Posted on March 16 2017
Teenhood is best described as an overflow of curiosity, anger and desire for freedom. One would even go as far to say that adolescence is one of the most unusual experiences – filled with unfamiliar people, who either end up as your partner-in-crime for life, or strangers you cringe upon the inevitable chance encounters every five to ten years (seriously, why do they always appear?!).
But hey, those are the times most of us never want to forget. And if it's any help, we compiled a list of books to remind you of those strange times, to get you ready for that next chance encounter with Jerry from mathematics class, or simply to remind you that dark times don't last (or if they do, there are books that make us feel less alone).
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
Billy Marvin’s first love was a computer. Then he met Mary Zelinsky.
Do you remember your first love?
The Impossible Fortress begins with a magazine…The year is 1987 and Playboy has just published scandalous photographs of Vanna White, from the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune. For three teenage boys—Billy, Alf, and Clark—who are desperately uneducated in the ways of women, the magazine is somewhat of a Holy Grail: priceless beyond measure and impossible to attain. So, they hatch a plan to steal it.
Look At Me by Jennifer Egan
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
The Keep by Jennifer Egan