Do you and your daughter like to read? I have great suggestions for books for teenage girls to read alongside moms. I’ve read these 7 teen fiction books and loved them. I really do love to read. Always have, always will. A good book is the best entertainment, the ultimate teaching tool, and the most fun when the book is awesome. These 7 young adult novels are books I enjoyed reading as a grown woman and books that I think moms and daughters could read together and bond over. Think book club moments for moms & daughters.
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Hand me a good book and I would probably not move for hours unless prompted to move by any needs my family/pets have, hunger needs of my own, or to head to the bathroom (ha!). Reading is my passion (only writing surpasses my passion for reading). I hope my suggestions are enjoyable to moms and daughters and bring about great shared moments of conversations about good books and life.
7+ Books for Teenage Girls: YA Novels for Moms & their Daughters to Enjoy Together
Make your own little book club with your daughter and enjoy great discussions about the ups, downs, joys, and tragedies. We are all drawn to stories and I hope these amazing books bring mother-daughter bonding moments and smiles to you. These books are about relationships, life, romance, love and sexuality (not erotica though), loss, illness, and life struggles. The books are about families that are already broken or about to experience a change but all reach the level of being on the mend somehow. Plus, all include love on some level whether that is romantic love or the love of a family, love is there…and important. Personal growth happens.
Great stuff for mother-daughter talks.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This book is a beautiful story about family, love, and perseverance of spirit as a young girl fights for her life after losing so much. The romance is sweet as well. The entire story takes place over one day filled with her memories, thoughts, and recollections of important moments of her life. A huge tragedy occurs and the young girl must learn to cope and make choices as well as figure out her next step. It is an endearing read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
This young adult contemporary novel is a very popular book that has even been made into a movie about two young kids who are sick with cancer. The storyline is about their interactions with each other and their romantic relationship. The story is beautiful and heartbreaking and delves into both friendship and love. It’s a story that sucker punches you in the gut as the story dives into the realities of two kids living, and loving others around them, through their horrific journey of cancer. It is a moving book that will bring up great conversations between mother and daughter.
The other topics addressed in the book also include living life to the fullest, being in the moment, mental illness (depression), and insight into the thoughts and daily life of teens living with cancer. As readers, we are taken on a journey as these two teens visit their cancer support group and try to enjoy life and each other all while they continue on with the daily struggles of living with cancer.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
This young adult fiction book takes the reader on an emotional journey through depression after a loss. The main character is eighteen and in college. There isn’t much action in this book but it’s filled with her thoughts and memories. It is very emotional and raw, fragile, and also glorious in the end. It traverses feelings of deep grief, loss, friendship, and hope. Deep caring and emotional bonds are illustrated in this beautifully written book as well. I really adore books that end on a happy note, it’s the optimist in me and honestly, I want to feel good after I read a book and this book definitely did that for me.
This storyline also quietly and delicately addresses LGBTQ topics as diverse characters explore differences in sexuality as well. I believe books like this help teenagers, and adults, engage in thoughts about accepting diversity in our world.
Meant To Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow
This is a lovely epic romance set in the south. The story explores teen love, friendships, family, faith, tragedy, keeping secrets, and forgiveness. It keeps you rooting for love the whole time too, which is an aspect of the book I really loved. It touches on such topics as mental illness, in particular, anxiety, and deep family bonds that can survive bad choices. I like this book because the characters struggle and overcome the tough odds we are all dealt sometimes in life. This book left me feeling good at the end also, which is what I look for in a book.
I enjoyed lounging about in the southern culture of this book, being from the north myself. It was fun to read.
This book touches on sexuality as well in the sense of a heterosexual nature.
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
I liked this book. It was a really fun romantic read with a sweet mystery. There’s a lot of texting in this book and it explores the ever-changing nature of friendships, romantic love, plus coping with changes in family life and school situations. The book also includes the topics of loss and grief. I loved the sweet ending of this book as well.
The Boys Next Door & Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
This is a great package to buy because you get both books. It’s such a sweet summer romance full of drama and young love. I really enjoyed reading this by Jennifer Echols. It’s what summer is meant to be with drama, young love, time at the lake, and finding meaningful friendships. I love HEA: happily ever after books because they leave me feeling so happy. I read to enjoy myself so I love myself a happy ending. This book includes kissing and young love but it is clean and sweet, full of family drama, friendships, and love. Read these books to enjoy yourself and savor the sweet summer love.
All Things New by Lauren Miller
I enjoyed this book that illustrated a teenager’s life as she is living with mental illness while navigating changes in family life and friendships. The new love romance in this book is very sweet and filled with kindness. I love the way the main character shows us her vulnerabilities as she lives daily life with a mental illness that is constantly present for her. This book is also about healing, depending on our loved ones and friends; thoroughly laced with hope throughout as love and friendships carry us on the main character’s journey to becoming more healthy.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
This book is a fun read. It’s flirtatious and lighthearted in the storyline of the romance, that is until mental illness rears its head. The storyline carries us along on an exciting new romance journey over a summer where two teens fall in love amidst devastating grief, intense family obligations, and an eventual struggle with mental illness that changes both teens resulting in growth. There is definite pain experienced by both of the main characters in this book, but also the enjoyment of life. The story also revolves around illustrating the realities of living with mental illness which is important for teens to learn about whether they have a mental illness themselves or know someone who does.
The Young Adult Genre
I enjoy reading young adult books. Being a teenage girl is heavily ingrained on my soul and I remember the many heartaches, the loves, the joys, the deep depths of despair I fell into (like depression), and the uncertainties I often felt. It’s a time when emotions are raw, real, and unforgettable. So, YA books fall into me quite comfortably and I relish them so. Moms, if you haven’t read a YA book recently, I highly suggest the books above and read it alongside your daughter.
The teenage years are marked by the beginnings of exploring adult life while the person is still growing, maturing. It’s a beautiful time in a human’s life when so many changes are happening that can be both exciting and scary, yet filled with joy and laughter too. I see it as a delicate, precious, fluid time that is also fragile and beautiful.
The teenage years are so filled with strong emotions, new love, and extreme growth and it’s all on the tip of my heart accessible and tangible ripe for picking and exploring stories and characters. I really enjoy writing in the Young Adult genre as well. I even have one YA contemporary book complete plus a YA romance novel in the works.
So, keep on reading and enjoying your leisure time and snag those moments with your teen as they zip by way too fast.
I don’t actually have a daughter, but I have three sons. If I did have a daughter, I would totally do a book club with her. Maybe I can get one of my boys to read a book with me sometime. A good mom goal for me to have:) A mom can hope.
I sincerely hope you enjoy these books for teenage girls, and moms too;) Do you have YA books you love? Drop them in the comments, I’d love to hear because I’m always looking for a new book.
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