Being a teenager is hard, dudes. Thank gawsh for great books like these! Have you already read ’em?

Rosalind Jana’s ‘Notes on Being Teenage’ does a wonderful job of answering all the important questions. Not least of all ‘is this normal?’


We thought it could be fun (and maybe useful) to also list similar books of YA fiction that go hand-in-hand with each chapter. Book recommendations? Yes. By the bucket-load. You’re welcome.


Chapter 1 – I love hate love the way I look 

  • ‘Dumplin” by Julie Murphy
  • ‘The DUFF’ by Kody Kerplinger
  • ‘Wintergirls’ by Laurie Halse Anderson

looking good

Chapter 2 – Finding your style

  • ‘Love Bomb’ by Jenny McLachlan
  • ‘Star Struck’ by Jenny McLachlan
  • ‘The Look’ by Sophia Bennett


Chapter 3 – Online life

  • ‘Girl Online’ by Zoe Sugg
  • ‘Radio Silence’ by Alice Oseman
  • ‘The Hit List’ by Nikki Urang


Chapter 4 – Notes on family

  • ‘Along for the Ride’ by Sarah Dessen (or literally anything by this author)
  • ‘Juvie’ by Steve Watkins


Chapter 5 – What’s inside your head?

  • ‘When We Collided’ by Emery Lord
  • ‘Lies Like These’ by Louisa Reid
  • ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven

inside out

Chapter 6 – Friendships & fitting in

  • ‘Remix’ by Non Pratt
  • ’99 Days’ by Katie Cotugno
  • ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson


Chapter 7 – Love & stuff

  • ‘Lobsters’ by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
  • ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han
  • ‘Read Me Like A Book’ by Liz Kessler


Chapter 8 – What makes you tick?

  • ‘The Art of Being Normal’ by Lisa Williamson
  • ‘The Song Will Save Your Life’ by Leila Sales
  • ‘Blue’ by Lisa Glass

adventure time

And that’s a wrap! Got all those down? Tweet us your recs @maximumpopbooks

You can get your copy of ‘Notes on Being Teeange’ riiiight here.


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Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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