These are great novels for teenage guys, but even if you’re a little bit older, you’ll find some good books on this list.
|Cracked – K. M. Walton
When Bull Mastrick and Victor Konig wind up in the same psychiatric ward at age sixteen, each recalls and relates in group therapy the bullying relationship they have had since kindergarten, but also facts about themselves and their families that reveal they have much in common.
| Bruiser – Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.
|Carter Finally Gets It – Brent Crawford
Join awkward but lovable Will Carter as he tries to find his place in high school. This book is full of lewd humor and bad decision making. Will Carter make it through freshman year alive?
|Purple Heart – Patricia McCormick
Matt Duffy, a young soldier who received a traumatic brain injury while fighting in the Iraq war, tries to remember what really happened on the day he was injured.
|Spanking Shakespeare – Jake Wizner
Shakespeare Shapiro spends his senior year writing a memoir about his embarrassing life and worrying about his lack of a girlfriend and cooler younger brother.
|Twisted – Laurie Halse Anderson
After spending most of his life being bullied, 17 year old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts going bad again, he must decide who he really is.
|The Last Summer of the Death Warriors – Francisco X. Stork
Seventeen-year old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q., who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.’s caregivers, both guys find their lives changed by the interaction.
|The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Although he lives on an Indian reservation, Junior goes to an all-white school miles away. Can he survive being split between two worlds? Funny and sad.
|Paper Towns – John Green
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
|Fat Kid Rules the World – K.L. Going
17-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when Curt, a semi-homeless teen who is a genius on guitar asks Troy to be a drummer in a rock band.
|In the Path of Falling Objects – Andrew Smith
In 1970, after their mom leaves town, two brothers try to hitchhike to find their father, only to find themselves on the road trip from hell.
|Son of the Mob – Gordon Korman
Life’s not easy for Vince, the 17 year old son of a Mafia boss. When he falls for the daughter of an F.B.I. agent, things get even harder…