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Mar 25, 2010, 11:19pm Top

Does anyone have any book recommendations for boys ages 16-18? My son just finished reading "Struts & Frets" and I'd like to find something along that line for him to read while he's still interested. It seems the only books out there are either about vampires, fantasy, or war, none of which he likes. Any suggestions?

Mar 25, 2010, 11:57pm Top

The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold. Science fiction and not about war, despite the title. Brilliant book, with sequels and prequels if he happens to get hooked.

Youth in revolt by CD Payne - there was a recent movie based on it.

Robert Muchamore's Cherub series.

Edited: Mar 26, 2010, 12:46am Top

I was never a sixteen year old boy, but I want to recommend The Rachel Papers to every teen I meet. It's funny, smart-alecky, and a lot of other things teenage boys like.

Mar 26, 2010, 3:12am Top

I haven't read it, but I'm wondering about Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, based on reviews from that and Struts and Frets.

Other edgy stuff like that. My boys at that age loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower and more recently A heartbreaking work of staggering genius.

Another interesting work might be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Mar 26, 2010, 6:33am Top

I should think that your son would be wanting to read books written for adults, as well as teen stuff. If rock music is important to him, have a look at the tagmash http://www.librarything.com/tag/fiction,+rock - that might throw up a few ideas (although I can't imagine how Hamlet got in there...). Nick Hornby and Hanif Kureishi might well be writers who appeal, if they aren't too British for wherever you are. Definitely The Rachel papers too, as emaestra says!

Mar 26, 2010, 9:07am Top

My 15 yo son reads adult books- mostly non-fiction. He reads baseball commentary, World War II history, classic science fiction (not fantasy)(lots of short stories out there if attention span is an issue), Terry Pratchett -all the discworld series-might be too much fantasy, but the humor might catch him. He recently liked Cormac MacCarthy's The Road, and Orwell's 1984.

I have not pushed him toward mysteries and thrillers because so many have gratuitous sex and sexual violence- but I would not stop him if he picked them up on his own. Might say more about me than him...

Biographies can be good- Musicians, or some other theme that he likes...

Mar 26, 2010, 10:06am Top

I'm not totally sure what "genre" your son is into, whether if it's horror (non-vampire), mystery, hard sci-fi, or whatever else it may be. I'm going to go out of a limb and say that Romance ain't the answer.

That said, I agree with some of the previous responses. He's probably ready for adult literature, but specifically that of which has a simple plot, and possibly characters his age as the main characters.

My recommendation would be John Saul. I've read his first 5 books. It's not horror like Stephen King horror with all kinds of gore and stuff. It's much lighter, and is typically psychological. Children and Teens seeing people that nobody else can see, for instance. It's like having inner-demons.

If memory serves me right, I think Comes the Blind Fury was about a blind child falling off a cliff, and then many years later, only this 1 child can see the child that fell umpteen years ago, and encourages the 12-year old (I think that's how old the main character was) to taunt other kids at school. Going off memory of a book that I hadn't read in a while.

The other advantage about Saul is that his plots are simple to follow. It's not like some other authors where you have 5 different things going on at once, and trying to keep up can be confusing.

Mar 26, 2010, 10:27am Top

I haven't read Struts & Frets, but based on the tags and reviews, I would recommend The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni. It is just recently out, I read it a week or two ago and LOVED it.

Mar 26, 2010, 11:48am Top

He might enjoy The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Well-written, funny and good.

Edited: Mar 26, 2010, 11:44pm Top

I just remembered this website: http://guysread.com/, as well as www.teenreads.com.

Mar 26, 2010, 11:51pm Top

Here's a few that my son (now 17) really liked:

No Country for Old Men, Oil, Les Stroud's Survive (he's the guy from Survivorman), Great Gatsby, any of the Jack London books, the Alistair MacLean mysteries, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and Blood and Thunder.


Mar 28, 2010, 9:09pm Top

I just finished the quaint Canoeing with the Cree written by a teenage eric Sevareid. If a boy is interested in adventure, this depression era odyssey is perfect.

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