10 Classic Books Every Teen Must Read Once

10 Classic Books Every Teen Must Read Once

Personal Growth

July 02, 2021

A great personality once said, "A room without books is a body without a soul." It's a modern world and we're amazed by technology. This sudden awakening of technology has gradually separated us from our former source of information: books. Books contain an entire unexplored universe waiting to be explored by a reader.

Why are we sidelining astonishing literary works that hold so much value to us? Without further delay, let's get straight into this article and dig out some of the best classics ever written.

  1. Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen

One of the most popular classic novels in English Literature. Jane Austen herself called this work “her own darling child” and stated that the protagonist “Elizabeth Bennet” is one of the most accurate creatures that has ever appeared in print. The story revolves around Elizabeth Bennet and her character development during the Regency Era in England.

The story is revved up with humor, comedy, love, passion, and manner. The romantic clash between Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is an astonishing performance of civilized sparring.

  1. The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Set in the Jazz Age of Long Island, this is the story of The Great Gatsby (Jay Gatsby) and his obsession to reunite with his former love, Daisy Buchanan. This amazing classic is filled with love, obsession, passion, romance, mystery, and every other element that you may think of. It is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is considered one of the greatest classics of twentieth-century literature.

  1. Wuthering heights By Emile Bronte

The most gothic and tormented love story ever written in literature is the tale of a troubled orphan, Heathcliff, and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw. This classic book is considered to be the most disturbing masterpiece of the nineteenth century. The story is utterly disturbing yet beautiful.

From gothic novels to poetic allegory, this masterpiece has it all. Wuthering Heights is a mystifying and powerful tour de force.

  1. Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

Generations have fallen in love with this pristine classic. The March family and their love for each other have inspired us all who have read their story. A talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, adoring Meg, and romantic yet spoiled Amy - Little Women explore how these sisters are united by their love and passion for each other. This book is a representation of their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

  1. Animal farm By George Orwell

A classic devoted to freedom and its various aspects. A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With some flaming ideas and idealizing slogans, these animals tend to create a paradise in progress so that everyone can live happily and enjoy the most awaited freedom. This classic has inspired every age group to be independent and see what it’s like to be free.

This classic is filled with humor, clarity, and savage comedy. This book may be old, but the ideas painted in it are still ferociously fresh.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee

One of the most famous and successful classics ever printed in history. The book is filled with pristine elements of drama, compassion, and heartbreak. It shows the reader the roots of human behavior - innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. This classic will provide you with an overview of human emotions and their effects on people’s lives.

The writer Harper Lee wanted her book to be just a simple love story, and it turned out to be one of the greatest masterpieces in American literature.

  1. Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The novel by a Russian writer, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is a psychological analysis of the poor farmer student Raskolnikov, who has a theory that he’s an extraordinary person who is capable of using evil means to help people around him, which ultimately leads him to murder.

This classic is considered as one of the finest studies of the psychopathology of guilt written in any language. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, which will leave you in utter confusion about how, and if, you can positively influence the world.

  1. A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens

The best historical novel that has ever been written in history. The story is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. This is the story of a French doctor, Manette, his 18 year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris, and his release to live in London with his daughter, Lucie.

The classic offers more drama; the scenes of large mob violence are vivid in historical understanding. Needless to say, this book is a must-read.

  1. The Scarlett Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

A book from the historical fiction genre set in the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony during the years 1642 to 1649. The novel recites the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth to a daughter through an affair. This book represents her struggles to create a new life of dignity and repentance.

This classic contains several religious and historical allusions, the practice of adultery, and various themes focused on legalism, sin, and guilt.

  1. The color purple By Alice Walker

One of the greatest and powerful books of Modern American literature. The color purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. This is the story of two sisters, Celie and Nettie, separated as girls.

This is the story of their hope in each other across time, distance, and silence. The color purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse by narrating the lives of women and their struggles. The story well depicts the pain and suffering that women have to go through while dodging all the tantrums thrown at them. Alice Walker’s epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.

So, these were all the best classics that you simply must read. What are you waiting for? Go grab these classics and snuggle up with a nice hot drink on your sofa, ready to be transported to a new world.

Happy reading!

Piyush Goel
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