Books that Every High School Student Should Read

I just saw the movie for Perks of Being a Wallflower (amazing movie, by the way, probably the best book-to-movie adaptation I've ever seen) and it got me thinking about all the books that I wish I'd read when I was in high school. Here are a few of the books that I think every high school student should read at least once.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Every Day by David Levithan

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Forever by Judy Blume 

They're all fantastic books with characters that feel absolutely like real teenagers. I shared their pain and it made me see high school in a whole new light. Some of them (Cracked Up to Be, Wintergirls) I did read in high school. Others (Perks of Being a Wallflower, Forever) I didn't sit myself down and read until college.

I actually remember, once, going to the bookstore and seeing Perks on the shelf. I looked at it. I thought about it. I had the money. And then I walked away. I believe that certain books attract me at certain times for a reason, but that one I really wish I had picked up that day instead of just buying it last semester.


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