Aimee is from West Chester, PA, and she is 15 years old. She has a passion for figure skating, ballet and playing the piano. She loves challenges and aspires to be a lawyer when she is older.
Contrary to what most adults believe, teens actually do read for fun. Personally I love to read, and will read anything that is put in front of me. A lot of my friends also adore reading. For this article, I asked my friends what books were their favorites and which books they would recommend to other teens.
One of the top books on my list and my friend’s lists is The Hunger Games. I found this book through a recommendation made on Stephenie Meyer’s website. The author of Twilight said that she simply could not put this book down. This made me really intrigued and I decided to read this book. When I started reading it I found that Stephenie Meyer was not exaggerating… I simply couldn’t pull myself away from this book. The novel is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Katniss who courageously takes her sisters place to compete in the Hunger Games. The book takes place in the future — a time when the world is in a state of turmoil — and the Hunger Games is a competition instated by the government in which random participants are selected to compete in a fight to the death. The Hunger Games is full of action, courage, and a touch of romance. Every teen should be sure to pick up this book and give it a try. There is also a sequel called Catching Fire which is equally as suspenseful and awesome as The Hunger Games.
Another book that teens are reading is The City of Bones. My friend introduced this book to me because it is one of her favorites, and I soon found out why. Clary Fray is the fifteen-year-old girl who narrates this novel. In her story she unknowingly stumbles upon the world of her parents past, and discovers that nothing is as it seems. Clary learns about herself and her past as she is introduced to a new world by the many unlikely friends she meets along the way. This book is the first book in The Mortal Instruments Series, and once you have read book number one, you won’t be able to resist reading book two, The City of Ashes, and book three, The City of Glass.
Although I could go on listing books forever, I have to stop sometime, so here is one last book teen’s love: Witch and Wizard. This book was recently released in December 2009 and is currently on the Barnes and Noble Bestsellers List. I just finished reading this book and I really enjoyed it. This book by Robert Pattinson follows the story of Whit and Wisty, two siblings who wake up one morning with people from the government accusing them of possessing magical powers that they themselves know nothing about. Whit and Wisty are taken from their home and thrust in a world completely different from the one they have known. This book is full of surprises and is such a thrill ride to read.
The books above are just some of the many books that my friends and I love. There are so many more great books out there; teens just have to know where to look for them. I think teens should always be able to find a great book to dig into and be inspired by, and I hope this list will help some teenagers who have been having trouble finding a book that they really love.