Nothing standing out in the best seller list for you these days? Does the Hot & New section at the bookstore look kind of dull?
Then I suggest you step in your own Tardis and revisit your teen favorites from long—or in my case, long, long ago.
1. Forever by Judy Blume
Holy crap! A book with sex scenes. I remember being totally blown away by Michael and Kathy's relationship and was devastated with Kathy's choice. Now, of course I'm digging the ending like a grave yard worker on a double shift.
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Guy Montag's world scared the bee-Jesus out of me and was completely depressing. I recently discovered it makes a great companion to a pumpkin spice latte.
3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A perfectly creepy read ruined by homework questions like: Who was your favorite character and why? This time around I found reading without a looming book report was so much more enjoyable. For the record, my favorite character was Simon because he seemed like good boyfriend material. I didn't write that, but that's the truth.
4. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
This book felt mysterious and sacred when I read it as a teenager. But now that I have children, I wasn't surprised my focus went from Anne to her parents, especially her father who ends up being the only survivor. How he must have felt reading her words, knowing he'd never hear her voice again.
5. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Yes, we're all still a bunch of phonies. Poor Holden. I totally get him now.
6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Plucky orphan + red hair + nemesis that grows into love interest = epic read
7. Nancy Drew by a bunch of writers who went by the name of Carolyn Keene
Any book from the original series. I can't say enough about a girl who wears white gloves and knows how to change a tire on her blue convertible. And don't forget the wonderful sweets by Hannah.
8. Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan
Lois breaks all the rules for YA. Both parents are alive, the protagonist already has a great boyfriend and none of her friends are into 80's music or fashion designers. She creates tension the old fashioned way, by throwing the main character into a completely unnatural situation and watching her squirm. It's a psychological thriller at its best!
This is the cover I remember staying up late with too scared to sleep.
9. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
No explanation is needed. Just go read it again. Then watch the movie because of Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze.
10. The Mixed Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Two precocious runaways secretly living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Sign me up! Great book to read aloud to your kids, too.
What are some of your old time favorites?