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25 Books From Your Teen Years That'll Make You Incredibly Nostalgic

Flashbacks to reading Vampire Academy and being Team Dimitri or Adrian.

1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


Nostalgic moment: Declaring allegiance to either Dimitri or Adrian, depending on who you stanned more.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Scholastic Press

Nostalgic moment: Seeing everyone at school plait their hair like Katniss Everdeen, as well as getting into fights over people who were Team Gale when they clearly should have been Team Peta.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Pan Macmillan Australia, Alfred A. Knopf

Nostalgic moment: Being assigned this book in English and completely writing it off...until you read it and fell in love with the characters and storyline.

4. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

MacMillan Children's Books, HarperCollins

Nostalgic moment: Remembering the OG covers and titles which correlated to the book number — like Third Time Lucky, Six Appeal and Seventh Heaven.

5. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Little, Brown and Company

Nostalgic moment: Writing risqué fan fiction on Wattpad after eagerly devouring the entire book.

6. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Penguin Australia, Harper Teen

Nostalgic moment: Being confused by the back-and-forth storyline until everything clicked and you understood the significance of Taylor's story.

7. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Harper Collins, Harper Teen

Nostalgic moment: Smuggling this book home in your library bag because you didn't want your mum to see the title and get suspicious.

8. Paper Towns by John Green

Speak, Bloomsbury

Nostalgic moment: Being slightly disappointed in the ending and declaring it your second favourite John Green book behind Looking For Alaska.

9. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Nostalgic moment: Counting down the days until it would be March because that's when a new instalment in the series would come out.

10. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Simon Pulse

Nostalgic moment: Being spooked while reading this because the plot felt a little too realistic.

11. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Delacorte Press, Chicken House

Nostalgic moment: Being super into dystopian YA books after The Hunger Games, which meant reading The Maze Runner, of course.

12. Fallen by Lauren Kate

Delacorte Press

Nostalgic moment: Secretly loving Fallen, even though everyone else called it a rip-off of Twilight because they were so similar.

13. Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan

Puffin, Disney Hyperion

Nostalgic moment: Actually paying attention in History class because for once you were interested in the happenings of Ancient Greece.

14. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd

HarperCollins Publishers, HarperTeen

Nostalgic moment: Thinking that this series would never end because they kept releasing book, after book, after book. Oh, but that doesn't mean you weren't hooked — even if the storyline was a liiitlle crazy.

15. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Dutton Books, Speak

Nostalgic moment: Getting to the very last page, tears streaming down your face, thinking, "No, that's it??? I NEED MORE."

16. Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden

Pan Macmillan Australia

Nostalgic moment: Going to the library and borrowing the entire series because it was so good and addictive.

17. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Alfred A. Knopf

Nostalgic moment: Having all your childlike fantasies of mythical creatures and owning a dragon come alive again.

18. Airhead by Meg Cabot

MacMillan Children's Books

Nostalgic moment: Getting sucked into ANOTHER Meg Cabot series and honestly, you weren't mad about it.

19. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Viking Australia, Walker Books

Nostalgic moment: Not being prepared for the absolute emotional lump in your throat you felt for the characters, especially Froi.

20. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Allen & Unwin

Nostalgic moment: Thinking this book was overhyped because everyone kept calling it an Australian To Kill A Mockingbird. That was until you read it and realised how good and important the story is.

21. Just Shocking! by Andy Griffiths


Nostalgic moment: Giggling over the illustrations with your best mate while you were in class and trying not to get caught by your teacher.

22. Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Pan Australia, Scholastic

Nostalgic moment: Picking up this book randomly in the library and falling in love with the strength of the main character.

23. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Little, Brown And Company, Back Bay Books

Nostalgic moment: Lining up outside Dymocks to get your hands on a copy of The Host. And then once you got it, you felt very ~mature~ because it was a book written for ~adults~.

24. Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

Random House, Puffin Books

Nostalgic moment: Getting annoyed at Evanlyn, especially since YOU were in love with Will. Oh, and you loved Halt because you knew he was a big softie that was always looking out for Will's best interests.

25. Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz

Walker Books

Nostalgic moment: Growing up with and becoming a dedicated fan of the Alex Rider series.

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