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21 Great Books For 16 Year Old Girls

This article showcases our top picks for the Books For 16 Year Old Girls. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Doing This ONE Thing Will Change Your Life Forever! by Jacqui Olliver

This product was recommended by Jacqui Olliver from End The Problem

Her father’s suicide seemed to be a morbid ending to Jacqui Olliver’s teenage years of isolation, loneliness and not feeling wanted. Like many other experts, her life started out as a troubled teenager, working through the mental contamination associated with sexual abuse, low self-esteem, social anxiety, and depression. Emotional and intimacy issues which contaminate relationships are solved in this book along with a proven strategy for enhancing all aspects of personal connection. These insightful answers can transform an adult or teen from feeling frustrated, insecure and isolated into a happy, radiant and confident person.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

This product was recommended by Jennifer Schlette from KitchenSubstitute

This book is one of the most captivating and inspirational books I’ve ever read. It made me laugh out loud multiple times with its witty humor, but it also had moments where my heart would ache for Stargirl because she was dealing with so many hard things in her life – like not having any friends at school or family members who loved her (even though they were misinformed). There are some truly great lessons about courage along the way too! And if that’s not enough- there’s always mystery waiting around every corner from this amazing author!

Emma by Jane Austen

This product was recommended by Niamh Jordan from Which Watch Next

Emma is a classic by Jane Austen. And is a book every 16-year-old girl should read. It’s filled with fancy balls, matchmaking, and lots of romance. Set in early 19th century England. This book is from a very different time, yet the story is one that most girls can relate to. This book has inspired many modern-day movies, like the cult classic Clueless. After reading this classic you need to watch that movie. It’s probably one of the best remakes of it.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

This product was recommended by Sarah Walker from Dog Food Desire

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a good novel for 16-year-old girls, in my opinion. It promotes similar values to books geared toward teen girls, like young adult fiction novels with strong female protagonists. The protagonist Bilbo Baggins saves the Shire at considerable personal risk-this is an admirable quality in anyone you’re trying to raise. He has no real defense/weaponry other than his wits and his courage–both of which most sixteen-year-olds have very few tools with!

The Girl Who Stole J.E.B. Stuart by Paul Ferrante

This product was recommended by Paul Ferrante from PaulFerranteAuthor

Why every 16 year old girl should read this book?: This book has a strong female protagonist named Didi Diyoka, 17, who’s family relocates to South Carolina from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As excited as Didi is to spend her senior year of high school in the United States, she notices some very disturbing similarities between the two countries. Didi embarks on a journey that will include raising the awareness of diversity and inclusion to her new home town, while also teaching the reader some very important lessons in history.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

This product was recommended by Jamie Miller from The Perpetual Page-Turner

A totally delightful coming of age novel that captures the high school experience in all its ups and downs — prom, friendships, romance — and blends it with some incredibly important and timely topics. You’ll root for Liz’s climb to prom queen, as an outsider, to secure the scholarship money that crown comes with.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

Originally intended to be written for adults, Catcher in the Rye has been read by teens the world over, as they are able to relate to the main themes of the book, which centres around rebellion, and the angst of growing up. Holden Cauldfield – the main character in the book – has become a literary icon for the way he rejects adulthood. This book was one of the most censored in US history due to some of the vulgar language and adult themes that Salinger uses but is still bought in the millions today. An essential read for older teens.

The House on Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

This book is a classic for a reason. It is told in a succession of smaller, more in-depth, and detailed chapters, which may be a new approach for young readers. In this 110-page book, the main character, a young Latina girl in Chicago, is coming of age and, like your own adolescent, determines who and what she will become. This is a title that your child will want to read more than once since it is relatable and engaging.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

This 2013 book by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yousafzai (who was targeted by the Taliban for her outspokenness about the significance of girls’ education) is incredibly inspirational and should be mandatory reading for any young person as a first-person account of how, with passion and dedication, anybody can change the world.

The Ins and Outs of My Vagina by Karin Freeland

This product was recommended by Karin Freeland from The Ins and Outs of My Vagina

Talking about your vagina can be pretty embarrassing as a teen. In Freeland’s comedic memoir, young girls will get a glimpse at what’s to come for them and their lady parts or commiserate about shared experiences they’ve already had. From puberty and periods to sex and urinary tract infections, nothing is too taboo. The sooner young women get to know their body, the sooner they will have a healthy relationship with it.

The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas

This product was recommended by Nikita Verma from PurpleCrest Management Consulting

The Hate U Give is the antidote. It’s a riveting story about a 16-year-old African American girl, Starr, who is caught between two worlds in her predominantly black neighborhood and her predominantly white prep school and witnesses the shooting of her friend. One of my issues with reading adult books as a teenager was the books being too slow. They didn’t feel urgent. But, I found this book to be one of the most important, timely, well-plotted, and well-paced books I’ve ever read. The story is told through the eyes of a schoolgirl who is trying to determine where she stands in her priorities and whether she wants to fit in or not. Between the constant struggle of being correct and being herself, she finds her voice and teaches us the value of staying true to what’s important to us.

