There are some books that have stuck with my from my teenage years, and others I’ve read recently that I wish had been around when I was growing up. Being able to read about teenagers struggling with the same things you do, and seeing positive representation in books is so important (and I’ll forever be baffled by people who don’t think representation matters).
So here are a few books I’d recommend to teen readers, and I’d love to hear some of your recommendations in the comments below too!
1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
This was the first book I read that really spoke about anxiety and social anxiety, which is something I don’t ever remember learning about in school or as a teenager. While I don’t live with anxiety (just a regular ol’ introverted extrovert), it was great that this book started exploring the meaning of anxiety and showing how Cath’s friends helped her manage it.
2. Maybe Tomorrow – Boori Monty Pryor
This one is, admittedly, more focussed at my Australian readers. I read this book every year through my teens, and it was such a great book in teaching me about the unconscious bias a lot of Australians have towards our indigenous communities. I’m not going to try and detail this book because I wouldn’t do it justice, but it’s a book that has stuck with me well in to my adult life too.
3. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
This one also makes the list thanks to it’s incredibly positive representation of a M/M relationship. Arthur and Ben are not the stereotype gay men that get thrown in as a token character in many books, but real, three-dimensional characters with loves, hates, baggage, and complicated feelings and relationships. I honestly loved everything about this book, it was sweet, funny, and real.
What books did you love as a teenager (if you remember)? Have you read anything lately you wish was around when you were a teenager?
Until next week,