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I liked a lot of books christinabybaby mentioned as a teen (though I was a girl), loved Staying fat for sarah byrnes
I was also going to suggest Into Thin Air and Into the Wild both by Jon Krakaur. I think they might be appreciated by more outdoorsy boys though, so depends where you live etc.
I think a lot of books written even 20 years ago and certainly in the 70s and back can be a little hard to get into for reluctant teen readers. My mom is a children's librarian and she claims there are tons of great current y/a books and gets fed up with the usual "lord of the flies" and Robert Cormier standards.
The July issue of "the Sun" (the essay magazine) had several great essays which I think teen boys would like.
Also I love classics in general and find it depressing when they aren't enjoyed by more people However I hate Robert Cormier and "the Lord of the Flies and as a huge reader found them hard to get through...in fact I never finished "the chocolate war". (I was a girl though, perhaps the difference) I would switch up those sorts of books with more modern counterparts if I found my students unable to get through them. And perhaps stick with short stories to get in some older literature.
It's impossible to say what will speak to different individuals though.
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