18 Books You Need to Read Before Turning 18

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In high school there’s a lot of required reading. We know some of those books seem boring but most of them are actually great books with very important messages. To show you which ones we think are awesome we made a list of 10 books with powerful stories.  These books are so special that we think everyone should read them before graduating high school. Some may be on that required reading list, while others should just be required for life! Check out the gallery below to see what books you should be buying today. Then tell us, what book are you currently reading? Let us know in the comments below!

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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4.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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5.The Giver by Lois Lowry

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6.The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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7.As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

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8.The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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9.Night by Ellie Wiesel

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10.This Book Will Change Your Life by Ben Carey

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11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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12. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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13.Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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14.Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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15.Forever by Judy Blume

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16.The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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17.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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18.Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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  • spencer

    Looking for Alaska by John Green is the best book I have ever read in my life and has changed how I live. The Fault in Our Stars is a very good book and is getting a lot of media but I personally think that Alaska is much better

  • Sarah

    I just finished reading An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson, all in a week’s time

  • Jesse

    The Last lecture is the most powerful book I’ve read

  • Shirl

    I have read the lovely bones. It’s a beautiful and pathetic book.

  • James Tobin

    I feel that, sticking with Arthur Miller, you should add ‘The Crucible’. Our class loved it so much that we’re writing fanfic and have a fandom, the CrewCible, which consists of cruciblites. Great text.

  • Samama

    I think the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn might be interesting to read, but I’m more into fictional books. have any of you read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn yet? how’s the book?

  • Kimmy

    Most, if not all, of these books were not on the required reading list at my school. Half of the books on here, I read for fun, partially because they are on ALA’s top 100 Banned/Censored Books List, not because I was required to. Out of the books I was required to read, I think my favorite was Frankenstein. Off ALA’s list, it would have to be either A Wrinkle in Time or Flowers for Algernon.

  • Yoyo

    I have most of these books at home but never read them. I really love Night though. Its amazing!!

  • My-Le

    I read The Giver when I was ten and I started reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. I really want to read To Kill A Mockingbird though.

    • Erika

      currently reading it. its amazing!

  • Catriona

    We have just started reading Death of a Salesman in class today and I am already loving it and also quite proud to say i have read about half of these already and completely agree with you!

  • Mary

    I just finished the fault in our stars yesterday and it was amazing, probably the best books I have read since the hunger games and I’m only 14

  • Cathy

    Personally, I think Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte should be added to the list. A good read with an important message!

  • Sarah

    They should of put in
    “Of Mice and Men”
    I read that my Sophomore year in high school and found it interesting I loved reading it. I recommend it to every one

  • Jen

    But what if I’m already 18, JK I only read perks, forever (which is really mature rated), and to kill a mocking bird. Sorry, I’m not a fan of classic literature.

  • Hook’s Lost Girl

    I’m really glad to say that I have read probably half of these in my English classes from 7th grade until my junior year and the ones I haven’t read yet are the ones I’m scheduled to read this year :)

  • Sammy

    I read like half of these!

  • Emily

    The Fault in our stars is the best book I’ve ever read. Everyone should read it it will make you an amazing perspective on life.