Since we only have about two weeks left until school starts, I decided to go with books where the school or being at school is an integral part of the story. Do you have other faves? Let me know in the comments!
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anna decides to go to a French boarding school, and all manner of merveilleux (aka St. Clair) breaks loose.
- Carrie by Stephen King. I haven’t read this in a long, long time, but a big part of this (especially THE PART that everyone remembers) takes place at school. I never saw the Sissy Spacek version (I know my limits with horror movies), but I might make an exception for the upcoming version starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Juliane Moore and Ansel Elgort (who is, btdubs, going to have a great literary 2013-2014 because he not only is in Carrie, but also in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars.)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Who can’t understand the fear of getting THE CHEESE TOUCH?
- Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter. Such a superb series that takes place in a school…for girl spies. The snark, action, adventure, drama, friendship and bit of romance get an A+ from me.
- Good-bye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton. The story of a teacher at an English public (private to us Yanks) school is a testament to those teachers who are super hard but earn our respect anyway – because we know they respect us.
- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Do I even need to elaborate here? Was there EVER a cooler school?
- Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins. Though there’s a lot going on at this boarding school for magical kids that wasn’t listed in the curriculum, I’d still go there.
- Looking for Alaska by John Green. Another boarding school story where the setting is a catalyst for the action.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The outsider that gets invited in.
- Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas. This is what happens when the kids go unsupervised. Just think cliques on steroids.
Honorable mention: Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes. I tried reading this, since I liked the series that was on Masterpiece Theater or some such show. It was first published in 1857. It was hard to slog through. Maybe I’ll try again some day.