Since the very beginning of time, stories have been the one portal for anyone who ever wished to escape the monotony of life. Moreover, for people who have never been good at interacting or communicating, books have provided them with the support to overcome loneliness. Luckily, there are many writers who have dealt with such similar themes in their novels. So, here’s listing down 5 books that are suitable for anyone who needs the assurance that there are many like them in the crowd:
1. R.J.Palacio’s Wonder: August Pullman is about to attend a real school for the very first time, and he couldn’t be more terrified. Born with certain facial abnormalities, August knows school isn’t going to be easy. His journey turns out to be unique, crazy and inspiring. This book is a classic example of telling the story of an ordinary boy in an extraordinary way. August’s story will stay with you long after you’re done turning the pages.
2. Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Christopher is smart, adorable, inquisitive, sharp and blunt. He also suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. Told from the point of view of a fifteen-year-old autistic boy, this book will keep you up all night and make you question the little things we miss out on trying to rush through life.
3. Chris Colfer’s Struck by Lightning: Carson Phillips has always been a little smarter than everyone else. Perhaps that’s the reason he cannot tolerate anyone at his school, and eagerly waits for the day he can escape from the little town and be an editor at The New Yorker. But turns out the road to achieving his dreams isn’t going to be an easy one. This book will touch a chord with every student whose high school journey was nothing less than a scary roller-coaster ride.
4. Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story: Craig Gilner’s life is a semi-mess. He’s in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, the pressure of excelling in studies is excruciating, and his family doesn’t really seem to understand him. All these reasons pool together to make him want to commit suicide. But it’s only after getting admitted in a psychiatric hospital does Craig understand that maybe his life isn’t so bad. This book motivates us to realize that no matter how hard things get, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
5. Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and he is determined to change his destiny. So, when he leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school, he thinks things might get better. But instead, he is faced with a whole new set of troubles he has to deal with. Sprinkled with autobiographical elements, this story will encourage and reach out to anyone who has ever felt isolated.
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