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Books that make you think...
A list of books that have inspiring themes, or have an interesting plots. Many of my favorites.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: Speak /
Speak
Anderson, Laurie Halse.
The truth about a girl who's hiding something. It talks about the struggles of fitting in and the aspect of high school.
Children's Fiction ANDERSO
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Cover Art: Sense and sensibility /
Sense and sensibility
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
A classic book about sisters falling in love.
Adult Fiction
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Cover Art: Split /
Split
Avasthi, Swati
One of my all-time favorite books about an average family who is beaten by their father. The youngest boy runs away, and the book discusses all of the hardships they endured. This is a hard, and somewhat graphic, read. If you can handle it, this is one of the best eye-opening books I have ever read!
Teen Fiction AVASTHI
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Cover Art: Lock and key : a novel /
Lock and key : a novel
Dessen, Sarah.
Told in Sarah Dessen's classic style about a girl who had a hard time growing up. Her mom wasn't around much and her sister left. This book is written really well.
Teen Fiction DESSEN
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Cover Art: In a heartbeat /
In a heartbeat
Ellsworth, Loretta.
A book about a girl who had a heart transplant and can hear the thoughts of the girl who gave her the heart. She starts taking on some of her heart donor's characteristics. A fascinating read; also, check out Ellsworth's other book: In Search of Mockingbird
Teen Fiction ELLSWOR
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Cover Art: Marley & me : life and love with the world's worst dog /
Marley & me : life and love with the world's worst dog
Grogan, John, 1957-
Book to film - but book is better! This book is a tear-jerker, but tells the favorite story about a truly loved dog.
Adult Nonfiction Book 636.7527 G
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Cover Art: The outsiders /
The outsiders
Hinton, S. E.
Maybe you read this in school (I did!), but this book is a great book about fitting in. It talks about the different sides of the city and involves fighting, stealing, drinking, and drugs. Overall, this book is a really good classic read - I really enjoyed it in class. Check out the movie afterward, too!
Teen Fiction HINTON
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Cover Art: Kira-Kira /
Kira-Kira
Kadohata, Cynthia.
An inspiring novel about growing up, sisters, and fitting in. This book is about a Japanese, working-class family through the struggles of making a living and raising two daughters.
Children's Fiction KADOHAT
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Cover Art: My sister's keeper : a novel /
My sister's keeper : a novel
Picoult, Jodi, 1966-
Though many people have probably read this book, it is always one of my favorites. The plot is about a sister who was created to donate organs to her sick sister. The plot is very intense, and will have you crying by the end.
Adult Fiction PICOULT
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Cover Art: The lovely bones /
The lovely bones
Sebold, Alice.
A book told through the voice of a dead girl. The book is the suspenseful story of figuring out who murdered the protagonist. This book isn't really a thriller, but it is gripping and sad.
Adult Fiction SEBOLD
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Cover Art: The last song /
The last song
Sparks, Nicholas.
This is my favorite Nicholas Sparks novel. It's about a rebellious girl who's sent to live with her father for the summer. Like all of his novels, The Last Song deals with love, break-up, friendship, parents, death, and much more. A truly interesting and fun, yet sad read.
Adult Fiction SPARKS
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Cover Art: Conversations with God : an uncommon dialogue /
Conversations with God : an uncommon dialogue
Walsch, Neale Donald.
This book will probably make you think more than any other book on this list. It's about a guy who talks to God, and writes down their conversations. It's funny, true, and inspiring.
Adult Nonfiction Book BF1999.W228 1996
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Cover Art: Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac /
Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac
Zevin, Gabrielle.
A great book told from a girl who hit her head and can't remember anything. She tries to piece her life back together. Overall, this books is a good read about figuring out who you are and everyone around you.
Teen Fiction ZEVIN
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