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notashotasthepreviousyear Fri 30-Nov-18 09:39:30

DD was a hugely keen reader until hitting age 13/14, I just can't seem to find any authors that take her interest now. Could anybody suggest any fiction titles dc are enjoying please?

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MintyCedric Fri 30-Nov-18 22:21:22

What has she enjoyed up until now?

My DD is 14 and is really into dystopian fiction - the Divergent series, Who Runs The World, Animal Farm...currently reading 1984.

Tbh I'm not sure where to go next as she's not suggested anything to me lately so will watch this with interest.

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 01-Dec-18 08:18:43

As mentioned before the divergent series, also chicklit You before Me, After You, and then she fell in love with Pride and prejudice and is now Miss Austin's biggest fan. Agatha Christie has also been enjoyed that started after watching murder on the orient express.

RueDeWakening Sun 02-Dec-18 22:20:54

Mortal Instruments series
A Place Called Perfect series
Dorothy L Sayers
Discworld

I read MASH at that age, probs not appropriate though grin

stobes Sun 02-Dec-18 23:11:05

My 14 year old has loved YA fiction such as THUG ( The Hate You Give) - brilliant book, when we were liars, Everything Everything and After the Fire recently. She has just read The Kiterunner and didn't seem too traumatised. Might get her A Thousand Splendid Suns for Xmas. And today said her all time favourite book is The Curious Incident.. Yes to Christie as well.

ifIonlyknew Sun 02-Dec-18 23:54:17

does she actually like fiction? at that age - well a little bit younger initially - I turned to reading autobiographies. I still also enjoyed reading fiction for younger ages, my friends were reading Agatha Christie but I had no interest in making the jump to adult books. I enjoyed some Puffin Plus books that existed then but I really turned to non fiction stuff. I read lots of autobiographies about people surviving the war in various European countries, books about people in Africa, very different countries and cultures, often teenagers themselves. I enjoyed sports autobiographies too. Worth looking at different styles to what you would automatically think of. And if she wants to read books younger than her age then let her, reading is reading

ifIonlyknew Sun 02-Dec-18 23:57:43

I also don't think it matters if people reread stuff they have already read. I think nowadays a lot of young adults have read a lot of books earlier than we would have done perhaps and maybe not got as much out of them as they would do if they reread them a year or two on. Often books can have different stories within them that are missed first time round

Seeline Mon 03-Dec-18 15:15:34

DD loves the Miss Marple books
She has read Philip Pulman - both His Dark Materials and hte Sally Lockhart series
Francis Hardinge books are one of her favourites at the moment
She loved Malory Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series
Eva Ibbotson has been enjoyed in the past
She also loved hte DaVinci Code blush

saltymofo Mon 03-Dec-18 15:25:36

My DD15 is the same (social media and Netflix to blame) but has just read THUG and enjoyed it and also comedian Joe Lycett's book Parsnips Buttered. I recently bought her The Milkman intending to read it after her so not entirely sure yet it is appropriate...

I've also bought her This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay for Christmas and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Trying to give her plenty of variety to keep her interested rather than force classics on her and risk turning her off - even though I loved Jane Austen at her age.

SofiaAmes Mon 03-Dec-18 15:46:36

The Hate U Give. Fantastic book and appealing to tens.

Dancingdreamer Mon 03-Dec-18 18:50:54

At that age my DD loved the Rober Muchamore Cherub books.

ragged Mon 03-Dec-18 18:55:01

How old is she now, OP?
Give us a few clues what she does or doesn't like.

CherryPavlova Mon 03-Dec-18 19:04:09

Why not take her to Waterstones, a library or somewhere and let her choose for herself?
Mine liked Mallory Blackman. Austen, Steinbeck. The Brontes. One went briefly through a few Agatha Christie’s. More modern ones like Lovely bones. Flowers for Algernon. My son liked the Cherub series.

NeedToChangeMyLightBulb Mon 03-Dec-18 19:06:11

Ooh good thread

ragged Mon 03-Dec-18 19:35:19

I've got loads of ideas, but it depends on age & tastes. Lots of MNers only suggest fusty ancient books. We read the GOOD modern stuff. wink

MsJolly Mon 03-Dec-18 19:58:38

My DD loves Sarah J Maas-especially the Court of Thorns and Roses series. So much so that she set her alarm for 5.30am to download the latest one when it was released on her kindle to read before school!

RueDeWakening Mon 03-Dec-18 23:06:28

Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore is an adult book, but I've recently given it to my own daughter to read after I finished it - we both enjoyed it. It's an intriguing mix of old fashioned book shops, and new technology, and how the two work together.

littlemisslucky2 Tue 04-Dec-18 10:19:00

My 13 year old son enjoyed Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The diary of Adrian Mole recently. He also likes the books by Tom Hoyle. I find a lot of the books aimed at teenagers are either too girly about boyfriends/falling in love etc or about missions into fantastical worlds to conquer the enemies which doesn’t really interest my son!

aroundanothercorner Tue 04-Dec-18 12:18:32

Just ordered this for DS 14
www.amazon.co.uk/Dear-Evan-Hansen-Val-Emmich/dp/0241361893/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&keywords=dear+evan&tag=mumsnetforum-21&ie=UTF8&qid=1543925670&sr=1-1

Sarge17 Tue 04-Dec-18 17:50:41

Goodreads is a great app - you select books that have been read and rate them, then the app recommends similar books. I've found lots of new stuff this way. Might be worth a try? Good luck.

MarchingFrogs Wed 05-Dec-18 19:05:15

Do you not have a public library anywhere near? I may have pointed out the odd book that I thought one of our DC might enjoy, but certainly stopped actually choosing books for them at about the age of 8.

Could ypu suggest a library / coffee / shopping outing one weekend and just hover in the background with your adult ticket, in case your DD gets really enthused by something her YA one won't allow her to take out? I would say, something suitable, but frankly, some of the YA ones I find more disturbing than your average Agatha Christie.

Ds2's school has a pretty good selection in its library and as a longstanding library assistant, he not only gets first dibs on new stock, but also some onput on what is acquired, which for him is blisssmile..

Nodressrehearsal Fri 07-Dec-18 14:09:49

Hunger Games series
and Perfect and Flawed by Cecelia Alhearne
My DD is on a reading/film roll for now she reads something then we all watch the film-
Fault in our stars, Holes, Vanity Fair & The Witches have all gone down well.

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