Top 10 Popular & Best-Ever Teen Novels

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If your teen loves to read, you should give yourself a pat on the back for doing a great job! On the other hand, if your teen is not fond of reading, now is probably the time to introduce her to the enchanting world of books. And, if you are looking for some brilliant novels for teens, look no further. We at Momjunction have compiled a list of top 10 best novels for teens.

Browse through our compilation of these teen novels below and inculcate the reading habit in your teen.

Best Novels For Teens To Read

Here is our list, in no particular order of the ten best teen novels that your teen should try and read:

1. The Catcher In The Rye:

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The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger is one of the most popular and most known books that talks about the concept of teenage rebellion.

  • The story revolves around the protagonist Holden Caulfield and follows his thought process.
  • The novel is considered one of the best and most inspiring coming of age books that was written for teens.
  • It was published in the year 1951 and has 214 pages.
  • The Catcher In The Rye was originally published as a novel for adults, but soon gained immense popularity and fame amongst its teen readers.
  • Some very popular themes that the novel talks about are a sense of identity, self-realization, loss and connection.

2. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret:

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Are You There God by Judy Blume is one of the most popular teen novels, and an iconic book that every teen should read.

  • The story revolves around the protagonist Margaret, as the title also suggests, who is in the sixth grade.
  • Both her parents have different religious beliefs, as a result of which she finds herself searching for a single religion that she can relate to.
  • The novel talks about a lot of issues that a girl will go through while she crosses the teen years.
  • It talks about various female issues such as needing or buying your first bra, issues with sanitary napkins, liking boys and the changing feelings towards the other sex, exploring one’s sexuality and so on.

[ Read: Classic Books For Teens ]

3. The Fault In Our Stars:

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is a beautiful book that talks about love, life, and loss, all from its teenage protagonists’ perspective. It is among the top teen novels of all time.

  • The voice of narration is Sixteen-year-old Hazel, who is suffering from cancer.
  • Hazel meets a teen boy, Augustus, who is an amputee.
  • The novel talks about the love that the teens share for each other and the many emotions and experiences they go through.
  • John Green has said that the inspiration to write the book came while he was working at a kids’ hospital. He wanted to tell the world that teens are same everywhere, and in all circumstances, even when they most of the world may look at them as being different.
  • The book was published in the year 2012 and has 313 pages.

4. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower:

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is another for the top novels for teens list.

  • The narrator is Charlie, a teen who is also an introvert.
  • The story moves through the many letters that Charlie has written to a stranger, describing his experiences.
  • Charlie is a deep thinker, yet extremely shy and as a result, not popular.
  • The novel explores themes such as sexuality, adolescence, drugs and more.
  • The book was published in the year 1999 and has 256 pages.

5. Go Ask Alice:

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Go Ask Alice By Beatrice Sparks is a novel that tells the story of a troubled teen.

  • The epistolary is in the form of diary entries of an anonymous teen who is already addicted to drugs.
  • The novel does not reveal the name of the girl and can be read as the story of any teen.
  • The diary is maintained by a 15-year-old teen who is seen as being extremely observant and sensitive.
  • The book deals with issues such as sexuality, drug use and abuse, social acceptance, crushes and love and more.
  • The book was published in the year 1971 and has 215 pages.

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6. Will Grayson Will Grayson:

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Will Grayson Will Grayson is by the authors John Green and David Levithan.

  • The story is about two boys, both named Will Grayson.
  • Each author tells the story from the perspective of one Will Grayson in every alternate chapter.
  • The story is set during the high school years of the protagonists, who are both heterosexual.
  • While the narrative is different in the beginning, it slowly merges to one towards the end, even though both the writers write it differently.
  • Some very strong themes that the novel explores are teen rebellion, young love, self-discovery and more.
  • The book was published in the year 2010 and has 310 pages.

7. Eleanor And Park:

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Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell is a novel about a teen love story.

  • The main protagonists are 6-year-old Eleanor and Park, a 16-year-old half-Korean boy.
  • Both the teens are considered misfits by their peers. Eleanor is already full-figured at her age and has a mass of loud red hair. Park is half-Korean and hence not considered as someone who belongs.
  • The teens meet each other on the school bus when it is Eleanor’s first day at school. They soon discover a mutual love of mix tapes and comic books and form a connection.
  • There are many themes discussed in the novel, such as bullying, domestic and child abuse, issues with body image and more.
  • The book was published in the year 2013 and has 329 pages.

8. Wonder:


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Wonder by R. J. Palacio is a book that talks about social perceptions and the quest between being oneself and trying to fit in.

  • The protagonist is ten-year-old August ‘Auggie’ Pullman, who has a deformity that creates various malformations in his face.
  • While he was earlier taught at home, his parents decide to enroll him in a regular school.
  • The story shows how Auggie is looked at by various classmates and teachers, even as a few students do manage to be his friend.
  • The book deals with themes such as empathy, acceptance, understanding, compassion, confidence and more.
  • It was published in the year 2012 and has 315 pages.

9. The Book Thief:

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a highly acclaimed novel that is set during the Holocaust.

  • The protagonist is nine-year-old Liesel, who lives in Germany during the Second World War.
  • She lives with her foster parents and lives in constant horror of the Nazi regime.
  • The main themes discussed in the novel are trauma, acceptance, compassion, determination, family, self-discovery and more.
  • The book was published in the year 2006 and has 550 pages.

10. The Diary Of A Young Girl:

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The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank is one of the most heartbreaking real life accounts that survived the Holocaust period.

  • Also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, the book features the diary entries that were made by the young Anne Frank while she was hiding with her family during the Holocaust.
  • Anne had kept the diary for two years while she lived in hiding from the Nazi regime.
  • It contains a real account of how the family lived through the years and also shares the fears and hope that the young teen goes through.
  • It was published in the year 1947 and has 352 pages.

[ Read: Non-Fiction Books For Teens ]

So, there you have it. Our collection of the 10 best novels for teens. Do encourage your teen to read and try and read them yourself too, if you haven’t.

Do you agree with Momjunction? Have you read any of the books mentioned here or has your teen read them already? Do share some of your teen’s favorite books so that other moms can add it to their teen’s reading list as well.

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