Remind me what it's like to be 15!
February 25, 2012 5:42 PM Subscribe
Help me find some quality books that would be easy reads for my 15-year old female cousin.
posted by JannaK to writing & language (28 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've started tutoring my 15 year old cousin, who is struggling a bit in her classes. She mentioned today that she has trouble finding books to read during free reading time in her English class. It's been a little while since my young-adult fiction years, so I'm hoping the hive has some recommendations.
My cousin is a former popular girl who's now falling victim to the "mean girls" and being ostracized at school. She hates her well-to-do suburban high school and can't wait to leave. While she despises the girl drama at school, she seems to love it on tv and in movies (Jersey Shore, America's Next Top Model, etc). I want to find books that have enough drama going on to be interesting to her, but perhaps with a little more substance than her current choices.
Right now, it seems like she mainly reads things like the Gossip Girl novelizations and other cheesy teen series. She mentioned that she started the book Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen and liked it a lot, so I'm hoping to come up with some more recommendations of well-written, quality teen lit that tackles subjects like friend issues, high school drama, fitting in, finding your niche, etc.
So far, I'm thinking Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Any other ideas, hivemind?