Books That Teens Can't Put Down
Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls, is a very moving memoir. It is a detailed account of the tumultuous childhood of Ms. Walls. Her and her family, led by her vagabond father, spend years traversing the country and getting involved in various misadventures. Not for the faint of heart.
If you are having trouble getting your male teenager to read, try Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. This book details what fast food does to our bodies. So many teenagers eat McDonald's, Burger King, etc. Are any of teens (or adults?) aware of what that food does to us? Reading this insightful book just may make teens think twice about eating fast food.
My all-time favorite book is Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (the extremely reclusive author recently died). Holden Caulfield, the main character, believes most people are phonies. The book follows his adventures as he drops out of school to spend a few weeks in New York City visiting nightclubs and prostitutes, among other things. The reason I love this book so much is because it is funny and heartbreaking at the same time.
Pat Conroy's The Great Santini is another amazing book. This fictional book is based on Conroy's upbringing with a military dad who was as strict as they come. This may be a great pick for teens who have interest in joining the military or who are growing up in a military family. It is a good lesson on how not to parent.