5 Books To Read Before College

1. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

This story is about a love triangle where everyone met in college. The three decide which has more importance to them, love or friendship. The book challenges readers to question themselves and their priorities. 

Our favourite quote? “You may be poor, but the one thing nobody can take away from you is the freedom to fuck up your life whatever way you want to.”

paradise cover copy2. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Princeton student living the privileged lifestyle becomes disillusioned following graduation. He discovers the life is completely different outside of school and now he must rediscover himself. 

“It is not life that’s complicated, it’s the struggle to guide and control life.”

3. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

A story about true love and friendship, this story is about a college student who has to change his attitude and life principles when hardships come by. 

“Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.”

crime-and-punishment-copy4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It is a famous novel about a a student, Raskolnikov, and his attempt to understand who he really is and where he fits in life. The novel makes reader rethink their views on morality and their place in society. 

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”

5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A novel about the evolution of humanity where each is doomed to loneliness. It is epic, moving and a novel that proves that the only escape to humanity’s doom is love. A perfect novel for those who understand the importance of family and close people who support them through life. 

“Then he made one last effort to search in his heart for the place where his affection had rotted away, and he could not find it.”

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