You have a match by Emma Lord

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

Emma Lord’s You Have a Match is exactly the kind of story we’ve come to anticipate from her. This family-focused YA Contemporary will fill you with optimism because it is light, uplifting, and entertaining. This novel is utterly charming. This narrative examines family relationships, including what makes someone a family member and the various forms of family structures. You will be engrossed in Lord’s writing from the first chapter. She writes in such a fluid, easy-to-understand style. It adds to the intrigue of her novels! This one has a lot of drama in it. Even if the main tone is light and fluffy, she manages to incorporate some essential issues into her stories.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

The novel Firekeeper’s Daughter is far more than a suspense or a mystery. The author’s passion for and devotion to her culture is etched into the book’s very heart, and it beats in time with each new story development. As Firekeeper’s Daughter forges a new route, producing a truly engrossing mystery that illuminates far more than the traditional whodunnit, this novel is highly recommended.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This product was recommended by Iryna from Foxoffers

This boy and girl have known each other since childhood and may still fall in love, but they have to become enemies… By a lot, they must participate in the terrible Hunger Games, where only one survives – the strongest. As long as at least some participants remain in the brutal quest, Kitniss and Pete can protect each other and fight together. But sooner or later one of them will have to sacrifice his life for the one he loves… Such is the law of The Hunger Games. A law that has never been broken before!

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This product was recommended by Sira Mas from The Truly Charming

How to win friends and influence people is a book everyone wishes they had read when they were younger. It’s the bible of relationships and social skills and it’s a great guide for a girl in her teens who is about to navigate the world. The advice provided in this masterpiece is timeless, and it helped countless people succeed in all areas of their lives.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

This product was recommended by Jeremy Golan from Brother Jeremy

This book connects fantasy to real life, drawing many moral lessons from the experiences of the protagonist. Luna is given a huge amount of magical power, initially unsure of how to wield it. It showcases a strong female lead, a relatable character, especially among teenage girls. The lessons have real application, learning to make positive choices and discern right from wrong.

Things-Before-Finish-High-School by Steven Jenkins

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

This book serves as the best gift for a 16-year old girl. It helps the teen to discover the creativity in her. It teaches beyond the academic books, and every page counts value in the life journey. You will find tips on how to create a podcast, perform beats like DJ, plan for road trips and many more to go. It drives your teen to enjoy and educate precisely beyond books. It gives you real-time experiences and helps them to explore the essence of life.

All The Blues Come Through by Metra Farrari

This product was recommended by Metra Farrari from MetraFarrari

Fans of YA dystopian and contemporary fantasy novels like Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Divergent and Twilight, will flip over the smart and playful writing in All The Blues Come Through by Metra Farrari. What more could you ask for in a holiday gift? It’s got escapism (Mediterranean island vibes in the dead of winter? Check!), lots of whimsy (the Olympians are real? Say what?), and MAJOR Greek hunks (Yes please!). Metra Farrari cleverly blends chick-lit with a dash of Greek mythology—the product a winning combination of smart-alecky wit, dreamy escapism, and a quirky yet lovable heroine.

What’s Wrong With Me? by Daree Allen

This product was recommended by Daree Allen Nieves from Kickin’ it with Daree

What’s Wrong With Me: A Girl’s Book of Lessons Learned, Inspiration and Advice book is a part-memoir and part self-help young adult guide to encourage teen girls and young women in various areas of life, in an easygoing, conversational style. The messages in this book educate and empower young women in every facet of their lives, showing girls and young women how to: ⦁ Discover their self-worth ⦁ Eat better, feel better, and look better (they all go together!) ⦁ Examine your relationships with friends, family, and the opposite sex ⦁ Dress with dignity ⦁ Use money wisely ⦁ Find their purpose ⦁ Have a personal relationship with God

Tall Willows by PC Feather

This product was recommended by Paula Cassini from PCFeather

Tall Willows is a gripping novel filled with suspense and romance. When the school district’s budget coordinator is shot and left to decay in the high school’s abandoned darkroom by an unknown female, the school and community are turned upside down. Unbeknownst to the murderess, the victim had placed a large manilla folder full of budget reports on a messy desk in the school’s main office. The budgets show someone has been embezzling money from the school district. Ruth Willows, the student who discovered the dead accountant, finds herself caught in the middle of a murder and a controversial romance. This unforgettable book is filled with twists and turns as Ruth navigates corruption, manages her tumultuous relationship, and the confronts identity of the murderess. As Ruth begins her senior year of high school, she realizes that the man she started in the Summer, is the not exactly who she thought he was. Throughout the book, Ruth is faced with unthinkable challenges. She also stumbles across a brutal murder and must do everything in her power to survive when the murderess realizes that she knows the truth. Despite facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Ruth finds a way to survive.

Odd Girl Out, Revised and Updated by Rachel Simmons

This product was recommended by Nikki Webster from Brit on the Move

Coming of age and going from a girl to a woman is a daunting time for any girl. There’s what your parents expect, what society expects, and then there’s your expectations and experiences. All girls are shaped early; many struggles to define their real identity. Many struggle to fit in as they explore life. Other girls’ attitudes to one another compound this. All raised early to compete in sports, love, academia – few raised to support and stand by another. This book examines and discusses the culture behind why girls are so ugly to other girls. It’s a must-read for young ladies to gain insight into what is, and it’s uplifting on what should be. It’s also been updated to include cyberbullying, which is a pro.

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