If I could recommend one book that every young person should read, other than the Bible, it would be “Life on the Edge; A Young Adults Guide to a Meaningful Future” by Dr. James Dobson (1995). This book is specifically written for ages 16-26, which Dr. Dobson calls the “critical decade.” My son discovered it when he was 26 years old and it has been his favorite book ever since. A few years ago, my husband read a copy of it as well, not realizing how much it meant to our son. He was also very complimentary of the book.
In the book Dobson covers a range of topics including how to find the person you will marry, choosing your life’s work, handling money, getting along with your parents, choosing a college and many others. The book is written in a warm, conversational style and would make an outstanding gift for graduation.