August 11, 2016
Transitioning from the summer break back into school isn’t easy. After three months of gorgeous weather and limited responsibilities, it can be hard to get back into the groove of structure, responsibility, and deadlines–not to mention waking up early and having to take tests again. If the idea of heading back to school makes you cringe, here are a few books to read that’ll help you ease the transition.
Having trouble adjusting to school? Check out The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It tells the story of Charlie, a freshman navigating through a tough start to high school, making new friends, and discovering new things about himself.
Think school is the worst thing to ever happen? Ezra Faulkner didn’t, and so he wanted his own tragedy. He sure got one. Ezra was the coolest kid in school, but his world is flipped upside down when he gets into a car accident. His sports career over, he begins to hang out with a new crowd, including new girl Cassidy. Cassidy and his new friends open his eyes to new possibilities and reaffirm his belief that accidents are not the end, but the beginning.
Worried about making friends at a new school? Seeking adventures with new people? Miles “Pudge” Halter felt the same way when switching to Culver Creek, where he meets Alaska Young, a beautiful and fiery girl, and her friends. Filled with adventure, love, and mischief, Looking for Alaska by John Green is the perfect mix of work, play, and heartbreak that comes with high school life.
Do you constantly find yourself wishing you could leave school and never go back? Let’s be real, who doesn’t? Well, Catori can. After boarding the wrong bus, she learns that she has the ability to see and travel to other dimensions. Upon getting stranded in another world, Catori must use find her way back home, using what was once considered a “defect” in her vision, all the while outrunning evil beings hunting her down. Intrigue, friendship, and hope make turn this book into a constant page-turner to transport you from your boring school day.
Do you think your school is strange, like there’s something just a little off about it? Have you ever daydreamed in history class about what things would be like if old kings came to the modern world? Avalon High by Meg Cabot may just have the answers. A modern twist on the classic Arthurian legends, Avalon High follows Ellie as she moves to Annapolis, Maryland. Things seem normal enough at the start, but Ellie slowly begins to uncover secrets about the school and the once thought fictional characters her classmates parallel.
Everyone knows school can be tough some time, but Michel Vey has it especially rough. He isn’t your normal high school freshman. He’s got Tourette’s syndrome and is bullied for it. And he can shoot electricity out of his body. After discovering that he is not alone in his powers, Michael teams up with Taylor, a popular cheerleader with mindreading abilities, and his friend Ostin to learn about the root of their powers. Along they way they uncover dark secrets and learn that there are many more like them, both good and evil. Humorous and action packed, the first book in the Michael Vey series will have you buzzing for more.
Who doesn’t wish their favorite fantasy series were real, or that they could attend a magical school instead of their boring normal one? In Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, these dreams come true for Quentin Coldwater. Quentin is the top of his class, on the track to Princeton and obsessed with the book series “Fillory and Further”, filled with magic and adventure. However, Quentin learns that the magic in the Fillory series is real, and is invitede to attend Brakebills University, a college of magic in upstate New York. Once there, he learns magic is not as easy or as safe as it seems, and leads him and his friends on a dangerous journey to a world once thought to be fiction. You’ll forget about your boring school reading about Brakebills, and travel with Quentin and his friends to the land of Fillory, which is nothing like the books make it seem.