So you’ve made it through the first day of school. But wait! You have to do this 200 more times this year?! How on earth will you survive? Luckily, Figment’s compiled a list of books that will help you get through high school. Giving any one of these a read will automatically make your four years at school at least somewhat more manageable. Check out our picks, then let us know what books are getting you through (or got you through) high school in the comments!
by Stephen Chbosky
This coming-of-age tale has everything that makes high school simultaneously horrible and wonderful: crazy friends, bullies, cool teachers, cliques, and, of course, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If there’s anyone who knows how tough the teen years are, it’s Charlie. Recommended for all you wallflowers out there.
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Anderson’s book tackles some tough subjects, which is why it’s a must-read for anyone in high school. Melinda’s transformation from a victim to a victor is definitely inspiring. She’s an awesome role model for anyone who’s struggling in the perilous social seas of a new school.
by John Green
If you’re looking for something a little lighter, Katherines should be your go-to. Even though Colin has already graduated, the flashbacks to his relationships with old girlfriends (all named Katherine) give some great insight into how to survive high school. Bonus: You can impress your math teachers with Colin’s complex equations.
by Melina Marchetta
As far as harrowing high school experiences go, it doesn’t get much worse than transferring to an all-boys school when you’re a girl. Francesca has to navigate the strange world of St. Sebastian’s while dealing with a new love interest and her mom’s depression. But at the heart of the drama, this is a story about the importance of high school friendships.
by Jerry Spinelli
High school’s not always the kindest place for people who don’t fit in. Exhibit A: Stargirl, a ukelele-loving optimist who’s more than a little out-there. Her friend Leo chronicles her development from quirky outcast to cookie-cutter popular girl and back again. She’s a great reminder to stay true to yourself, even if it’s hard.
by JD Salinger
Love this book or hate it, reading The Catcher in the Rye will at least assure you of one thing: No matter how bad high school gets, you’ll never, ever be as angsty as Holden Caulfield. And sometimes, that’s just the motivation you need to turn in that last homework assignment.
Which books got you through tough times in high school? Let us know in the comments!