Why are there certain books required to be read at a certain age?
Books are amazing because they have the power to transform a person across time and space into a completely new world where everything is beautiful and exciting. It is a way to view the world through someone else’s eyes! See certain things that you have never even dreamt of seeing! And then there are these special books that leave an impression on you for the rest of your life and even manage to affect it. Books like that are a must-read and some of them ought to be read before you turn 20. Here are our choices:
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is an astonishing book. It is a very intimate look into someone’s life, it is fun and yet extremely tragic and gut-wrenching. There is no other book out there that is more personal as the story in the book deeply reflect the true-life story of Sylvia Plath. It is a must read before you turn 20 because in a way it prepares you for the cruelties of the world and how life often takes unexpected turns. The book openly talks about mental health issues, which many young people experience too, but since it is often such a taboo topic it is often difficult to understand what is happening to you or where to turn for help. This book helps to understand the world a bit better.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is a very beautiful tale about childhood, growing up and how society works. It is a book that follows the lives of three children in the South and how they witness racism in the South. Racism is a very sad and complicated subject but the book manages to present it in a simple and understandable way. The complexity and tragedy of it is portrayed in a way that after finishing the book your morals will be improved.
The Body by Stephen King
There is no other more beautiful and moving coming-of-age story than the one that Stephen King wrote about the friendship of four boys and their summer together in Maine. It is a story about the relationships we built in our lives, about the lesson we receive and how that shapes our mentality and affects who we later become. It is a story that will make you both laugh and cry because it will feel very familiar. One cannot grow up without having read this masterpiece.