Real life fiction for Teen Boys (they don't all like Sci-fi/Fantasy and Dystopia!)

By The Bookshop Bridport

By The Bookshop Bridport

Oftentimes the go-to fiction for teenagers are dystopia, paranormal romance, or sci-fi/fantasy, but lots of boys just want realistic books that reflect their lives, or their lives as they might be.  There is a whole slew of them, but they tend to be lost in the mix - here's a list of new and old titles that will fit the bill...

The Outsiders

S E Hinton

£7.99 £7.43

OK - I'll be honest. I read this, as a teen girl, 20 years after it was published and it didn't feel dated. 30 (OMG 30!) plus years on, it still works. Seriously guys, this is an extraordinary work of fiction

One Of Us Is Lying

Karen M. McManus

£7.99 £7.43

Totally one of my favourite books for teens, both boys and girls. 5 kids go into detention, only 4 come out - and they are the main suspects. But who done it?

One Of Us Is Next

Karen M. McManus

£7.99 £7.43

Yep, you got it - it's the sequel! And it's just as good...


Gary Paulsen

£6.99 £6.50

Absolutely brilliant and my go to for boys who are reluctant readers. A thrilling suvivalist adventure - truly amazing

Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

£7.99 £7.43

Take a deep breath before you read this one. It's brutal, beautiful and brilliant.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie

£7.99 £7.43

Semi-Autobiographical, but brilliant story of a native american boy in a predominantly white school and the issues that ensue. Gorgeously written and timely use of empathy.

I Hunt Killers

Barry Lyga

£9.99 £9.29

AGGGHHHH! Terrifying premise with the main character being the son of a prolific serial killer, who has been caught and imprisoned but now copycats are on the loose and Jaz (the son) wants to help the police find them.

The Impossible Fortress

Jason Rekulak

£7.99 £7.43

LOL - an hilarious tale of a boy who loves to code video games, but also wants to get his hands on a specific edition of Playboy magazine...What is the impossible fortress? The game, or the convenience store from whence to steal the treasure???

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts

Robyn Schneider

£7.99 £7.43

Fantastic tale of a boy who has everything but loses it when he walks in on his girlfriend going down on another guy, storms out of the party and gets into a carcrash. But in losing everything finds himself and so much more...

Looking for Alaska

John Green

£7.99 £7.43

Debut novel of the amazingly talented John Green. Seriously, a must read

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

Sue Townsend

£6.99 £6.50

An oldie but goodie - brilliant trials and tribulations of a boy, the object of his desire and everything else that gets in the way.


John van de Ruit

£7.99 £7.43

Technically historical fiction (early 90s South Africa at the end of Apartheid) with everything about being a teenage boy. A true coming of age tale with all things puberty, girls and self recrimination. I loved it!