Books by Teens for Teens

Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. In the Forests of the Night. 1999.
Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will. The author completed the manuscript for this vampire novel when she was only thirteen years old!
Baskin, Julia [et al]. The Notebook Girls: Four Friends, One Diary, Real Life. 2006.
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Four Manhattan teens kept a shared notebook that served as a joint diary and a compendium of letters to one another during their high school years.
Carlip, Hillary. Girl Power. 1995.
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Discover the secrets and deepest needs of girls from all across the country - the thoughts, the fears, and the dreams of girls between the ages of thirteen and nineteen.
Daly, Maureen. Seventeenth Summer. 1942.
The author wrote this teenage romance in 1942 when she was seventeen years old. The book is still read by teens today.
Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl. 1959.
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The journal of a Jewish girl in her early teens describes both the joys and torments of daily life, as well as typical adolescent thoughts, throughout two years spent in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland.
Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders. 1967.
Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents' death as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of the adolescent society in which they find themselves "outsiders." Hinton was only sixteen years old when she wrote this powerful novel.
Irwin, Cait. Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won--and How You Can, Too. 1998.
The author began writing this book as a young teenager after being hospitalized for suicidal tendencies.
Lebert, Benjamin. Crazy. 2000.
Written when he was sixteen, this book tells the story of the author's struggle to cope with life at an exclusive boarding school and the breakup of his parents’ marriage. Translated from the German.
Libby, Megan McNeill. Postcards from France. 1997.
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A high school junior, living abroad as an exchange student, takes readers on an insightful, witty, and poignant journey through her year in France.
Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. 2003.
Written by a talented teen author, this first volume in the Inheritance Trilogy features young Eragon, whose adventure begins when he finds a blue stone that is actually a dragon’s egg.
Pfetzer, Mark. Within Reach: My Everest Story. 1998.
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This world-famous teenage mountain climber offers an extraordinary personal account.
Red: The Next Generation of American Writers -- Teenage Girls -- On What Fires Up Their Lives Today. 2007.
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These personal essays of girls ages 13 to 18 are on body image, family, friends, school, love, and sex.
Shandler, Sara. Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self. 1999.
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A collection of stories and personal accounts written by teenaged girls across America.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. 1816.
The author was 19 when she wrote this classic about a monster who begins to loath himself and his creator.
Tarbox, Katherine. My Story. 2000.
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Learn from Katie's mistake what can happen when you put too much trust in people you meet on the internet.
Teen Ink: Love and Relationships. 2002.
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Stories and poems written by teens about things like first kisses and painful breakups.
Teen Ink: Our Voices and Visions. 2000.
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This anthology of musings on teen life was written by teens all over the world.  A follow-up collection of teen writings is called Teen Ink: More Voices, More Visions.
Trope, Zoe. Please Don't Kill the Freshman: A Memoir. 2003.
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This witty, insightful memoir was written by 15-year-old Zoe during her first year in high school.
Vizzini, Ned. Teen Angst? Naaah—A Quasi-Autobiography. 2000.
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You'll laugh out loud at this witty portrayal of teen angst written by an acclaimed teen writer.