Best (Classic) Books for Teens

Most teens don't like classics, but they can tell us a lot about ourselves and how our culture has changed. They open our eyes, improve our vocabulary(and our college applications, though nobody cares about that) and challenge our thinking.
By the way, this list is for books that are at least ten years old.
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141 books · 278 voters · list created June 12th, 2009 by Jordan (votes) .
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message 1: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix I wrote my list on the assumption that these are books a teenager might read voluntarily if told that they are good, not books that they are forced to read. In my experience, being forced to read a book is the surest way of being made hate it.


message 2: by Recommendeo (last edited Nov 19, 2011 11:54AM) (new)

Recommendeo Thanks for the best Classics. This guide contains recommended books for young adult between the ages of 13 and 21.Recommended Books for Young Adults The goals of this guide is to encourage young people to read.


message 3: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Sheley Wonderful guide! Thanks for putting this together!


message 4: by jdtj (new)

jdtj I was surprised, that my not yet 13 years old granddaughter read Great Gatsby - and loved it. A year ago she read only books that were mandatory readings. Still not sure whether she interpreted everything correctly, but at least she enjoyed the story.


message 5: by Guesswhoanna (new)

Guesswhoanna I wish this was only classics but this list is pretty good. I am a teen and I have read every one of those books. I am more into classics like grapes of wrath and Fahrenheit 451 but it was nice to go into some of the more modern books.


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