They’ve lived through The Hunger Games, and read Twilight to death. So what’s next on the list for teens hungry for a bit of escapist fiction after their end-of-year exams? Here are 7 of the best page-turners – one for (almost) every week of the summer holidays…
Teenage zombies in a world gone mad is perhaps the best way to sum up the Ashes trilogy. The first book starts with a bang – the end of the world. An electromagnetic pulse wipes out most of the population and turns the majority of teenagers in to flesh-eaters. The few survivors have to fight for food and shelter in a wasted, wintery landscape. It’s a gruesome read, with plenty of knife-edge moments and plot twists to keep you reading at speed.
“This is an emotional and gripping book, which shows how often crises can bring the best out of people. It’s a thriller, yet it’s also a love story, with a good balance of action and romance” – Skye Longworth, aged 15
OK, this one sounds really depressing. It’s about a group of teenage cancer survivors and sufferers, how they cope with their mortality, and how their families and friends in-between deal with the fallout. But don’t be put off by the premise. It’s got plenty of lump-in-your-throat moments, true, and there’s a real tearjerker at its core. But it’s also a sweet love story, with witty narration. And once it’s got a hold of you, it’s really hard to let it go.
It’s 1939 in Nazi Germany and – with bombs and death all around her – orphan Liesel is trying to live as much like a 9-year-old as possible. What sets her apart, though, is that she likes to steal books, and her foster family is harbouring a refugee. The Book Thief is an exquisitely written book that’s poetic in style. Unusually, too, it’s narrated by death, an omnipresent character that guides us through the lives and deaths of people in Liesel’s world – her new papa, a boy called Rudi, and the Jew in the basement.
The first in a trilogy, this book tells of a dystopian society that’s defined by 5 ‘factions’ based on human virtues. People here must pick a side and play by the rules of candor (the honest), abnegation (the selfless), dauntless (the brave), amity (the peaceful), or erudite (the intelligent) for the rest of their lives. However, Tris Prior realises she straddles more than one camp. She’s divergent, and she’s not alone. What follows is an unravelling of everything she’s ever held dear as she fights to stay alive in a spiralling war. It’s fast, it’s exciting, and it’s got an unflinching heroine at its heart.
As fresh and as believable today as it was when it was written 70-odd years ago, this book is about love, heartbreak, and growing up in the English countryside in the 1930s. We’re introduced to the eccentric Mortmains through the eyes of 17-year-old Cassandra. She’s a charismatic narrator, funny and honest, as she records the comings and goings of her family in her personal journal. They live hand-to-mouth in a crumbling English castle until 2 Americans arrive to claim their inheritance and change their lives forever.
“I like it because it’s set in an intriguing time period and the author presents interesting descriptions of each character” – Amy Jorgensen, aged 15
You’ll be in it for the long-haul when you enter this world of warlocks, werewolves, and vampires. There are 6 books in the series, each as gripping as the next as they chart 15-year-old Clary Fray’s involvement in an invisible war between ancient demonic forces and secretive Shadowhunters – warriors put on earth to rid it of evil. It’s a roller-coaster of a ride, with one unexpected crisis hot on the heels of another. Sure to keep older teens hooked.
Shy teenager Charlie describes his first year at high school in America through a series of letters to an anonymous stranger. He’s befriended by 2 seniors and gets sucked in to their party ways – drinking, smoking, rock music, and drugs. Along the way, he gets his first kiss, starts a relationship, and sees a psychiatrist. It’s a familiar set-up – teenagers finding out who they are and where they belong. But the book’s authenticity is bound to strike a chord.
“This book is relatable and likeable. It’s funny and moving, with an unexpected ending” – Poppy Somogyi, aged 15
When it comes to flying, you’ve told us you want more options....
Holiday season is upon us, which means one sure thing. Social media...
Walt Disney World in Florida is the number-one choice if you’re looking...
Author: Sharon Greaves
Published: June 23, 2014
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
Shop Finder Ask a question? Contact us
We're part of TUI Group - one of the world's leading travel companies. And all of our holidays are designed to help you Discover Your Smile.
Registered address: Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, LU2 9TN
More from TUI
Terms & conditions
Ways to Pay
Google Play Store
App Store for Ios
Holiday Budget Calculator
TUI Credit Card
Travel After Brexit
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk
The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Some of the flights on this website are also financially protected by the ATOL scheme, but ATOL protection does not apply to all flights. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each flight before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk. ATOL protection does not apply to the other holiday and travel services listed on this website.