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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Today's Top Ten Tuesday features books we believe every teen should read. I don't read a lot of "issues" books, so my criteria might be a little eclectic.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: We read this one in high school and it's still one of my favorites. Growing up in the South, it was especially apropos, but I think the messages apply to everyone -- past, present and future.
2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: The quintessential coming-of-age story.
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Does this really need an explanation? The greatest book of all time. OF ALL TIME.
4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Again, no explanation necessary. This series has themes I think everyone can learn from, as well as stories to inspire imaginations young and old. If any book is going to create a love of reading, it will be Harry Potter.
5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: Everyone will be faced with death at some point in their lives, and this story is a poignant, powerful look at not only mortality and loss, but life and moving on.
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger: This is the most honest, authentic teen book I've ever read.
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Gotta get some classics in there! Exposure is a necessary step toward appreciation. Charlotte Bronte is a must, as is our next lady...
8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: The magnificent Jane Austen. Really, all of her books should be required reading.
9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman: This book has it all, romance and adventure and danger and pirates -- there's something that will appeal to both boys and girls, and we know how hard that is to accomplish nowadays.
Anything by Sarah Dessen: All of her books are amazing and honest, and they cover the whole spectrum of teen experience. I guarantee you everyone will find something within the pages of one of her novels. Personal favorites: The Truth About Forever, Just Listen and This Lullaby.
Have you read any of these? Do you think they should be required reading?