Top 15 Fiction Novels For Teenagers

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Hey there, readers! I have a question for you. How many Gen-Z readers do we have here? Many, but there are never enough readers. Coming from a fellow teenager, I’m telling you, our age-mates are more inclined towards movies and series than books, and I hope it changes! So, to do so, here are 15 must-read amazing Fiction novels for teenagers.

This is my last teenage age, so to the young teenagers here, I must tell you that series are undoubtedly amazing, but books are a different level of awesome, trust me. There are many movies and series adaptations for several books, but you can always watch them after you read the book; that’s what I suggest. It doubles the fun!

The best books for teenagers ignite their imagination, provoke thought, and resonate with their experiences. Whether it’s through timeless classics, contemporary tales, or non-fiction narratives, these books have the potential to shape and enrich the lives of young readers, fostering a lifelong love for literature. All of these genres have been explored here.

Scroll down, dive into the world of books, and embark on an exciting reading journey that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

15 Best Fiction Books to Read For Teenagers

1. Little Women

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Full Title: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Genre: Coming-of-age story

Publishing Date: 1868


The March sisters- Jo, a gifted tomgirl and aspiring author; Beth, a terribly fragile woman; beautiful Meg, and pampered, romantic Amy are the subjects of this book.

They are all bound by their love for one another and their challenges in surviving Civil War-era New England. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy’s Christmas will be different this year since their father is serving in the Civil War, and the family is struggling financially.

Despite their poverty, the four March sisters’ lives are full of color. They make errors, support one another through illnesses and setbacks, and get into trouble.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Full Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Genre: Young adult fiction

Publishing Date: 1999(2012)


This novel is an account of growing up at a high school. Charlie’s letters are singular, exceptional, amusing, heartbreaking, and more private than a diary. We may not be aware of his residence, and could not know the recipient of his letter.

We only know about his shared universe. He embarks on an unusual journey through an unknown country because he is torn between attempting to live his life and trying to escape it.

The world of new acquaintances, family dramas, first dates, and mix tapes. When all one needs are the perfect song on the ideal drive to feel limitless, the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Full Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: 2014


Lara Jean is the protagonist of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Rather than confessing her crushes out loud, Lara Jean wrote letters to each boy, sealed them, and put them in a box under her bed. But one day, Lara Jean finds that her hidden box of letters has been delivered, and all of her old crushes approach her about them, including Josh, her sister’s ex-boyfriend and the subject of her first kiss.

Lara Jean realizes that something positive might come from these letters as she learns to deal with her former lovers directly.

4. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

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Full Title: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Author: Judy Blume

Genre: Contemporary realistic

Publishing Date: 1970


Margaret Simon, who is almost twelve years old, enjoys having long hair, tuna fish, the fragrance of rain, and pink items. She recently relocated from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is eager to become friends with Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie, three of her new friends.

Margaret is pleased to join when they establish a private club to discuss sensitive topics like boys, bras, and beginning periods. However, none of them can accept that Margaret does not practice religion and does not frequent the YMCA or the Jewish Community Centre.

They are unaware that Margaret has a unique and intimate relationship with God. She can discuss everything with God, including her secret crush on Moose Freed and her family and friends.

5. My Sister’s Keeper

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Full Title: My Sister’s Keeper

Author: Jodi Picoult

Genre: Domestic Fiction

Publishing Date: 2004


Even though Anna is not ill, she might as well be. By age 13, she has endured numerous operations, blood transfusions, and injections to help her older sister, Kate, battle the leukemia that has afflicted her since childhood. Anna was created due to a preimplantation genetic diagnosis to be a bone marrow match for Kate, a life and a function that she has never questioned—until now.

Like other teenagers, Anna is starting to have identity issues. However, unlike most teenagers, Anna has always been defined by her sister; as a result, Anna makes a choice that would be inconceivable for most people, one that will split her family apart and maybe have terrible repercussions for the sister she loves.

6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Full Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Genre: Crime Fiction

Publishing Date: 2003


Boone, Christopher John Francis, is familiar with the world’s nations, their capitals, and all prime numbers up to 7,057. He connects well with animals but has no concept of how people feel. Being touched is intolerable to him. Moreover, he despises the color yellow.

One of the most engaging, outlandish, and widely praised books in recent years is the implausible tale of Christopher’s mission to look into the mysterious death of a neighborhood dog.

7. The Giver

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Full Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

Genre:   Dystopian Fiction

Publishing Date: 1993


The Giver chooses Jonas to receive special instruction when he becomes 12 years old. It’s time for Jonas to learn the truth at this point. Backtracking is not an option. The Giver by Lois Lowry is a classic dystopian book, and its outstanding companions Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son, are close behind.

8. Simon vs. the HomoSapiens Agenda

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Full Title: Simon vs. the HomoSapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Romance novel

Publishing Date: 2015


Simon Spier, a 16-year-old who isn’t out about being gay, saves his drama for the school play. However, his secret could come to light if the wrong person intercepts an email. Now Simon is being blackmailed: if he doesn’t behave as Martin’s sidekick, his gay orientation will become public knowledge.

