Five Must Reads for High School Students

By Emily Orman

  1. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Craig, the protagonist of the It’s Kind of a Funny Story, is a relatable high school student. Overly stressed about grades, yearning to attend an elite prep-school and struggling to find a friend group where he belongs, he seems like a normal teenager. However, when his fight against mental health gets the better of him and he ends up in an institute, he finally finds the space he needs for self-improvement. Filled with sadness, hope, and in the end an amazing love story, this heart-felt novel will lodge itself in your heart the moment you pick it up.  

  1. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The irony of knowing the ending of the story, yet continuing to stick to the belief that perhaps there is an exception, makes Silvera’s revolutionary book stand alone. Following the lives of two boys who have received a call from “Death Cast”, a company that predicts the day you die, They Both Die at the End takes the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions and truly stands alone.

  1. Free To Fall by Lauren Miller 

Imagine living in a world where you had a device that told you everything to do. What coffee to drink. When to leave your house. In Free to Fall, this technology, Lux, seems to be the key to human happiness. However, in a world where there’s no difficulty, there is no individuality. And, in a world of human robots, people are sure to rebel. This novel is a fun read, and is impossible to put down due to the fast-paced plot. The book also has strong connections to our modern world due to the technological aspect of both.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell 

This classic dystopian novel warrants a place on everyone’s bookshelf. In short, the book follows the life of a man who has his own beliefs in a world in which speaking, thinking, and acknowledging your thoughts is banned. Bearing strong messages about perseverance and the importance of being unique, Orwell’s moving storyline is sure to have an impact on the way you approach your daily life.

  1. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Somber and compelling, The Hate You Give will be sure to go down in history. Following the life of Starr Carter, the novel features her battle against racism and how it has affected her life. In the #BlackLivesMatter era, Thomas’ monumental book will sure to leave you in tears while simultaneously sparking inspiration for change. 

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