As promised, we are back with our book recommendations for February! If you missed our first post in January, we talked about the positive impact a love for reading can have on college readiness.
Being prepared for college requires more than having a busy extracurricular schedule and obtaining a high GPA. Not to mention, it’s a great way to destress after a busy schedule! Just remember, reading for fun can lead to new vocabulary, fresh ideas, improved conceptual understanding, as well as a different perception on how you relate to yourself, your peers and the world around you. With that said, here are February’s book recommendations:
1. The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
This novel combines genres of fantasy, magical realism, and the paranormal. After a century-old curse, Rona Blackburn is trying to live a regular teenage life despite her supernatural powers, non-existent love life, and her mother getting in the way of any hope for happiness. This book includes indulging themes of self-acceptance and first love through a truly fantastical, yet haunting lens.
2. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Interested in realistic mystery and crime? Guilty or innocent, 16 year-old Steve is put on trial after the owner of the drug store was shot and killed in his store. He is tossed into the system, influenced by cynical authority figures, and pushed around by prison inmates who will throw anyone under the bus in order to shorten their own sentences. Steve copes with his experiences facing time in prison by transcribing them into a film script, scene by scene.
3. The Program by Suzanne Young
This novel explores themes of depression and romance through a science-fiction, dystopian lens. Main character Sloan lives in a world where true feelings are forbidden and teen suicide is seemingly inevitable. She and James form a bond among their constantly monitored society in order to stay out of “The Program”, the horrific solution to depression and teen suicide.
If you want check out January’s book list, you can head to the post or view them in Instagram stories!