Teen Memoirs/Autobiographies


Some Assembly Required: the Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

Arin Andrews

This memoir follows Arin through his adolescence as he comes out as transgender, falls in love, and grows up.

Elena Vanishing
Elena Dunkle

Elena was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at seventeen years old. This memoir follows her struggle with her eating disorder and the ups and downs of her treatment.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Ishmael Beah

Beah recounts the story of how he became a child soldier in Sierra Leone and his eventual escape to the United States.

I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai

In October 2012, Malala was shot at point-blank range by the Taliban for standing up for her right to an education. After her miraculous recovery, she continues to champion for the rights of girls worldwide. 

Laughing at my Nightmare
Shane Burcaw

Shane was born with spinal muscular atrophy, which has confined him to a wheelchair for his entire life. Written when he was twenty-one years old, this memoir captures moments and experiences throughout Shane’s life with humor and positivity.

IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teen Girl in Iraq 

Hadiya is a teen blogger who writes about her life in Iraq.

A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Every summer, Rose and Windy meet up during their annual summer trip to Awago Beach. But this year, Rose’s parents are fighting more than usual, and Rose and Windy find even more drama as they search for a distraction.

UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir
Emily Lindin

When she was eleven years old, Emily was constantly called a “slut” by her classmates. This book is her childhood diary, now published with comments and notes from the author as an adult.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X

In this autobiography, Malcolm X describes how he became one of the most controversial and influential figures of the twentieth century.

This Star Won’t Go Out
Esther Earl

Through letters, stories, and journals, this memoir tells the story of Esther Earl, a young girl with cancer.

Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance
Simone Biles

With nineteen Olympic medals to her name, 20-year-old Simone Biles is a gymnastics superstar. This memoir chronicles Simone’s start as a gymnast and the challenges she faced along the way.