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12 books for teens who don’t like reading


Are you a parent struggling to get your teenager interested in reading? Do they find traditional novels boring or intimidating? Fear not, as we have compiled a list of 12 books specifically tailored for teens who don't like reading. 

From interactive stories to collections of short stories and non-fiction books, there is something for every type of reader. Let's dive together! Your teen is about to make a journey into the literary world without even realising they're being drawn into the joy of reading.

1. 'Adventure Time Encyclopaedia'

For fans of the hit show Adventure Time, this spinoff book is like a treasure trove of Ooo. It offers an interactive reading experience that might just get your teen excited about the world of books.

2. 'You Are a Shark' (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Empower your teen's book-browsing experience by introducing them to the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' series. "You Are a Shark" puts the reader in the driver's seat, allowing choices that will lead to various fin-tastic endings, making reading an active and thrilling pursuit.

3. 'One of Us is Lying'

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For those who prefer their reads to be short, sweet, and full of drama, "One of Us is Lying" offers the perfect blend of mystery and high school intrigue. This YA novel's quick pacing and unexpected twists will ensure your teen is hooked from the very first page.

4. 'She Is Not Invisible'

Laureth Peak's dad has shown her how to spot recurring number patterns—their family's way of finding each other in the vast chaos of the universe. "She Is Not Invisible" is a captivating novel that blends mystery with a profound dive into our connection with perception and visibility.

5. 'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian'

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Introduce non-readers to the magic of accessible literature with Sherman Alexie's award-winning book! The novel is a coming-of-age story that tackles issues like racism, poverty, and alcoholism in a raw and often humorous way.

6. 'The Hate U Give'

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Touching on important themes like police violence and racial justice, "The Hate U Give" is a captivating read that older teens will connect with! This book has sparked conversations globally and tells a story that truly reflects the current social atmosphere.

7. Warcross by Marie Lu

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For teens interested in technology and gaming, this book combines the thrill of video games with real-life stakes, making it an exciting read and  a bridge between gaming and literature.

8. 'Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek'

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (A Memoir)

A memoir in comic book format, "Popular," by Maya Van Wagenen details a year in which she conducted social experiments straight out of her grandmother's advice book published in the 1950s. This engaging and poignant work of non-fiction is perfect for fans of graphic novels.

9. 'How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous'

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

This non-fiction book offers a captivating exploration of the premature deaths of nineteen famous individuals, from Pharaoh Ramesses to Albert Einstein. The content is quirky, educational, and engaging.

10. 'Information Graphics'

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"Information Graphics" is great for those who love visuals. It presents a wide variety of topics, from economics to nature, through engaging and informative infographics.

11. 'Technology (DK Eyewitness Books)'

"Technology (DK Eyewitness Books)" offers rich images and detailed explanations, perfect for teens interested in how modern technology works. Its visual style and thorough details make it an excellent choice for learning.

12. 'The Book of Awesome'

"The Book of Awesome" is an uplifting read that highlights the small joys in life we usually miss. It's a positive book, easy for busy teens to read in short bursts, encouraging them to find happiness in everyday moments.


In conclusion, finding the right book for a teen who doesn't like reading can be a challenging task, but it is not impossible. By exploring interactive stories, short story collections, non-fiction books, graphic novels, fantasy, and science fiction novels, you can help your teenager discover the joy of reading in a way that resonates with them. Remember to encourage exploration and open-mindedness when it comes to trying new genres and authors. Happy reading!

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