Six Books Your Teen Daughter Will Love This Christmas!

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Now that the weather is cold, it’s the perfect time to catch up on a little reading. Soon teens will be out on holiday break and they may find they have some extra time on their hands. If your teen daughter is a bookworm like my daughter, you may be in need of a good book or two for a holiday gift or to keep busy for the holiday break. So today, we’re sharing a quick (but fun) list of books for teenage girls.


holiday reading list for teen girls

One thing my teen daughter Michala (14) loves to do when she has down time is read. Okay, she reads even when she has her regular schedule going on, too. ;)What are Michala’s favorite genres? She loves young adult romance and supernatural novels!

Michala loves reading so much, she even keeps a reading wish list of books she wants to read and a reading log of books she has already read. She’s that dedicated.

“I like reading because I get to read about someone else’s life.” -Michala, age 14

Here are six books Michala and I recommend for holiday reading. We’re sure your daughter will love one of these books, too!

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Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

When I was a teen, I loved Judy Blume’s novels for teen girls. My favorite novel of Blume’s was Are you There God? It’s me, Margaret. Michala recently discovered Tiger Eyes, also by Blume. She’s even more excited to know there is a film adaptation of Tiger Eyes. When she’s finished reading the novel, she plans on watching the movie.

Tiger Eyes is a novel about Davey, a teenage girl who is dealing with her father’s recent death. She meets Wolf, who is the only person who gets Davey. Wolf helps Davey work through her grief and other life issues.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl is a unique young lady. Everyone at school thinks she is so cool because she’s different than the other kids at her school. But soon Stargirl’s classmates grow tired of her and she’s no longer in the spotlight. Leo Borlock, Stargirl’s love interest, tries to make her normal so she can fit in with everyone else.

Michala recommends Stargirl because it’s a really good book for a cold or rainy day. “The book is predictable. It’s one of those regular high school drama books, like Jason and Marceline.” Michala loves the novel Jason and Marceline, which is also written by Jerry Spinelli. And yes, she recommends this novel, too!

holiday reading list for teen girls
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is a classic written by Louisa May Alcott. I remember reading Little Women when I was young, too. I also watched the movie version starring Winona Rider and Susan Sarandon. I love the movie so much! If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must watch. Even a young Christian Bale and Kirsten Dunst are in the film!

Little Women is a historical fiction; it takes place during the Civil War. The novel is about four New England sisters Jo, Amy, Meg, and Beth. The sisters’ father is away fighting in the war and the girls must work hard to care for each other and their mom (also called Marmee). Other issues the girls face are maturing into young women, getting married, other women’s issues, and dealing with family death.

Little Women
Little Women written by Louisa May Alcott is a classic favorite, especially at Christmastime!

Eyewitness Classics’ abridged version of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

We also checked out the abridged version of Little Women from Eyewitness Classics. What’s cool about this book is it is shorter than the original version, but you still get a complete understanding off the story. This version features only the first ten chapters of the novel. The book is also filled beautiful illustrations which accompany the story.

Another great feature about Eyewitness Classics’ version of Little Women is there are historical facts pertaining to the story and facts about Louisa May Alcott. For instance, at the end of the book, there is a section about the author and pictures showing what Alcott and her family looked like and the house they lived.

If a young person has trouble reading the original version of Little Women or is pressed for time, we definitely recommend the Eye Witness version.

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We love the beautiful illustrations in the Eyewitness Classics version of Little Women.


You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

You Before Anyone Else is a new young adult novel. It was published in July 2016. Michala says the novel is “about Finley and Eddie falling in love, but Eddie is keeping a secret. When you read the book, you have to find out if they’re going to stay together or break up.”

She recommends this novel for other teen girls because it is about love, family, and modeling. She also says You Before Anyone Else is a page-turner. She’s currently reading this novel and can’t put it down!

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The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

Michala finished this book in two weeks. “I couldn’t put that book down,” she says of The Museum of Heartbreak. This novel is also another page-turner. “It’s easy to read and even though it’s a regular, high school drama, it had me guessing what would happen next.”

Is Penelope going to stay with this guy? Or is she going to stay friends with this person? “It kept me guessing every time. Most of the time I was wrong, which I like that because it wasn’t predictable.”

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Hope our list of recommended books for this holiday break helps you find a good book to read. Happy Reading!

Is there another novel or two you would add to our recommended holiday book list?





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  1. steph

    December 8, 2016 at 06:53

    Great recommendations! My cousin is 17 and I bet she would love these books!

    1. Jennifer

      December 8, 2016 at 14:33

      Cool! Hope she finds a good book.

  2. All Babied Up

    December 8, 2016 at 16:07

    Great list! Glad you added in the classic Little Women. We even have an entire list of baby names inspired by Little Women:

    1. Jennifer

      December 8, 2016 at 20:16

      Aww that’s really sweet! Little Women is a really good book.

