Top Ten Tuesday : Books That Should be On the Required Teen reading List

It's that time again , It's Top Ten Tuesday and Today's is the Top Ten Books that should be on a Teen's Required Reading List.

  1. Jane - April Linder : A 21st Century version of Jane Eyre and one of the best modern day adaptions of Classics and of this tale that I have ever read.
  2. The Hate List by Jennifer Brown - One of the most powerful novels about the aftermath of school shootings.
  3. After by Amy Efaw - A Powerful novel about the consequences of when a fifteen year over-achiever tries to hide her pregnancy.
  4. Shine by Lauren Myracle - An amazing novel that touches on the issue of Homosexuality , the ridicule and abuse and the true meaning of friendship.
  5. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson - Touches on the issue of Peer pressure, alcohol and drugs from a teen Male's POV.
  6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - A story about a shy girl who was raped , this book is very powerful and has also had a lot of controversy last year when a Preacher in America tried to ban it.
  7. Finding Alice by Melody Carlson - One of the best Christian Edgy Content Novels I have read , talks about the topic of Schizophrenia with a teen and relates the story to Alice in Wonderland . Other Series by her which I highly recommend is her Colour Me "True Colours"
  8. Go Ask Alice - Anon ; Though this book was released in the 1970's , it is still such an amazing novel about a teen who dies from a drug overdose and is written in a diary format, it is also one of the longest standing Banned Books and has so much controversy about it .
  9. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden - Joanne Greenburg/Hannah Green - This is one of the most amazing novels I have read about Schizophrenia and it was written in 1964 and it still is powerful today.
  10. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins - About Self-Harm , this is my favourite one by her but I would recommend any by Ellen Hopkins , all the books cover a Edgy Issue and are written in Verse .
ImpulseI Never Promised You a Rose Garden: A NovelGo Ask AliceBlade Silver: Color Me Scarred (TrueColors Series #7)
Finding AliceSpeakTwistedShine
AfterHate List (text only) Reprint edition by J. BrownJane


  1. Fantastic list of great comtemp novels. I have seen Shine on several lists today and really need to read this one myself.

  2. I have to say, I never could read GO ASK ALICE. I started it a couple times and ended up flipping through it and then putting it down because it was just too disturbing for me. I think this is part of the problem with choosing ten books that ALL teens should read -- there are such different maturity and interest levels; some kids would be fine with that book whereas even as an adult I don't think I could get through it.

    My top 10 list this week.

  3. My high school BFFs and I read Go Ask Alice in the 70's ... amazing novel! I plan on reading Speak ... if a novel is banned or in danger of being banned, I make sure to read it!

  4. thanks for following my blog, I'm following you back now. [:

    Great list. The ones I have read on your list, I would definitely recommend. Good pick with Go Ask Alice, I completely forgot about that one.

    Erin @ Let's Evaluate

  5. Fantastic list. Speak is also on mine. I didn't even think of some of the others you mentioned, but I think they would be good on a required reading list.

  6. +JMJ+

    Hi, Phantom Paragrapher. =) Your picks make me think of Second Star to the Right by Deborah Hautzig, a novel whose young protagonist has an eating disorder. Have you read it? It was one of the most powerful books I read in high school.

  7. @Enbrethiliel- Nope I havent but just had a look on our library system and we have it, so have put it on hold :)


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