This week’s topic is top ten books with X setting. Because I’m a teacher, I decided to choose books set in a school! This is my list, in no particular order:
1. the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Of course I had to include the Harry Potter series in this list! I would gladly go back to school if I could attend Hogwarts. I would love the attend the different classes, hang out in the Great Hall, be sorted in an awesome house (Pottermore has sorted me in Slytherin and Hufflepuff), hang out with the fantastic beasts… I would enjoy every single day there!
2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
A lot of YA contemporaries feature a high school setting, but Albertalli’s approach is one of my favourites: it wasn’t as stereotypical as most books! There were no mean girls, rude jocks… Whenever I watch films set in a high school, I wonder whether American school are really like that. Does everyone have a locker? Do bullies really steal lunch money? Do pupils have to pay their lunch in cash???
3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
While most of the events in The Raven Cycle don’t take place in a school, I did love all the chapters at Aglionby! My favourite aspect of this series are the characters and I felt as if I really got to know them when they were at school. I wish more scenes had taken place there.
Honestly, I know must of the pupils at Aglionby are spoiled rich boys, but I really wouldn’t mind if Maggie Stiefvater wrote more about this school and its pupils. And by ‘really wouldn’t mind’ I mean ‘GIVE IT TO ME ALREADY’!
4. Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Taryn Fisher
I would not recommend reading the Never Never series since the third part was very underwhelming and disappointing, but I did love the first two parts. The two main characters try to remember who they were while juggling school, their families…
5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Even though this is one of my favourite books, I really don’t remember much from it. I read it last year and it was very sad. The two main characters’ story start at school and because of a class project, they have to work together. I know this book has received a lot of mixed reviews, but I’m still very excited to re-read it.
6. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
This book takes off at prom: Gia’s boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot and she quickly needs to find someone to replace him, so her friends don’t think she was lying about having a boyfriend. This book does feature some high school drama, yet it’s one of the best fluffy YA contemporaries I have ever read. And this is coming from someone who isn’t the biggest fan of that genre anymore. Gia went through a lot of character development and this was overall very fun and cute.
Unfortunately, I could only think of six books! I bet there are many more, but I couldn’t remember whether I enjoyed the scenes at school… oh well. What are some of your favourite books that take places at a school?
(written July 31st, 2016)