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Student Nominated Summer Reading 2016

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

"Every year when I listen to the summer reading proposals, I always hear the standard keywords: riveting plot and relatable characters. However, I am nominating The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, not for its intriguing plot of a man who wishes to stay young indefinitely, but for Wilde's elegant writing style and exquisite word choice. Oscar Wilde, who is most commonly known for his poetry, effortlessly describes a man's struggle to retain his physical beauty. This is Oscar Wilde’s only published novel and I find it to be some of his best work. He addresses eternal youth, young love, and the power of art all through a skeptical lens. I suggest this book for anyone who wants beautiful imagery as well as profound thought."- Sydney 

This book is recommended for rising 11th and 12th Graders.

The List, by Siobhan Vivian (Young Adult)

The List deftly takes you into the lives of eight very different girls struggling with issues of identity, self-esteem, and the judgments of their peers”.  The List is actually based on a true story, where eight high school girls are anonymously selected as “prettiest” or “ugliest” in their grade. The list hurts everyone." -Erica

Warning:The List contains references to underage drinking.  

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

“For the past two centuries, readers have not simply liked Darcy and Elizabeth. They have fallen in love with them and with this novel, which is now probably the most treasured romantic comedy of our time.”  - Susan Celia Greenfield, Audrey Bilger L.A. Times  

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

"Fahrenheit 451 made me think about the opportunity I have as a Bryn Mawr student to engage with books on a deep level." - Grace 

An Invisible Thread, by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

"An Invisible Thread tells the story of the real-life friendship between Maurice, a young homeless boy on the streets of New York panhandling for spare change and Laura a successful business woman working as a sales-executive. Maurice asks her to spare some change and she walks right past barely noticing his existence but something makes her stop and walk back to him and thats where the friendship begins. After that day they met every Monday for four years and on several other occasions as well. This book conveys the story of true friendship between two unlikely friends from different worlds and once their worlds collide its clear that they were destined to help each other."  - Maryam and Margot

Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissinger

"The book combines dynamic sports narration with serious themes and teaches readers to not judge people based on the personas they project to the public, and to love the game of football. The struggles that the players and coach face on the field and in the household are things that many Bryn Mawr girls face but never speak about, and I think that the book teaches how sports can impact a person's entire life."  - Candace

Warning: Common Sense Media rates Friday Night Lights as appropriate for age 14 and up. "Racial tensions, underage drinking, and sexual tension are prevalent, and some of the football scenes can get pretty intense. Other mature issues include infidelity, abusive relationships, divorce, going to war, and more."

In the Woods, by Tana French

"Over the years, I have been blessed with the gift of good friends, thrilling journeys, and daunting tasks. In fact, the world of fiction has become something sacred to me. However, novels' plots are ephemeral. Unfortunately, we can't live in the fiction world forever. 
Although I have read several wonderful books, Tana French's novels are by far my favorite, right behind Harry Potter. In the Woods, by Tana French, examines the life of Rob Ryan, a detective for the Dublin Murder Squad. Ryan, along with several other detectives, explores the death of a young girl, native to the Irish countryside."  - Ellie
The Young Elites, by Marie Lu (Young Adult)

"Do you like magic? Romance? Tragedy? Protagonists who make questionable decisions? All of the above? I see your disbelief that such a book exists and raise you The Young Elites."“The Young Elites tells the story of Adelina Amouteru, who like many others, is a malfetto - a survivor of the blood fever that killed her mother and left her marked for life.” -Nyx

Zone One, by Colson Whitehead

Zone One unfolds over three surreal days in which Spitz is occupied with the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder (PASD), and the impossible task of coming to terms with a fallen world. And then things start to go terribly wrong…” - Amazon

Warning: Charlotte, who loves Stephen King, says this book is scary.

I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson (Young Adult)

"I'll Give You the Sun  is a novel that tells the story of twins Jude and Noah, who couldn't more different or closer to each other. When catastrophe strikes, the twins are taken aback causing them to drift apart. As they being to grip with the tribulations of sexuality, loss, love, and identity, Jude and Noah must find their way back to each other in order to move on entirely."  -Sage

The Story of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden to Your Plate, and How There's More of Less to Eat Around the World, by Nancy Castaldo

"Seeds is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a book about seeds.  But it’s not just about seeds.  It’s about food, and our eating habits and our economy, and the environment, and a lot of serious things.  It’s a good way to learn about a lot of things you never considered to be important.  It will definitely change the way you look at food.  Read Seeds, because it will plant all sorts of ideas in your mind.  It’s a little book packed with a lot of information in a way that is easy to understand, and it’s a really enjoyable read because much of it is about food."  -Rachel
All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brenden Kiely (Young Adult)

“In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.” All American Boys is this year’s One Maryland, One Book. The authors will be speaking at several locations in Maryland next fall." -Maeve  

-Simon and Schuster



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