I did “Awesome books for teen girls” in October and got lists after lists of suggestions for girls. Let me just say… it wasn’t as easy for you boys. There was not as many lists out there. I really wanted to have a male perspective on the subject too, so it got drastically harder. I didn’t give up and here for you: 13 gems recommended by guys! There are sports, fantasy, mystery, real life and funny stories… a bit of everything, so assuredly something for you in there.

treasurehunterjamespatterson thebatboymikelupica ashfallmikemullin

  eragonchristopherpaolinilordoftheflieswilliamgolding

     wearetheshipkadirnelson

If you need more suggestions, here are some of the list I got inspiration from:

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/11/15/50-best-books-for-boys-and-young-men/ A list of older classics, great picks nonetheless.

https://happyhooligans.ca/best-books-for-boys-ages-8-16/

I know i’m not a guy myself, however I would like to add 2 books that thrilled me. They gave me the feeling it was more for a male audience.

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Bullying is a subject dear to my heart because I was bullied as a teen. I was fat, shy and read sci-fi books and a girl picked on me because of it. Then all her friends did the same. My first years of high school was HELL. I was being called names all the time. I couldn’t sit in any student area without girls ganging on me and making mean comments about my appearance. I ended up alone, hiding under a staircase to eat my lunch every day. My mom tried to cheer me up at home. It wasn’t enough however, to overcome the loneliness, the shame and the general unease I felt all day long.  At some point, I just cut myself from my emotions. It was like watching a bad movie everyday, but it stopped being painful. The drawback is that whatever could be fun stopped being felt at the same time. My life became a never ending ocean of grey.

After that, the girl that hated me the most lost interest in me. Did she mature? Did she felt guilty?  Or was it simply not fun anymore when I stopped reacting? I never known. Without her lead, everyone gradually stopped picking at me. I ended up with a group of misfit. From Grade 10, I slowly reclaimed my right to be. Then the ability to feel. Then I worked on developing social skills. Then… I had a great time in college! So, even if it’s hard, get a grip. It will get better.

Here are some book suggestions for you. More detailed and heart-breaking stories than mine. You also can scroll down directly at the end and get some really good websites about bullying, how to prevent it, how to help… how to make a difference!

 

http://www.prevnet.ca/

http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/

http://www.itgetsbetter.org  This one is designed for LGBTQ people.

Since you keep up until the end of that post, I’ll let you know something else. Me and my bully ended up going at the same college. She apologized to me after a weird unexpected meeting in a staircase. She felt bad about what she has done. I was looking down at her and she was looking up at me (we were in a staircase remember) and the only thing I told her on the moment was: “Well, it didn’t kill me”. I pondered that for a few weeks. I ended up understanding how loneliness, getting a grip on my feelings and reconstructing myself afterward actually made me a stronger better person.

I met her again at the library. I told her I forgave her. I told her I would not want to go through it again, but that I had to thank her for the person I became. I don’t know about her, but it made me feel free. That’s how I got closure. The End.

Hey you! Yes you, female bookworm, here are a few picks from “Books Every Teen Girl should read/have read” from  Goodreads. I’m sure you will find one appealing. If not, look at the full list. There is 200 more to choose from.

  

It was a scary, gory, smelly zomby… uh zombie. It carried a dreadful, awful, frightful pumpkin. And it EXPLODED. The end.

Isn’t it the best horror story ever written? No?! Well I tried.

It seems some author are way better at giving you shivers than I am. So here a some suggestions of frightening stories for this time of the year where the frontier between the worlds of the living and the dead blend together.

 

You may also get some great ideas for a Halloween Party on the Barnes&Noble Teen Blog!

Have a wondreadful Halloween guys !

 

Maybe you already figured this out, but the Teen Connection program schedule changed. From now on, it will be 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 PM. Hopefully it’s a best time frame for you and you will show up as a huge enthusiastic crowd.

 

 

Next event will be Spoopy Halloween Workshop ! 

Join us for a craft party revolving around Halloween. Snacks will be

provided. Create Halloween themed masterpieces!

Come! Eat! Have fun!

 

This is a must-read novel for anyone who has ever sat at the kid table . . . or is still sitting there!

Over the course of five family events Ingrid chronicles her generation’s attempt to grow up — from the laugh-out-loud dysfunctional moments to the more serious situations.

Ingrid lack of empathy and questionable morality lead her to make twisted choices. She is not the only one to struggle throught this year though: extended family members will deal with anorexia, identity crisis, alcoholism, ect.

The  episodic structure serves as a metaphor for the  family: a whole made of several disparate parts with some unanswered questions.

The book is a bit confusing because of numerous characters, however the family tree at the beginning helps to keep track of everyone.

“Snow White”, “Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, “Hansel and Gretel”… does it ring a bell? I knew it! They entertained you as a kid so often, how could you forget! These stories are likely ingrained deeply in your brain, more efficiently than mayonnaise drenched chicken salad. But it was during childhood. Sadly, fairy tales are a pleasure of the past for grown ups…

WHAT! Of course not! Hope you didn’t take it seriously. These timeless stories have been told and retold and will be told again in the future. Revisit your childhood heroes with these Fairy tales retold for Young Adults. Good times, new perspectives and nostalgia guaranteed.

              

Read happily ever after.