I know that for teens, reading can be hard to fit into our schedules. Whether you participate in sports, academics or arts, it can be hard to find time to look for a book and then actually read it. I know that last school year I found myself with only time to read A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Odyssey, which were good but not exactly my speed. For teens like me who have a tough time finding the right books, I will make it easy for you. Here is a list of books that, in my opinion, are worth checking out.
1. For teens who like the element of fantasy and a little romance, the book City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is worth looking into. The book is about young Clary Fray, who is at a teen club with a friend when she witnesses a murder. She tells her friend Simon and a bouncer, only to find that she was the only person that could see the killers, a group of teens headed by a mysterious and beautiful boy named Jace. After this night, Clary finds herself pulled into a mysterious world full of warlocks, fairies, demons and Shadowhunters during a time of war between a menacing force the Shadowhunters. Clary learns about herself, her mother, and gets closer to Jace, all while playing a pivotal role in the battle. City of Bones is also coming out as a movie in August 2013, and since I'm a fan of the book, you will definitely find me at the midnight premiere.
2. The next book I will suggest is for history buffs that like a side of adventure. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas is a classic that takes place in France during the French Revolution and the time of Napoleon. The protagonist, Edmond Dantes, is a merchant sailor on his way back to Marseille to marry his fiancé, Mercedes. He is met with obstacles when Fernand (Dantes' rival for Mercedes' affections) and Danglars (a jealous co-worker) plot to have him arrested. Dantes goes to prison for 14 years but escapes and vows revenge on those who took him away from Mercedes. The novel is a great classic that was to my liking quite a bit because of the historical accuracy as well as the adventure element Dumas wrote so well.
3. The last book I will suggest is one kind of like The Hunger Games. The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn is a book about a controlled society and a girl trying to get out. The book takes place in 2025 and people at age 17 get tattoos that give your name, age and blood type. Kayla Reed is the 17-year-old who starts suspecting the tattoos are not what they seem when her father commits suicide and her mother becomes an alcoholic. She runs away while being hunted by the leaders of her society and finds more people like her running away. This book has romance, suspense, and is good for the Hunger Games fan.