While teens are all unique individuals, most have one thing in common: they are social creatures. One of the best ways to foster a love of reading in young adults is to make it a group activity that allows for socialization (snacks help, too). Book clubs are a great opportunity for teens to make new friends and explore reading material they might not otherwise consider. To get teens coming back, you have to pick the right books, which can be a tricky task.
What makes a good book club book?
In selecting books to read with a group of teens, there are many important factors to consider. Try to avoid books commonly assigned for English and literature classes in school. It doesn’t hurt to check with teachers in your area to see what’s being read in class. Though I think it’s important to give teens a voice in choosing what the club reads, providing them with options helps the selection process. While books read for the purpose of being discussed can be entertaining and fun, they should also be thought-provoking. Likewise, selecting a book everyone will love can make for boring conversation.
What does provide for lively discussion are three-dimensional characters who must endure difficult circumstances. Though there’s no reason not to explore fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, or any genre with a teen book club, today I’m sharing some of my favorite contemporary young adult picks. These books about real-life teenagers dealing with the problems of growing up are sure to provide fuel for thought-provoking conversation.