Good books are often hard to find, especially in this world rampaged by sparkly vampires and werewolf abs. This is where I come in (cue the applause). My lack of interest in partying, shopping, and other pastimes of today’s youth has led me to spending a lot of time with my nose in a book. I’ve decided to spare you the horrors of suffering through cringe-worthy novels, and graciously provide a list of books that gave me that feeling of awe after finishing the last page. You know what I’m talking about. That moment where you just sit there with the book in your hands, reading the last few sentences again, silently thanking the author’s parents for creating such a beautifully gifted human being.
1. Eleanor & Park
by: Rainbow Rowell
When to read it: When you feel as though you’re standing on the very edge of a dark void made of loneliness and despair.
What it’s about: Simply put, Eleanor & Park is a novel set in 1986 that explores the relationship of two star-crossed teens (named Eleanor and Park, duh). Yes, it sounds like a stereotypical young-adult novel. But no, it is not a stereotypical young-adult novel. Rowell’s writing evokes the soul-squeezing, heart-wringing, stomach-fluttering feelings that usually accompany a first love, perfect for filling that space in your heart usually left for a significant other. Who needs a relationship when you have this book? Absolutely no one.
2. The Catcher In The Rye
by: J.D. Salinger
When to read it: When you want to run away from all your responsibilities but don’t have to courage to do it yourself, so the only solution is to live vicariously through a book.
What it’s about: Set in the 1950’s, 16-year-old Holden Caulfield flunks out of private school and – instead of going back home – hops on a train to New York City. Through his adventures (some terrifying, others just downright gross), Holden discovers the difficulties of growing up and the shocking lives of adults. Unexpectedly, this book wasn’t about farming, so I was pleasantly surprised. If you think this book is boring, as some do, at least it makes people think you’re smart for reading a book that wasn’t published in the 21st century.
3. Monument 14
by: Emmy Laybourne
When to read it: When you’re upset about your marks, work, family, everything and need something to make you realize that it could be way worse.
What it’s about: Have you ever wanted to live in a superstore? With all the food and supplies your heart could ever desire? That’s what happens to fourteen American students, but it isn’t as wonderful as it sounds. They’re trapped, and the world outside is a mess of sudden environmental catastrophes as well as a chemical leak which has victims react differently according to blood type. It couldn’t get any worse, unless two of the kids were dumb football jocks and half of them were annoying children. Oh wait…
I’m just going to say you’re welcome in advance.
About the contributor: nina Shu hates capital n’s and dreams of living as a cat-owning journalist. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading books, and avoiding responsibility. She doesn’t go out much, but when she does, it’s to go to Chapters.