Published By: Sohini

Books that you should read as you turn 16

Few 16 coming-of-age books that every 16-year-old must read as these novels shape us growing up.

The Harry Potter series (JK Rowling, 1997-2011)

This particular book has seven series that mature along with its characters and also with darker themes of death as well as a loss really coming in the fourth book, Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire. This book would reignite the joy of reading fictional novels for youngsters through its humor and creativity. The franchise has mostly cast a spell over people for ages and even made it on the curriculum of the UK exam board.

The Fault in our Stars (John Green, 2012)

A movie has also been made on this starring The Descendants, fans call it TFIOS which has been making waves among all young adult readers since it shot to the top list of the New York Times last year. It is basically the story of Hazel Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl battling stage four Thyroid cancer. Whenever she falls in love with Gus, a fellow sufferer who she met at a cancer support group, they eventually decide to take a trip to Amsterdam in order to meet the author of their favorite novel. This is a best-selling novel exquisitely blended with tragedy and humor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky, 1999)

The movie that got millions of hits in the year of 2012 starring Emma Watson that got nominated for MTV awards and the Writer’s Guild as well as among others. The story is based on a literary original that fed end-of-the-millennium teens' concept based on being infinite. The story is quite humorous and excellent and perfect reading material for youths. Blended with 1990s pop culture, it is quite pertinent to a Bildungsroman now.

The curious incident of Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon, 2003)

A 15-year-old hero, Christopher John Francis Boonie is quite a genius in mathematics but he was suffering from Asperger’s syndrome that makes social interactions difficult. This story would bring alive the chaotic thrust starting from childhood to adulthood with that adolescent face.

The Lord of The Rings (JRR Tolkien, 1954)

Each and every novel belonging to the fantasy fiction genre is boiled down to a singular question. This is quite an inspiration for young readers and children who are fond of fictional characters.

Books generally end up shaping our lives as they widen horizons, provide a sense of belonging and influence our thought process and end up helping us to understand the world in a better way.