September is here already and that means the start of a new school year for much of the world, and for many, going up to big school is a big life event. High school is a funny old time and can be either the best or the worst experience of your life.
Whether you’re a seasoned high school senior, or you’re just going up to ‘big school’ and feeling rather small, we have some great books, all set in high school for you to get you in the mood for the new school year.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
A fantastic book, and an excellent movie too, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the novel for everyone who doesn’t really feel like they fit in, and how belonging isn’t always being part of the in crowd.
Dancing With a Dead Horse – Danielle DeVor
This fantastic suspense novel follows the life of Jason Miller, who just wants to graduate from high school and become a Mixed Martial Arts fighter. This is all threatened when the murders start.
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Looking for Alaska isn’t the most well known of Green’s novels, but I actually much prefer it to The Fault in Our Stars. We don’t all fit in at high school, we’re not all happy, and some of us mistake hedonism for happiness.
Harry Potter Series – J. K Rowling
I’ve pushed this down the list simply because it gets mentioned so much on the site, but let’s be honest, it’s the best bildungsroman out there, set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a school like no other yet somehow so very relatable.
So that’s our top ten, with a range of suggestions. Good luck to all those going back to school this week, and feel free to add your own ‘high school books’ suggestions in the comments.
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