What are the best must have books for teens?

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    #1To 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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    Mary Du
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I absolutely love To Kill a Mockingbird. It is a story that shows that it is not always easy to do the right thing. That sometimes you must stand against others and become unpopular. It teaches the lesson to be true to yourself in the face of controversy that you must stand up for what is right. I think we can all learn something from this book."
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    #2A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 


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    Janice Moore
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book made me emotional. I think it's a must read for everyone."
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    #3The Power of One

    The Power of One
    The Power of One is a fictional and a cultural story set in Southern Africa written by Bryce Courtenay. The story follows an abandoned boy, Peekay, and his epic journey towards transforming lives amidst the apartheid.


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    Diane Murray
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "My sister told me about the book "The Power of One." She said it was a must have book for my teenager because it deals with an important topic. I decided to read it for myself, and I must say that I was very bored with the book. I am not denying that it is an important topic (even if it is a fiction book), but it just didn't hold my attention at all."
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    #4The 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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    Crystal Medina
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a classic book that everyone will love. It's an easy read and perfect for teenagers."
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    #5The Chronicles of Narnia

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    This set contains all seven tales of C. S. Lewis' classic The Chronicles of Narnia. The series brings you to Narnia, the magical world filled with talking animals and powerful beasts that is connected to the real world through an unlikely portal.


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    #6The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)

    The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)

    After The Da Vinci Code, Brown returned to Langdon and to the success and intrepid adventures of codebreaking and symbolism. The mentor of Langdon, Peter Solomon a known mason, is kidnapped and, to rescue him, he must enter a world of cults and masonic sects.


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    Ángela Granados
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I'm in my mid-20s now, so I don't have the best frame of reference to currently enjoy this book. I can see it being a good addition to one's YA library, if one still has one of those."
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    Published 6 months after her death, Persuasion is the last fully completed novel by Jane Austen. It tells the story of Anne Elliot, whose family is having economic struggles so they decide to rent their home to an Admiral and his wife, whose brother happens to be Anne's ex-fiancée.


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    Roger Pearson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Jane Austin's last novel, PERSUASION has it all. The biting satire, the emotional agony, the chances that got away -- Austin fans will be enthralled. "
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    #8Vampire Academy

    Vampire Academy
    Vampire Academy is a paranormal romance by Richelle Mead. It tells the story of Lissa, a vampire princess, and her guardian and best friend, Rose, during their stay in St. Vladimir's Academy. This is the first book of a six-part series.

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    Timothy White
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I really am not a fan of the Vampire Academy series, and for me there are many other book out there that I would prefer for my teenage girl to be reading. "
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    #9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.


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    Anna Chapman
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is the solution to trying to keep your teen reading. Suspenseful and riveting you will not want to put it down until you have finished. Bought this book for my teen niece and she loved it. After she read it she passed it around to all her friends. This book was a hit"
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    #10The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    William Barnett
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "You just don't find them like this anymore. The movies do not measure up, it proves they are not on the same talent level. love this story! This book is full of adventure, suspense, and of course a perfect ending."
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    #11The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code is a novel about Robert Langdon's journey in finding the Louvre. He will face many challenges that includes decoding cryptic messages that involves Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings. 


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    Sara Welch
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "While I thoroughly enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, I wouldn't recommend it for teens. There's grisly murder and torture. I don't know about your kids, but I darned sure don't want mine reading about that kind of thing."
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    #12Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland is a book by Jane Carruth. It is an adaptation of the original fantasy novel written by Lewis Carol (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). It follows the story of Alice who fell through the rabbit hole.  


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    Christian Jordan
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I purchased Alice in Wonderland for my daughter in law and she really enjoy's reading it so far. I like how the illustrations are very vibrant and colorful and the fact that it is not too long is a huge bonus. "
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    #13Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha is Arthur Gold's best-selling novel, which tells the story of Nitta Sayuri as she overcomes loss at a young age and learns the art of becoming a geisha. It is a story of loss and pain, hope, and love.


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    Christina Zhou
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Nice novel. A must read book for the teens."
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    #14The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Jacob Cole
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "An interesting book from the perspective of death that follows the holocaust on WW2 Germany in the early 40's. This is different from but as effective as the Diary of Anne Frank is bringing to the world the horrors of what happened during this era. It is a sad book but one that is worth the invested time reading."
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    #15Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon)

    Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon)

    The first novel of Robert Langdon character by Dan Brown is a thriller about an ancient secret brotherhood and their connections with the CERN, with an evil plot to destroy the Catholic Church. 


