Top 10 Best Books About Teenage Problems

With a variety of physical and mental changes on the cards, the teenage years can certainly be tough. But these books are sure to help reassure, inform and uplift young readers, and remind them that although growing up may be hard, they're certainly not alone. Featuring phenomenal fiction and non-fiction must-haves, see below for the best books about teenage problems.

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1. Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be

Gemma Cairney | 15+

Popular radio and TV personality Gemma Cairney provides frank advice on the big, bad and beautiful elements of growing up in this fantastic book. From mental health to relationships to family difficulties, she covers a range of common teen issues with honesty and compassion, drawing on both her own life experiences and the insight she has gained into the lives of teenagers from her role as Radio 1's agony aunt. The book also features eye-catching illustrations and tips from experts, all presented in a fun journal style. Plus, there's space for readers to write down their own thoughts about life's tough questions.

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2. Mind Your Head

Juno Dawson | 13+

We all need to care for our mental health just as much as our physical health. In this frank, funny and factual book, Juno Dawson leads the way alongside clinical psychologist, Dr. Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia write clearly and reassuringly about a range of issues facing young people's mental health and discuss how to manage them. Featuring real-life stories from young people around the world and witty illustrations from Gemma Correll, teens are sure to feel comforted, uplifted and informed after reading this invaluable book.

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3. I'll Give You the Sun

Jandy Nelson | 14+

This radiant novel will leave teen readers laughing and crying - maybe all at once! Jude and her twin Noah were extremely close, but then a tragedy drove them apart. Now, they're barely speaking. When Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as a captivating new mentor, she realises both of them may need her just as much as she needs them. What the twins don't realise is that each of them has only half the story. If they can just find their way back to one another, perhaps they'll have a chance to remake their world...

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4. Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies

Michele Elliott | 11+

This heartening self-help book will benefit any teen struggling with bullying or anyone who simply wants to know more about it. It answers many compelling questions, such as: can you do anything to stop being bullied? How can you learn to make friends and respect yourself? This essential guide is hugely encouraging and informative, and will help teens develop their self-esteem and overcome bullies of all kinds.

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5. Every Day

David Levithan | 13+

This original and gripping novel follows A, who wakes up in a different body every day, completely unpredictably. He's learnt not to interfere or get too attached. However, when he wakes up in Justin's body and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon, everything changes. He quickly realises he's found the one person he wants to spend eternity with... Witty and honest, this novel will open readers' eyes to a new perspective on life.

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6. Stuff That Sucks

Ben Sedley | 14+

Thoughts can be painful. Sometimes the pain is sadness, sometimes worry, sometimes anger or shame or grief or a feeling that can't be explained in words. Young people don't want to be told that they'll 'grow out of it'; they want to feel their emotions are valid and that others understand how painful life can be. Comforting and compassionate, this unique book encourages teens to accept their emotions rather than struggle against them. It reveals how to reconnect with what is truly important, enabling teens to clarify their personal values and make steps towards living in line with those values.

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7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky | 14+

Freshman Charlie isn't the biggest geek in school, but he's by no means popular. Shy, introspective, wise yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and run away from it. Now he must attempt to navigate uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixtapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. But Charlie can't stay on the side-line forever. He has a unique perspective from the fringes of life, but it's time to step onto the dancefloor. This profound tale vividly evokes the rollercoaster days of growing up.

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8. Face

Benjamin Zephaniah | 10+

Benjamin Zephaniah's striking debut novel follows Martin, a young man whose life is completely changed when his face is badly scarred in a joyriding accident. Moving, compelling and brilliantly written, Benjamin Zephaniah breaks new boundaries in this shocking yet uplifting book.

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9. Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life For Teens

Sheri Van Dijk | 13+

Let's face it: life provides plenty of reasons to get angry, sad, anxious and frustrated - and those feelings are okay. But sometimes, it can feel like your emotions are spinning out of control, interfering with school, relationships and your overall quality of life. This brilliant workbook offers new ways to manage your feelings so you'll be ready to handle anything life throws at you, helping you to learn the skills required to ride life's ups and downs with grace, confidence and control. It features easy techniques for staying calm and mindful, managing strong emotions, reducing the pain of difficult feelings and getting along with friends and family.

