• Thanushree Anil

10 Famous books that vibed with teenage minds

When you are called an adult as well as a child that when you know you are definitely a teenager.

The world is difficult for them, they do know how to calculate the mass of a body when it is dropped from a building but is absolutely clueless of the laws of the country.

Now, what more than a fantasy fictitious world where you can defy reality, where you can bend time and get lost in its sweet arms.

Sounds like a dream, that’s just what these 10 books deliver to the minds of young adults.

Harry Potter Series


Definitely, every teenager who started believing in magic would have read one of these books. The story of a child who feels abandoned but every child in a world he doesn’t know utter his name.

Released in 1997 J.K.Rowling's books have captured young adults all around the world. winning many awards, the book still wins the hearts of people.

Genre: Fantasy, drama, young adult fiction, mystery, thriller, Bildungsroman

Author: J.K.Rowling

John Green

Notable John Green books

His books are full of poignant stories of lovers that make the heart of a teenager ache. From a lover being lost forever to finding another person with your name to destructive love, John Green's books trigger the emotional part of yourself and make us devour every single character detail and development.

They are your stories, happening in your neighbourhood, happening to someone close yet far.

Genre: Young adult fiction, bildungsroman, romance

The Hunger Game Series


The nail-biting Hunger Games series has been criticized by major reviewers and authors for its insensitive plot. Despite all those acclaims, the book is on the shelf of almost all the houses in the world. First published in 2008, a film adaption was released in 2012 too making it a widely read book. An annual event where a boy and a girl of ages between 12-18 are chosen for a televised battle royale to compete with each other to death. The four books do justice to the hunger of the readers. Be sure to add it to your reading list.

Genre: Adventure, Science fiction, Dystopian

Author: Suzanne Collins

Khalid Hosseini

Notable Khalid Hosseini books

The heart-wrenching stories of Mariam in a Thousand Splendid Suns, a simple story of a farmer and his son whom he had to give up in And the Mountains Echoed, and the story of Amir in The Kite Runner makes the readers go into a longingness for the characters, to save those characters.

Genre: Drama, Bildungsroman, Historical Fiction

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

The daily life of a teenager depicted with cartoons has made teenagers all around the world laugh wholeheartedly. This fiction series is the diary of Greg Heffley and the life that surrounds him.

Genre: Humour, Diary fiction

Author: Jeff Kinney

Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings series

A 1937 children's books have been whirling around even in 2020. Lord of the Rings has been originally published in 1954 and has captured the imaginative minds of young adults even now. With the beings of middle earth waging a war for the magical One Ring travel to this fantasy world with these books.

Genre: High fantasy, Fantasy Fiction, Chivalric romance, Adventure fiction, Heroic fantasy

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Percy Jackson Series

Percy Jakcson Series

The world-famous Percy Jackson, the greek demigod living in a not so Greek world faces monsters and demons every day. This is his story of utterly dangerous adventures with his other demigod friends. Rick Riordan published this book in 2005, a TV series adaption on Disney+ is on its way in 2020 making the evergreen fans of this series excited.

Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Fiction, adventure

Author: Rick Riordan

Perks of Being a Wallflower


A coming-of-an-age book centering around Charlie, a 15-year-old introverted teenager entering high school. Through the course, he befriends people that help him to cope with a loss and his past. Published in 1999, the book was adapted into a film in 2012 thus giving the characters even more life. From innocence to highly happening life. Flashbacks of traumatic past he resorts to drugs and alcohol with his newly found friends. A drama that's touching and reflective.

Genre: Young adult fiction, Epistolary novel, Bildungsroman

Author: Stephen Chbosky



Published in 2012, the story has a true inspiration, after an incident where the author's son noticed a girl with a severe facial difference and started to cry. Fearing he would react badly, the author attempted to remove her son from the situation so as not to upset the girl and her family but ended up worsening the situation. The author, R.J.Palacio cpatured this thought to be illustrated as a valuable lesson. A child's journey on accepting who he is and with getting his heart broken by his friend and sister. The book ends on a proud moment for his family with his friends and sister close to him, their differences set aside.

Genre: Fiction, Children's literature