21 Amazing Books for Teenagers

Updated: Jun 17

Being a teenager is difficult, not just because you are growing as an individual and focusing on yourself while maintaining expectations from your friends and family. It’s easier said than done while expectations from family bombard you from one side while friends are trying to get you to try new things and make time for outings.

On one hand, family seems to be really important while trying out new stuff with friends looks exciting and alluring. Relatable? You don’t know what to do and your head is literally tearing apart.

The good news is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Everything what you are going through, is normal and you need to tell yourself that ‘it’s okay to be not okay’.

Everything will fall into place and things will be great soon. Meanwhile, you can strengthen your belief systems, your values and work on your goals and ambitions for the future. They will stay with you and shape your thoughts for the future.  

We have a collection of 21 best books for teens which will inspire you to listen to experiences of fellow teenagers and motivate to come up with your own philosophy which will keep you marching amidst the trials ahead.  If you are here to get a gift idea for a teen, you are in the right place.

1. Show Up for Your Life: What the girl you’ll be tomorrow wants you to know today

By Chrystal Evans Hurst

An amazing read which has an action packed style of writing.

"Believe that your present is not all there is" - Chrystal Evans Hurst

The author has a wide experience with people and her writing is full of feelings, emotion and relatable stories which will empower you to stop appreciate the beauty in yourself and stop comparing yourself to others.

"You have everything to create a life you love" - Chrystal Evans Hurst

2. Live: Remain Alive, Be Alive at a Specified Time, Have an Exciting or Fulfilling Life by Sadie Robertson

You are a teen. You are a bundle of energy and are in the prime of your youth days.

Sadie Robertson in her book for teens, teaches you to do just that. How to make yourself the person you want to be.

The book includes material on overcoming jealousy, finding confidence, dealing with haters, waiting on God, living in the moment, discovering the power of words, and knowing how to tell the difference between what leads to life and what leads to death--so young people can make the best choices.

3. Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do

by Jordan Dooley

This book which has an action-packed book cover, also has is an action packed stories with practical tools. If you are a person who is not too much of a theory based person, this book, is just for you.

This book covers some important aspects teens face in their day to day lives:

- How to work with disappointment, perfectionism, comparison and distraction.

- How to dealing with society's modern day labels, expectations and stereo types.

- How to find meaning and purpose in your life.

“This book will meet you right where you are with a giant hug while also giving you a little kick in the pants.”—Audrey Roloff,New York Timesbestselling coauthor ofA Love Letter Life

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook by Sean Covey

Fun Fact : The author Sean Covey's father wrote the book '7 Habits of Highly Effective People'. Following his father's inspirational book (which sold 15 million copies) Sean came up with his own book which has sold 2 million copies so far!

Habits are something that shape us and carve us into what we are meant to be. Successful people have a pattern of habits and that is what greatly contributes to their success.

As a teen, you need to shape yourself to fact the best version of yourself. How do you do that? Inspiration and constant motivation with the end-goal as your focus.

The Book is outlined as follows:

Being Proactive

Begin with an end in mind

Put first things first

Think win-win

Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood.


Sharpen the Saw

If you are a methodical person and like a step by step inspiration, then you must choose this book as your next motivational read.

5. Battlefield of the Mind for Teens: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

Looks like negative feelings, anxiety and depression have become a part of our day to day living.

If you are a person who is looking for a solution for your negative thoughts and want a way out so that you can be positive, energized and motivated, here's a read you must grab.

Filled with emotions and feeling, Joyce Meyer makes sure that the book is directed towards you and you are a changed and motivated after you read this.

6. The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens: Updated for the Digital Age by Sean Covey

Another title by the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey focuses on one aspect of our life which is the most important - Decision making.

Sean Covey speaks of modern day teen-challenges like anxiety, bullying, depression, parent communication, dating, drama and gives teens a strong perspective which they need in order to make choices which will shape, guide and enable them to grow in their lives.

7. Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back

This Unique book for teens. The two authors are professional psychologist and a health journalist, get together to answer your question and train you to restructure your cognitive power.

