RECOMMENDATIONS! for 15 yr old dd

(48 Posts)
Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 08:39:53

She likes books where things happen, she is currently reading Half of a Yellow Sun. Need ideas!

MerlinFromCamelot Mon 24-Jun-13 09:25:24

What about the Mortal instruments series. Think the first one is City of Bones. DD 13y read the series within a forth night.

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 09:26:38

Thanks merlin, I'll have a look.

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 09:29:39

Ah it's got demons. She doesn't want any more vampires/demons etc

MerlinFromCamelot Mon 24-Jun-13 11:12:28

Ok. What about ''The glass castle''' by J. Walls

I read it a few years ago DD13 wanted to read it after a friend had borrowed it. She did like it but you may want to check it is suitable, although can not remember anything which I would deem unsuitable for a 15 year old.

IndridCold Mon 24-Jun-13 15:58:59

You might want to try her on older authors like Daphne du Maurier, Nancy Mitford and Josephine Tey. I loved all those at her age.

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 16:04:41

Funnily enough, I just bought a load of Daphnes for her, I must find them.

SarahAndFuck Mon 24-Jun-13 18:45:28

What sort of vampires/demons has she been reading about? Proper ones or the sort that look like disco balls?

I loved Stephen King when I was her age, and still do, but if she doesn't want the supernatural side then what about one of his more normal books. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon or Misery might be good.

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 18:57:41

All those awful Twilights and spin-offs.

I think Stephen King would be too frittening, I LOVED The Stand and The Shining.

Might suggest them. I don't like his later ones. Misery was all right.

I read Stephen King at that age as well - The Talisman might be a good one to start with?

Has she read I Capture the Castle or His Dark Materials? Though they might be a bit young for her.

This looks like a good list - it's from a couple of years ago but may give you some ideas: top 100 books for teens

Or what about Neil Gaiman? Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust are all aimed at young adults I think.

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 19:36:48

We have some Neil Gaiman's, I'll look for them.

That list is great, thanks. She's read about half of them, I'll look at the others.

She likes adult books, but not written in too difficult a style, like Tiny Sunbirds, Purple Hibiscus

SarahAndFuck Mon 24-Jun-13 19:39:32

Has she read Holes by Louis Sachar? It's very good, and plenty happens in it.

Catmint Mon 24-Jun-13 19:41:11

I capture the castle by Dodie Smith. She might not like it, as not much happens, but you never know.

Fire and hemlock by Diana wynne jones is for older readers.

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 19:41:27

yes, and the other one by him

notnowImreading Mon 24-Jun-13 19:41:56

Has she tried Looking for Alaska or The Fault in our Stars by John Green? They are being devoured by the 13-16year old girls in my classes, reluctant readers and A* candidates alike. Lots of deep emotion and death, I think (haven't got round to them myself yet).

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 19:43:22

yes, very keen on him, and the one about the Katherines and the one with the pin on the front cover (early onset)

defineme Mon 24-Jun-13 19:46:03

I think if she's reading Half a Yellow Sun then she can cope with anything content wise-some of that book has stayed with me and I read it ages ago-brilliant but very very shocking.
Americah is the latest by the same author and lots happens.

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 19:47:56

yes I want Americah...

I agree re content, she read Tiny Sunbirds and then gave it to me to read and I was like er, so, you understand about genital mutilation and pipeline explosions and stuff then...?!

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 19:48:16

I was thinking White Teeth and Brick Lane maybe?

I loved James Herbert at that age. If she's looking for something a little deeper then Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings had me gripped.

defineme Mon 24-Jun-13 20:17:14

Tbh I'm reading the same sort of stuff now as when I was 15 because my parents bought all the recent prize winners/books of the moment and had all the classics. She can read anything and yes I think she will like Brick Lane and White Teeth. What about Margaret Atwood?

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 20:25:29

She read Cat's Eye, maybe the eating one.

It's hard because she's very irritating and won't go through mine herself, wants me to pick and suggest! Which obvs is fair, but makes it hard.

Alonglongway Mon 24-Jun-13 20:29:02

I just tried to get my 15 yr old to read Don Quixote - no chance!

Kingdom of the Dragon by Isabel Allende? Virals by Kathy Reichs?

Hullygully Mon 24-Jun-13 20:35:05

I wouldn't even try Don Quixote - no way, jose she'd read that. She doesn't like anything "old"

BeyonceCastle Mon 24-Jun-13 20:49:47

The fault is in our stars
Special topics in calamity physics
The perks of being a wallflower*
The kite runners*

*some scenes/references of a disturbing nature

Catmint Mon 24-Jun-13 20:53:17

Oh no not Beloved, my personal most disliked book of all time. hmm

SummerLightning Mon 24-Jun-13 21:11:05

What about Small Island by Andrea levy?
The cazalet chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Things fall apart - chinua Achebe
I agree re white teeth and brick lane I think she would like them

IndridCold Mon 24-Jun-13 22:00:17

Back on my nostalgia kick, I also used to love Mary Stewart's books, Margaret Kennedy The Constant Nymph too. If she takes to these older books then the Virago Modern Classics list has lots of good stuff.

highlandcoo Tue 25-Jun-13 10:58:11

Was just going to suggest Small Island to go with White Teeth and Brick Lane. And The Long Song also by Andrea Levy. A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman is very good too.

