1. East of Eden
This may be one of my favorite books ever. It’s hard to describe because the story has so many angles, but the story follows the form of Cain and Abel with its own twist. The novel follows the Trask family through generations as they learn what it means to create their own destiny and the importance of independence from your family’s history. The characters are loveable and the story is really easy to follow it. By the end of the book, you will be thinking of this story for weeks to come.
2. Wuthering Heights
Despite AP English IV’s opinion, this book is amazing and romantic. The characters aren’t likeable, I'll admit, but to me, they’re addictive. The novel tells the story of Cathy and Heathcliff lives on the moors as they struggle to defy class distinctions for their love. Each of the characters are so destructive, it’s like you have to keep reading to see what terrible act they’ll do next. Also, Heathcliff and Catherine are very romantic with really romantic lines.
3. The Outsiders
I feel as if a lot of people read this book in middle school, but if you haven’t, I’d recommend it. After a brawl between the Greasers and Socs, a Soc member dies, causing the main characters Ponyboy and Johnny to go into hiding. It’s a great book that dives into social classes, brotherly bonds that extend beyond blood relation, and coming of age.
I think this is a really important read, especially in our society today. This novel discusses fake news administered by a government and the danger of extreme security by a government.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This book really dives into mental health, especially in high school. I’ll admit it’s hard to read. The character deals with anxiety and depression without understanding fully the dangers of his own thoughts at times. Through this book you see how other people feel, even if you never speak to them or even see them.
It might not seem like it would, but this book also deals with mental health, specifically anxiety. It’s about a girl coming out of her shell in college and finding herself on her own. It shows that not every college experience, or even new experience, has to be perfect from the start. It can start rough, but you’ll find your way. It’s also romantic so...
7. Shutter Island
Ian Witsoe recommended this book to me in sophomore year, and I will be honest, I was skeptical to read it because it didn’t seem romantic, but I'm glad I did. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a mystery and it’s worth the read.
8. Places No One Knows
This book is so weird, I won’t lie. It’s about meeting someone in your dreams, a place no one knows, and trying to find the right way to meet them in real life. It deals with popularity in high school and cliques and not caring about appearances. All that matters in the end is you like spending time with the person you’re spending time with, it doesn’t matter what other people think of them.
9. I Remember You
This book is a sci-fi/mystery/romance. It’s really addictive. Don’t tell my dad, because he will get mad at me because he told me I had to stop doing this, but it was so addictive that I would read the book at stoplights while driving. Like I said, it’s a mystery, so I don’t want to reveal too much.
10. The Hunger Games
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