Harry Potter Series:
The Harry Potter series made J K Rowling the only billionaire writer on earth. That in itself speaks volumes about the story of a magic school and Harry Potter. But this isn’t a story about magic alone. In fact, it has everything a story could possibly have- drama, humor, romance, treachery….you name it and it has it.
This one is a mist read for teenagers and adults alike. The writing prowess of J.K. Rowling will captivate you from the moment you turn the first page. Each book in this series has a story of its own and can be read as such. And yet, it prompts you to read the preceding as well as the succeeding part. It is a cult series loved by millions of fans around the world. You have to read this one if you haven’t already. You surely can’t miss it, even if you have watched the movie.
Teenage is an age of cute crushes and giggly romances. It is about finding joy in being with someone for the first time, the passion of innocent love and a whole lot more. The Twilight series by Stephanie Meier catches the essence of teenage romance brilliantly. That’s what catapulted this series into a popular movie series as well.
The story revolves around vampires, as you must be aware, given the kind of publicity the movie series received. But even if you watched the movie, you must read this series. There is a certain fun that comes in imagining situations as the author unfolds them before you. You will be engrossed reading this one for sure. The writing style of Stephanie Meier is easy to follow, effective and does a pretty good job of transporting you to the magical world of vampires. Again, a must read if you are a teenage girl.
The Catcher in the Rye
This is a classic from J D Salinger. It has sold over 65 million copies worldwide and has emerged as a cult classic among teenagers. Although it was written for an adult audience, its theme of teenage rebellion continues to capture the hearts of teenagers around the world. And although this book has a male protagonist, it still makes for a fantastic read for teenage girls.
The story is set in the mid 1940s, with the protagonist himself telling the events that happened with him a couple of years ago. He takes you on a rollercoaster ride, through his rebellious streak, through his friends, family and desires and a whole lot more. While reading this book, as a teenager, you tend to relate to certain events that take place in the boy’s life. And it is this connection which keeps you engrossed in the book long after you have read it.
Are you there god? It’s Me, Margaret
This is a book by Judy Blume that was released way back in 1970. But it continues to hold relevance in today’s day and age. The story revolves around a girl in sixth grade and her growing up years. The underlying theme of the book is religion and the girl’s quest of God and a single religion.
But religion is not the only thing the book talks about. In fact, it beautifully explores various stages of a teenage girl’s life. Incidences such as wearing bra for the first time, first period, the desire for a womanly frame and the jealousy that girls have for better looking colleagues make this book a wonderful read. If you are a teenage girl, you will relate to most parts of the book. Just like others in this list, this is a must read for all the fun and excitement that it brings along.
Go ask Alice
So far, the books listed here have been feel good stories about teenage characters and their various quests for love, religion etc. But this one is as controversial and as dark as books come. So why put this on the list of best books for teenage girls? Well, one, because it is relevant; and two, it has an underlying message related to drugs.
It is supposed that this book was written by an actual person. However, the credentials of the writer could never be ascertained and that’s why, it’s always titled as “By Anonymous.” This book is a diary by a teenage girl who falls for drugs, deals with differences with her parents, has teenage sex, gets raped and a whole lot more. While all that may sound gory to some, this book delivers a strong message against drugs. At the same time, you feel empathy for the girl and hatred for the society, which is what makes this book a good read.
Now, from the somewhat dark to something light and humorous. Thus far, the list of best books for teenage girls has had classic from the yore. However, Audrey, Wait! is from the current era. Written by Robin Benway, the story revolves around a girl next door who suddenly finds fame courtesy her musician boyfriend.
The story tracks her tryst with fame and ho she manages to handle crazy situations in her own unique way. It has plenty of humor thrown in and characters that you would relate to. It has light hearted drama, funny dialogues and a whole lot more going for it. If you are looking to read something fun and light, pick this one up. It will keep you entertained and yet, it is a page turner in its own right.
A Match Made in High School
High schools are more about love than they are about education. But this one by Kristin Walker takes the romance game one notch up. The story revolves around a high school where the principal decides to pair up girls and boys for a mock marriage for their entire school time. Although the protagonist of the story is Fiona, there are plenty of other characters which make this book a good read.
It tracks Fiona’s life as she is paired with someone she absolutely hates and the hilarious turn of events which follow. This one again is from the current era and is one of those light hearted, teenage books that are perfect for a lazy afternoon. However, despite being light hearted and fun, it still manages to explore the issues of teenage romance, friendships, boys and a lot of other things. You are most likely to enjoy reading this one.
Diary of Anne Frank
This one by Anne Frank is a classic meant to be read by people of any age and nationality. The fact that the protagonist is a teenage girl makes it perfect for teenage girls around the world. Anne Frank was one of the many victims of the Holocaust. This diary was written by her while she and her family were hiding from the Germans.
It was after the Holocaust era that the diary was discovered, and after much persuasion, it was published for the masses. The diary tracks Anne’s life, her desires, her equation with her family and her thoughts of being captured by the Germans. Written by a teenage girl, it has an innocence which makes you like the book at the first instance. After reading it, you tend to admire the courage and maturity of the young girl, and although she meets with a tragic end, this book still leaves you filled with optimism.
A Walk to Remember
If ever you wanted to read an eternal love story, this one is probably one of the best choices you have. Written by Nicholas Sparks, the popularity of this novel prompted a movie to be made by the same name. The story is set sometime in the 1950s and the plot revolves around a woman named Jamie.
The story tracks the life of Jamie and her love life with Langdon. What makes this story heart wrenching is Jamie’s terminal illness, and her marriage with Langdon just before she dies. Reading this book makes you believe in love all over again and makes you fantasize about finding your true love. Although the story does not have teenage characters, it still makes for a good read for teenagers. The writing is beautiful, the emotions have been captured beautifully and it makes you believe in all things good.
This is a classic by Jane Austen. First published way back in 1815, this book has spawned many a screen adaptations in Hollywood as well as Bollywood. As the title of the book suggests, the story revolves around Emma, a village girl who is clever and yet, overconfident. She considers herself to be the perfect matchmaker, although he does not believe in marriage herself.
She cannot stop meddling in other’s affairs and what follows are some pretty funny sequences. The book has the inimitable style of Jane Austen and the characterization in the book is brilliant. Pick this one up to meet an interesting character, to explore definition of love and to read some hilarious and well explained sequences. The story also has love tangles going on which keep you interested throughout the story. Whether you are a teenage girl or an adult one at that, you are most likely to love reading this one.