Teens around the country are headed back to school, some terrified of a new school, some looking forward to seeing old friends. These books that start on the first day of school will assure you that it could be worse.
Carter has big plans for his freshman year of high school. He is going to be the champion of his football team, the most popular guy in school, and a ladies’ man. Unfortunately for Carter a dislike of tackling sweaty guys leaves him on the second string of the football team, and a few offhand comments in the locker room makes him a social outcast, especially with the ladies. Carter’s year isn’t off to a good start, but what he lacks in athleticism he makes up for in acting as he joins the school’s musical.
Rory is ready to start her first year abroad at a London boarding school, but learning the ropes of English culture is harder than she expects — especially after a string of murders has all the students confined to their dorm rooms. When Rory and her roommate sneak out for a bit of fresh air, she sees a mysterious stranger on campus … a stranger no one else can see who might be connected to the deaths around London.
Charlie wants his high school experience to be different. He wants to try something new, get out of his box. In a series of letters to a friend, Charlie talks about the typical teen experience: new friends, crushes, drugs, depression, teachers that care, teachers that don’t, and more. One of the top ten challenged books of 2009, this classic will be on the big screen on September 21, 2012.
On the first day of seventh grade, Pierre Anthon realizes that nothing matters. We are born, and we will die, and what happens between the two doesn’t serve much purpose. That day he drops out of school and sits in the plum tree outside, taunting his former classmates with the meaninglessness of their lives. The other students, needing to prove Pierre Anthon wrong, form a plan to collect all the meaningful things in their lives into one giant pile. They are sure that when they show Pierre Anthon the pile of Meaning, he will see purpose, but quickly the plan gets out of control as they are forced to sacrifice the things that mean the most to them.
What are your favorite first-day-of-school books?
— Kate McNair just finished Battle Royale by Koushun Takami