Books we read when we are young can stay with us for a lifetime. The books we read as teenagers have the potential to shape the kind of adult we become and therefore, here are 7 books that every teenage guy should read.

Books That Every Teenage Guy Should Read
Books That Every Teenage Guy Should Read

Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the classic American novels written by Mark Twain. It is one of those books that every teenage guy should read. The book is coming-of-age story set in the pre-Civil-War in Mississippi. The story is told through the eyes of a 14-year-old Huck Finn. The story follows Huckleberry Finn as he escapes his abusive father by taking off on a raft down the Mississippi River. Huckleberry Finn is soon joined by Jim on the journey, who is an escaped slave. Together they both set off on an adventure that is full of close calls and interesting characters. The book has wit, action, fun, and an undercurrent of serious themes. Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is for both young and old. The book also talks about the chaotic issues of personal identity that every teenager has to face.

The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger is a classic novel about teenage angst and rebellion. The book narrated by an a sixteen year old, native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Due to circumstances Holden leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. Holden is simple but simultaneously complex. He is a desperately lonely young man who is broken to the core because of the tragic, traumatic death of his younger brother.  Holden’s struggle with angst that comes from trying to discover how to belong, to be known, and to be loved is the story of every adolescent.

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is about Christopher McCandless a young man who hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. After graduating from college in 1991, McCandless roamed through the West and Southwest on a dream quest like his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned most of his possessions and his car, removed its license plate, burned all the cash in his wallet and gave all his savings to charity.

McCandless invented a new life for himself and gave himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp. As he was free of financial liability and belongings, McCandless indulged himself in the raw, unfiltered experiences presented by nature. Four months after his dream quest to Alaska, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. Christopher McCandless left behind his desperate parents and sister, and he vanished into the wild. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is an unforgettable story of Christopher McCandless’s journey.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Outsiders by S. E Hinton is a story about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The Outsiders tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Ponyboy believes that there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc which is short for “social” is someone who has money, can get away with anything, and has an attitude that is longer than a limousine. On the other hand, a greaser is someone who always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back.

Ponyboy is a greaser, he has always been proud of it. He is even willing to fight against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers that is, until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, his bifurcated world crumbles and he learns that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. The Outsiders by S. E Hinton captures the angst, alienation, emotion, and immediacy of adolescence. It is also considered among books that every teenage guy should read.

The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding  

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding is a remarkable story of the end of innocence and the darkness of man’s heart. The novel begins at the dawn of the next world war, as a plane crashes on an unknown island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, they celebrate their freedom as they are far from civilization and the boys can do anything they want.

They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. So as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night and as terror starts its reign, the hope of adventure appears as far from reality as well the hope of being rescued. The boys fear the attack of a beast, however, it is their inner beasts that cause their destruction. The Lord of the Flies tells readers why humans form civilizations and why civilizations crumble.

The Call Of The Wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild by Jack London is regarded as masterpiece. The book is based on the author’s experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence. The Call of the Wild is a story about an unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike. The story follows the lives of dogs in the Alaskan Klondike. In this book the dogs, like men, must fight to survive and to lead, in a world that is often unkind. This Book is also one of the books that every teenage guy should read.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens is the story of a young man’s adventures and his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his career as a successful novelist. The novel has vivid characters that David encounters, such as his oppressive stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately undeserving school-friend James Steerforth; his intimidating aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the forever humble, yet disloyal Uriah Heep; frivolous Dora Spenlow; and the magnificently impoverished Wilkins Micawber. Dickens wrote most of it based on his own experiences. He has created one of the most lively and enduring works. The novel is filled with tragedy and comedy.

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