Obligatory books every teen should read?

(17 Posts)
Kennington Tue 11-Oct-16 11:47:51

I am interested in people's suggestions, mine are:
1984
The Crucible
The handmaids tale
Then I have a block and think of Jane eyre and Anne of green gables which are great too but not to everyone's taste.

TeenAndTween Tue 11-Oct-16 12:02:27

Noughts and Crosses
To Kill a Mocking Bird
Pride and Prejudice
Brave New World

atticusclaw2 Tue 11-Oct-16 12:04:50

Animal Farm
His Dark Materials

VanessaBet Tue 11-Oct-16 12:07:06

Ones I first read in my teens but still enjoy are:

The Outsiders
Rebecca
Cold Comfort Farm

Aderyn2016 Tue 11-Oct-16 12:08:25

Yy to Naughts and Crosses
Also 1984

Aderyn2016 Tue 11-Oct-16 12:09:42

I also think they would get a lot 9ut of Brn Elton's 'Time and Time Again'

FanSpamTastic Tue 11-Oct-16 12:18:00

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

melonribena Tue 11-Oct-16 12:19:24

The Color purple
The outsiders
Forever
Fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe

Lord of the Flies

Leeds2 Tue 11-Oct-16 13:05:25

Some Wilfred Owen poetry.

Great Gatsby.

travelmad Tue 11-Oct-16 13:07:30

To Kill a Mockingbird
1984
Lord of the Flies
Animal Farm
Pride and Prejudice

PeaStalks Tue 11-Oct-16 13:07:32

Are you a teacher?
By all means a suggested lists of good reads but I think if a teenager is a reader they may wish to choose their own books and if they are not a reader you cannot make them.

Kennington Tue 11-Oct-16 13:15:30

Hey, no not a teacher. Was thinking for some distant cousins and I cannot remember what interested me then. I was very pretentious reading Sartre and the like!
All my old books are in storage too.
I really like the suggestions! Keep them coming as it sounds like I need to update my reading!

Northernsoul58 Tue 11-Oct-16 13:42:27

On a lighter note, my DS enjoys P J Wodehouse's Jeeves stories. They are enormously funny. Also James Herriot's vet books. Also funny. As are the Adrian Mole books. These are not 'high lit' but then being entertained by different styles of writing is fine too.

VanessaBet Tue 11-Oct-16 14:46:45

Oh yes to the James Herriott books and also 'My Family and other Animals'

BackforGood Wed 12-Oct-16 00:06:33

The Outsiders
Lots of Michael Morpurgo
1984
Animal Farm
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
Probably Harry Potter - not a fan myself, but a huge amount of cultural references
Some Dickens - Christmas Carol or Oliver
I agree with Adrian Mole (once well into their teens)

senua Wed 12-Oct-16 08:35:10

You could look at the BBC's Big Read list.
Tolkien
Douglas Adams
Trollope (a wonderfully slow-paced contrast to today's teens' hectic lives)
Hardy (a bit repetitive but good for teenagers: learn that actions have consequences!)
If This Is a Man (Primo Levi)

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