This is a must-read and will not only shape your life for the future, but will give a powerful technique called 'Cognitive Restructuring',

8. Stand Beautiful: A story of brokenness, beauty and embracing it all

By Chloe Howard

Born with a clubfoot and enduring intense physical and emotional pain because of it, anti-bullying author and speaker Chloe Howard will help you overcome the pain and struggles in your own life, coming alongside you as a friend on your journey to live happy and free.

Fueled by a powerful encounter with Bono from the band U2, Stand Beautiful:

  • Is written by international speaker, TEDx presenter, and anti-bullying author Chloe Howard

  • Share Chloe’s story of her struggles with bullies, brokenness, and shame

  • Provides readers with the encouragement and hope

I would not consider myself a reader. However I picked this book up and read it front to back in just 2 days. This book is a will give you inspiration, hope, and the courage to overcome your fears and struggles.

- Reviewer on Amazon

9. Feeling Better: CBT Workbook for Teens: Essential Skills and Activities to Help You Manage Moods, Boost Self-Esteem, and Conquer Anxiety

By Rachel Hutt

Feeling Better: CBT Workbook for Teens includes:

  • Real Challenges―Teens discover tools to confront a variety of issues including depression, self-worth, peer relations, anxiety and more.

  • Exercises to take action―Real progress and reflection is fostered on the path to feeling better.

  • New research―The latest strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy are promoted inside these pages.

10. Perfectly Unique

By Annie F. Downs

Author Annie F. Downs emphasizes that every your body is the world of a master craftsman and it has a plan a purpose.

If you are struggling with your body image, self-confidence or have self-esteem issues, the writer will take you through a thoughtful, funny and a spirit-filled exploration which will help you improve your self-esteem.

The author has a unique way of writing in which she is determined to give you a mature outlook on yourself. This book will definitely change the way you look at yourself and consequently, change the way you look at the world. This will further bring in self-confidence and a great self esteem and boost you in all aspects of your life.

11. 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know

By Kari Kampakis

You are a teen and the author Kari Kempakis realizes that teen girls like you, deal daily with cliques, bullying, rejection, and social media nightmares. Kari Kampakis wants girls to know that they don’t have to compromise their integrity and future to find love, acceptance, and security. Her ten truths include:

  • Kindness is more important than popularity.

  • People peak at different times of life. Trust God’s plan for you.

  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Otherwise, you’ll never stick to your guns.

  • Today’s choices set the stage for your reputation.

  • You were born to fly.

Fun Fact : Kari Kampakis wrote a blog post in July 2013 titled “10 Truths Young Girls Should Know,”. This post went viral and was shared more than 65,000 times on Facebook. Her message was clear and everyone could relate to it across the country. This book for teen girls expands on these ten truths and brings a real expressive message which makes it perfect for a great teen read.

12. Smile & Succeed for Teens : Must - Know People Skills for Today's Wired World

by Kirt Manecke

Developed by a team of teens, parents, and educators, the proven methods in Manecke’s book provide your kids with the people skills and confidence they’ll need throughout their lives. Whether you are a teen or young adult is looking for work, holding down a job, making friends, or taking part in leadership or service positions,Smile & Succeed for Teens will give you the education you needs to thrive.

13. Radiant: His Light, Your Life for Teen Girls and Young Women By Priscilla Shirer

Did you know that God’s light can shine through every facet of your identity? Radiant is an invitation for teen girls and young women to enjoy a candid conversation on identity with bestselling author Priscilla Shirer. You’ll hear reflections on life lessons she’s gathered from her teen years until now. She’ll show you how the light of God’s Word shaped her identity, and she’ll teach you how it can change and shape your life as well.

            The culture will try to define you, but this world is starving for something different that comes only from the creative genius of your God. You were created to reflect His light. . . . You were created to be radiant.

14. Becoming Me : A work in Progress

Andrea Pippins

This book featured on BuzzFeed and is quite unique because it is interactive and is directed towards people who are trying to survive tough times. This journal also encourages self-discovery and self care and is perfect for people who are creative.

