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Summer Reading List: High School

Summer Reading List: High School
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Noodle Staff February 8, 2019

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Want to make your summer truly worthwhile? We think there's no better way than reading some great books. Try one--or more--of our favorites and let us know what you think.

You Don't Know Me by David Klass

A captivating first-person narrative about a 14-year-old boy named John.

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

A collection of nine funny and heart-wrenching short stories about the fictional Glass family of child prodigies.

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A suicide that defies physics and an entire town that suffers from insomnia are only two incidences in this sprawling novel about love and loss over 100 years in the life of a small village.

The Road to Los Angeles by John Fante

A hilarious, entertaining novel about Arturo Bandini, a poor teenager in 1930s L.A.

Dune by Frank Herbert

The sweeping epic tale of Arrakis, a desert planet and the source of a complex interstellar power struggle.

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

A riveting novel of small town prejudice and team dedication about a multi-racial teenager and a rag tag swim team.

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor's short stories are interesting, ironic, and infused with a deep awareness of the darker sides of human nature.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The exploits and adventures of a young artist as he travels around the United States in search of freedom and excitement.

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

A moving story that follows a young, nameless black man in the South as he tries to come to an understanding of himself and his life.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Narrator Miles Halter leaves home for a boarding school in Alabama, where he befriends Alaska, a reckless, fascinating girl he swiftly falls in love with.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The author's memoirs of a year of bohemian living as a young man in Paris, France

Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermman Hesse

A poetic novel about the friendship of two men with completely opposite personalities; Narcissus is an ascetic intellectual and his student Goldmund is a fiery, sensual artist.

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