If you’re looking for something a little different from your average teen fiction, I’d suggest picking up a copy of The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula Le Guin. Most people are dubious about science fiction but I promise you’ll love this! I won’t lie, it’s definitely a strange book that will put you out of your comfort zone, but I really do recommend it. The book takes place far into the future where there exists an alliance of planets called the Ekumen. An envoy is sent to Winter, a planet outside of the alliance, to convince the people there to join their union. There’s something very weird about the people of this planet – they have no gender. It’s incredible to read about a regular human man trying to get along with and accept people so different from him, and vice-versa, since he seems very strange to the inhabitants of Winter. I really enjoyed this novel, and think everyone should at least give it a try.
For those of you looking for something totally different to try, I suggest The Old Man and The Sea, by Ernest Hemingway. It’s an older book, and is written differently than most other books I’ve read. It takes place over the course of just a few days. It’s surprisingly gripping, and is super well-written. Although it’s a short read, there’s a ton of stuff packed in there, so I really loved it!
Post by Beatrice, teen blogger