5 books to read before graduating


E. Michael Mitchell

Even if you aren’t close to graduating, these books can be good for anyone to read and learn lessons from.

Gabriela Mendez, Staff writer

Reading books is a fun and relaxing hobby, whether it’s reading to expand your knowledge or just collecting books from a library for pleasure. There are genres that can interest everyone, from romance, mystery, horror, educational, comedy, and so much more!

While there are a wide assortment of books to choose from, there are some that everyone should read before graduating high school. Here are five that have been reported to be really good reads!

5. The Pigman by Paul Zindel. John and Lorraine, two high school sophomores, are the subject of this novel. They called Angelo Pignati, a senior stranger, on a prank call. What begins as a joke quickly develops into a friendship that affects everyone's life. However, once their friendship comes to a tragic end, John and Lorraine realize that the only way to move on is to document their friend's tale, the real tale of the Pigman. This teaches the reader to look at two different sides of stories.

4. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is taught at Armijo, but this is a novel worth paying attention to. This focuses on the actual complexities of human behavior at a crucial point in our country’s history. Atticus Finch, a moral example and role model for all real-life attorneys, defends a Black man during a period of racial injustice and inequality for a terrible crime in this fictional story, which is set in a peaceful southern town. Every reader should make an effort to learn the tolerance and compassion principles that this book imparts since they are significant and unforgettable.

3. Up next is a personal favorite: The Outsiders by S.E Hinton. Again, English classes tend to show this book or movie, especially in middle school. This narrative focuses on Ponyboy and his gang, the Greasers. Then there are the Socs, the kids from the rich society who can do whatever they want. Ponyboy has a few reliable sources of reassurance, including his older brothers, his buddies, and conflict with the Socs, who enjoy beating up greasers, until the night when things go too far. At least, he knows what to anticipate. This teaches the value of friendships and commitment as well as the lesson to “stay gold” which references staying true to yourself.

2. A Separate Peace by John Knowles is a dark and powerful tale of the dark side of adolescence. The story is set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II. Gene is an intelligent introvert who lives alone. Phineas is a charming, teasing, and daring athlete. Similar to how the war itself banishes the innocence of these guys and their environment, what happens between the two friends one summer does the same. The main themes of this book include envy and low self-esteem, accepting your mistakes, and discovering your own identity.

1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger features a character portrayed as a typical “cynical teenage” high school student who is tired of and discouraged by the world. All teenagers probably suffer emotions of incompetence, isolation, and loneliness at some point throughout their high school years, and these experiences are captured in the book. Given how difficult high school can be for our teens, this book is a good way to start many of the important conversations about feelings we should be having with our teenagers.

There are many more books similar to the ones listed at Daily Mom. Even students who aren’t bookworms should try checking these out and finding themselves comfortable when people are discussing books in general, whether at school or elsewhere.