21 Books From Your High School Required Reading List That You Should Totally Read (For Real This Time)

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Chances are the books from your high school reading list are something you never thought you’d want to see again. But it turns out that most of the books we end up loving and talking about were books we read during those precious four years of school lunches, bathroom passes, and gum-covered desks. Whether you were the slacker who didn’t do any of the reading, the straight-A student who absorbed every page, or the artsy kid who spent more time making cool paper covers for your books (seriously, though, these may be the only time that annoying high school phrase “When am I ever going to need to know this?” actually applies) than reading them, odds are high school you was more worried about pimples and prom dates than about whatever The Great Gatsby was supposed to be saying about “the American dream or whatever."

But, now, you’d totally get a lot more out of some of the better books on that required reading list. So, maybe it’s time for a reunion with your high school syllabi. Never fear: You don’t actually have to go hunting through that box of embarrassing memorabilia your mom keeps in the basement. Here's a list of the 21 high school books that deserve a second (ahem, or first, for us slackers) look.

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