No, I don’t have a teenage son or nephew who doesn’t like books. Do not feel like you are the only one who feels this way! There’s nothing wrong with reading, but it’s not always the most exciting activity out there. Look no further than this blog post if you’re trying to find books that your teen will enjoy. Among the best books for teenagers who don’t enjoy reading are those compiled by Penn Book. There’s something for every kind of guy in this collection of novels and nonfiction books, whether they’re into history, science, or sports.
Best Books For Teenage Guys Who Don’t Like To Read
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
It’s impossible to find a more user-friendly book than this. Students will be inspired to learn more about social justice thanks to Beah’s succinct prose.
By Steve Osborne, “The Job: True Tales from a New York City Police Officer”
I found this book recommendation on The Moth podcast after listening to Osborne’s story “The Test.” You don’t have to be a criminal justice student to enjoy this book. As a storyteller, Osborne is unparalleled.
All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen
The brilliant Violet Adams will not be able to attend Illyria College. A steampunk London, Violet’s creation. This talented young inventor will not give up on her ambitions. In order to gain admission to the school, she assumes the guise of her identical twin brother.
Things quickly become a mess for both Violet and her friends’ personal and professional lives. The headmaster Duke Ernest Illyria is infatuated with Violet and is close friends with her. Ashton, Violet’s alter ego, has a strange attraction to Violet and this makes Ashton conflicted. Cecily, Ashton’s ward, is the object of a crush on Ashton’s friend. But Ashton is all she has in her heart.
In addition to the romantic muddle, there’s the ethical quandary of innovation. Animal parts may be transplanted between species in the hope of creating an improved creature. Is this acceptable? Is it necessary for the most intelligent people to rule the world?
Those under the age of 13 should not read this book because it contains sexual orientation, relationships, strong language and moral issues.
A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back by Kevin Hazzard
For young men who are pondering their next steps in life, Hazzard’s book is an excellent resource. Hazzard decided to forgo a career as a writer in favor of a career as a paramedic. His personal and marital life will be forever altered as a result of this change. Remember that Hazzard’s stories serve as a reminder that fiction can be stranger than reality on occasion.
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
In the Amherst School for Girls, Emily has a difficult time. Emily was sent to Amherst School for Girls by her parents after her boyfriend Paul showed up to school armed with a gun. He initially threatened Emily, but ended up killing himself.
Writing poetry is one of the ways she copes, learns, and progresses. In these verses, Emily’s emotional state is revealed. These recollections shed light on Emily and Paul’s relationship as well as her early years before coming to Amherst. She believes that the poet and ASG alumna Emily Dickinson speaks to her.
Lyrical prose and a shocking plot line will enthrall teens.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
As a teenager, Starr Carter finds herself in the middle of two worlds. She lives in a slum and goes to a posh prep school in the suburbs. Khalil, Starr’s childhood best friend, has been fatally shot by a police officer, shocking the young girl. Khalil had nothing to fear from a gun.
When he died, the news spread quickly across the country. A gangbanger, thug, or drug dealer have all been used to describe him. In honor of Khalil, Khalil is the name of the protesters marching in his name. The police and a drug lord in the area are harassing and intimidating Starr and her family. That night, everyone is curious to know what happened. Only Starr has the knowledge necessary to provide an answer to this conundrum.
The consequences of Starr’s actions or inactions could be disastrous for her neighborhood. It’s also possible that it puts her in harm’s way.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My condition is much more uncommon than people realize. Everything triggers an allergic reaction in me. I haven’t left my house in 17 years. I can only see my mother and Carla, my nurse.
However, one day a truck arrives at my door. I see him through the window. In a black T-shirt, black jeans, sneakers, and a black knit hat to cover his entire head, he stands tall and lean with an athletic build. He catches me staring back at him. I’m looking right back at you. Olly is his name.
However, we can make some educated guesses as to what may or may not happen in the days and years ahead. In Olly, I have no doubts that I will find a life partner. If it goes as planned, it’s going to end in disaster.
Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Nick Pearson is undetectable…
Contrary to popular belief, I do not go by the name Nick Pearson.
You have no business knowing who I am or why I came to live in Stepton, Virginia in the first place.
There’s no need for you to know who I am or what my hair, eye, and skin colors are.