How about Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, which also deals with the slave trade. As does A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory which is probably an easier read.

How about The Crow Road by Iain Banks? Some teenagers love The Wasp Factory by the same author, but be warned it's not for everyone!

Hullygully Tue 25-Jun-13 11:35:02

I think part of what she likes is adult books about people her age, iyswim, which is why she likes Purple Hibiscus, Tiny Sunbirds etc.

Maybe I need to look for those...

How about the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books?

I'd say at least half of the main characters start off her age or younger.

SarahAndFuck Tue 25-Jun-13 13:42:21

Sophie's World is good if she will like the philosophy and can get used to the style of the book.

BeyonceCastle Tue 25-Jun-13 13:57:52


Why did you hate beloved so much? I'm just curious (Obv literature is subjective) - Put it as a recommend because if the OPs daughter can handle Half A Yellow Sun she can handle pretty much anything. Whilst the subject matter is harrowing and the style of writing esp. two chapters toward the end (Stream of consciousness type) can be a challenge it is nonetheless a well-written book.

What is your personal most liked book of all time?

(Me: An invisible sign of my own Aimee Bender yes the one that wrote about lemon cake and chairs but this book far better wink
Hey Nostradamus Douglas Coupland
The accidental Ali Smith
Dangerous Data Lurie-Gibson
Making Babies Anne Enright
K-pax Gene Brewer
The nation's favourite Simon Garfield non-fiction)

guilty pleasures - Bridget Jones High Fidelity

Hullygully Tue 25-Jun-13 14:09:11

I liked Beloved very much, in fact I like all Toni Morrison's books.

hackmum Tue 25-Jun-13 18:11:09

Has she read I Capture the Castle?

Hullygully Tue 25-Jun-13 18:38:45

People are obsessed with that book...

No, I suppose I really must get it, I've developed a quite unreasoning prejudice about it

Catmint Tue 25-Jun-13 18:50:11

Beyonce, I read it as part of my degree, which was a very long time ago. I didn't get on with the style of writing, and I hated the plot.

I found the way it was taught very upsetting as well, although I can't remember why, now.

For all those who got something from it that I didn't, I'm not rubbishing your choices. ( as if you'd care).

hackmum Tue 25-Jun-13 19:20:32

I didn't realise that two other people had suggested I capture the castle!

She might enjoy some Margaret Drabbles. Or what about The Bell Jar? Unless she has depressive tendencies.

Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife is a great read from a few years ago.

Hullygully Tue 25-Jun-13 19:23:05

People always suggest it on every book thread - it's one of those books. It just ramps up my prejudice, altho I did see the film version.

Catmint Tue 25-Jun-13 21:00:57

What about some Kurt Vonnegut?

BeyonceCastle Wed 26-Jun-13 02:36:00

For all those who got something from it that I didn't, I'm not rubbishing your choices. ( as if you'd care).


Noooooooooo! I didn't think that's what you were doing catmint flowers - really, I was curious: discussing book next week with five friends and two have already said they also didn't get on with the style of writing.

I started reading it while 41 weeks pregnant so had misgivings about dead babies etc but got through most of it whilst in hospital every two days so perhaps am biased as it really took my mind off heart scans etc

Have not yet seen the film with Oprah, Danny Glover and Thandie Newton but not sure I want to. What I didn't know is the novel was very broadly based on a real life incident.

As I said books are subjective so I wouldn't care only in that with literature as opposed to AIBU it is so much easier to agree to disagree!

example - I still cannot seem to complete Dave Eggar's debut despite its many plaudits.

Even if you hated Aimee Bender's invisible sign which I love, that would be fine, it's not everyone's cup of brew. Music and Film on the other hand are closer to my heart.

Which reminds me, my personal most disliked book of all time is...Cloud Atlas. Which loads of people love but I just could not get on with. So when my DH came home last week brandishing the DVD I was hmm wink

Still want people's most liked books of all time though, especially any funny ones, need cheering up. Love recommended reads.

talking of Amy Tan hackmum Joy Luck Club might be a nice read for a 15 yr old DD.

IndridCold Wed 26-Jun-13 09:05:46

I Capture the Castle is a wonderful book, loads better than the film smile.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Both these have younger protagonists.

Hullygully Wed 26-Jun-13 11:12:44

catmint - I'm saving my beloved Kurt, you need to be a bit more world weary and wise to really get Kurt. I saw him give a talk once a 100 years ago when I was at uni. He talked about Metamorphosis and drew a picture of a cockroach sliding off a page and chain smiked throughout.

Happy days.

Hullygully Wed 26-Jun-13 11:13:16

I do keep trying to make ds (16) read Hocus Pocus

bottleofbeer Wed 26-Jun-13 18:26:14

Uhmm Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and Breathe by Cliff McNish are two I've read recently.

Catmint Wed 26-Jun-13 20:31:45

I love a bit of Kurt. The description of the giraffe horns...isn't Kurt one who you read one way when young and another way when older?

I also like Cloud Atlas, the audiobook is great. Maybe I will give Beloved another go...(and maybe not, since I am currently only reading children's books as a way to try and calm my anxiety down).

Had another thought re 15 year old, Douglas Coupland?

Jonathan Coe? The House of Sleep might be a good starter.

Tibor Fischer? The Thought Gang is v good.

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