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Girl aged 13 looking for good teenage fiction

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Initial post: 27 May 2010, 19:09:53 BST
B. Morris says:
I am 13 and need some new books to read.
i am interested in all sorts of books (including things like celebrity autobiography's ect.)
i quite like books with deep romance and heart ache or books that are to do with issues that are relevant to teenage girls.

Posted on 27 May 2010, 20:56:30 BST
Last edited by the author on 20 Jul 2011, 17:00:49 BST
V. M. Wells says:
Hi, B Morris.

Perhaps you'd consider my book; "The Killer's Daughter" by Vivian Oldaker published by Andersen Press.
The Killer's Daughter
It's available through Amazon and there's a brief description of it in the product info section. It's basically a murder mystery laced with humour and romance.
If you decide to get it, really hope you like it!

Thanks, Viv.

Posted on 28 May 2010, 19:13:28 BST
It very much depends on what type of romantic teen fiction you enjoy. I'm 14 and will read absolutely anything I can get my hands on. Here's a list of good books with teen romance:

Eva Ibbotson writes a good love story. Most have a historical influence but don't be put off. I particularly enjoyed The Secret Countess but she's done loads.

Meg Rosoff has done loads as well. I haven't actually read them myself but she gets rave reviews from the girls at my school. Most famous is How I Live Now but have a look out for The Bride's Farewell

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen - Set in New York 1899. Scandalous love, ballgowns and gossip. Highly recommend checking them out.

Stolen by Lucy Cristopher - not strictly a romance book, about a girl who is kidnapped by a young man and doesn't know wether to love or hate him (good angst here!). It's written in the second person (you) and it's really thought provoking.

There's loads out there, you've just got to look! If you find a book you like Amazon will suggest similar products, that's how several of my most coveted series were discovered.

Hope this helps.


Posted on 28 May 2010, 19:24:26 BST
you can try a long way to fall by zahid zaman an dyou can read it free at zahidzamansbooks.com, u will like it i hope

Posted on 29 May 2010, 12:50:36 BST
if you like a little romance with your adventure, try the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, about a world where teenagers are 'ugly' until they are 16 when everyone has a mandatory plastic surgery so that everyone becomes pretty! oh! and there's the Hunger Games - it really is the coollest book - with teens fighting to the death in a futuristic gladiatorial arena - except the heroine has feelings for the boy she should destroy. There's also the fairy tale like The Goose Girl, really beautiful writing, hard to put down, for girls who are too old for fairy tales but not too old for magic.

Hope you enjoy them!

Candy Gourlay
Author of TALL STORY (no romance unfortunately but bittersweet comedy)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2010, 17:41:28 BST
Alanna D says:
Try the Sweep book series by Cate Tiernan. The story is really interesting and there's some really good teenage romance!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2010, 20:09:10 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2010, 15:10:31 BST
LEP says:
Try Mary Stewart, This Rough Magic, My Brother Micheal, Airs above the Ground and many more. Good books.

Then there's Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr (pen names of historical writer Jean Plaidy) - good books.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2010, 15:28:26 BST
LEP says:
The Luxe - Anna Godbersen
Love it - Kristen Tracy
Just Listen, plus other books - Sarah Dessen
The A List - Zoey Dean
The Last Summer - Ann Brasharen
I'll be seeing you - Lurlene McDaniel
Meg Cabot
Tamora Pierce
Liz Rettig
Phyllis R Naylor
Zoey Dean
SaraH Manning
Stephanie Meyer
Ann Brashes
Frewin Jones
Hailey Abbot
Randi Reisfelds

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2010, 22:54:46 BST
LEP says:
Obsessing Orlando - Kassy Taylor
Who Needs Boys? - Stephie Davis
Beaner O'Brian's Absolutely Gnormous Guidebook to Guys - Naomi Nash
When Eagles Fall - Mary Casanova

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2010, 13:45:26 BST
Book Reader says:
K.M. Peyton - Some of her books are for younger children but many are for teens.
Celia Rees
A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
So Super Starry - Rose Wilkins
The Luxe - Anna Godbersen

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2010, 17:00:22 BST
LEP says:
Try Daphne Du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek - adventure and romance, innocent enough for a 13 year old).

Also Georgette Heyer's wonderful Regency romances. Witty and fun, full of period details and formal Regency language (which you'll easily get into). Very similar to Austin's Pride and Prejudice only funnier and a lot of the girl's in them are very young e.g. Horatia is 16. Most gently bred young ladies and the ton (aristocracy) had their coming out Season (debutante) at 18, and were expected to marry and often the men were somewhat older e.g. late twenties/thirties. However, girls could be married younger, it was quite acceptable. Try the Grand Sophie for starters, but all her books are good. The funny scenes are usually created by dogs or younger brothers. I read them all in my teens and am now re-reading them.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2010, 13:39:08 BST
LEP says:
This is YA, it came up on my recommendations list and the story blurb looks good.

The Red Necklace - Sally Gardner

Posted on 7 Jun 2010, 14:43:41 BST
JD says:
I can recommend (and echo someone above) with Sarah Dessen, a very good teen author who's stories are a little deeper than the norm.

Susane Colasanti (When it Happens, Take Me There)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (soon to be made into a film)
Alyson Noel (Immortals series, Saving Zoe)
The Book of Luke, by Jenny O'Connell
Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

If you want something a little more gripping and tense, may I recommend Tabitha Suzuma and 'Without Looking Back' or 'From Where I Stand'. She also has others (A note of madness, A voice in the distance, and Forbidden) though they are aimed more at 15/16 year olds!

