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Follow along and let us know what we missed. Related: 25 Modern Classic Must-Reads. A love triangle between a British journalist, a CIA agent, and a Vietnamese woman form the backdrop of a debate about colonialism and communism. Want to re-read more of the classics? Sign up for the Early Bird Books newsletter and get the best daily ebook deals delivered straight to your inbox. It was also adapted into a critically-acclaimed film , featuring a stunning performance by Meryl Streep.
These classic books, by literary legends like Harper Lee and J. Salinger and modern novelists including J. K Rowling and John Green , will show your teenager the best that being a bookworm has to offer. Hinton set the groundwork for YA fiction when she wrote The Outsiders in high school. It's been 20 years, but anything new out of Hogwarts still makes teens go wild.
Or maybe you could, you bookworm. Either way, Smokler gives us 10 books and 10 compelling reasons why you should revisit them. It's all too easy to look at the novels assigned to us as high school students as monuments or mist, to be worshiped or abandoned as we did our outfit to the junior prom. That may be a whole lot no-shades-of-gray thinking on my part. Is there a third way?
And that question is: should young adults read Young Adult fiction? And what counts as Young Adult fiction anyway? It what sense do all of these very different kinds of bookssome very complex and challenging, some very much less soqualify as "teen novels"? Perhaps some of the fuzziness about quality and appropriateness comes from the fact that many "Top-whatever" lists like NPR's are compiled by readers, of all ages. However, what would such a list look like if strictly compiled by educators? There's a good bit of crossover with the reader-chosen NPR list; the Harry Potter books come in at sixth place.
They get such a chip on their shoulder about these literary chores that many of them grow up and still recoil at the mere mention of the classic books they once pretended to read carefully. Here are 40 books that you probably ignored or, at best, skimmed just to get a passing grade in English class. Was it the Lost Generation wandering aimlessly, or the best vacation ever? Bo -ring! It took Whitman 35 years to finish writing this collection of poetry, and he even finished the last draft on his deathbed, so it should take a little longer to digest and make sense of than just one high school poetry class.