15 Best Classic Books and Novels for Teens To Read in 2022

If you want your teen to develop their reading habit, we have compiled a list of the best classic books for teens to help you out. Although classics may seem boring or intimidating, these books are timeless and indulge you in a world of adventures and romance your teen will surely enjoy. Several classics are waiting for you to discover. Your teen will gain a fresh perspective of the world, and these books will also improve their language skills. So, browse our list to find a book suitable for your teen’s preferences.

15 Best Classic Books For Teens

1. Best Autobiographical: The Diary Of A Young Girl:

Classic Books For Teens  - The Diary Of A Young Girl


“The Diary Of A Young Girl” by Anne Frank is one of the moving tales describing the Holocaust. The diary was discovered in the attic where Anne spent the last years of her life. In the journal, Anne gives vivid details of her experiences during the World War 1. The book reminds us of the horrors of the war and is a testament to the human spirit. It gives a commentary on the frailty of life and human courage.It is the most recommended and best classic books for teens.

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2. Best Coming-Of-Age: Little Women:

Little Women


“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, is one of our personal favorite novels. It describes the life of the March family post the Civil War in the 19th century. The love and compassion that the sister had for each other is noteworthy. It is believed that the March family is largely based on Alcott’s real-life family.

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3. Best Teenage Classic: Pride And Prejudice:

Classic Books For Teens - Pride And Prejudice


“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” “Pride and Prejudice,” Jane Austen’s comedy of manners, is one of the most popular classic novels of all time. It features the civilized scuffing between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet. Pride and Prejudice is a classic teenage books for girls.

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4. Best Pulitzer Prize Classic: To Kill A Mockingbird:

Classic Books For Teens - To Kill A Mockingbird


“To Kill A Mockingbird,” a stupendous novel of a childhood in the Southern town and the crisis of conscience, became a critical success and a bestseller soon after its publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was also adapted into a film that went on to grab the Academy Award. Dramatic, compassionate and deeply moving, “To Kill A Mockingbird” takes the readers to the roots of the human behavior. This is one of the best classic novels for teens.

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5. Best Victorian Age Novel: Jane Eyre:

Classic Books For Teens - Jane Eyre


Jane Eyre is a story about Jane, the titular character, an orphan who was subjected to extreme cruelty at the Logwood Charity School. She nonetheless emerges triumphant, unbroken in spirit and with her integrity intact. She later takes up the job as a governess, falls in love and marries Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their marriage.

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6. Best Dystopian Theme: The Hunger Games:

Classic Books For Teens - The Hunger Games


In North America, a young girl Katniss Everdeen is chosen to leave her impoverished district and travel to the Capitol for a battle in the Savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games put her deeper in the danger as she begins to unravel to the strict social order of Panem.

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7. Best Timeless Classic Novel: The Hobbit:

Classic Books For Teens - The Hobbit


Bilbo Baggins is a well-to-do and a respectable hobbit who lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until Gandalf, the wizard chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. The book received an instant critical acclaim when it was published in 1937. It is now recognized as a timeless classic.

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8. Best Alienation Theme Book: The Catcher In The Rye:

Classic Books For Teens - The Catcher In The Rye


The “Catcher in the Rye” has been synonymous with “cynical adolescent” ever since it made its debut in 1951. It narrates the story of the life of a 16-year-old, just after being expelled from his school. His observations about what he encounters- from the teachers to the phonies capture the real essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.

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9. Best Trilogy And Fantasy Novel: The Lord Of The Rings:

Classic Books For Teens - The Lord Of The Rings


The three-volume epic by J.R.R. Tolkien chronicles the War of the Ring, in which Frodo and his friends set out to destroy the evil Ring of Power and restore peace to the Middle Earth. The trilogy has established some of the most popular and enduring tropes in fantasy literature.

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10. Best Science-Fiction Novel: The Giver:

Classic Books For Teens - The Giver


Jona’s world is just near perfect. He has everything under control. There is no pain, war or fear. Every person is assigned a role. When Jonas turns twelve, he gets the opportunity to receive special training from The Giver. Only Giver holds the memories of the real pleasure and pain of life. Now it is the time for Jonas to receive the truth of the society, restore the emotions, and bring balance to their world.

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11. The Outsiders:

Classic Books For Teens - The Outsiders


S.E. Hilton had written this novel when she was just 16 years old. The book covers the struggles of the kids caught up in the class. Ponyboy is a greaser and is quite proud of it. He is also willing to the rumble again socs, (short for social), just for the sake of his fellow greasers. But on a terrible night, Ponyboy’s friend kills a soc, and the murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin.

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12. Anne Of Green Gables:

Classic Books For Teens - Anne Of Green Gables


“Anne Of Green Gables”, a collection of 8 novels by L.M. Montgomery, narrates the story of Anne Shirly. Anne is a spunky redhead who arrived at the Prince Edward Island to help a brother-sister duo run their farm. But when she realizes that the Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead of a girl, she tries to win over them and subsequently wins over the readers too.

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13. The Time Machine:

Classic Books For Teens - The Time Machine


The “Time Machine” gives a traveler’s firsthand account of his journey eight lack years beyond his era. The story launched H.G. Well’s successful career and earned him the tag as the father of the science fiction. The book will continue to enthrall the bookworms for generations to come.

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14. Lord Of The Flies:

Classic Books For Teens - Lord Of The Flies


“Lord Of The Flies” is an enthralling story about a group of small kids marooned on a coral island. It seemed fun and games initially, but later turned into a nightmare of death and panic for the boys. The “Lord Of The Flies” is a stimulating piece and gives a brutal portrait of human nature. In fact, it’s now a cult story.

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15. The Princess Bride:

Classic Books For Teens - The Princess Bride


“The Princess Bride” is a masterpiece by William Goldman. The tale is about a handsome farm boy, who, aided by a gentle giant and drunken swordsman rescues Buttercup, a beautiful princess. The book has everything that teenagers like- lots of good and evil men, a few giants, thrill, love, romance and even miracles.

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We hope you liked our compilation of good classic books for teens. Some of these classic books may not have been made into books, but are just as persuasive in their way. Does your teen like reading? If yes, then what is her favorite novel? Tell us in the comment section!

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Wedetso Chirhah has a Masters in English Literature and writes extensively on books, kids, and more. He also has experience editing school books for children, and prioritizes readability and quality. An avid reader himself, Wedetso recommends Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird as a must-read for every teen. This bestseller allows young minds to understand and explore human nature in ways they haven’t done before.

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Wedetso Chirhah holds a masters degree in English Literature. He had written content for more than 15 B2B websites and edited school books before joining MomJunction as an editor. Wedetso ensures the articles meet the highest editorial standards. He enjoys making content understandable and relatable to readers, and he is a big fan of the versatile em dash. He also... more