As someone who is a big fan of Young Adult books, it often strikes me just how different books aimed at teenagers today are from those that I used to read, love and devour back in the early 00’s.
However, that’s not to say that the teenage reads from ten years ago are any less brilliant than those that adorn our library shelves today. In fact, looking back on some of the books I read during my awkward braces-and-glasses teenage years has made me want to have a duvet day and re-discover them all over again.
Goosebumps by R.L Stine
I probably started reading these long before I should have and I’m going to fully hold my hands up and admit that the covers gave me nightmares, but I LOVED the Goosebumps books by R.L Stine. These stories have definitely stood the test of time and they are pretty much all still available to borrow on our library catalogue now (but with updated, EVEN SPOOKIER covers *shudder*)
Ally’s World by Karen McCombie
Ally’s world remains one of my all-time favourite series of books even today. I was convinced throughout my teenage years that I was secretly disaster-prone Ally Love (I think it was the fringe…) and that these books were actually written about me. These books made me laugh, they made me cry, and they also made me feel so much better about my life, so thank you Karen McCombie. I highly recommend this feel-good funny series of books – just make sure you start at the beginning with The Past, The Present and The Loud, Loud Girl.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I was completely obsessed with Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries throughout my teenage years. I loved Mia, I loved Fat Louie, I loved Lilly, and I just loved everything about these wonderfully funny books. Again, I probably harboured a secret fantasy that I was Mia and one day I would be revealed as a real life Princess…In truth the only thing we had in common was our difficulty understanding Algebra.
Show me a teenage girl who hasn’t read a book in the Georgia Nicholson series…The first time I borrowed this book from the library I went to great lengths to ensure my mum didn’t see the title (I was twelve at the time). I remember really getting into these in my later teenage years and laughing my socks off. They were brilliant and I instantly became an adoring fan of Georgia. Here was a girl who shared my way of thinking (except for the whole talking in French part, I never did take French…) I loved reading Georgia’s diaries and her tales of humour, embarrassment and general craziness always appealed to me.
I remember being somewhat of a Jacqueline Wilson addict when I was younger. I started off by reading her books aimed at younger readers (I was a big fan of Double Act and Bad Girls, on particular) then moved on to her teenage books, such as Lola Rose and Love Lessons. However, I think my favourites were probably the Girls in Love series. The stories follow three friends, Ellie, Nadine and Madga and they were not only gripping, funny and immensely readable, but they were hugely realistic to me as well. As a thirteen year old it felt as though Jacqueline Wilson had got inside my head and turned some of my inner most thoughts and concerns into a story, which was played out amongst three characters who were great fun to read about. I loved these stories and remember constantly re-reading them during my school years. I may even have to go and give them a sneaky re-read despite being in my late twenties (shhh…)