  3. Sane Mama

    December 8, 2016 at 22:13

    Thanks for the suggestions, we have a teen who loves to read so I’ll definitely consider these.

  4. Meg | The Many Little Joys

    December 8, 2016 at 22:46

    Star Girl is one of my my very favorite books for teens (or anyone!) I used to teach it my seventh grade students. I consider it essential reading for adolescents.

    1. Jennifer

      December 9, 2016 at 13:45

      Yay! I’m so glad to know another fellow teacher recommends Stargirl! My daughter is loving Jerry Spinelli’s books!

  5. Christina Shoemaker

    December 9, 2016 at 12:23

    When I was a teenager (and still now) I read ALL the time. As in maybe 3-4 books a week. This is a great list, Jennifer. I love that Judy Blume is still out and Little Women is definitely a must!

    1. Jennifer

      December 9, 2016 at 13:46

      I used to read a lot when I was a teen, too! In fact, I used to get in trouble in class for always reading while the teacher was teaching lessons. LOL! Judy Blume is such a good writer. I love her books, too. Thank you, Christina!

  6. Erin

    December 9, 2016 at 15:00

    This is a fantastic list! My teen daughter is reading Little Women right now.
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns

  7. Breyona Sharpnack

    December 9, 2016 at 17:47

    Aw I remember reading Little Women! That book is a true classic and never will be a bad recommendation!

  8. Joely Smith

    December 9, 2016 at 18:22

    Is it wrong that I may love them too? (47 years old here) haha! I know my daughter would love them at 22 years old!

  9. Sarah-Louise Bailey

    December 9, 2016 at 22:09

    Thanks for the book suggestions and the reviews. I just know now what kind of present to give my little cousin. She was fond of young romance and I bet she would be happy with The Museum of Heartbreak.

  10. tara pittman

    December 10, 2016 at 01:33

    These are great books. My daughter would enjoy reading most of them.

  11. Kimberly C.

    December 10, 2016 at 05:21

    Love this. Choosing good books is so difficult. This makes it a little easier.

  12. Andrea

    December 10, 2016 at 11:59

    My daughter is only 6, and she LOVES reading. What a fun idea to have a holiday reading list for children, to encourage reading!

  13. Hey Sharonoox

    December 10, 2016 at 16:24

    Love this book selections for the holiday. If I may add the book “Cursed Child by JK Rowling” is also good. My favorite classic book Little Women is a goodreads.

  14. Misty Dawn Nelson

    December 10, 2016 at 18:02

    Such an interesting books, I will recommend this to my niece she love reading books

  15. Crystal

    December 10, 2016 at 18:25

    Great recommendations! I’m always looking for good books to read. I will have to check these ones out.

  16. Angela Ricardo

    December 10, 2016 at 20:19

    Such an interesting books, and Thank you for the good recommendation

  17. Echo

    December 10, 2016 at 20:38

    This is a great list. Little Women is a classic that I agree all girls should read.

  18. Wren

    December 10, 2016 at 21:48

    Nice choices! I was looking for books to get my oldest over Christmas. She enjoy reading and I want her to start challenging herself a bit more.

  19. Dana Vento

    December 11, 2016 at 03:02

    You’re right! It’s good to read those books in holiday season especially if you’re resting and relaxing. Great post!

  20. Elizabeth O.

    December 11, 2016 at 04:08

    I would love to recommend these to my daughters who both inherited my love for books! I’m sure they’ll find something that they’ll appreciate and love!

  21. Amber Myers

    December 11, 2016 at 11:12

    What a great list! I personally LOVED Judy Blume books as a teenager. I read them all.

  22. Rosey

    December 11, 2016 at 11:47

    I loved Judy Blume too. I still do. And the Margaret book you mentioned, classic!

  23. Fiona

    December 11, 2016 at 12:12

    I remember reading the Judy Blume too! I hadn’t heard of the ‘Are you there God?’ one though. I’ll have to check that out. I remember enjoying The Animals of Farthing Wood as a child too.

  24. Jen

    December 11, 2016 at 19:14

    I haven’t have teens yet but this seems like a nice idea for my daughter when the time comes. They grow up so fast.

  25. Krista

    December 11, 2016 at 21:33

    I was actually just looking into Tiger Eyes for my daughter. I was not sure if she would like it or not..but now I think I’ll go ahead and get it. Thanks!

  26. Enricoh Alfonzo

    December 12, 2016 at 14:17

    Se manifique!!!! madrespect to you for promoting reading and books in this post! this is the best tribute to awesome authors and i’m listing each of these books to read this christmas thanks

  27. TColeman

    December 12, 2016 at 14:25

    It can definitely be hard to shop for teen girls but these are great ideas. I remember reading some of these.

  28. Marielle Altenor

    December 16, 2016 at 00:59

    Fantastic list. All of the books mentioned above would have been books that I would have to devour in a day. I used to be able to read two books a day when I was younger (pre-motherhood).

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