Back-to-School Reads this September
Oh, September. This month means many things to many people, but to a lot of people, September brings the promise (...threat?) of another school year. Here are a few back-to-school reads, old and new, to give you some fuel for the upcoming academic period...or to make you thankful you don't have to go back!
Make Your Home Among Strangers
By Jennine Capo Crucet, 2015
Lizet, a young Cuban-American woman, is pulled between two worlds when she is accepted into an elite college away from her immigrant family in Miami. She plans to return home on her Thanksgiving break to re-connect, but discovers a new battle has consumed her community. Within increasingly complex circumstances, she must reconcile what it means to be the girl her family wants her to be with the woman she wants to become.
Barbara the Slut and Other People
By Lauren Holmes, 2015
This is a collection of stories, focusing on young people from middle-schoolers to post-grads (and even a dog). Holmes writes insightfully about the complexities of relationships and brings humour even to her flawed characters' darkest moments. The titular character, Barbara, navigates the toxic and shaming culture of her high school with her Princeton acceptance letter in hand.
By Sara Zarr, 2014
East-coast native Elizabeth has just received her roommate assignment for her freshman year in college. She shoots off an email to Lauren from San Franciso and the two girls begin to form an unlikely bond that will shape their summers and the countdown to the school year.
It's Kind of a Funny Story
By Ned Vizzini, 2006
Ambitious teen Craig Gilner has finally made it: he's worked hard and gained acceptance into Manhattan's prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School. The pressure of actually succeeding in school, however, becomes too much for Craig as he falls into a vicious cycle of sleeplessness and drugs, and ultimately lands in a psych ward. It's only there, among a cast of unique characters, can Craig begin to confront his real anxieties.
The Secret History
By Donna Tartt, 1992
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.
Want even more reading suggestions?
Check out my previous post a few years ago about a few other back-to-school reads!