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25 Books to Read Before You Graduate High School

If you read these books by your graduation from high school, you will be quite well-rounded literature-wise and capable of supporting an intelligent conversation with other grown-ups. Moreover, you won't have to beg your classmates, "Can you please write my paper for World Literature class?"
As social studies major, I study the effects of common cultural background on building rapport and understanding. And believe it or not, books still play bigger role than TV shows or movies.
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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Black Rain
Black Rain
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
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The Crucible
The Crucible
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The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
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Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
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Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
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Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
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Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings
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The Hobbit
The Hobbit
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The Odyssey (Homer)
The Odyssey (Homer)
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Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
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Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
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Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
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Hamlet
Hamlet
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Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
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