required summer reading
Even the best stories are hard to swallow sometimes when they are forced upon us. For all you high schoolers who may need some down time after those required summer reads, here are some YA picks matched to your specific detox needs.
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
To shake off the terrifying chaos of disintegrated law and order …
by Robin Palmer
… a more uplifting breakdown of social order, in which friendships cross prom queen/AV club social boundaries.
by Colin Meloy
… a quirky, adventurous journey into the wild in which you won’t get nervous that children might start eating each other.
The Sound and
by William Faulkner
To start to think more clearly after the extreme stream of consciousness …
by Rainbow Rowell
… a story where thoughts are pretty clear, because everyone can read each others minds.
Don't Even Think About It
by Sarah Mlynowski
… a journey through inner turmoil that gets more progress and resolution.
by Ralph Ellison
To get some space from that eerie feel of always being used to someone else’s end…
Where the Mountain Meets
by Grace Lin
… a middle-grade story in which a young protagonist is empowered to make choice after choice in seeking her future, like whether to trust talking goldfish.
by Herman Melville
If you’re tired of unending obsessions…
by Ally Carter
… in which the best in history has to remember that she is a teenaged-thief with some limitations.
Bras & Broomsticks
by Sarah Mlynowski
… a story of a girl letting go of the possibilities of magical powers, because her little sister is the one who got them.
by Charlotte Bronte
If you’re still lost in the gothic mists …
If you kept waiting for a bit more of Jane’s youthful fire…
The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
… a story that brushes you with sea waves, salty air and the golden hints of the horizon for more atmospheric pleasure.
Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas
… with a lionhearted heroine who will not disappoint.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Okay, but really this is THE best story. Maybe just read it again.