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Every Teenager Should Read The 16 Books Listed Here

Stop the partying for a sec and get down to some real learning.

You are making the leap from kid to teenager right now, before you know it you’ll be an adult in no time! In this new, exciting, and, if we are being honest, plenty scary and confusing part of your life, you better figure a way to live it up the right way without going off rails.

It is not an exaggeration to say that this chapter of life ends up making or breaking many people and that everyone would benefit from having some guidance during it.

Well, I’m not sure if life coaches for teenagers are even a thing (or affordable, even if they are) but the next best thing you can have are books written with teenagers in mind and which themes resonate to the struggles they are bound to face during these years. Check them out.

#1 Slap Yourself: The 12 most important questions you’ve never asked yourself.

Slap Yourself: The 12 most important questions you've never asked yourself.Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

It’s a short book that’s designed to help teenagers avoid the regrets of their parents and instead determine their own purpose, career, and life journey. Whether it be school, a trade, or entrepreneurship, this book unlocks the their true future and challenges them to create their mission in life. It asks the questions nobody is asking, to get the answers everyone wants, to have the life, career, finances, and success they desire.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#2 Shame Nation: Choosing Kindness and Compassion in an Age of Cruelty and Trolling

Shame Nation: Choosing Kindness and Compassion in an Age of Cruelty and TrollingGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Shame Nation equips young people with the tools they need to develop digital resilience, prevent cyberbullying, build and defend online reputations, and reclaim online civility. With the majority of colleges and businesses using social media to screen their candidates before they interview them, it’s crucial that teen’s take control of their digital landscape early. Armed with the right knowledge and skills, everyone can play a positive part in the prevention and protection against online cruelty, and become more courageous and empathetic in their communities.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#3 Uplifting One Life at a Time: The Power of Encouragement by Mary Banos

Uplifting One Life at a Time: The Power of Encouragement by Mary BanosGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I am suggesting this book because of life points which I share with the readers, such as the importance of choosing whose opinions you listen to when others speak into your life, about overcoming obstacles and reaching goals and dreams, the power of not only encouraging others, but of also self encouragement. I hope to help more people see the power of encouraging themselves, and how they can empower themselves through obstacles in the process.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#4 The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This iconic classic and bestseller is must read for all teenagers. It is a timeless coming of age story that provides a haunting insight into the feelings and thoughts of teenagers. It is a story of belonging and what can happy when you wish to belong at any cost. S.E. Hinton introduces all the themes that teenagers experience including peer pressure, rebellion, and identity. The feelings of being ostracized are of course timeless and this is what makes The Outsiders and enduring classic. It is still as relevant today as when it was written in 1967.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#5 How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale CarnegieGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Although “How to Win Friends & Influence People” was initially released back in 1936, the lessons still hold true today and will definitely be relevant for many generations to come. Communication skills are important and highly sought after for any field we pursue, and Dale Carnegie demonstrates how this skill can assist with a variety of situations including negotiation, dealing with difficult people, and befriending those in high-ranking roles. With the right people skills, you will be the one that others will want to seek out no matter where your dreams lead you.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#6 The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users by Guy Kawasaki and Peg FitzpatrickGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

We are already on social media constantly, so why not use these platforms to their fullest potential? “The Art of Social Media” transforms these daily communication outlets into powerful tools to ensure you shine brightly within your preferred online hangout. Whether you are building up a portfolio, studying how to become a young Entrepreneur, or even trying your hand as an Influencer, this book will provide the advice and tools you need to ensure that your virtual presence is on point.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#7 The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time by Allen Gannett

The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time by Allen GannettGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Young minds are a lot of times the most creative ones, but as we get older, the world has a wicked ability to suck that creativity out to instead condition us to “be more realistic”. Don’t let that happen to you! Your creativity is unique and powerful! “The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time” shows how staying ahead of what’s trending can be an incredible asset to becoming what is considered to the public the new genius”. Embrace those wonderful ideas of yours and learn how to develop those creative thoughts into the next big thing!

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#8 Financial Freedom: Breaking the Chains to Independence and Creating Massive Wealth

Financial Freedom: Breaking the Chains to Independence and Creating Massive WealthGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

It’s a helpful and engaging book geared towards becoming financially free and achieving a lifetime of prosperity. It has helpful tips and strategies towards overcoming debt, budgeting, etc. and is presented in a way that young readers can easily relate to. It’s written by a 26-year-old who’s personally overcome $23,000 in debt and he presents it in a way that’s easy to understand while providing substantial value and helpful information. Any teenager should read it, as it will provide them ways to set themselves up for future success.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#9 You Don’t Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way by Laya Saul

You Don't Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way by Laya SaulGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I highly recommend this book for teens and it’s the book I wish I read when I was a teenager myself. It is full of practical life advice and wisdom to help teenagers navigate an increasing complex world. Saul covers all of the hard hitting issues like sexual abuse, pain and dealing with hard times. She provides practical and actionable advice on how to handle pair pressure and to make the right choice about drugs. Laya provides readers with the framework to empower themselves to make the right choice as hard as that maybe at times. She encourages readers to This wisdom is timeless advice for any coming of age adolescent.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#10 Led Astray: A Crime Thriller (The Avia Chronicles) by Karlianna Voncil

Led Astray: A Crime Thriller (The Avia Chronicles) by Karlianna Voncil Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I recommend this book for all teenagers because the protagonist is thirteen at the beginning of the story, and it’s a gritty, gripping thriller that will be sure to keep readers enthralled from the first page to the last. Set in the Texas Panhandle, it tackles the tough topics of family, friends, and how it can cost a young person to fall in with the wrong crowd.

