Start a Mother Daughter Book Club and connect with your teen daughter by reading together. Here is a quick pick list of mother/daughter titles from history to mystery to romance and more to help you find the best books for bonding with your teen.
Looking for a southern historical that will inspire? Here's a story about three women who cross color boundaries to challenge the racial views of 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan aspires to be a writer and wants to interview black maids on what it’s like to work for white women. It’s a dangerous idea, but when she enlists the help of two black maids, the three women embark on a journey of friendship and life changing experiences. Fans of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd will enjoy this read by first time author Kathryn Stockett. Although this novel is written for the adult market, teens who enjoy southern historical writing will enjoy this book, too. (Putnam, 2011. ISBN: 9780399157912)
Beatrice Prior lives in a futuristic Chicago where society is divided into factions based on virtues: Dauntless, Amity, Candor, Abnegation, and Erudite. When she turns fifteen she will have to decide whether to stay in her own faction, or choose another, but no matter her decision, she is the keeper of a secret that if revealed could mean death for her and her family. Full of action, romance, and epic adventure, Divergent by Veronica Roth is a dystopian novel, and will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games series. This book is recommended for ages 14-up. (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011. ISBN: 9780062024022)
Vampires, werewolves, and forbidden love. This perennial favorite is a must read for teens who enjoy reading paramormal romance. Bella Swan enters Forks High School hoping to make it through her junior year as just another anonymous student, but when she attracts the attention of Edward Cullen, resident vampire, her quiet life turns into something more dark and chaotic. Due to mature themes, I recommend this book for teens 14-up. (Little, Brown and Company, 2006. ISBN: 9780316015844)
Kelsey is preparing for the simple college life and takes a temporary summer job helping a traveling circus. Her new job requires her to take care of the white tiger, but there's something so human about him. The mysterious connection Kelsey feels with the tiger becomes clear when she learns his name is Ren and he's an Indian Prince who's been under a curse for three hundred years. In an epic romance that takes readers to the jungles of India, comes a fairytale story of a young girl destined to break the curse of her true love. This books is the first in Colleen Houck's multi-book adventure romance. The publisher recommends this book for ages 12-18. (Splinter, 2011. ISBN: 9781402784033)
At twelve Mary Quinn was sentenced to hang for being a thief, but she is spared from the gallows when a prison guard helps her escape. Set in Victorian England, this is the story of a mixed race young girl who is taken from her destitute life on the London streets to be trained as a spy by women running an agency under the guise of a boarding school for girls. Mystery, romance, and adventure follow Mary in this first book by debut author Y.S. Lee. The publisher recommends this book for ages 12-up. (Candlewick Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780763652890)
Landon can’t believe he’s being dared to ask the preacher’s daughter to the dance. What begins as a prank turns into a tender story of friendship and first love. Landon discovers spending time with Jamie is healing to his own soul and when they receive some tragic news, he makes a decision of a lifetime. Author Nicholas Sparks moves readers to tears with this tender story-make sure to have some tissues handy. The publisher recommends this book for ages 12-up. (Grand Central Pub, 2000. ISBN: 9780446608954)
Once a popular and outgoing student, Melinda Sordino is now quiet, distant, and a social outcast at school. Former friends mock her for ruining a back to school party by calling the police, but Melinda won’t speak about what really happened. Award winning author Laurie Halse Anderson writes a powerful story about the emotional and physical effects of rape. Focusing on the effects of rape, rather than the actual act, Halse Anderson makes it possible for readers to talk about a disturbingly real and difficult topic. The publisher recommends this book for ages 12-up. (Speak, 2006. ISBN: 9780142407325)