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Reading List for desperately conservative teenager.

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TaggieCampbellBlack Sun 17-Feb-13 20:18:42

DD won't dye her hair pink, get pierced and thinks all cars shoud have speed limit sensors in.

I am compiing a educational reading far

Brave New World
A Clockwork Orange

What else?

specialsubject Sun 17-Feb-13 20:43:49

sounds like she is a bit of a rebel against all her peers! :-)

what's the theme of the list? (apart from good science fiction)

booksteensandmagazines Mon 18-Feb-13 09:03:10

Usually you get lists being compiled to persuade them of the dangers in life!

Not sure what age she is so hard to make suggestions but might be better to put in some more modern books as well. How about ones where the lead female character is not conservative or doesn't do conservative things?

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Red Blood Road by Moira Young

If she's 16+ then some of the adult books are good - ones where it whows that life isn't black and white.

The Secret Lives of Bees/The Red Tent/The Time Travellers Wife/Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

On the same theme as you have put together so far there is Brighton Rock or The Outsider.

I've reviewed a few on my website - the link is

ArbitraryUsername Mon 18-Feb-13 09:09:06

Ally condie's matched?
Scott westerfield's uglies?

I'm assuming you're going for an on the surface all safe and wonderful and happy but deeply disturbing underneath theme here.

flow4 Mon 18-Feb-13 09:31:17

I don't think you need to worry about it, Taggie. If she goes to uni, she'll meet all kinds of people, and soon work out the most interesting ones are rarely the most conservative! If she's not going to uni, encourage her to go hitch-hiking travelling, where she'll also meet a wide variety of interesting folk. smile

TaggieCampbellBlack Mon 18-Feb-13 10:29:24

She's nearly 17 and so flipping straight.

Deeply disturbing undercurrent is the way to go I think.

Floralnomad Mon 18-Feb-13 10:31:45

Curious Incident Of the Dog in the nIght
Anything by Steinbeck
Some Russian stuff .

AltogetherAndrews Mon 18-Feb-13 10:33:19

Wasp Factory? Maybe not.

megandraper Mon 18-Feb-13 10:33:36

The 'L' Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks - shows you how harsh life was when society was more conservative (in the 1960s).

drwitch Mon 18-Feb-13 10:40:13

anything by margereat atwood

ArbitraryUsername Mon 18-Feb-13 10:42:34

I was about to suggest the handmaid's tale.

Could also try Lauren Oliver's delerium.

flow4 Mon 18-Feb-13 10:45:19

'The Raw Shark Texts' by Steven Hall.
'Maps for Lost Lovers' by Nadeem Aslam.
Both brilliant first novels which deal with the theme of how trying to be normal messes with your head!

WankbadgersBreakfast Mon 18-Feb-13 10:50:27

Anything by Robert Cormier.
Stephen King is also good for out-and-out weird. Buick 58 makes me eye my car with suspicion for days after.

cory Mon 18-Feb-13 10:51:41

It may be that she just hasn't found her own way of being non-conservative yet. University may well prove an eye opener.

I resented all attempts to turn me into a less straight person during my teens: not because I am naturally straight or uptight, just because the choice of "interesting behaviour" among my peers seemed so totally boring to me.

I came into my own at university and travelling around Europe. grin

I think as adults we often have a very preconceived (and, dare I say it, conservative) notion of what "interesting people" ought to look like.

TaggieCampbellBlack Mon 18-Feb-13 10:57:25

She's had moments of letting go and puking in her bed but. .........

I'll do her a list and see what happens. If I'm moaning about her rebelling in 6 months please remind me it is my own fault grin

flow4 Mon 18-Feb-13 11:18:04

I agree with cory! ^^

ArbitraryUsername Mon 18-Feb-13 13:50:02

I agree with copy too. But I'm not sure a list of dystopian literature is likely to do much harm. After all, the OP's DD could take all manner of things from the books suggested.

HoneyandRum Sun 24-Feb-13 09:28:43

So she's the Saffy to your Edwina? Maybe if you accepted her for who she is you would realise that going against the grain by being "conservative" could be a strong reaction to pressure from you. And in that case she is a rebel of the highest order.

Pink hair and piercings are so passé.

Toomuchtea Sun 24-Feb-13 19:20:07

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Thisisaeuphemism Sun 24-Feb-13 19:29:09

Catcher in the rye, surely a must read for all teens, conservative or otherwise.

Bonjour tristesse.

Bell jar?

I loved fear of flying when I was 18, but it might be spoiled if it came from my mother!

She sounds like a lovely girl.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 24-Feb-13 19:32:12

18 year old dd1 is having a bit of a Marakami moment lately.

She also likes Nabakov (esp Lolita and The Eye) and loved A Clockwork Orange. She likes Stephen King too.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 24-Feb-13 19:32:31

yes to Plath as well.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 24-Feb-13 19:32:46

Slaughterhouse Five?

Fairenuff Sun 24-Feb-13 19:43:31

I think she sounds lovely and knows her own mind. Remember, it's the meek that will inherit the earth grin

Maybe get her into some sort of ecologial/environmental protest type literature. She may go all 'Swampy' on you. Or animal rights, any kind of activist group, they are pretty non-conservative and not afraid of being arrested.

But beware of getting what you wish for...

FringeEvent Sun 24-Feb-13 19:49:03

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