Even worse, the boy he has been emailing under the alias Blue will have his privacy invaded. Simon’s junior year has gotten a lot more challenging as messy dynamics in his once close-knit circle of friends and his email exchanges with Blue have become increasingly flirty daily.

Change-averse now Before being forced out, Simon needs to find a way to leave his comfort zone without alienating his friends, surrendering himself, or messing up his chance at finding happiness with the most perplexing, endearing individual he’s ever met.

9. The House on Mango Street

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Full Title: The House on Mango Street

Author: Sandra Cisneros

Genre: Bildungsroman

Publishing Date: 1983


Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, invents for herself who and what she will become in the amazing tale The House on Mango Street. Sandra Cisneros’ masterwork is a timeless tale of childhood and self-discovery told in a series of alternately devastating and intensely joyful vignettes.

10. Holes

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Full Title: Holes

Author: Louis Sachar

Genre: Young adult fiction

Publishing Date: 1998


Stanley Yelnats is afflicted. His no-good, filthy, rotten, pig-stealing great-great-grandfather started the curse, which has since befallen Yelnats throughout the generations. Stanley has now been unjustly transferred to Camp Green Lake, a facility for boys where the inmates develop their character by working all day, every day, to dig holes that are precisely five feet wide and five feet deep.

At Camp Green Lake, there is no lake. However, there are a tonne of gaps. Stanley quickly understands that Camp Green Lake is about more than just character development. The warden is looking for something, so the boys begin digging holes. But what might lie beneath a dried-up lake? Stanley seeks to uncover the truth in this creative, darkly funny story of crime, punishment, and redemption.

11. Eleanor & Park

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Full Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Romance novel

Publishing Date: 2012


Since moving to the area, Eleanor has never felt more alone. She would stand out even more if she tried, what with her odd outfits, crazy red hair, and hectic home life. She then sits down on the bus seat next to Park. Park has figured out that staying under the radar is the best way to get by.

In Eleanor’s view, he is quiet, cautious, and impossibly cool. Eleanor and Park fell in love via late-night discussions and a constantly expanding collection of mix tapes. They fall in love like you do when you’re 16 and have nothing to lose, just like you did your first time.

12. Looking for Alaska

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Full Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Genre: Young adult fiction

Publishing Date: 2005


Miles “Pudge” Halter has had enough of living safely at home. His entire life has been a big non-event, and his preoccupation with famous dying quotes has only increased his desire for “the Great Perhaps” (poet Francis Rabelais). His life changes dramatically as he enrolls at the occasionally chaotic and anything-from-boring Culver Creek Boarding School.

Alaska Young is down the hall, after all. Alaska Young is stunning, astute, hilarious, seductive, twisted up, and interesting. She is a singular event. Pudge is drawn into her world, thrust into the Great Perhaps, and has his heart stolen. Then, nothing returns to normal.

13. We Were Liars

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Full Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: Psychological thriller

Publishing Date: 2014


The Sinclair family appears flawless, but they have many secrets, lies, and weaknesses hidden behind their tall, attractive builds. This novel is a surprising and twisted account of them. The Sinclair family spends their summers on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts, where the novel is set.

14. It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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Full Title: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Author: Ned Vizzini

Genre: Young adult fiction

Publishing Date: 2006


Craig Gilner, a driven adolescent from New York City, is motivated to achieve in life, which includes enrolling in the best high school and pursuing the best career options. The strain mounts, nevertheless, as Craig succeeds in getting into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School. He quits sleeping and eating until one night when he almost dies.

Due to a suicidal episode, Craig is admitted to a psychiatric institution where he meets the self-elected President Armelio, a transgender sex addict and a girl who has cut her face with scissors. There, Craig can address the causes of his worry for the first time.

15. American Born Chinese

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Full Title: American Born Chinese

Author: Gene Luen Yang

Genre: Graphic novel

Publishing Date: 2006


The story of three seemingly unrelated characters is told in Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese. Jin Wang relocates with his family to a new neighborhood and finds he is the only Chinese-American student at his new school.

The other two characters are the powerful Monkey King, the subject of one of the oldest and most famous Chinese fables, and Chin-Kee, who represents the worst stereotypes about Chinese people and ruining his cousin Danny’s life with his yearly visits. In this action-packed contemporary fable, their lives and stories unexpectedly intersect.

Conclusion| Top 15 Fiction Novels For Teenagers

The world of literature offers many entertaining and insightful books for teenagers. From classics that have stood the test of time to contemporary works that address relevant issues, there is something for every young reader. These books provide a means of escape and serve as a source of inspiration, fostering empathy and expanding horizons.

So, dear teens, what do you think of these books? I know They’re super likable and a must-read for all of you.

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