Search for books, people and lists
Read This Twice
HomePeopleBooksSonaLibrariesSign in

Best Books for Teenage Girls

Dive into the worlds of adventure, romance, and self-discovery with these highly recommended reads for teenage girls, curated from the industry’s trusted voices and ranked based on their prevalence across prominent book blogs.

Recommendations from 13 articles, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Bill Gates and 78 others.
62 books on the list
Sort by
Number of Articles
The Catcher in the Rye book cover
The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger - 2001-01-30 (first published in 1951)
Goodreads Rating
This coming-of-age novel follows Holden Caulfield, a complex and conflicted teenager from New York, as he navigates his way through society, grappling with love, fear, and uncertainty. J.D. Salinger's masterpiece has been widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, and for good reason. With poignant and introspective prose, The Catcher in the Rye explores themes of rebellion, angst, and the struggle to communicate in a rapidly changing world. This classic novel continues to captivate readers, sparking discussions of societal norms and the complexity of adolescence.
To Kill a Mockingbird book cover
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee - 2006-05-23 (first published in 1960)
Goodreads Rating
This classic American novel tells the story of a young girl growing up in a sleepy Southern town and the moral crisis that shakes her community to its core. With universal themes of innocence and experience, love and hate, and kindness and cruelty, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book has sold over 18 million copies and been translated into forty languages. Harper Lee's simple love story is now regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
The Book Thief book cover
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak - 2006-03-14 (first published in 2005)
Goodreads Rating
In Nazi Germany, a young girl falls in love with books and words. From stealing books from book burnings to the mayor's wife's library, Liesel's love affair with literature blooms with the help of her foster father. But when her family hides a Jew in their basement, the danger intensifies. Markus Zusak's superbly crafted writing tells a timeless story of love and loss in a tumultuous era.
Little Women book cover
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott - 2004-04-06 (first published in 1868)
Goodreads Rating
Four unique sisters rely on each other during their father's absence in this heartwarming story. From putting on plays to forming secret societies, they face life's ups and downs with the one question always on their minds: will Father make it home safely from war?
The Fault in Our Stars book cover
The Fault in Our Stars
John Green - 2012-01-10
Goodreads Rating
A heart-wrenching yet witty tale about Hazel, a terminally ill teen who finds unexpected love in Augustus at a cancer support group. This powerful story explores the beauty and pain of life, love and mortality in a bold, raw, and insightful way.
The Hunger Games book cover
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins - 2008-10-14
Goodreads Rating
In a dystopian future, the nation of Panem forces each district to send a boy and girl to fight to the death in the annual Hunger Games. When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen takes her sister's place, she must fight to survive while navigating complex choices of survival, humanity, and love.
Recommended by
Rainn Wilson
The Hate U Give book cover
The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas - 2017-02-28
Goodreads Rating
A teenage girl, Starr Carter, must navigate between two worlds: her poor neighborhood and her wealthy prep school. After witnessing the fatal shooting of her unarmed childhood friend at the hands of a police officer, Starr must decide whether or not to speak out and risk her own safety. The Hate U Give is a powerful exploration of racial tensions and police brutality that will leave readers questioning their own assumptions and beliefs.
Speak book cover
Laurie Halse Anderson - 2019-01-15 (first published in 1999)
Goodreads Rating
High school is tough enough without becoming an outcast for doing the right thing. Melinda's high school experience takes a dark turn when she's raped at a party, leaving her isolated and unable to speak out. Only her art class provides any solace, and it's through her work on a project that she begins to heal. But when she has another violent encounter with her rapist, Melinda fights back and finally achieves vindication. In this powerful novel, Laurie Halse Anderson tackles the hypocrisy of high school and the importance of speaking up for oneself. A finalist for the National Book Award, Speak is a poignant and unforgettable story.
Recommended by
Laurie Halse Anderson
Persepolis book cover
The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library)
Marjane Satrapi - 2004-06-01 (first published in 2003)
Goodreads Rating
"Persepolis" is Marjane Satrapi’s powerful memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, told through poignant black-and-white comic strip images. This not-to-be-missed coming-of-age story paints a vivid picture of daily life in Tehran and the contradictions between home life and public life. With political undertones and emotional depth, "Persepolis" is both a personal and political depiction of the human cost of war and repression. Laugh and cry alongside this unforgettable little girl as she bears witness to the history of her country and her extraordinary family.
Recommended by
Preeti Shenoy
The Perks of Being a Wallflower book cover
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky - 1999-02-01
Goodreads Rating
Experience the highs and lows of high school in this coming-of-age tale. Follow the journey of a teenager as he navigates first dates, family drama, new friends, and the thrills and dangers of sex and drugs. Along the way, discover the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Don't miss out on this poignant and wild ride of growing up.
Recommended by
Jamie GraysonJenn Im
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Paperback Collection by Jenny Han
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Firekeeper's Daughter by Boulley Angeline
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Night by Elie Wiesel
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Boxed Set by Ransom Riggs
The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Gabrielle Zevin eBook Sampler by Gabrielle Zevin
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Looking for Alaska by John Green
We Were Liars Deluxe Edition by E. Lockhart
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Sampler by Ransom Riggs
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Tithe by Holly Black
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling