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YA books with characters who are deaf or hard of hearing, or live with family members who are deaf, are few and far between, but they’re out there! Serena will do just about anything to fit in at her new high school, so when some popular girls find out that she is crazy good at reading lips, they befriend her hoping she can snoop out all the good gossip. Theo has grown up as the only hearing member of his deaf family, and from a young age he was tasked with interpreting between his signing parents and the speaking world.
High school senior Piper is hit with the news that her parents have used her college funds to help pay for her little sister’s cochlear implants, so she strikes out to find a way to replenish her money and her self-worth. 13-year-old Joey Willis feels isolated as she struggles to communicate with everyone around her. As he grudgingly re-establishes ties with the mother he thinks he hates, he is accused of a horrific act. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
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This groundbreaking classic is a Gothic romance, mystery, and psychological thriller all rolled into one; its themes were astonishingly modern for 1847. Fitzgerald's classic was the topic of my first high school term papera€”and despite that, I still love it. While many believe that Emma is Jane Austen's masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice is more likely to show up on assigned reading lists. In this 1960 classic, small-town attorney Atticus Finch attempts a hopeless defense of a black man unjustly accused of rape, and to teach his children, Scout and Jem, about the evils of racism.
While I greatly prefer my own assigned high school read The Sound and the Fury, the backstory on this slim novel is truly astounding. In this absurd, existentialist tragicomedy, playwright Tom Stoppard reinvents Hamlet from the perspective of the two minor characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, childhood friends of Hamlet who King Claudius uses to get more information about the insane prince. I read this myself for the Reading Challenge, having previously read A Room of One's Own but none of Virginia Woolf's novels. Dickens' thirteenth novel (and arguably his best) follows the early adventures and coming of age of the young orphan Pip. I had to read Catch-22 in high school and have been wanting to go back and re-read it, especially since I found out a few years ago that my grandfather once flew with Joseph Heller in WWII.
When the opportunity to become the manager of popular teen rock band, Dumb, is offered to her she grabs it and runs, soon finding out that her role as manager isn’t just about getting gigs for the band, but to referee the members and provide some needed leadership. His wife, also deaf, loved the book and thus I became a resource for recommending books for their kids. I thought that was another book that dealt with the issue well enough that it was a natural part of the storyline, not the distracting focus, you know? See the funniest YouTube videos, pictures and images online or chat with Smosh readers in our online forums. Fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby has built a mansion on Long Island Sound for the sole purpose of wooing and winning his lost love Daisy Buchanan, who married another man while Gatsby was serving overseas.
It's been a staple on high school reading lists for years (and I talked about my significant high school experience with Mockingbird here), but it enjoyed a fresh burst of publicity when its companion Go Set a Watchman was published this summer.


In this slim novel, Woolf weaves together two seemingly unrelated storylines: one following Mrs Dalloway, an upper class woman preparing to host a dinner party, and the other her "double," a shell-shocked WWI vet contemplating suicide. Back in 9th grade, I thought I was "lucky" that MY English class didn't have to read this one, unlike my poor friends who were assigned to a different teacher. However, her role as manager comes into question when Piper’s own deafness appears to be a barrier to her potential success in the music industry. When Joey’s chance meeting with an elderly neighbor and his signing Chimpanzee, Sukari, leads her to begin learning American Sign Language, Joey is finally able to communicate and experience friendship. This classic American novel captures the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, while weaving a wistful story of love and loss.
If you were lucky enough to have a gifted teacher who brought classic works to life, that's fantastica€”but many of us read just enough Austen in high school to be convinced she was boring and stuffy. The story, again set in Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, is narrated by 15 different characters over 59 chapters. The title references the fall of Adam and Eve, and the subsequent embattled relationship between brothers Cain and Abel. Woolf used stream-of-consciousness style to explore the inner workings of the mind; this pioneering technique had a lasting effect on fiction as we know it. Flash forward ten years, when I plucked this off the shelf as a "duty read," and then stayed up way too late turning the pages so I could find out how it ended. I remember reading Anthem in my freshman year of high school and I’ve always liked that one. Sometimes things are so wordy, because of the time, that I find listening is the only way I can read through it. I also liked Ethan Frome for whatever reason… I think because the message was so strong.
