Books for Teen Boys (and girls)

A Listmania! list by Maeve
The list author says: "So the myth is that teen boys don't read. But I think the truth is that most publishers aren't publishing enough complex, interesting, entertaining books for teen boys. Sure, there are the dragon/fantasy books, and the sports books. But what about complex, realistic, character driven YA books with male protagonists, aimed at male readers? Here are some of the "teen boy" books that some of the teens in my classes haven't been able to put down. By the way, many teen girls and adults love these books too!"
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
1.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
The list author says:
  "Funny, touching, gripping, and memorable. David Levithan and John Green came together to write and amazing book with two Will Grayson's —one gay and one straight, whose lives intersect."
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King Dork
2.  King Dork by Frank Portman
The list author says:
  "A hilarious, and honest look at the teen experience that echoes and comments on The Catcher in the Rye. Frank Portman created something complex and compelling."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

The Secret to Lying
3.  The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Did you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? That's pretty much what James, the main character does when he gets into a "geek school." The Secret to Lying merges boarding school pranks, fantasy, and an I.M. romance creating a unique, witty story that deals with heavy topics like cutting and anorexia while staying a page-turner."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The list author says:
  "Sensitive, charming, and honest. It's hard not to love Charlie's quest to figure out himself and his place in the world. Written in letters to an unknown "friend," The Perks of Being a Wallflower will appeal to introspective teens. This also deals with some big issues, such as discovering your sexuality, and drug use."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,107 customer reviews)

It's Kind of a Funny Story (Movie Tie-in Edition)
5.  It's Kind of a Funny Story (Movie Tie-in Edition) by Ned Vizzini
The list author says:
  "A funny, but also gut-wrenching, look at depression, and the difficulties of being a teen. Soon to be a major motion picture."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Spanking Shakespeare
6.  Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner
The list author says:
  "Written as both a narrative, and a memoir, this book takes a hilarious look at the teen identity quest, girls, and sex."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
7.  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
The list author says:
  "This list couldn't be complete without Chris Crutcher. Staying Fat is a heartbreaking, compelling story."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
8.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The list author says:
  "A book about being a perpetual outsider, told with sharp prose, wit, and hilarious moments. An excellent read."
$13.50   Used & New from: $7.27
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (824 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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