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#11 The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson

The Book of Awesome Women by Becca AndersonGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true heroes ─ sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today’s women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#12 The Healthy Teen Cookbook by Remmi Smith

The Healthy Teen Cookbook by Remmi SmithGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Who knew healthy cooking could be so awesome and delicious?! A Chopped kid chef and entrepreneur is on a mission to bring healthy food options and easy-to-cook scrumptious recipes to a busy and heavily-scheduled generation of teens. Remmi Smith is a 16-year-old chef, who hosts two cooking shows and serves as a national Student Ambassador for a leading food services company providing education solutions to nearly 500 school districts. She has appeared on Chopped, The Harry Connick Show and the Food Network. Chef Remmi Smith’s creation is not your typical teen cookbook: it’s written “for kids by a kid,” and is filled with tried-and-true recipes with budding cooks in mind, using limited ingredients and steps. Through the colorful, easy-to-read book, Chef Remmi sets out to inspire her peers to adopt healthy eating habits by introducing them to the glorious pastime of cooking. The Healthy Teen Cookbook takes you on a culinary journey across the seven continents, highlighting a country and its top food items in each one. Each section features a map, a full menu (from appetizer to dessert), fun facts, helpful tips and fantastic recipes―making it a geography lesson, a cookbook and a social studies class all in one.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#13 The College Bound Organizer by Anna Costaras

The College Bound Organizer by Anna CostarasGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The College Bound Organizer is your step-by-step comprehensive guide to organize every step of the college application process from college search through college admission. Applying to college is intimidating and overwhelming for both teenagers and parents. The challenge is to be well informed, prepared, focused and organized throughout the multi-step college search and admission process. Your solution is The College Bound Organizer, the ultimate guide to help students effectively navigate this very complicated and stressful process. The College Bound Organizer helps students understand what admission officers are looking for in an applicant, prevent common mistakes students make on their applications, build a personal profile, plan an individualized testing schedule, research colleges to identify schools that are a good fit, develop a balanced list of schools, secure letters of recommendation, complete and submit applications accurately and on time, develop the college application essay, apply for financial aid and scholarships, ace interviews, sort through and manage application results, and make a final decision.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#14 We Make It Better by Eric Rosswood

We Make It Better by Eric RosswoodGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

We’re here, we’re queer, and we make the world a better place. People in the LGBTQ community have made positive contributions throughout history and we continue to improve society today. In We Make It Better, Eric Rosswood and Kathleen Archambeau share inspirational stories of queer icons in a series of revealing close-ups, first-person accounts, and intimate snapshots of LGBTQ pioneers and heroes. Did you know that Apple (the largest tech company in the world) is run by Tim Cook, an openly gay man? Did you know one of the biggest blockbuster sci-fi movie franchises was directed by the Wachowskis, two transgender women who also happen to be siblings? Did you know that Iceland’s first female prime minister, Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, was also the world’s first openly gay head of government? We set trends in fashion, film, music, art, and technology. We’re Academy Award winners, Grammy Award winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Olympic Gold medalists. We’re doctors, lawyers, judges, politicians, and religious leaders. We run businesses and we run countries. You’ll be inspired to take PRIDE in your community as you learn about some of the LGBTQ heroes who have done all of this and more.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#15 The Academic Hustle by Matthew Pigatt

The Academic Hustle by Matthew PigattGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The Academic Hustle tells the story of Matthew Pigatt and his transformation from a juvenile delinquent with a 2.1 GPA in high school to a national award-winning researcher, graduating magna cum laude from Morehouse College. Matthew uses his journey of entering college on academic probation and covering all tuition with loans—to securing over $100,000 in scholarships, fellowships, and awards—as a springboard for a detailed, step-by-step guide to academic and career achievement. The Academic Hustle gives a personal accounting of strategies uncovered while conducting research on high-achievers. Through this experience and research, Pigatt has refined a system that has been replicated by hundreds of other students to secure millions in funding for their career development. In this book, you’ll learn how to develop a plan for your career, find and apply for scholarships, win awards and be recognized, cultivate a network for success, master time and manage money, develop an impressive résumé, and much more. The Academic Hustle is a perfect gift for new and aspiring college students.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#16 Embracing the Awkward by Joshua Rodriguez

Embracing the Awkward by Joshua RodriguezGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Being a teenager has always been tough. Being a teenager with social media is beyond complicated. School is confusing, people are weird, and socializing is random … so where do you turn? Embracing the Awkward is here to show you how living in the moment, being proactive, and learning to laugh it off can ease your transition into adulthood. Joshua Rodriguez, popular YouTuber and motivational speaker, has aided hundreds of thousands of teens and will inspire you, too, in your quest for success. Practicing mindfulness, self-acceptance, and confidence is only the start. Combining his life experiences with deep wisdom and inventive exercises, this book will guide to being your best awkward-self and help you approach people, determine when you’ve hit the point of highest attraction, lead into conversations with groups of people, and much more.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Contributors to this article
Josh Zepess from Broke Is No Joke

Sue Scheff from N/A

Mary Banos from LIFE – Lifting Indviduals For Empowerment

Patricia Russell from FinanceMarvel

Kyndall Bennett from Kyrabe Stories

Chase Lawson from N/A

Dr. Lorene Garcia from Daily Vaginal Healthcare

Karlianna Voncil from KarliannaVoncil

Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

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  1. Great book choices. I was aware of many of them but a few I had never heard of, and may be reading myself.

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