What are the best books about teen angst?

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    #1Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Paul Parker
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Lord of the Flies is one of the best books about teen angst. A highly esteemed classic, I was given a copy recently by an old friend. The story is timeless and still endures. There's no wonder it's given as mandatory reading material in some schools!"
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    #2Thirteen Reasons Why

    Thirteen Reasons Why
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why.

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    Justin Morris
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Thirteen Reasons Why. Oh dear, a book about teenage angst. We've all been there, but this follows a slightly darker turn as it explores the reason why a classmate killed herself. Left through multiple cassette recordings. It's...eerie in its own way, and it really does make you stop and think. Sadly the show does it much better justice as the book isn't as descriptive, but the main theme is there. It's worth checking out for sure."
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    #3The Outsiders

    The Outsiders
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about how Ponyboy Curtis saw life as one of the greasers, one of the people who does not belong in a regular society. This book has won a number of awards for its contribution to the young adult genre.

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    Socorro Martínez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Outsiders is a book about Ponyboy Curtis saw life as one of the greasers, one of the people who does not belong in a regular society. This book is in the young adult genre and has won a number of awards. This book is rated 4.7 stars out of 5. It is well written and interesting to read."
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    #4Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

    Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
    Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix is the fifth installment in the seven books of Harry Potter Series. The book is about the challenges that Harry Potter faced in his fifth year at Hogwarts and how he overcome everything.

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    Christian Wells
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "While I will be honest and say that I am not the biggest fan of Harry Potter, I am fully able to recognize the character and series popularity and hardcore fan base. The movies are very entertaining and interesting, with good twists. I feel this book is simply a fan installment of a very successful series of novels."
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    #5The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Marisol Carrillo
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I am interested in some books appropriate for a teen to read that would be relatable to the trials of being a teenager. I remember reading The Catcher in the Rye in high school, and I think it is a great suggestion. It's extremely famous and highly rated, plus is all about a teen who dealing with the angst of being a teen, so it definitely fits the bill. I will definitely be considering this option."
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    #6The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Shaurya Pillai
    Written on May 9, 2018
    " what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up."
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    #7Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.


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    Gerald Rose
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "What can you say about Wuthering Heights that hasn't been said a million times? It's a classic, and one of the Bronte sisters' best books, no doubt. Youth can be a real crazy thing, and this book offers a great story about just how crazy it can be, and just how stressful. Worth a read!"
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    #8Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Victoria Salazar
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "As a young teen, Anne Frank faced more things than most adults could even imagine. This compelling recount of her experiences of hiding from the Nazis are taken from her personal diary and make for a great book."
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    #9Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson
    Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a young-adult fiction novel by John Green and David Levithan that tells the story of two teens who have the same name - Will Grayson. This collaborative novel is a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.

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    Ryan Russell
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is definitely one of the most interesting, unique, and high-concept YA novels ever written. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about two teenage boys with the same name who happen to meet each other. What makes this concept even more interesting beyond its dual first-person narrative is the fact that each Will's perspective was written by a separate author - a very creative idea. Through each of these authors you get a very different take on teenage life, angst, and happiness that's extremely enjoyable and the ending is so much fun. I loved this book."
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    An anorexic Lia Overbrook harms herself after finding out that her best friend Cassie died of bulimia. She blames herself for not being with Cassie during the time she needed her the most and the idea to live becomes even more difficult for her.


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    Billy Phillips
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A very moving young adult novel. This book tells the story of a young girl with an eating disorder, dealing with a friend's death, in stark reality. Anderson's writing style was difficult for me to keep up with, but the story was worth the effort. This story is intended for older teenagers, but adults will likely be engrossed as well."
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    #11An Abundance of Katherines

    An Abundance of Katherines
    An Abundance of Katherines is an intriguing romance book about Colin Singleton, who was dumped by 19 different girls all named Katherine. In this book, John Green details Colin's attempt to break the curse.

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    Matthew Hernandez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Woah, a very bizarre read indeed, a boy named Colin Singleton gets dumped by 19 different girls all named Katherine. This is as angsty as they get, and can be a little off putting but do not be fooled, it is a great book! "
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    #12Paper Towns

    Paper Towns
    Paper Towns is a book by JohnGreen that tells a story about Margo and Quentin. Margo is famous in their university but her friends betrayed her so she asked for Quentin's help to prank them, but the next day she's gone missing.

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    Lee Sun
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "While not the best book I've read by him this far (I loved The Fault in Our Stars); this book got three stars for having a plot and story line that kept me guessing through the whole book. I only kept reading to find out what happens to him and Margo!"
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    #13The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.


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    Ruth Walters
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book is very suitable for teens, reading it is so funny. This books engages readers imagination and shakes their brain and their way of thinking.I am sure this book has quality and is worthy reading it. "
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    #14To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Raúl Ramos
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I just don't get this book. It is a classic but I found it boring. Maybe looking at it through 2018 eyes made it dull to me. Everyone says read this but I found it boring as hell. "
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    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.


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    Reyna Guevara
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Trapped and angry, Stanley finds a mystery that surrounds him in the detention center. This is a very good book and develops the characters and plot in a good way."
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    #16Intermix Nation

    Intermix Nation

    Intermix Nation is a new adult romance fantasy science fiction novel written by M.P. Attardo. This dystopian book is about Nazirah who joins the rebellion against the government and it is first published in 2013.


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    Shirley Zhang
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I've been reading all I could from the dystopian genre of books. LOVED this one! Will be giving copies away as gifts to my friends this holiday season. "


Best What are the best books about teen angst
1Lord of the FliesBooks 32 Paid
2Thirteen Reasons WhyBooks 30 Paid
3The OutsidersBooks 28 Paid
4Harry Potter And The Order Of The PhoenixBooks 26 Paid
5The Catcher in the RyeBooks 25 Paid
6The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 23 Paid
7Wuthering Heights Books 21 Paid
8Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 20 Paid
9Will Grayson, Will GraysonBooks 18 Paid
10WintergirlsBooks 17 Paid

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