When you think about Kendall Jenner, the best books for teens might not be the first thing to pop in your head. Instead, her many looks, her love for Nike Air Force 1s, or her infamous Pepsi commercial might be front and center. However, since May of 2019, Kendall has shown another side to her fans — her literary side. While you struggle to find the best reading position in the comfort of your room, dorm, or by your family's pool, she reads on a yacht off the coast of some tropical destination or by a pool of some luxe hotel.
It all began when she was spotted reading Darcie Wilder’s novel literally show me a healthy person while relaxing alongside Luka Sabbat. Not long after, she was photographed in August reading No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July.
It wasn't until November of 2019 when she took her "to read" list (which she admitted was curated by her agent, Ashleah Gonzales) to IG stories that Kendall's unofficial book club began. And since then, we've asked ourselves, "Where can we sign up?" Because even self-proclaimed literary snobs from The Lit Club give Kendall's choices passing grades.
And that IG story wasn't just for show. The model has been committed to the book worm life — we love to see it. In December, she was spotted reading Chelsea Hodson's Tonight I'm Someone Else and most recently she has welcomed 2020 by reading Fariha Roisin's How to Cure a Ghost and Melissa Broder's So Sad Today.
So, if you're like us and you want in on her unofficial book club but need to catch up on the reading material we've rounded up the best books for teens according to Kendall Jenner herself. Don't worry you don't need to be wearing a bikini or have access to a yacht to be able to read these books and join. All you need is free time and an interest in non-fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and short stories.
How to Cure a Ghost by Fariha Róisín
Fariha Róisín shared with Teen Vogue that her poetry book debut is all about finally making enough space in her life to choose herself. That being said, this compilation showcases Róisín's relationships with herself as a queer, Muslim femme and with her mother.
Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea Hodson
In these essays, Hodson shares her own work experience as well as asks how our bodies are copping under our digital world.
literally show me a healthy person by Darcie Wilder
Wilder's follows life of somebody trying to document themselves and the world around them.
The Houseguest: And Other Stories by Amparo Dávila
Mexican writer, Amparo Dávila is known for her mesmerizing stories filled with suspense and mystery, and The Houseguest is no different.
So Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa Broder
If you follow and like Broder's twitter account @SoSadToday, then you'll definitely love her collection of essays that revolve around death, love, self-esteem, and more.
No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July
In these stories, July conveys that no moment in your life is insignificant. Instead, they're the complete opposite. It's all about perception.
Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav
This collection of poetry and prose explores themes like self-discovery and empowerment and you won't be able to put it down the second you grab it.
Can't and Won't: Stories by Lydia Davis
If you like small doses of reading, this is your book. The stories are easy reads and filled with sly humor.
Black Swans: Stories by Eve Babitz
According to The New York Times Book Review"Babitz’s talent for the brilliant line, honed to a point, never interferes with her feel for languid pleasures."
The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington by Leonora Carrington
This book is the first time all of Leonora Carrington's stories, including several never before seen, are in print. If you want to follow the life of an amazing surrealist writer and painter, add this to your cart now.
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