As a young teen, I was into authors like Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, and the Babysitter’s Club Series by Ann M. Martin, not to mention the Sweet Valley High series. I’ve always been a big reader, but it was during English classes and book reports in my late teens that I really learned the value of a good book. For the record, I’m only not including Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews because I’m totally ashamed of myself -- but otherwise, here you go!
1. The Catcher in the Rye
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J.D. Salinger’s tour de force is pretty much a must-read for the majority of teenagers, I think. I read it because it was the cool thing to do but fell in love with Holden Caufield because, at the time, he was like my ideal guy. He reminded me of my best friend Aaron and caused me to go through ninth and part of tenth grade pointing out all the phonies in my school. Good times, good times.