To tell you about Eli Cruz and the big conspiracy he was about uncovering when he died shortly after I moved here, how I was forced to choose between solving the murder of Reya Cruz’s sister and keeping it quiet as the Program had taught me, and how Stepon changed my life is not right.
But I’ll get there in the end.
Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
While teaching a memoir unit, many of my male students chose to read their first “big book.” If you’re like most people, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you finish the book and then experience that familiar sense of dread: “Well, now what do I read?”
Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
The title of this book may entice teenagers to pick it up. There are five years between Steven and his older brother, Jeffrey. Everyone, including Jeffrey, is in awe of Steven.
Jeffrey tripped over himself because he keeps doing the same thing. He slams his head on the ground, and blood pours out of his nose. When Steven’s mother rushes Jeffrey to the ER, she discovers that he has leukemia.
Now everything in Steven’s life is falling apart. Jeffrey’s mother has to stay in a hospital a long distance away from him. His father works nonstop and never speaks to him. Finances are a major factor in Steven’s inability to concentrate in school. His greatest fear is that Jeffrey will perish, but he can do nothing to prevent it.
Teens who have experienced family trauma will find this book very relatable. Even if you haven’t been through a traumatic experience, this book will be beneficial to you.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
It’s about time I stopped being so harsh with students who watch the movie and then read the book. Understanding a book is often made easier with the help of a movie. It’s fine if it works for the student. Readers will be able to see Hillenbrand’s artistic ability in fine detail. Use the book’s mentor sentences to help your students develop their writing skills.
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
This book was recommended to me by a student. This guy showed up to the class on Monday and claimed to have finished one novel. However, even though I tried not to be overly excited when I wrote down the title, as soon as class was over, I pulled out my phone and added the title to my Goodreads read-next list.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Whatever their prior knowledge of the film adaptation, teens will adore this book. It’s Cassie’s desire to save her brother from an alien invasion that drives her.
A plague decimated 97 percent of the population and electronic devices were destroyed by five alien invasions. Survivors are hunted by the Silencers, human-like aliens.
It’s been nearly a year since Cassie’s parents died and her 5-year-old brother was drafted into the military. It’s all she thinks about. She can’t do it on her own. However, trusting anyone is nearly impossible.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The narrator of this novel gives away the plot’s resolution right at the start. In spite of my reservations, the decision of the author frees me to concentrate on the story’s characters, internal conflicts, and setting.
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (series)
Sea monster management is what Cassandra Leung’s family does. A young Reckoner trainer since the age of two, she raises genetically modified beasts to guard ships as they sail through the pirate-infested NeoPacific. As Cas prepares to embark on her new career as a full-time trainer, she is abruptly interrupted by the bloodstained decks of the ship by Santa Elena.
Mourning is out of the question. The pirate ship has an unhatched Reckoner pup for her to find and take care of. When it comes to the sea, Santa Elena isn’t about to let go without a monster of her own. She’s in need of a good coach. Make sure the pup leaves an impression on Cas’ ship by taking care of it. After that, she’ll show him how to take on pirates in battle. If Cas fails, her blood will color the ocean.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
One of the editor’s Facebook friends tipped me off to this book. It was a book that made me feel like I was privy to a secret. Julius Caesar and The Hunger Games collide in this epic tale. Mars. The group of men reading it for their literature circle finished it before the deadline and organized a trip to the local bookstore to buy the sequel. Everything about it is top-notch. Morning Star and Golden Son, the second and third books in Brown’s series, are recommended for further reading.
Bronxwood by Coe Booth (non-contiguous series)
It’s difficult for Tyrell to deal with the incarcerated father of Tyrell’s best friend. This is already a bad situation because of Tyrell’s mother’s neglect of his brother Troy, who is in a foster home. In spite of his best efforts, he is unable to settle down. If Tyrell agrees to follow his father’s plans, Tyrell’s father does not care. Tyrell is aware of the impending collision, which will also involve his father and other members of his family, but he is unsure if he has the power to avert it. Alternatively, he can opt out if he so chooses.
Finding books that pique the interest of even the most reluctant readers is the best way to encourage them to pick up a book. If you consider the many advantages of reading to your adolescent sons, you’ll want to keep him engrossed in a story for as long as possible. To make it easier for you to find something your son will enjoy, we’ve put together this list of some of our favorite books for teen guys who don’t enjoy reading. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to us if any of these titles sound interesting to you, or if there are any others that we may have forgotten about.