What are the best books every high school student should read?

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    #1Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Alexander Wade
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "One of my favor ite book of all time. Although Steinback has a way of taking extreme cases of the era and putting it in one scenario like he did in Grapes of Wrath, of Mice and Men is his best work. This touches on many subject incuding friendship, labor practices, loyalty and treatment of the disabled. This started out as a book that I "had" to read for high school English but I have read it a few times in my adulthood. A must read in American literature."
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    #2To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Phillip Foster
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I read this novel To Kill a Mockingbird in high school and found it fascinating. I think it's one of the best book every high school student should read or one of the books that the school should implement in their literature class. The novel teaches a lot about fair trial among people no matter what color of the skin but also taught me a lesson in the high school days on morals of what is right and wrong. Would highly recommend."
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    #3The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.

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    Ashley Fields
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I loved the The Help. I actually read it after I saw the movie. The book gives a little more background about racial issues during the 60's. It takes a specific period in time and provides an in depth view of America's southern issues. The relationships between the women is wonderful, sometimes humorous and other times heartbreaking."
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    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.

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    Wayne Contreras
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I think this solution would be okay for this topic, maybe not for every teenager tho"
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    #5Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Rakesh Chauhan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Most people probably read this in high school, or at least knew someone who did--and that's a good thing. Bradbury is a wonderful author and Fahrenheit 451 is one of his absolute best. A truly chilling dystopian look at the suppression of ideas, this book is applicable to any age and any location. We take freedom for granted, but you'll rethink that after reading this true classic. One of my all-time favorites."
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    #6Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 

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    Elizabeth Salazar
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I read this when I was younger and really enjoyed it. I would recommend it a for middle-schoolers too."
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    #7Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Judy Castro
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A perfect book for High School age kids who think they know best and know all. I remember reading this when I was around High School age myself and thinking, WOW. I was shocked. It's a horrifying look at what can happen without rules or structure. I also think, even though fictionalized, it provides a great tale of how mob mentality happens. It's a perfect lesson in these increased times of bullying in schools."
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    #8The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Ralph Richards
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Based on the description it seems to answer the question well except that I don't believe there is the Jewish man is a fist fighter."
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    #9The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Ryan Riley
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "One of the most unique books ever written. Find yourself immersed in the struggles of a teen that just wants to enjoy life."
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    #10The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.


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    Raquel Blanco
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Grapes of Wrath continues to help shape the minds of upcoming generations with a somber story of a family that sought their fortunes in the far West of California, only to have some of the most devastating economic disasters befall them. To the last line, The Grapes of Wrath will haunt you and reshape how you view society, your family, and hope. "
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    #11The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Hannah May
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I loved the naughty mischevious story of the boy in this book. It was interesting and kept you reading."
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    #12Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.


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    Edward Scott
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book is a class, I read this for English class in High School, and I enjoyed it a bit, while at the time I might not have liked it a lot, thinking about the story now, I can understand, and even associate with a few events that happen during the story."
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    #13Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Jennifer Watkins
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is honestly one of my favorite books of all time. I remember I read for the first time when I was about the same age that Anne was. It really opened to life during that time and I found myself contemplating what I would do in her situation. Since that first initial reading I have listened to it on audio as well as re-read it. Still a powerful book in my opinion."
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    #14The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Frank Lane
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is my all-time favorite book. It is really special. It's a must-read for everyone. A timeless classic."
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    #15The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings is written by J.R.R. Tolkien which is the sequel to the 1937 novel The Hobbit. This follows the course of the War of the Ring after the Dark Lord Sauron created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power. 


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    Zhao Dong
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I like this lengthy read and wish there were even more context. I am not a fan of literature. I would say it was my worst ability, but The Lord of the Rings opened me up to fantasy."
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    #16Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.


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    Lawrence Newman
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "My son just recently brought home "Wuthering Heights". I took a look at it and it sounded very intersting so I read it. It hits on many of todays issues that young adults/kids need to understand. It is a love story, it hits on bullying, and how to be a success. It is a story of triump, reveng, and violence. It takes you through a complete range of emotions. "
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    #17The Hiding Place

    The Hiding Place
    Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century.

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    Gerald Marshall
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "The Hiding Place is a worldwide bestseller about an extremely religious Christian Dutch family whose faith overcomes issues during the Nazi holocaust. The protagonist is Corrie ten Boom, her sister, Bessie, and their father . The family operate a watch repair business outside of Amsterdam. When Corrie is in her 50's, the German army seizes Holland and begins persecuting Jews. Some may find it to difficult a subject and others may find the Christian leaning too religious. "


Best What are the best books every high school student should read
1Of Mice and MenBooks 23 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 20 Paid
3The HelpBooks 18 Paid
4NightBooks 17 Paid
5Fahrenheit 451Books 16 Paid
6Looking for AlaskaBooks 15 Paid
7Lord of the FliesBooks 14 Paid
8The Book ThiefBooks 13 Paid
9The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 11 Paid
10The Grapes of WrathBooks 10 Paid

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