Teenage phase is the time of your life when you are struggling to survive through the transition from childhood to adulthood. Your body goes through the chaotic hormones that change every second and people irk you with treating you as an adult now and a kid next minute. A time when everything seems either ‘happily ever after’ or ‘forever going down’, there is a need of sense of reality with positivity and answers you seek.
Autobiographies serve these purposes very well. 10 autobiographies that every teenager should read at least once:-
I know why the caged bird sings – Maya Angelou
The book presents a vivid account of author’s family, social experiences and the insecurities she felt which played an important role in her growing up. Besides narrating the caste and class system of South America, it also deals with various problems that she faced while growing up and how she dealt with them.
The black notebooks – Toi Derricotte
The book travels through various struggles that the author faced because of her self-doubts and fear. Also she continuously battles with the question that who she is and whether she should let people know that.
Playing it my way – Sachin Tendulkar
Master blaster reveals his journey from local buses to world class BMW. The book not only gives glimpses into the childhood and life of idol of many, but also motivates and encourages people to go on in life.
The glass castle – Jeannette Walls
The memoir is all about the love for a loyal but dysfunctional family. The children learn to take care of themselves, helping each other, embrace life fearfully and eventually find their way towards happiness and success.
Three cups of tea – Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Reiln
The author along with Relin recounts a journey which took him from the failed K2 climb to successful establishment of schools in some of the isolated regions ok Pakistan & Afghanistan. This is a heartening story of converting bomb and guns to books and knowledge.
Truth, love & a little malice – Khushwant Singh
A large section of population in India is already aware about a story or two about khushwant Singh’s life. This autobiography presents the entire life story of the renowned author. This book stacks up all the stories that prompted whatever the author is, at present.
Mein kampf – Adolf Hitler
To get the picture what resulted into emergence of Hitler, this autobiography is must. The book bares, his childhood, aspirations, political ideologies and plan he had for the future of Germany.
The diary of a young girl – Anne Frank
The horrors of war can be easily traced in this book along with the conditions of Jewish people in Germany during Hitler’s tyranny. The firsthand account provides a vivid account of isolation from the outer world and constantly present threat to life and freedom. It is a story of a young girl growing up in the confinement of four walls during war.
The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Benjamin Franklin
This book contains the life story of one of the America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. He was a self taught, an excellent orator and extremely witty. This book is totally mesmerizing account of his life which was full of intellectualism and optimism.
Angela’s ashes – Frank Mc court
The memoir’s author was born in depression-era Brooklyn and raised in slums of Ireland. He recounts the continuous poverty he lived in, begging to avoid starvation and supplemented with father’s alcoholic habits. But still he tells the tale with forgiveness, happiness and enthusiasm.