The moment that I had confirmed my university course, I knew I could wipe my high school slate. And I was glad.
High school is a test and no one knows what their outcome is. For me, it was 60% torture zone and 40% learning experience. And that is me trying to be glass half full. Nevertheless, I’m out, and have no parole to face, so let’s not point fingers at the bullies and mull over the what-ifs.
Instead, before I enter my next 3 years of impromptu plans and adventures, I need to thank a few books I read, my allies and pillars during the last 4 years.
1. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Adjusting in a new environment and new people is tough and that is exactly what I felt when I started high school. So when Wonder came by, I was glad someone could relate.
2. Smart by Kim Slater
Smart is one of my favourite books ever. It shows you that you can work towards your goal despite all the obstacles and that was all the motivation I need.
3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
When I finished reading Fangirl, I knew I wasn’t alone with my introvert, socially-anxious behaviour. Yes, parts of the book annoyed me but by the end, it left a good feeling.
4. Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Grief and loss. We’ve all gone through it but doesn’t it feel magnified into a 100 when you’re a teenager and trying to make sense of the world? This book gave me company through that time.
5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Holy smoking fantasy! I was blown away by Marrakesh and Karou’s hair and Brimstone and revenge wishes and, AND, everything!
6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I’ve never felt more inspired than when I read this book. This was the book that made me get into photography because of all the captivating visuals it described.
7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I reread this book 6 times in the past 2 years. The OT5, the family and subtle double meanings were all I needed. The escapism was real!
8. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
I was in the same position as Mac was, having lost a family member and being able to reasonate to her was helpful. Also, the world building. I will never get over it.
9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam
I only read the first book in the series but that was enough. I was stunned by its brilliance and the clever humor. Also, space. If this doesn’t get you through high school, I don’t know what will.
10. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
I reread the series in 9th grade and the book are like coming home. Comforting and bewitched with plot twists that make you forget about homework (too many times).
What books helped you through high school and through rough times? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?