Author: Stephanie Gordon


A young adult that’s still trying to figure out his needs definitely won’t like to be overburdened with books they won’t be interested in. A lot of teens begin to see reading as work instead of fun and if they used to love reading, they may stop reading for pleasure. Of all the gift ideas for a 12 year old boy, books are the best developmental gifts you could offer them but you surely don’t want a young reader to get turned off on reading and then lose out on the vast benefits that reading provides.

One key to begin engaging a reluctant teen reader is to find and gift them with books that will be both accessible and appealing. That’s because everyone, old or young, looks for an emotional connection to a story and then find out that reading is one of life’s greatest joys.

If like a lot of people, parenting your teens is tough and if they are showing no signs of interest in reading and enjoying beautiful sweet books, then you need to be sure you’re offering them brilliant books that will intrigue and inspire even the most skeptic teen.

Here, you’ll get a list of five books that cover topics of high interest to tweens and teens.

· Milk and Honey

This book by Rupi Kaur is a great one that any teenage girl could and would relate to. The author’s poetry found fame on Instagram and that’s because each page of the book is a well illustrated snapshot of what it feels like to be a young girl. This book is filled with different topics ranging from relationships, friendships, feminism, ambition and even building a meaningful life for your girl.

· Booked

This novel is a lively one written by Kwame Alexander. It is written in verse and is one of the most recommended books amongst teens. This book illustrates greatly the power of words to teens.

· Wonder

This modern classic written by R. G. Palacio is a funny and frank novel. This is one that your teen should read for a dose of motivation and intrigue.

· Different seasons

While your teen may not know that this interesting collection of four short wonderful stories was the inspiration for the popular ‘Me and the Shawshank Redemption’. It has been proven through research that short stories a good way to engage reluctant readers and this book written by Stephen King is a wonderful way to start.

· Am I normal yet?

This book was written by Holly Bourne and it is a real, warm and witty take on the subject of teens living with obsessive compulsive disorder. This book captures to a large extent the messy reality of being a young teen and so many young people have also recommended it as a mood-boosting book.


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June 2018
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