This book is a powerful one which elicits answer from you. Its excellent for reflection, self-expression and has supportive prompts, illustrations, quotes and advice which will be beneficial especially if you are a creative person.

Perfect for yourself or even perfect if you want to gift it someone you love.

"Pippins’s imaginative images will inspire your inner artist and fashionista.”

- The Huffington Post

15. A Young Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices: Your Life God's Way

By Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George, author of A Young Woman After God's Own Heart (more than

230,000 copies sold!) notes that today's teens are bombarded with choices about attitudes, behaviors, friends, clothes, finances, and college.

If you are having issues with decision making, she emphasizes that you must serious decisions daily.

Elizabeth George takes teens through the step-by-step process of making decisions that include—

  • managing emotions

  • improving relationships

  • developing confidence

If you are looking for a read which will make you discover checkpoints to use as guides for making decisions, don't think twice. This book is for you.

16. Lies Young Women Believe

By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Dannah Gresh

This book definitely has some good stuff and great answers given to the young teens of today.

The modern media has a big part to play greatly among all the other influences which may make you feel depressed, anxious, worried and above all guilty.

All these negative feelings, create habits and further break your value system.

This book addresses those issues and the two authors do a wonderful job of triggering thoughts in your mind.

However, this book has some real Christian ideas and extreme Christian viewpoints. If you are not really a fan of that genre, you might want to let this one pass!

17. Live in Light: 5-Minute Devotions for Teen Girls

By Melanie Redd

Amidst your busy life as a teenager, this quick prayer book for teen girls, brings you an in-depth guide to faith and prayer.

Live in Light is a book filled with short devotions for the busy teen girl.

Having a devotional that is easy to understand and relate to, will help you grow in your relationship with God.

If you are a reader from New Zealand or Australia,

you can grab the book here.

18. For Girls Like You!

By Wynter Pitts

Wynter Pitts, founder ofFor Girls Like Youmagazine, gives girls a new devotional showing them a correct definition of themselves, opening their eyes to God's truth and the difference it makes in their lives. Each daily devotion includes a prayer to help girls apply the lesson.

If you are looking for something to influence you daily and give you practical things to do.

"If you've wondered whether there is anything left on the planet to entertain your young beauties that promotes morals you'd approve of, look no further" —Author and speaker Priscilla Shirer

"A daily tidbit of God's Word turns into a feast over time. Every girl must have a resource like this on her nightstand."

Dannah Gresh, bestselling author ofSix Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl

19. Be Loved

By Emma Mae Jenkins

This is one of the best books for teens to read. There are three possible reasons for this :

  1. Personal experience through college life

  2. Pictures and Illustations

  3. Key Bible Verses

Author Emma Mae Jenkins does a fabulous job of using her own faith journey to inspire you and millions of girls looking for motivation in their faith journey.

She has the reader focussed as she expresses how she faced the challenges of her own student years with religion, courage, hope, and lifegiving love for others.

All these factors make it an amazing book for teens and if you are buying this book for yourself or for someone else, it will make a 'perfect life-changing gift'.

“The book is so beautiful and so fun. Cover to cover, each page artfully presents Scriptures that Emma Jenkins recites to celebrate each day. She shares her heart for God’s Word—and God’s heart for his girls. On each page and in each illustration, sweet words and strong faith come together in Emma’s inspirational writings. Put it in your backpack or by your bed, ready for your own time with God.”

- Joneal Kirby, Family Counselor and director, Heartfelt Ministries

20. It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

By Lisa Terkreust

Lysa Terkeust invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:

  • Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment

  • Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.

  • Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.

  • Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.

  • Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth.

If you've "licked the floor of hell" then Uninvited is like a band aid on an amputated leg.

- Reviewer on Amazon

21. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist


Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.

Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

These are our list of 21 best books for teens and all of them are great, inspirational reads. If you are out there, looking for a change from the life you are living, these reads will help you greatly. If you are feeling alone, tired or frustrated, there are women who've gone through this grind before you and have had similar feelings. Listening and reading their testimonies will not only inspire you to keep going, but will also motivate you and fill you with all the fuel you need.

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