Books Everyone Should Read Before Turning 20

Every parent desires to cultivate the habit of reading in their child because of the obvious advantages it comes with. Reading is one of the best habits as it helps a lot in an individual’s personal growth and intellectual development. Among the countless benefits of reading, the most important ones are that it helps to improve vocabulary and to boost memory.  As we all know, the teenage phase is a very difficult and sensitive phase of life. Teenagers get to know the bitter realities of life, lose friends, get betrayed, and fail even after many attempts.  Thus these teenagers, to deal with the problems of life, must be equipped enough with their intellectual growth partners like books. Before turning 20 everyone should read the books with amazing message, the message that will help them to fight with certain things at any phase of life, and the message that they will remember throughout their life:

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark for a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one”

The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye

The catcher in the rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger. It was published in 1954, and till date millions of copies are published. The novel is translated in many languages. It is one of the favorite novels of teenagers.  The story of the novel revolves around a teenager boy, named Holden Caulfield after he had been expelled from the school.  All teenagers should read this book because, to some extent, they can relate to the character as they struggle between their uncovering maturity and teenage depression. The novel revolves around the concepts of innocence, mortality, loneliness, sadness, and other such things that teenagers usually face.

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

“Things are never as bad as they seem.”

To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird

This piece of American literature written by Harper lee won the Pulitzer prize. The novel was published in 1960 and is one of the successful novels. The characters of the novel are based on the family and neighbors of the author. When the author was about ten years old an event that occurred near her hometown made her write this novel. The novel deals with the shameful reality of our society that is “rape”. It is a must-read book for teenagers that is widely taught at the high schools. The main message of the book is that one should respect the elders, it’s okay not to act like the other peeps of your gender, and it also teaches you the proper way to handle clashes.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had”

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby

This novel is considered as the master piece of Jazz-age American literature written by the very famous author F.Scott Fitzgerald. The novel was ignored at first but then after the death of the author it became extremely popular.  The theme of the novel revolves around the group of trendsetters living on two different sides of the island. The characters involved include the narrator Nick Carraway, his far-flung cousin and her husband, and the neighbor Gatsby. All the characters except the narrator are extremely rich.  The message to be extracted by the teenagers from the novel is that it shows that people are different in private and public life, and it tells that money cannot buy all the happiness. Overall it is a good book for adolescents.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice

This novel is a tale of vintage age romance written by the very famous writer Jane Austen in 1813. The plot revolves between the pride and prejudice of its main characters named Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Before stepping into adulthood, one must have knowledge about the content that is specified in the novel. Some things that the young people can learn from this novel include love, reputation, class, family, and honesty.   

The Moonlight Dreamers – Siobhan Curham

“Why in the world where there is love, would you ever choose hate?”

The Moonlight Dreamers
The Moonlight Dreamers

The moonlight dreamers is a must read books for teenage girls. It is a very inspirational book by the very talented, yet underrated novelist, Siobhan Curham. The book is about four different girls of age around 16-17 named Amber, Mali, Sky, and Rose. All of them are very different but one thing that is common in all of them is that they love to dream. When they all found each other, their lives changed entirely in a good way. This book is best for the girls who are willing to do many things in their life but lack support, courage or confidence.  

Beloved – Toni Morrison

“Something that is loved is never lost.”

Beloved
Beloved

The book was published in 1987. The author of the book is Toni Morrison. It is a book of magical realism. The character of the story is Margaret Garner, an American African slave who escaped the captivity by crossing the Ohio River. The degradation of slavery particularly the African’s i.e. racism, Mother’s love, annihilation of identities, and the importance of home that is reflected in this novel must be known by the teenagers. Even if you have not read this book in your teenage years, make sure to read it at least once in your life.

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

“I lie to myself all the time but I never believe me.”

The Outsiders
The Outsiders

The novel is written by S.E. Hinton when she was only 16 years old. The book was published in 1967. The book serves to fill the gap between the rich and the poor. Not only has the theme of the book but the writer herself inspired the teenagers. Many teenagers after reading this book thought of writing a novel just like S.E. Hinton.

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

“You can’t stop the future, you can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret….is to press play.”

Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why

The writer of the novel is Jay Asher, the book was published in 2007. The story is based on the life of a young girl. She faced betrayal, bullying, and a very strange end (which we will not reveal). The novel includes thirteen reasons regarding something (which we not also not reveal) that the girl recorded in her audio diary and mailed to a friend.  

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