The Writes of Passage list features books to help “shape and inspire” teenagers, and give them the empathic tools and words to handle some of the challenges of adolescence. They’ve been voted for by 7,000 people across the UK.
The complete list of 50 features books to “help you understand you”, “change the way you think” and “make you cry”, as well as thrill, transport and scare you. It featiures writers who are quite grown-up, including Emily Brontë, Anthony Burgess, F Scott Fitzgerald and Alice Walker.
The top 10 includes another Brontë (Charlotte), Harper Lee and George Orwell, plus current young-adult stalwarts such as Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and John Green. There’s a broad mixture of genre and theme – from JRR Tolkien’s high-fantasy elves and orcs to the poignant contemporary realism of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. There’s also dystopia, classic and contemporary – 1984 and The Hunger Games – and plenty of heartbreak, whether in The Diary of a Young Girl, To Kill a Mockingbird or Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.
The top 10 is also has books that have been made into films: all but one have already made it to the big screen, or are shortly to do so, — bestsellers made into film acquire more readers from people who see the film first. Even James Bowen’s A Streetcat Named Bob, perhaps the most surprising top 10 inclusion, might also make it to a film. It’s been on the bestseller lists for ages, and James Bowen’s agent has been in talks about a possible adaptation. The story of Bob, the cat who helped straighten out the homeless busker he adopted, is one of the more recently published books on the list as it was only released in 2012. ‘Bowen’s clear, unsensational account of becoming slowly visible again after homelessness erased him from most people’s view packs serious claws beneath the fluffy fur’.
JK Rowling is also in this top 10 for teens, but Harry Potter books are perhaps for slightly younger ones; but they do get darker throughout the series as Harry and all grow up. They’ve also drawn in millions of readers of all ages- books are for everyone. Questions like standing up to authority, challenging social norms and sacrificing everything for an ideal are all notions that resonate with. younger readers. Altogether these titles have been rated 5 star over 200 times
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins –
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen –
- The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë