5 Books every teenager should read

Scroll below for a list of books you need to read before turning 18.

Books can take you anywhere. While some leave you inspired or in deep thoughts, others teach you about the world around you and help you deal with other problems.

Whether you are a hardcore or a selective reader, below is a list of books you should reach before finishing your teen years.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

After Julia loses her sister, Olga, the pressure of holding the family together lands on her shoulder. However, Julia isn’t as perfect as her sister. But was Olga also perfect? Dive into the pressures and stereotypes of a Mexican American family with Julia, as she navigates what it means to carry the weight of the loss of your sibling on your shoulders.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

DeathCast is a service that lets people know when it is their last day to live. After two boys receive the call, they get together to spend their final day on Earth learning about love and life. This heart-pounding novel will leave you with a different perspective on life than ever before.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A classic American novel, it navigates social and racial injustices in a small southern town through the story of a widowed middle-aged lawyer and his two children. The story is told from the perspective of the six-year-old daughter and gets to the heart of human behaviour, from innocence and guilt to limits of love and hate. 

With a Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Emoni, a young mother, got pregnant in high school and since then has been struggling to take care of her daughter and Abuela. However, she still dreams of being a big chef, which was pushed aside while taking care of her loved ones. But one day she finds herself in the kitchen with a chance to make her dreams come true.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This is a memoir by the 20-year-old Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by the Taliban for her advocacy on the importance of a girl’s education. The inspiring first-person account of how anyone can change the world with passion and perseverance should be a must-read for all young adults.

Happy reading!

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