Today, we came across Darren Shan’s list of “essential reads for teens about those who exist outside the boundaries of the established norms” over at the Guardian, and while we can’t take issue with any of his choices, we did notice that each of his choices was written by, and is largely concerned with the exploits of — you guessed it! — a straight white man. Not the most outsider of demographics, if you don’t mind us saying so. As a response, we’ve put together an alternate essential reading list of outsider lit for teenage girls — or teenage boys willing to read outside the mold. Read through our picks after the jump, and add on any of your favorites that we’ve missed in the comments.
The Orange Eats Creeps, Grace Krilanovich
Toss everything you know about teenagers and vampires (and vampire novels) aside. True outsiders won’t fall for Twilight, but might find a hallucinatory home amongst Krilanovich’s Slutty Teenage Hobo Vampire Junkies. After all, that’s sort of how every lusty, black-garbed outsider thinks of herself, anyway.