What are the best books for SAT takers?

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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Madison Price
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "While Voltaire is an amazing satirical write I'm not sure that reading this novel would prepare one for the SATs. While it has wit, philosophical discoveries and discussions it doesn't lend itself to preparing someone for a standardized test."
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    #2The 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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    Jennifer Hernandez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A great read about children. "
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    #3Les Miserables

    Les Miserables
    Les Miserables (2012) is a musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper based on the musical of the same name and with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried as main stars.

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    Kathryn White
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This would not be a good book for SAT takes because it has nothing to do with the SAT."
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    #4The Silmarillion

    The Silmarillion
    The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien is a mythopoeia, fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1977. This book follows the story of the lands of Valinor, Beleriand, Numenor, and Middle-Earth along with its inhabitants.

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    Juan Carlos Antonio
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Middle Earth is a world with many fantasies made by a man with an imagination."
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    #5The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.

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    Carolyn Garza
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is not a book that would help anyone prep for the SAT. While it is a great book, it does not apply to this genre."
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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    Kimberly Weaver
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a perfect book to study for SAT takers, as it is a classic in literature classes when it comes to writing essays. It was a great read that dealt with fate versus the concept of free will and what we think we have control over. I was able to generate a great paper centered around this book in English class. "
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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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    Esteban Osorio
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I remember watching the movie adaption to this book several years ago when I was in high and thought it was a decent movie, for the most part. I have not read the book but being a fan in general of this story, and the development of the boys, I may give it a chance one of these days! "
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    #8The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Nancy Ray
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I disagree that The Great Gatsby is a one of the best books for SAT takers. If you are a high school student planning to go to college, then chances are that you have to take the SAT. I did, and although I thought the book has some great history, I did not enjoy it all that much. I don't think its fair to generalize that anyone who takes the SAT will consider The Great Gatsby one of the best books. "
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    #9The 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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    Carl Murray
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is amazing, it describes a very nice story, it absorbs you while reading it. It has interesting situations situation in every page, and keeps you interested all the time. I love this book and I suggest it to everyone, i am sure it will be a very good experience."
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    #10Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Mildred Henry
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a great book to read for kids prepping for SATs. It's very involved and has a lot of depth. "
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    #11The Metamorphosis

    The Metamorphosis
    Gregor Samsa was a regular traveling salesman who one night transformed into a cockroach-looking animal. As his whole family despises him, this book uses Samsa's transformation to talk about human feeling of acceptance and guiltiness, as his new condition brought poverty to his family. 


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    Amy McCoy
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Metamorphosis is a very unique story about a salesman transformed into an insect like animal. We follow this man and his family's downfall. It is an extraordinary look at human need for acceptance and struggles with guilt. "
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    #12The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.

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    Saanvi Chavan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The book, the color purple, is not a book for SAT takers. it will not help you study for the test. the only thing it will do is get you involved in reading which can help with reading scores; however, this book is not designed for SAT takers."
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    #13Going After Cacciato

    Going After Cacciato

    Going After Cacciato is a historical fiction novel written by Tim O' Brien. Going After Cacciato was published on September 1, 1999 by Broadway/Crown Publishing Group.


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    Teresa Hoffman
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is an interesting book for those who are going to take the SAT. It is an intelligent book with great and colorful vocabulary, but it also accessible. The story itself is pretty surreal and the reader will likely want to keep this one close by for a second or third read. This is a great book to get the brain working."
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    #14The Red Badge of Courage

    The Red Badge of Courage
    Praised by both Union and Confederate veterans as a very accurate representation of the Civil War, this 1895 book is written under a soldier's perspective. In it, he narrates the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the consequences this traumatic event had in his posterior life. 


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    Lin Hou
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love war stories and this was an interesting read, having to think about being thrown into battle with no experience and thinking, "how would I react and respond emotionally" as a human with no concept of what it's like out there on the front line. Fun read and can make for some really good essays exploring all kinds of concepts. "
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    #15Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen with an introduction from Anna Quindlen, which follows the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as they venture into a series of courtship in the 18th century. 

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    He Wu
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Pride and prejudice gave our study group a real whirlwind of thought to discuss after our at home-reading series. We were trying to develop better critical thinking and I feel we were well prepared for the contents."
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    #16The Awakening

    The Awakening

    Rebecca Hall is always a quality guarantee. The talented British actress leads the cast of this horror movie set in the England of the early 20s. Child ghost and a boarding school: get ready for a terrifying time.


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    Austin Alvarez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This tale is so spooky. It will leave you shaking in your boots. The actors are really terrific."
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    'Sphere' is a psychological thriller about a group of scientist who discovers a vessel at the bottom of the ocean. This discovery will defy their imaginations and all the logical explanations. 

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    José Romo
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "As somebody hoping to take the SAT soon, I need books that will help me get a better score. While Sphere is an interesting enough book in the science fiction genre, this book specifically does nothing for me in terms of taking the SAT. "
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    #18All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

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    Lauren Mendoza
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Really amazing find. This book is perfect for people who like history. "
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    #19Native Son

    Native Son

    Native Son is an African American historical fiction book written by Richard Wright. This classic book is first published in 1940 and reproduced by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 


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    Ethan Hall
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I am not sure if its the best for sat takers, but it does seem to be a good book anyway"
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    #20Jane Eyre (Collins Classics)

    Jane Eyre (Collins Classics)

    Jane Eyre is a historical fiction novel by Charlotte Bronte which centers on orphan Jane who is treated badly by her relatives and eventually sent away to a cruel boarding school but then becomes a governess at Thornfield. 


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    Eduardo Espinoza
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Classic novel that should be read by everyone. Sad story, great writing and you really feel the pain of the main character."


Best What are the best books for SAT takers
1CandideBooks 41 Paid
2The Catcher in the RyeBooks 38 Paid
3Les MiserablesMovies 37 Paid
4The SilmarillionBooks 35 Paid
5The Scarlet LetterBooks 34 Paid
6Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 31 Paid
7Lord of the FliesBooks 30 Paid
8The Great GatsbyBooks 29 Paid
9The Grapes of WrathBooks 27 Paid
10Animal FarmBooks 26 Paid

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