Top 12 Books Every Teenager Should Read

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic deals with racism and prejudice in the American South through the innocent eyes of Scout Finch 

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: A poignant look at teenage angst and alienation, following Holden Caulfield as he navigates expulsion from boarding school and a coming-of-age journey in New York City 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: A powerful memoir by Maya Angelou that recounts her experiences of racism and abuse in the South. It's a story of resilience and finding one's voice.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: A thrilling dystopian adventure set in a future where teenagers are forced to fight to the death in a televised event. It explores themes of violence, survival, and the power of rebellion 

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: A magical coming-of-age story that follows Harry Potter, a boy who discovers he's a wizard and must confront the evil Lord Voldemort. It's a series about friendship, courage, and the power of good versus evil.

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding: A social experiment gone wrong as a group of boys stranded on an island descend into savagery. It explores the themes of human nature, civilization, and the fragility of order 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: A witty and timeless romance novel about Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. It explores themes of class, love, and social expectations.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: A funny and heartbreaking story about Junior, a teenage boy who leaves his reservation school to attend a predominantly white high school. It explores themes of identity, belonging, and the importance of education.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: A unique and thought-provoking novel about two teenagers who are told they will die before the day is over. It explores themes of friendship, love, and making the most of life 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: A powerful and timely novel about Starr Carter, a teenage girl who witnesses a police shooting of her unarmed friend. It explores themes of racism, police brutality, and social justice 

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: A graphic novel that tells the story of Marjane Satrapi's childhood during the Iranian Revolution. It's a coming-of-age story that explores themes of war, family, and the importance of self-expression 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: A touching and relatable story about Charlie, a freshman who is trying to navigate the world of high school. It explores themes of friendship, depression, and the importance of finding your place