There are certain books that have become part of what some people term to be “required reading” for teenagers/young adults. Two books that…

There are certain books that have become part of what some people term to be “required reading” for teenagers/young adults. Two books that immediately come to mind that fit under this supposedly “required reading” list for teenagers and young adults are The Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar.   They’re not actually required for anyone to read, but their impact on many readers is so strong that people recommend them time and time again. So what is it about these books that make them “life-changing”, as some would say?   I’ve read both of the books mentioned and I can certainly see why people relate to them so much. As with many “timeless”/classic books, The Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar deal with several themes that many people my age can identify with (alienation, disillusionment, confusion about life, etc.). It seems like for some these books manage to articulate or perhaps represent what readers may be feeling or going through, which can be comforting.   While that can be a good thing, I believe that it’s important that we don’t identify too strongly with what happens in those books (they do deal with some very heavy, serious, stuff).   What books have made a difference in your life?   – Allyson

 back to the Blog

Comments are closed.