would you like a part two? And would you like a post about the books that I read at this time, loved but now have different opinions about? Let me know. And I’m curious, what did you read as a teenager? Any of my books on your list? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.