Books for Disaffected Youths

A Listmania! list by Amazon Customer "...." (Dorset, England)
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
1.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The list author says:
  "Start  with a nice one to lead us into the nihilism/existentialism. One of my favourite books: is, quite simply, "lovely". Ideal for a whimsical teen."
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The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics)
2.  The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics) by Albert Camus
The list author says:
  "Onto the rejection of/from society stuff now. J'adore Camus. Does the protag have a soul? Does it matter? What is living if death is inevitable? A lot is in these 118 pages. The sort of book I love."
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On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.  On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jack Kerouac
The list author says:
  "Here we go... I love the beats. I can't help it. I think it's an obligatory youth thing. The plus 30s just don't understand... Now let us follow Dean Moriarty to Frisco."
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The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
4.  The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) by Franz Kafka
The list author says:
  "Kafka is a staple for us faux-intellectual adolescents. Prominent themes being rejection from society (everyone's against you as a teenager) due to things beyond your control: turning into an insect."
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Less Than Zero
5.  Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
The list author says:
  "Onto full disaffection now. Too much cocaine+ too much money + too much sunshine = disillusioned youngsters who subconciously yearn for the simpler times. B.E.E: simulatneously satirical and sad."
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Harper Perennial Modern Classics
6.  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Harper Perennial Modern Classics by Hunter S. Thompson
The list author says:
  "Complusory reading for all aged 15-25. Basically plotless: but who needs plot when you have a suitcase full of narcotics? Hilarious and disturbing, with occasional philosophical musings. Occasionally."
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Harper Perennial Modern Classics - Naked Lunch: The Restored Text
7.  Harper Perennial Modern Classics - Naked Lunch: The Restored Text by William Burroughs
The list author says:
  "Right. Well. Yes. Burroughs, fondly regarded as the "creepy uncle" of the Beats, goes all out with this abstract novel. Disgusting: yes. Insightful: I would say so. A thought provoking "Experience""
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Modern Classics)
8.  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Modern Classics) by Joyce James
The list author says:
  "Go on: Reject Catholicism! Awaken Sexually! Write poetry! This is the most literary Coming-Of-Age story there is... it's "well good." High-brow teen angst & discussions on religion & art... excellent"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

Norwegian Wood
9.  Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
The list author says:
  "Murakami: titan of today's disaffected with more literary leanings. This is perhaps his most accessible, but still my favourite. All about the choice between the old and new... growing up, basically.."
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The Virgin Suicides
10.  The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The list author says:
  "Lucid memories, hazy nostalgia, fixations on the beauty of youth gone by... or dead. Love it. Embodies the pains of adolescence, but in an unconventional way."
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Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics)
11.  Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jean-Paul Sartre
The list author says:
  "Oh that intellectual angst. It really does get to you. This is probably my all time favourite book, just because there are so many "I know exactly what you're talking about" moments."
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Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
12.  Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut
The list author says:
  "Not especially teenage - but should be read purely for the Tralfamadorians. I suppose he was young when he went to war..."
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A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics)
13.  A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics) by Anthony Burgess
The list author says:
  "Teen rebellion. It can get out of control sometimes, can't it? In which case reform is necessary - but is reform that takes away choice still reform? Who can say? Let's discuss it."
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The Bell Jar
14.  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The list author says:
  "Sylvia Plath appeals to the young. The direct, sharpness of her poetry resonates with them, and this book is another to be thoroughly identified with, but  perhaps minus the suicide attempts."
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The Catcher in the Rye
15.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "Really, it's the ultimate. Holden Caulfield will always be the poster boy for teenage disaffection. Swap "phonies" for "mainstreamers" and he could be a 21st century alt youth."
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