1. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.
Published in: 2000-2009.
What it’s about: Mia, a teenage girl who lives in Manhattan, finds out she’s the sole heir to Genovia, a small European country located between France and Italy. She undergoes princess training, falls in love with her best friend’s brother and proves that being considered cool at school isn’t everything.
What it made you think: “OMG I could secretly be a princess AND THEN MY LIFE WOULD BE COMPLETE.”
2. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.
Published in: 1997-2007.
What it’s about: An 11-year-old boy finds out he’s a wizard and enrolls at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he has to overcome Lord Voldemort.
What it made you think: “There is nothing I want more in this world than to discover I am a witch and go to Hogwarts. Genuinely nothing could ever make me that happy.”
3. The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares.
Published in: 2001-2011.
What it’s about: Four friends (Lena, Bridget, Tibby and Carmen) find a pair of jeans that mysteriously fit them all perfectly. Throughout the summer, which they spend apart, they send the jeans to each other and record their adventures on them.
What it made you think: “People are so complicated. There are so many problems in the world. FRIENDS ARE THE BEST.”
4. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.
Published in: 2008-2010.
What it’s about: Katnis, a 16-year-old girl, takes part in a televised competition in which each contestant has to kill the others.
What it made you think: “Wow. Were I a part of this game, I would definitely be the first to die. I’m so glad that I am not a part of this game.”
5. The So Little Time series by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Published in: 2002-2006.
What it’s about: Twins Riley and Chloe go to school, gossip about boys and spend time being the coolest, most stylish, sassiest girls in the world.
What it made you think: “OMG I WANT A TWIN.”
7. Sugar Rush by Julie Burchill.
Published in: 2004.
What it’s about: Kim has to leave private school and go to her local comprehensive, where she starts partying all the time and falls in love with a girl called Sugar.
What it made you think: “Why don’t I get invited to parties that are as cool as these ones?”
8. The Mates, Dates series by Cathy Hopkins.
Published in: 2001-2010.
What it’s about: Lucy, Izzie, Nesta and T.J. face problems like having to get braces, falling for boys who don’t like them back and not feeling comfortable with the way they look. But it’s all OK because they have each other.
What it made you think: “Oh thank god. Other people worry about the same things as me. PHEW.”
10. The Truth, Dare, Kiss, Promise series by Cathy Hopkins.
Published in: 2002-2006.
What it’s about: Teenagers Cat, Becca, Lia, Squidge and Mac work on their friendships, relationship and school problems together.
What it made you think: “I have really great friends. All my problems are normal. Everything will be OK.”
11. The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison.
Published in: 1999-2009.
What it’s about: Georgia grows up with the Ace Gang, and can’t decide whether to date Robbie the Italian Masimo or Dave the Laugh.
What it made you think: “In order to be as cool as Georgia, I must start calling geography ‘geoggers’.”
12. The Girls series by Jacquline Wilson.
Published in: 1997-2002.
What it’s about: Ellie, Nadine and Madga think about having sex, sneak out to nightclubs and rely on their friendships to get them through family problems.
What it made you think: “OMG I wish I were as confident as Madga.”
13. The Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar.
Published in: 2002-2011.
What it’s about: Blair and Serena go to the elite Constance Billard School for Girls in New York and have their lives documented by an anonymous blogger who goes by the name of ‘Gossip Girl’.
What it made you think: “I would give literally anything to have my life documented by an anonymous blogger. It sounds so glam.”