10 Contemporary Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs for Teens
Autobiographical Memoirs (Teen) – Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library
It's a common misconception that young adult lovers only read YA. Sure, there are some people who would rather read within the genre and nothing else, but there are just as many who have broad reading interests; from genre to age to topic. As someone who reads a lot of YA myself, though, I'm not going to lie and say that when a book is compared favorably to a young adult counterpart that I loved, it doesn't make me want to pick it up even more than I did before But it's a rarity to see YA being compared to other books outside the genre, especially when it comes to nonfiction. But you young adult lovers out there don't need me to tell you that books written within the classification cover so many broad themes and topics, with diverse characters and as much food for thought as any literary fiction or much-talked-about essay collection. With that said, there are so many great memoirs out there that would more than appeal to YA readers, whether because the memoirist is very similar to a character within a favorite fictional read, or they explore similar topics and themes. Read on for seven beloved YA titles and the matching memoirs you need in your life.
For some teens, reading the life stories of others—whether they're famous authors or victims of a civil war—can be an inspiring experience. This list of highly recommended contemporary biographies , autobiographies , and memoirs written for young adults includes life lessons about making choices, overcoming monumental challenges, and having the courage to be a voice for positive change. As a young man of 20 struggling to find direction, Gantos seized an opportunity for quick cash and adventure, signing on to help sail a foot yacht with a cargo of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City. Winner of the Printz Honor Award, Gantos holds nothing back about his experiences with prison life, drugs, and the consequences of making one very bad decision. Due to mature themes, this book is recommended for ages 14 and up.
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