Book Recommendations – Back to School

Hi everyone, how are you? I hope you’re all having a great week so far! Even if September is coming around, and, for many of us, back to school / work time. Today, staying on this topic, I decided to take the chance to do some recommendations, with the theme… Back to School!

Whether it’s boarding school, high school, freshman year, a contemporary or a fantasy book, let’s meet up with some characters that are going through the struggle some of us go through in September. Between stressful times, getting adjusted, fitting in and finding new friends…

If you’re looking for a funny, mischevious boarding school story, about meeting new, different people and learning to live with them despite your differences… and if you want to read a light, yet profound book that surely makes the most of every adventure, I recommend,

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
Published : April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.

If you’re looking for a story with a touch of mystery and magic, about moving to a whole new place, dealing with completely different people and learning to fit in, I recommend,

The Dolls, Kiki Sullivan
Published : September 2nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray

Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.
Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.
But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.

If you’re looking for an emotional coming-of-age story, to remember, or just live those sometimes overwhelming, sometimes filled with happiness, days of your teenagehood, I recommend,

The Perks Of Being a Wallflower, Steven Chbosky
Published : February 2nd 2009 by Pocket Books

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

If you’re looking for a fantasy story, with a touch of mystery, to take your mind off “normal” school and life, and get into another story where people aren’t what they seem to be, I recommend,

Blue Bloods, Melissa de la Cruz
Published : March 27th 2007 by Hyperion

When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.
The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner…and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?


LET’S DISCUSS! Are there some books you like to read or re-read in stressful times, or in changing times?

Which books would you recommend for this particular theme? Let me know in comments! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Book Recommendations – Back to School

  1. Fall and back-to-school time is always when I start craving to reread Harry Potter, and I think this is common for a lot of people. Back-to-school time is also usually a time where I want to read light books. My work load and schedule are getting a lot busier and I don’t want to stress myself out more by reading a really dense book. You can find me reading a lot of contemporary and new adult romance.

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    1. I think Harry Potter is a very common choice, yay, I almost put it in today’s post, actually! 🙂 I understand what you mean, I like to take a light, relaxing book, probably contemporary, or a book I’ve read and loved already, to start off well! 🙂
      Thank you so much for sharing your opinion on this! 😀


  2. I think we’ve talked about this before, but I really want to reread and complete the Blue Blood series sometime. It’s been 5+ years ago since I’ve read them I think. And The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an urgent read I want read soon!

    For back to school, I often think about boarding schools (like you) but also camps, which is kind of funny since I’ve never been to either of those. So I usually think about Camp Halfblood from the Percy Jackson series, Shadow Falls from the Shadow Falls series, and whatever that boarding school is called in the Darkest Powers series. XD

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    1. I think we did! I would love to read the ending of this series soon, too 🙂 Oh, you should definitely give The Perks a try as soon as possible, it’s such a great book 🙂
      Aw you’re right, I didn’t think about camps at all! Those are great suggestions, I need to look that up! 🙂
      Thank you so much Summer! ❤

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  3. GAH The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a personal fav of mine so I whole-heartedly support that recommendation! It always makes me happy (despite it’s not-so happy story line at times!)

    Your post also reminded me that I have to finish the Blue Blood Series…I don’t think I ever read the last book :O

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