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Recommendations : Back To School

Recommendations : Back To School

I'm sure you're aware the start of the school season is getting closer. I mean, who can forget that ? *sigh* I thought It'd be cool to write an original recommendation post to put you in the mood and help you after tough school days ! These books are in no particular order and I liked all of them (I wouldn't recommend them otherwise). I didn't put Harry Potter in this list because everyone knows the serie already ~ Anyway let's get started !


~ Stories Set in Regular Schools ~


1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This book is one of my all time favourite. Charlie is a socially awkward freshman. He's always been a wallflower and decides to stop watching and start experiencing. This book is hilarious but very emotional and it has amazing quotes in it.

Charlie is cute and likeable, I think everyone can relate to him one way or another. It's the perfect book to start the school year !

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

You've probably heard of this one. The most popular book written by Rainbow Rowell. Even though I had trouble getting into her other books, Eleanor & Park gripped me and didn't let me go until the last page. In this heart-warming story we follow the journey of two realistic misfits struggling between their insecurites and their family lives. Park just wants to be under the radar but when the "oddly" dressed Eleanor sits next to him in the school bus, he realizes things are not going to be as easy as planned. This is not a story just about love and holding hands. Dark subject are brilliantly dealt with and I'm sure your heart will twist several times while reading it.

3. Wonder by R.J Palacio

The story follows Auggie, a boy born with a severe facial deformity that scares children and stun adults. He's been homeschooled his whole life until his parents decide going to middle school would be beneficial for him and would make him feel more "normal". I felt immediately protective towards Auggie, middle school kids are cruel and I just wanted to put Auggie in Wonderland so he can live happily ever after. We read from multiple perspectives and every single on them were interesting. This is a very important book and you should definitely read it.


~ To Escape Reality ~


4. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

A girl going to a school of assassins in order to have her revenge on the people who destroyed her family. The teachers and students are dangerous and any failure can result in death. Who said boring schools were the worst ? This book has everything I love in Fantasy, it's dark and violent and there isn't any romantic drama. In other words, it's amazing.

5.Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This serie was popular a few years ago and I enjoyed it a lot. There are two types of vampires : Moroi and Strigoi. The Moroi must be protected by Dhampir from the Strigoi (those who never dies). Rose, a dhampir left the school with her best friend, Lissa (a Moroi) in order to protect her. Few years later, they get caught and are forced to go back to the Academy. Together, they have to face the dangers that threaten them and catch up with the rest of the students. This serie is addictive. It's humourous and entertaining, I read the whole serie very quickly. Just mentionning it makes me want to read it again ~


~ Let's Cry ~


6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This book is about a boy who keeps having nightmare about monsters. One night a monster calls. It's not of his dreams but it's determined to take the hardest thing Connor could give. The truth. This book is gripping and emotional, I couldn't stop reading it. After all these months, this book is still with me. I can't even describe it properly because I'm still stunned and impressed. If you want to read something deep, A Monster Calls is you go-to.

7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This one of the first book I've ever read. Clay finds an intriguing box with his name on it on his porch. In it, he find thirteen cassete tapes recorded by Hannah, a girl who commited suicided who also happened to be his crush. In these tapes, she explains the thirteen reasons why she commited suicide and Clay receiving them means he's one of them. Why did she do it ? And why is he on the list ?

This book is a firework of feelings, I can't say more than that. There are a lot of mysteries to unravel and hard truths to learn, this is an important and touching read.


~ After a boring day ~


8. Winger by Andrew Smith.

In three sentences :

- A bording school

- Rooming with the bully

- In the dorm of hilarious troublemakers

This book made me laugh and shake my head in disbelief several times. I didn't think I'd enjoy it so much but Andrew Smith is very talented. I should probably read his other books now that I think about it. Anyway, if you want to have a great time after a boring day at school, Winger will do the job !

9.Losing It by Cora Cormack

Bliss is still a virgin. Actually, she's the only virgin among her friends so in order to change this situation she decides to have a one night stand and get this over with. Unfortunately she freaks out at the last minute and make up a hilarious excuse to get out of this mess. Things get even crazier and funnier for us when she finds out her one night stand is her new teacher.

This book is as hilarious as it sounds, I laughed a lot and I shipped like crazy.

I hope you'll find the right book for you among those. Tell me if some of them interest you, or if you've already read one of them !


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Lauren @ Always Me 24/08/2016 20:07

I wish I had read Perks back when I was actually still in school... Also, have you read Winger's sequel yet? It's so good!

Lys 25/08/2016 12:57

I've read it in senior year but I think it doesn't really change anything. I think Perks is the kind of book you can read at any time and it sill have the same effect ~ Nop, but I want to ! I'm still shocked by the end of Winger though ><

Jess 18/08/2016 13:30

Perks is one of my fav books... it was recommended to me quite a few years ago now and I read it in one entire day. I loved it! I didn't expect the twist but it made total sense.

A monster calls sounds really interesting, I'll have to give it a go.

I own 13 reasons but I havent read it yet. SooN!

Lys 18/08/2016 21:20

Yeah, it's soooo good. I didn't expect that ! I was completely shocked.

You should read them both as soon as possible, They will break your heart !

Sam Frost 18/08/2016 03:31

LOL this is the post I kept guessing at accidentally.

I really want to read Perks of Being a Wallflower especially since I loved, loved, loved the movie. I'm a little afraid of it, though, because what if I don't like it? Crazy thinking probably but I just hold it on a pedestal in my head.

I'm dying to start Nevernight! It's near the top of my TBR list at the moment and if I don't get to it before I go back to school it's coming with me so that I can devour it there.

A Monster Calls... ugh so good so good. I seriously need to reread this one. Same for Vampire Academy. I love the series so much! A friend of mine has been reading it for the first time and her reactions are just on point and I'm like I need to relive these books and finally read the Bloodlines books.

Also, I started Thirteen Reasons Why! I'm still reading Raven King but you got me so excited for it so I read Thirteen in the morning and early afternoon and then Raven later. It's so good so far! I'm dying to find out what all the tapes say about the people!

Lys 18/08/2016 10:41

The book is 100% better than the movie, there's no way you won't like it !

The moment I saw Nevernight's cover, I knew it would be great haha

I think I'm going to reread A Monster Calls very soon ~ Bloodlines is good ! Adrian's in it *.*

Whaaaaaat ?! We need to talk haha I can't wait to see what you think about it !