I tripped and fell into thinking about how I got into reading. My dad always read to me when I was a kid and my mom works in a book bindery so, we always had lots of books around, but when I was 10-12 I really got into reading and would sit in my room for hours and hours reading, sometimes the same books over and over and over. This is a list of those books, gateway-books into my addiction to adventure, far-off places, and captivating stories. Now my tastes have changed, but I would be interested in rereading these books in the hopes that they aren’t too
cringy disappointing for me as an adult. At the time, I would literally read all of these and then start at the beginning again; I could not count even if I wanted to how many times I have read through this list. For the sake of fairness, I will try to be honest and place the books in the order of pre-teen Amber’s love. Note: I am purposefully leaving Twilight from this list as I discovered it at 13 and these books led me to Twilight and my paranormal, YA fantasy obsession. Let’s get into it!
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
I LOVED this book. It was all about a girl who wrote for the school paper and is trusted with the new kid’s secret; he’s a movie star. It’s a love story, but I really couldn’t tell you much more about it except that she goes to prom on a motorcycle wearing a dress covered in forget-me-nots. I’m pretty sure this is the only Meg Cabot book I’ve ever read. I do own another one
in a box somewhere at my parent’s house, but I always went back to Teen Idol.
Confessions of a Teen Nanny by Victoria Ashton
Up second in my line-up was always this series. I would add the books as they came out and there were three in total. From what I remember, these are about a girl who nannies for a Manhattan-elite family that has three “kids”. A younger daughter, who she nannies, a daughter who was the same age as the main character, and a son who was in his twenties. She basically gets pulled into their world of money, penthouses, and manipulation. I also remember there being sex and drugs involved so maybe I was technically too young when I read this so be warned!
I’d Tell You I’d Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
I found this series after the first two on this list, but I still want to finish them. I only got around to reading books 1-3 and now there are three more, but I left my copies of the first three at my parent’s house
I’m seeing a pattern here. This series is about a school of spies and I remember loving the love story and I remember this cafeteria scene that I really loved where the students were assigned a language and separate accents to use while talking to their friends at lunch. I always thought that was super cool and I wished I knew that many languages.
Twilight isn’t the only book I’ve kept from this list. I had a major Sarah Dessen phase where I wouldn’t read anything else because I got it into my head that I wanted to read them all. BUT that’s another list, for another post, for another day.Thanks for reading! -xo Amber
What were your favorite books as a pre-teen? Did you read any of these too? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought!
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