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Books You Won’t Mind Your Teenage Daughter Reading

At my house, we love books.

But finding books that are within our “okay” range for our teens is super-duper hard.

At the highest standard our values in books are:

  • no cussing
  • no teen dating
  • no magic
  • no sex
  • no overly graphic scenes
  • no drug use
  • no homosexuality
  • no indulging in sinful behavior

That said, we’ve had to let our “perfect” standards loosen when if we want our children to enjoy reading without feeling like everything secular is off-limits.

For our older children, we allow mild cussing here and there, a party-scene if it’s pertinent to the storyline, a few kissing scenes and mild violence. We strive to keep everything PG.

This parenting Christian teens in our current society IS NOT easy.

You might not agree with all the books in this list, but these are the ones we’ve read, review, and/or liked enough to endorse.

* I’ve included some notes on a book if I feel like it’s necessary.

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Plot line: Girl gets chosen to be in the running for the prince’s hand in marriage.

Have I read it? Yes. It was interesting to read about the aftermath of a school shooting. No romance, sex or drug use. Violence only in the scenes of the shooting, which are spread out. It’s mostly about how the girlfriend of the shooter was left trying to piece her life back together.

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The Selection Series

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Plot line: Girl gets chosen to be in the running for the prince’s hand in marriage.

Have I read it? I’ve read these. They do have romance and kissing, but very mild.

Mild Exception: A couple makes out in the first chapter of the first book which seems silly that the author started the entire series out like that considering that parents will probably only look into the first chapter of the book!

It’s eerily reminiscent of the story of Ester. The author proclaims Christianity, but the books aren’t Chrisitan per se.

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Uglies Series

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Plot line: Dystopian series about a society where everyone gets plastic surgery at 16 and those who realize that something sinister is being altered in their minds along with their bodies.

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Have I read it? I’ve read these and there isn’t anything I have seen that is questionable. One couple sleeps in the same bed although sex is never EVER mentioned.

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Geek Girl Series

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Plotline: Girl who is a “geek” gets chosen to become a model.

Have I read it? No, but although fashion-oriented, the reviews of this book consider it an overall lighthearted theme of being okay in your own skin.

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Matched Series

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Plotline: Girl is the perfect citizen realizes that perfection in her dystopian society comes at a price.

Have I read it? No, but it’s on my “read next” list!

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Wonder

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Plotline: Boy has disfigured face and is going to public school for the first time. He revolutionizes how people see him.

Have I read it? No, but my daughter has. It’s been made into a movie that all my children and husband have watched and love. Very inspirational.

And it’s part of a larger series!

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Plotline: Girl becomes bulimic after father dies.

Have I read it? No, but my daughter has. As an ex-bulimic myself, it helped her understand what I went through as a child as well as understand that weight DOES NOT equal happiness. Discusses the dangers of eating disorders. May be a trigger for those who struggle with weight.

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The Giver Series

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Plotline: Dystopian society where everyone is given a spouse (but take pills to reduce urges) and babies are grown from “birth mothers” to give each family two children (one boy and one girl). Only one man has memories of the past, and he needs to pass these memories onto the main character.

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Have I read it? Yes, several times. The only scene I like to skip (just because I can’t bear it) is when they euthanize a “unacceptable” baby.

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Stargirl

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Plotline: Girl that stands out in high school

Have I read it? No, but it seems like a great read.

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One for the Murphy’s

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Plotline: Foster child moves in with good family, her struggle to belong in a world she didn’t know existed.

Have I read it? No, both of my oldest daughters have read…more than once.

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Heist Society

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Plotline: Girl spy, in the family business.

Have I read it? No, but my oldest daughters have read her other books about girl spies.

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Red Queen Series

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Plotline: Girl in a “commoners” versus “royals” society that comes to revolution.

Have I read it? No, but violence/war seems to be the biggest issue.

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Out of My Mind

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Plotline: Disabled (Cerebral Palsy) girl has to overcome life’s struggles.

Have I read it? No, both the reviews claim only one “cuss” word of “retarded” and no sex, drugs or violence.

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Divergent Series

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Plotline: Dystopian fiction in a caste-like system that needs to be overthrown.

Have I read it? Yes, there is one sensual scene where a shirt is taken off, sex is reserved for “someday.”

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The Hunger Games

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Plotline: Dystopian fiction where teens must fight for their lives in arena.

Have I read it? Yes, romance exists as a subplot, but barely. Violence is probably more than normal, there’s a scary dog scene that was kind of haunting..

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