So if you missed it I did a post of my Childhood Faves check it if you haven’t already.
I’ve decided to keep the theme going and list some Teenage books that really got me through the awkwardness of puberty and the chaoticness that is highschool. My birthday is this month so it seems appropriate to go through my cringe worthy self and also books that helped me through rough patches.
I’ve always loved to read, my Mum breathes books so it was just a matter of time before I did as well. I’m so grateful to my Mum, she never restricted my reading in fact she encouraged me to read what ever I liked, smut included. She knew my maturity and trusted my picks. I don’t think I would have loved reading as much as I did if I was ever censored and don’t believe in censoring books, if you do that’s fine but I was reading sex scenes and gore at the wee age of 13 and I didn’t turn out too bad in my opinion.
The first book I’m going to start with is the Author I owe it all to and that’s Virginia Andrews. I moved schools at 13 (year 8 for all the Aussies) I was being bullied and felt like the teachers weren’t on my side so I switched school and it was the best call I ever made, bullying will happen everywhere but I’m glad I got out of the toxic environment. When I was at my saddest I would pick up Heaven or Flowers in the Attic and just be transported into the story.
This books are like trashy magazines ; you know there not that well written or even informative but man are they addictive. I’ve reread the Heaven series more times than I can remember and I’m grateful for reading being my chosen escape from reality. Also I cried like a baby at the end of both of these series.
Chances is still a book I recommend people, when Jackie Collins sadly passed away me and my mum called each other at the same time. Lucky was the first female character I read that owned herself, she was tough and a lady boss, she wasn’t ashamed of her self and had no filter. Lucky is one of my fave female characters and started my love for kickass proud woman who takes no shit from anyone.
Books that pulled at my heart string and impacted who I was. There’s always those books that have the power to change/shape you these were mine:
The Green Mile – Mainly for tearing my heart out but also for igniting love for Stephen Kings books even more.
Go Ask Alice I read at 12ish and believed it was a true story I adored it at the time and it was the first book I really read about drugs from, I understand now that it’s full of inaccuracies but at the time I loved it.
Another book series I owe a lot to is Twilight, seriously this series was my everything and I was team Jacob(fight me Edward lovers)
People that say Twilight is crap and isn’t for them that’s fine, that’s your opinion but people who put Twilight down and say it shouldn’t have sold as many copies and teens shouldn’t read it blah blah.. No, fuck that noise Twilight sparked 1000’s of teens interest in reading and helped shape young adult books into what they are. It’s all good to hate on the cringefest that is Twilight and sparkly Vampires but recognise the amazing impact it made on the reading and young adult community.
I have a million more books that I feel shaped my reading tastes Karen Rose and her detective thrillers, Stephen King and him being the King of horror, plays like Hamlet, Antigone, and The Importance of being Ernest that piped my interest in different story formats. My teenage years we’re full of cheesy reads and important reads, mixed all together to create the weirdness that is myself and my bookshelf.