I was a high school English teachers for 32 years and haven’t read a classic since I retired 20 years ago. If you were forced to read it back then, give it another try: youa€™ll enjoy it much more the second time around. Even if you've seen the movie (especially if you've seen the movie) you need to read the book. Give her a try nowa€”Pride and Prejudice is a terrific place to start, and if you don't fall in love with her writing (although I certainly hope you do), at least you'll know what the fuss is about. Consistently cited as one of the best novels of the 20th century, both for its own sake and for the great influence it had over subsequent fiction.
Grounded thoroughly in its California setting, interweaving the stories of two Salinas Valley families, Steinbeck's magnum opus feels tragic, yet hopeful. Kat survived, but Darcy has spent the last decade raising his sister, giving her the love and support she has been denied by an absent mother and an uncaring father. Great Expectations (Or Half Of Any Of His Books) - Charles Dickens(source)Oh Dickens, you bloated, annoying genius. I’d recommend either of those, though probably not for books you should have read in high school! He's one of the most celebrated authors of all time, despite the fact that he basically wrote Hallmark miniseries about cute poor people.
Dickens got paid for every thirty page installment he wrote, and it shows: every twenty or thirty pages there's a melodramatic moment or an immediately resolved cliffhanger.


Most annoying of all is that almost all of this works- otherwise we wouldn't still be reading it. Oliver Twist is okay, A Tale Of Two Cities is pretty great except for its creepy dehumanization of women (they're not literally angels, Chuck), and A Christmas Carol is a nice parable that provides a great excuse to watch Muppets. The Scarlet Letter (But Only If They Forced You To) - Nathaniel Hawthorne(source)I promise The Scarlet Letter is actually good, if you're patient and experienced with literature of the period. Go to any high school in America and I'm pretty sure you could ask anyone what the book's about and their eyes will glaze over as they repeat the crap they memorized for an essay: "There was this town and they were mean to Hester because of adultery, but really the preacher was the hypocrite and Hester was the hero because he was the baby's dad." First of all, not even close! Second, what they're actually thinking is "damn, Emma Stone was hot in that movie," because if they had the attention span to get through The Scarlet Letter at fourteen, they're probably robots wearing human skin.It's okay, high schoolers. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte(source)Like the first two entries, Wuthering Heights is a dense nineteenth century classic. It's a 300 page long soap opera about unbearable British people being rich and boring around each other.
If you're really itching for boring, horrible British people, watch Atonement, which is similarly excruciating but 1. That One Chapter In Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell(source)Nineteen Eighty-Four is almost totally awesome, except for that one chapter that brings everything to a screeching halt and makes 95% of high school readers want to pee on it and chuck it through a window, if possible, directly onto Orwell's grave.
I speak of course of the longest chapter, Book II, Chapter IX, in which Orwell abandons the delicate, thoughtful prose of the rest of the book and lectures everyone for infinity pages (estimated) by having his book's main character read a different book. If you're gonna slog through a lecture about punishment, surveillance, and everything, at least do it on purpose. 1. The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros(source)I hate the living hell out of this book. How Sandra Cisneros managed to sh*t out such a pedantic, pretentious, and nails-on-a-chalkboard unreadable book and find defenders among supposedly educated people I'll never know.
Well-considered defenses have helped me come around to several books I wrote off at first, which is why you won't find Hemingway, Joyce, or Whitman on this list, even though I hated them in high school.
But if you actually think The House on Mango Street is a good book, you are wrong.I don't mind the vignette style. My hate has nothing to do with this book's history as a calling card of the political correctness movement of the 90s. Hell, I'll even be willing to overlook how every single male character is a purely evil sex 'n' violence machine- Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit has a bit of that too, and it's great. No, what gets me is that the whole thing is written in insulting baby-talk frantically posing as poetry. Have you ever seen a movie where a little kid says something surprisingly "wise" that just sounds like the screenwriter trying to be smart with dumb words? Like Mango Street, both of them are classics about the Latin American immigrant coming-of-age experience, and both are composed of a bunch of short sections rather than one continuous narrative.
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