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    Madison Riley
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "topic is fine. no need to change"
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    #16Inferno (Robert Langdon)

    Inferno (Robert Langdon)

    Inferno is the follow-up book of the Robert Langdon series after The Lost Symbol. This historical mystery suspense thriller fiction is first published in 2013 by Doubleday. 


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    Linda Rios
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The first two books in this series were good. The first book was the best in my opinion. The series is starting to go down hill. However, I still think this book is worth the read. I will not be rereading it though."
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    #17The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

    The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading
    The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading is a book written by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance. The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading was published on May 19, 2009 by Simon Pulse.

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    Ann Tang
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A cute, easy book for teenage girls (mostly - I can't think of a teenage boy I know who would truly enjoy it). It's very "clean" as many other reviewers noted, and it's certainly not a bad thing. It's amusing and refreshingly down to earth. But it doesn't break any record for originality, or style. Points for using teenage language that sounds realistic though - it's not always easy to do. The story is a perennial - girl meets boy, and develops a major crush. Teenage stuff ensues, in a modest and appropriate way. I actually gave it to my niece, who liked it and told me she liked that the characters were not too over the top. Sometimes just being normal is pretty cool. "
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    #18That's The Spirit (The Pom Pom Periodicals #1)

    That's The Spirit (The Pom Pom Periodicals #1)

    That's The Spirit (The Pom Pom Periodicals #1) is book written by Lani Woodland. That's The Spirit (The Pom Pom Periodicals #1) was published on June 8, 2013 by Geek Girl Publishing.


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    Kevin Pena
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is very funny, and definitely well-suited for teens. It has a great main character, lots of laughs, and the best part is the series continues in two other great books! You can also check it out for free with Kindle Unlimited, which is always a big draw for me!"
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    #19Learning to Fly (TNT Force Cheer #1)

    Learning to Fly (TNT Force Cheer #1)

    Learning to Fly (TNT Force Cheer #1) is a book written by Dana Burkey. Learning to Fly (TNT Force Cheer #1) was published on July 1, 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.


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    Frank Jones
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Learning to Fly is a good book for teens. It has a good story and a great message for kids and young adults. My daughter really enjoyed the book. The story is realistic enough to relate to, and the characters really come to life."
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    #20The Case of the Cheerleading Camp Mystery (The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley #17)

    The Case of the Cheerleading Camp Mystery (The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley #17)

    The Case of the Cheerleading Camp Mystery (The New Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley #17) is a book written by Lisa Fiedler. The book was published on May 1, 2000 by HarperEntertainment.


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    David Dunn
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I was not a huge fan of this, but many might like it. I was not a big fan of Mary-Kate and Ashley but this could be a solid read for more teenagers."
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    Radiate is a book written by Marley Gibson. Radiate was published on April 3rd 2012 by Graphia. Radiate's paperback edition has 395 pages and is available in Amazon.


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    Theresa Hart
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book hits home for me. Having lost so many family members to cancer and watching several still battle this horrible disease, "Radiate" is more than just inspirational. It is a guide book for anyone who is batteling adversity. Ms. Gibson draws her storyline form her personal battle with cancer. It is a story of triumph and growth! I was moved from tears to laughter in this cleverly written book. Marley Gibson has outdone herself in" Radiate"!"
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    #22Dream Chaser

    Dream Chaser

    Dream Chaser is a book written by Angie Stanton. The Kindle edition of Dream Chaser has 323 pages and was published on November 4, 2011 by Vanguard Management.


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    Amanda Snyder
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book portrays an accurate view of what teenage girls may be going through. It teaches some excellent lessons teens can relate to. While it started a bit slow, it's a light and enjoyable read."
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    #23A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love (Cheerleader Trilogy, #3)

    A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love (Cheerleader Trilogy, #3)
    A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love (Cheerleader Trilogy, #3) is a book written by Kieran Scott. A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love (Cheerleader Trilogy, #3) was published on June 21, 2007 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers.

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    Timothy Bailey
    Written on April 22, 2018
    " A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love is third in a trilogy of books written by Kieran Scott. This is a must read for young readers."


Best What are the best must have books for teens
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 41 Paid
2A Thousand Splendid SunsBooks 37 Paid
3The Power of OneBooks 35 Paid
4The Catcher in the RyeBooks 32 Paid
5The Chronicles of NarniaBooks 32 Paid
6The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)Books 29 Paid
7Persuasion Books 23 Paid
8Vampire AcademyBooks 19 Paid
9The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 19 Paid
10The HobbitBooks 17 Paid

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