Posted on 7 Jun 2010, 20:10:56 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2010, 20:11:45 BST
M. Scrivens says:
I Love Reading And Some Of My Favourite Teen Books Are:
Mates Dates Series - Cathy Hopkins
Confessions Of Georgia Nicolson - Louise Rennison
Diary Of A Snob/Diary Of A Chav - Grace Dent
Lady Grace Mysterys - Grace Cavendish
The Twilight Saga - Stephenie Meyer

Most Of Those Are Series So THey Have Quite A Lot Of Books Altogether :) Kept Me Happy For AGES!

Posted on 12 Jun 2010, 05:38:56 BST
Hey I'm 14 and I love reading. I also like books with deep romance and heartache. I see someone has already recomended Stolen by Lucy Christopher and I would also highly recomend it. It is one of the best books I have ever read and if you're looking for heartache this is definitely the book for you, trust me, it will have you crying your eyes out.
some good romances are Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and The Hollow by Jessica Verday both are very romantic and also have supernatural elements if you are interested in those kinds of books.
Where the Mermaids Sing by Brian Keaney is very moving and tackles some issues that are relevant to teenage girls such as friendship, boyfriends, jealousy, drugs and death.
Other good writers for teens are Sophie Mckenzie, Sarah Dessen, Sarah Manning and Claire Hennessy.
Tim Bowler is also good if you are looking for something different, his books are mainly thrillers but some have elements of romance too.
Hope this helps :)

Posted on 12 Jun 2010, 22:49:59 BST
Bookworm says:
I'd like to recommend a very interesting book by Gemma Malley called "The Declaration". This is the first book in a series and whilst it does have a "boy meets girl" storyline to it, it is also a very thought provoking story.

Posted on 13 Jun 2010, 03:43:23 BST
I capture the castle by Dodie Smith
13 is the perfect age.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2010, 08:18:20 BST
Raven says:
If you want a fantasy book that deals with things about love,death and problems encountered when growing up, but like an other world outlook, then you could try The Elf-witch Chronicles by Helen Cardwell.It has a strong female lead and though it starts out quite light hearted but grows darker as the story progresses, and, unlike some fantasy books, it shows that life is often far from easy or perfect. From what I've heard the fourth instalment is even darker, so keep a look out for its release. The first three parts come in one volume.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2010, 08:56:04 BST
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2010, 08:57:25 BST
I Capture The Castle is one of my all time favourites - my elder daughter read it about 2 years ago when she was 13 and I was so relieved when she loved it.

I also second the recommendation of The Red Necklace - Sally Gardner - my younger daughter is 12 and this is one of her very favourite books. There's another one called "I, Coriander" but she found that a bit difficult to read - maybe she was too young at the time.

Elder daughter loved all the early Jilly Coopers - Harriet, Octavia, etc - they aren't deep but they are good page-turners and Harriet in particular has plenty of heartache (followed by the trademark happy ending).

Posted on 13 Jun 2010, 14:50:00 BST
i will second (or third!) meg rosoff's how i live now and dodie smith's i capture the castle!

LEP mentioned Tamora Pierce, i loved her 'Alanna' series when i was your age (about a girl who switched places with her twin brother). Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson series are also a lot of fun - they start with Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.

Love, Shelley by Kate Saksena is quite a sweet book, it's a teenage girl's diary about her first boyfriend and other 'teenage girl issues'!

Philip Pullman's Northern Lights is the first in the His Dark Materials trilogy which is amazing! (i don't want to spoil it but there is possibly my favourite romance later on in the series...)

Posted on 13 Jun 2010, 23:27:15 BST
bookworm says:
How about the Jacqueline Wilson books for older girls? My daughter who's 21 still hangs on to the last 4 or 5 she has and says they are 'comfort reading' like old friends. She also got into Maeve Binchy books when she was in her teens - try Tara Road for starters. Then there's the Point Romance series, aimed at teenagers.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2010, 13:52:06 BST
You might like my latest book KOH TABU (Forbidden Island) Think Lord of the Flies but with girls. Have a look at my website for my other novels, including BOWERBIRD - which is a book for all ages and won the Costa category award 2007. A movie of the story in in development.
Good luck with your search for good novels. When I was your age I was reading novels written for all ages, as there were no novels actually aimed at your age group. Have you read 'Jane Ayre'?
Best wishes,
Ann Kelley

Posted on 14 Jun 2010, 14:48:37 BST
Katie says:
Hi. You might like to try my book 'Family Secrets' by Gail Jones. It's the first in a trilogy and a real good read (so say readers, not just me lol)! It's about a girl who finds out she was adopted and for some reason her parents not only kept it a secret but also don't want her to search for her birth family. She is sure they are hiding something, but I can't tell you much more without giving away the plot twists.

Posted on 14 Jun 2010, 15:02:36 BST
Millie says:
Hi B!

Some of my favourtite books which I read when I was your age, and more recently (I'm only 22) are I Capture the Castle which is brilliant, Pride and Prejudice (and any other Jane Austen books really), Lian Hearn's trilogy set in Japan, books by Zoe Marriott, books by Carolyn Mackler which tend to be quite light-hearted but also moving and deal with teenage lives, and the Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison.

There's quite a mix there - hope that helps!
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