Getting children of any age to start reading can be a difficult task, let alone when they hit those teenage years- where going out with friends and scrolling through Facebook can be way more important. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of brilliant summer reads specifically for teens. Here at Tutor Doctor we want to not only encourage them to start reading in their spare time but inspire them. We bet once they start reading some of these great books they wont be able to stop!
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
This classic children’s book follows the story of a miniature family (Pod, Hamily and Arrietty) and their life as borrowers. Arrietty wants to see what life beyond living underneath the floorboards is like, so sets out on an adventure. A wonderful and charming story that is sure to capture any young teenagers imagination.
Bad Girls By Jacqueline Wilson
This follows two teenage girls Mandy and Tanya who couldn’t be more opposite. Mandy has been bullied at school for as long as she can remember. So when daring, full of fun Tanya wants to be her friend Mandy is flattered. But is Tanya just a bad influence? A great, funny and realistic read. Jacqueline Wilson really brings to light some serious issues teenagers face.
The Witches By Roald Dahl
This book follows an eight-year-old boy and his grandma. On a summer trip to a hotel in Bournemouth, the young boy discovers that all the witches of England are staying there for their annual meet. The witches disguise themselves as normal women and have been known to make children disappear. A gripping read- sure to tantalise any teens reading taste buds.
The Hunger Games trilogy By Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay follow 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen who bravely steps forward to take her younger sisters place in the annual Hunger Games. The trilogy follows her journey, as she not only fights for her life but to also free the people of Panem and abolish the rulers of the Captiol. These books are sure to be a hit with any teen. Not only are they exceptionally written but are inspiring and teach a lot about courage and bravery. You might even find yourself reading it!
We Were Liars by E.Lockhart
This book revolves around the Sinclair family. They are privileged, rich and also have their fare share of secrets. The plot specifically follows Cadence’s summer on her family’s private island after suffering a tragic accident that she strangely doesn’t know anything about. Expect lots of twists and turns, secrets and lies all tying into the truth. An emotional read that will leave teenagers in utter suspense throughout. Definitely a great book if your teen needs something to ponder over.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Fault in our Stars follows terminally ill cancer patient Hazel whose attitude to life is insightful and intriguing. She meets Augustus at her cancer support group, where their love story begins. A beautifully written book, with a brilliant depiction of life and death in the world we live in.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This book follows the story of freshman Charlie, who is a ‘wallflower,’ meaning he stands back timidly watching others live life, afraid to participate. Throughout the novel we watch Charlie really come out of his shell as he realises he can’t stay on the sidelines of life forever. He begins to make new friends, goes to parties and even falls in love. A fantastic coming-of-age story that many older teens will be able to identify with but also learn from.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions – Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. At 16 Beatrice must choose a faction to spend the rest of her life. The three books Divergent, Insurgent and Alligent follow Tris in her new reality as she faces impossible choices about courage, sacrifice and love. But she also has a secret- one that means she doesn’t fit in with a society full of conformity. An action packed series that will keep any teenager (or adult) reading all summer long.
Finding Audrey By Sophie Kinsella
Audrey suffers from an anxiety disorder, which means she can barely leave the house. Suddenly, her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life, and he is determined to get Audrey out of the house. The book follows as Linus encourages her to reach further and further outside of her comfort zone- and with him by her side Audrey feels as though she can conquer almost anything. A great summer read that really raises awareness of anxiety disorders and how they can affect people of any age.