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Young adult books about teenage (16-20) love, sex & drugs?

I'm 18 looking for a good read about sex, love, drugs, prostitution, or anything a teen can relate to. Preferably non-fiction, but fiction is okay too. Much appreciated.

16 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Smack by Melvin Burgess was pretty good. I'm not sure if it was fiction or non. Also read Ellen Hopkins Crank, loosely based on her daughter's addiction to crystal meth. It was followed up with her book Glass and the last in the series is Fallout due later this year. Her book Tricks is about 5 teenagers who turn to prostitution too.

    Another good book is Sold by Patricia McCormick about a teenage girl in Nepal (I think, it's been awhile...) who gets sold into child prostitution.

  • 5 years ago


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    A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks Hush Hush series- Becca Fitzpatrick Hearts In Darkness- Laura Kaye Marriage to a Billionaire series: Jennifer Probst Fallen series-Lauren Kate Happy Ever After - Nora Roberts Perfect Chemistry series -Simone Elkeles The Wolves of Mercy Falls series-Maggie Stiefvater

  • Alice
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Nokosee: Rise of the New Seminole by Micco Mann. It has the defiant voice of a 17 year old girl who manages to overcome everything thrown at her in the course of the novel which is a lot-- and she does it in a way that would make all girls proud-- not in a superhuman way or through the assistance of some heroic act of a man but via her own means.

    Cherry by Mary Karr. A memoir about teens, sex, drugs and growing up in rural Texas as told through the gritty, beautiful prose of one of America's best writers. It's a book every teen girl should read. If the opening paragraph doesn't do it for you, nothing will (you can read it on the Amazon link below).

    And, of course, Pamela Des Barres legendary I'm With The Band. It's the ultimate shameless tell-all book by a groupie who couldn't wait to grow up.

  • 1 decade ago

    I've read Diary Of A Crush - it's the only book series I've read thats simular to what you describe, there's sex and love, no prostitution or drugs to what I remember but it's good.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an excellent read. It's also a controversial one. In 2008 it was the 6th most challenged book in the US for drugs, sex, suicide, homosexuality, and language, all things which are very relevant at our age.

  • 1 decade ago

    Crank is a good book.... it's by Ellen Hopkins, Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar, & The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

  • 1 decade ago

    Requiem for a dream, its a reeally good film quite intense ''The film depicts different forms of addiction, leading to the characters’ imprisonment in a dream world of delusion and reckless desperation that is subsequently overtaken and devastated by reality''

    It is also a book but i havent ever read it. The film pretty much includes everything that your asking for.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Crank and Glass by Ellen Hopkins - Has it all: Drugs, sex [also rape], teen pregnancy. It's fiction.

    Go Ask Alice - It's a true story about a girl who got addicted to drugs.

  • 1 decade ago

    'Junk' by Melvyn Burgess (which was called 'Smack' in America) sounds like the kind of thing you're looking for. It's a novel, so it's fiction, obviously. I'm actually struggling to think of any true stories on those topics, so can't help you on the non-fiction score, sorry.

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