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10. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Teresa Toten | 13+

When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids with obsessive compulsive disorder, he's drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He's determined to defend and protect her - to play Batman to her Robin - whatever the cost. But when you're 14 and dealing with daily problems like divorced parents, step-siblings and, of course, OCD, it's hard to imagine yourself falling in love... This wonderful novel is warm, open, funny and gripping, sure to captivate readers from first page to last.

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  • AAHJS 10 years +
    Benjamin Zephaniah
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    In this startling debut novel from Benjamin Zephaniah, the author tackles the moving and compelling story of a young man, Martin, whose life is completely changed when his face is badly scarred in a joyriding accident. Brilliantly written with a real ear for dialogue, this is Benjamin Zepaniah breaking new boundaries.
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    Stephen Chbosky
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    Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
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    Let's face it: life gives you plenty of reasons to get angry, sad, scared, and frustrated--and those feelings are okay. But sometimes it can feel like your emotions are taking over, spinning out of control with a mind of their own. To make matters worse, these overwhelming emotions might be interfering with school, causing trouble in your relationships, and preventing you from living a happier life. Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens is a workbook that can help. In this book, you'll find new ways of managing your feelings so that you'll be ready to handle anything life sends your way. Based in dialectical behavior therapy, a type of therapy designed to help people who have a hard time handling their intense emotions, this workbook helps you learn the skills you need to ride the ups and downs of life with grace and confidence. This book offers easy techniques to help you: Stay calm and mindful in difficult situations, Effectively manage out-of-control emotions, Reduce the pain of intense emotions and Get along with family and friends
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    David Levithan
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    Perfect for fans of the wonderful Patrick Ness and John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, Every Day will strike a chord with Young Adult readers and grown-ups alike.

    Every day, A wakes up in a different body. There's no rhyme or reason as to who it will be. He's learnt not to interfere and never to get too attached. Then he wakes up in Justin's body and meets Rhiannon, Justin's girlfriend, and all his life's rules up until now are thrown out the window, because A has found the one person he wants to spend every day with from now on...

    Original, imaginative, witty and honest, this novel will make you view the world from a different perspective.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Jandy Nelson
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    From the author of The Sky Is Everywhere, a radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying - all at once. For fans of John Green, Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver. Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close - until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don't realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.
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    Teresa Toten
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    When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He's determined to protect and defend her, to play Batman to her Robin, whatever the cost. But when you're fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it's hard to imagine yourself falling in love.
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    Ben Sedley
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    Each of us has thoughts that are painful at times; sometimes the pain is sadness, sometimes worry or anger or shame or grief or some feeling that you don't even have words for. If you are a young person struggling with your emotions, you do not want to be told that 'everyone feels like that' or that 'you will grow out of it'. You want to feel that your emotions are valid and that the person offering help truly understands how painful life can feel at times. With a strong emphasis on validation and compassion, Stuff That Sucks encourages you to accept your emotions rather than struggling against them. It also shows how to reconnect with what is really important to you, giving you the tools to help clarify your personal values and take steps towards living a life where those values can guide you in your day-to-day behaviour.
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    Michelle Elliott
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    Are there practical things you can do to stop being bullied - at home, at school and online? What are frenemies and how can you deal with them? How can you learn to make friends and respect yourself? If you're a bully, how can you change your behaviour? This essential guide will tell you what bullying is, where it happens and what you can do about it. There are tips on how to assert yourself and develop your self-esteem.
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    Juno Dawson
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    We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. And the first step is being able to talk about our mental health. James Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, James and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people's mental health - whether fleeting or long-term - and how to manage them,with real-life stories from young people around the world. With witty illustrations from Gemma Correll.
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    'Open is surely set to become THE must-have manual for young women navigating the often-tempestuous waters of their teenage years' - LoveReading4Kids

    Radio 1's resident agony aunt and popular television personality Gemma Cairney provides honest advice about the big, bad and beautiful elements of growing up in Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be.

    From mental health to family issues and the perils and joys of first love, she covers a range of issues with frankness and understanding. Gemma draws on both her own life experiences and the insight she has gained as an agony aunt to provide comfort to teens (aged 14 plus) who are finding life difficult.

    Alongside her practical advice are tips from experts and a series of appealing illustrations, all presented in a refreshing journal style. There is even space for readers to note down their own thoughts and solutions to life's big questions.

    This book provides open and honest advice on a range of important and mature issues including mental health, sex and abuse.
    We believe it is a must-have for mature teens but please read beforehand if you have any concerns about its suitability.