This list doesn't rank by popularity. You won't find 'Twilight' here. This list is more about individuality and developing who you are as a person.
From his 'Underdogs' trilogy to 'I Am The Messenger', Zusak proved he could create believable character and have a unique story-telling voice. Then he wrote 'The Book Thief', which has one of the most unique narrating voices ever. His mix of poetry and prose make him a joy to read, and an inspiration for teenagers everywhere.
The Harry Potter series has defined a generation. Harry is the most memorable character of the 2000s, and the series is one of the most memorable fantasy series of all time. The books are so powerful that teenagers can learn a lot about growing up by relating to the characters inside of the novels.
Yes, he's the guy who wrote 'Fight Club', one of the best movies in recent memory, starring Brad Pitt. But he's also written other best-selling novels, like Choke, Rant, Diary, Survivor and Invisible Monsters. He's ridiculously unique, endlessly entertaining and promotes individualism with his social commentary throughout each novel. A true joy to read for teenagers looking to find out who they are.
'The Hobbit' may be the greatest children's book of all time, and 'The Lord of The Rings' may be the greatest series of all time. Tolkien created an entire world, with languages, songs, mythologies and histories. If anything, teenagers, and everyone else, could learn about creativity just by the imagination on display in his works.
Steinbeck may not be around anymore, but his novels and novellas are still taught in school for a very good reason. The man was a genius writer, as seen in 'Of Mice and Men' and 'East of Eden'. For teens, there's a lot to learn from Steinbeck when it comes to individuality, acceptance, forgiveness, and the battle between good and evil within us all.
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