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6.Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

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Forget what you thought you knew about Frankenstein. The original, penned by Mary Shelley and published in 1818, is darker, stranger, and much, much cooler than any of its successors. Widely considered to be literature’s first science fiction novel, its author was just 21 when the novel was published. If you like your gothic sci-fi with a dash of philosophy, this book might just be your new favorite read.

7.The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

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Holden Caulfield has been a friend to generations of adolescents. There’s just something about his voice: its immediacy hooks you right in. The moment you open the book, there he is, complaining about the world and its phonies. Caulfield is real from page one. His story is one of isolation, grief, and longing for connection, making The Catcher in the Rye a must-read for all teens, and a must-reread for adults.

8.Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp, by C.D. Payne

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Nick Twisp is a cynical 15-year-old in love with Frank Sinatra, French New Wave cinema, and a girl named Sheeni. Twisp is willing to do pretty much anything to win Sheeni’s affections: Change identities. Get in trouble with the law. Yep, anything. C.D. Payne’s hilarious novel is the first in a seven-part series.

9.The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman

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Budding fantasy novel nerds, start here. Pullman’s multiverse is one of the best. In this world, everyone has a daemon, an animal that is the living embodiment of that person’s soul. During childhood, daemons have shapeshifting abilities, but as puberty approaches, they assume a single form, one that represents their human’s true self.  The importance of daemons are at the heart of this gorgeous fantasy adventure series, following intrepid young Lyra Bellacqua, who’s more important than she realizes.

10.A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle

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Madeleine L’Engle is probably most famous for the Time Quintet, which includes A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. However, she penned another collection that is equally compelling. A Ring of Endless Light is the fourth in the Austin Family series, but can be read as a standalone novel. The greatest selling point of this coming-of-age tale might be its inclusion of human-dolphin telepathy.

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