Mar 15

Favourite Teen Reads

I’ve just finished reading Meredith Costain’s A Year in Girl Hell #1: Crushed, the first in a four book series of novels for 10 – 14 year old girls. a_year_in_girl_hell_1_crushed_large

The book is about three friends starting high school together dealing with the typical problems – finding themselves in different classes, making new friends, trying to work out if the cute guy has noticed them, trying to find a hole to crawl into because the cute guy noticed them when they were doing something really dorky, trying to be part of the popular crowd.

It was a fun read and I’m sure it will appeal to girls at the end of primary school or early high school.

It got me thinking about what books I was reading when I was that age. I seem to recall far too many Sweet Valley High books, some teen romances (Loveswept?), and the discovery of David Eddings and the Belgariad series, which I still love. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams was balanced out by my first Shakespeare (The Comedy of Errors) and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

Anyone else remember what they were reading when they were 11 – 12?

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1 comment

  1. Meredith

    Ah the joy that was Sweet Valley High and teen romances. I recall my dad, despairing that I would ever read good literature again, got me to replace one teen romance with an Agatha Christie and a new obsession was born!

    While I roll my eyes at the Twilight/vampire fiction trend at the moment, I have to remind myself that when we were 14 or so, it was all about the Virginia Andrews Flowers in the Attic series. Incest or vampires? Hmmmm. I seem to have turned out OK. (Shut it, Susan!)

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