This week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a rewind, meaning we get to revisit a past topic that we missed (or want to do again). For this week I chose my top ten books I wish I read when I was younger.
Since I read a lot of YA, I am constantly thinking -- wow, I wish I would have had this book when I was a teenager! I always wonder how a book could have changed things for me. I also wonder how reading in general could have changed things, since I wasn't much of a reader as a teen. So here are the books I wished I had when I was going through all those awkward exciting growing years!
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1. Golden by Jessi Kirby - this book is about deciding your fate, or letting fate decide things for you. If given the opportunity to read this story as a teen, I know for a fact it would have changed some pretty major decisions in my life.
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - oh gosh, this book would have opened my eyes to so many beautiful things if only I'd looked a little deeper. It also would have set the bar pretty dang high for when a boy was to hold my hand for the first time!
3. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han - I would have LOVED to read this at the same age as Belly was in the story. I can totally see teen Ginger swooning for Conrad right along side Belly.
4. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart - I sometimes wish teen Ginger had been like Ruby Oliver, so I think that's why I would have liked to of read this book when I was younger. Being a teenager is tough, I don't care who you are or where you're from. It's not one big happy family/friendship party 24/7. You get screwed over by friends, and by boys too, and you have to learn how to deal with all that by yourself sometimes. I wish I would have had this book to remind me of that.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - technically this book was published my senior year of high school, but I didn't experience it until years later. It's a story I wish I would have picked up back in high school though. I know it would have changed me. It changed me as an adult, and it's a book I hold very close to my heart.
6. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger - I could have used a story like this when I was a teen. Especially for those times when I thought I was the ugly one among my friends. Teen Ginger was lacking in the self esteem department, and unfortunately ended up with boys who took advantage of that. This book reminded me of my poor choices, but it also represented the options I didn't know I had at the time.
7. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway - for the pure enjoyment of this novel, and how hilarious and fun it was for me to read - that is why I would have wanted it in my teen years. I know I could have identified with Audrey and her best friend's relationship, because for me it was my friends who were the center of my life. Plus all those concerts they went together? I was totally doing that, too.
8. Harry Potter by JK Rowling - yes, I am aware that the first Harry Potter book came out when I was in high school, but again, books were not my priority back then. If there ever was a series I wish I would have experienced as each new book was being born, it would be this one. I feel like I missed out on something pretty spectacular.
9. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - pretty much any Dessen book would have been great for teen Ginger. Her stories are so rich in teen drama with a deeper meaning and a swoon-worthy boy. I would have been all about that!
10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse-Anderson - this book was so shocking to me to read as adult, I wonder what teen Ginger would have thought. It gives such a true portrait of what young girls go through when tackling personal demons. Its portrayal is both frightening and eye-opening. Anything Halse-Anderson has written would have impacted me as a teen, I just know it.