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Top 4 Page-turning Books for Young Adults
While most adults feel the need to coerce teenage students into reading, the easiest way to get young people engaged in a novel is to introduce a compelling plotline that works for anyone, child and adult, alike. The most important thing about reading for young people is having someone or something to connect with. Stories that involve basic human truths are easy for people of all ages to digest and understand.
Here is a list of some of the books that are appropriate for a teenage reading level, but cool enough to keep young people turning the pages. Many of these stories discuss advanced and nuanced topics, but the humanity of the stories is clear enough for anyone to understand and enjoy. Pick any of these books back up as an adult, and you’re sure to find meanings that you never knew were there.
1. Harry Potter
These stories are actually appropriate for children much younger than middle school or high school age, but, if there was ever a book that could make a young person of any age hungrily turn some pages, it would be this J. K. Rowling classic. In fact, there are plenty of adults who have become thoroughly hooked on the series, themselves.
2. The Hunger Games
Written by Suzanne Collins as a young adult novel, this is a must-read for any teen looking for a story that won’t be boring. In fact, with the huge popularity of the movie, this is the perfect time to rent it or head to theaters to check out the movie version before or after reading. The story is set in an apocalyptic world in which two children, ages 12-18, are selected to compete in a battle to the death for an annual television special. Told through the eyes of a 16-year-old girl competitor, the story is intense and can go from humorous to heartbreaking in seconds.
3. Animal Farm
Animal Farm may seem a bit old-school to young students at first glance, but this is actually a perfect read for teens. The main characters are animals who balance work and power struggles after taking over their family farm after mistreatment by the humans in charge. Despite the fairy-tale nature, this is no book for babies. Real issues of power, struggle, desperation and tension abound, and the plot is interesting, yet easy to follow.
4. The Catcher in the Rye
This is a classic for both adults and teenagers. First off, it’s hilarious and so uniquely-written that readers of all ages will have something to grab onto. The plot is told through the eyes of Holden Caulfield, a prep school dropout making his way through New York City. Teenagers will love Holden’s anti-protagonist charm and surely see themselves reflected in his take on the silly world of adults.