I didn’t really buy that many books in the month of June. So when my money came in yesterday, I thought: “why not treat myself for the fact that I got enough study points?!” Exactly, why not. So yesterday I went online and purchased some reads that have been on my to-buy list for way too long.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Fifteen-year-old Alex and his thrill-seeking gang regularly indulge in ultra-violence, rape and drugs, but when he is caught and brainwashed by a government psychologist Alex finds his new law-abiding life unbearable. Set in a terrifying dystopian future, A Clockwork Orange is a disturbing exploration of morality and free will.
When discussing dystopian novels in my second year as a literature student we also briefly, very briefly, talked about A Clockwork Orange and I, a lover of dystopian stories, was very intrigued by it.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life… forever.
Last weekend I rewatched the eponymous series with my 14-year old sister and it just got to me like it did the first time: the last few episodes made me cry. I was happy that my sister wanted to watch it together with me, because this series needs a little explanation from time to time, especially for young teens, in order to not get the wrong ideas about suicide and mental health. But yes, I absolutely love this series and I’m really curious about the book because I heard that it’s very different from the tv-series.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the ‘phony’ aspects of society, and the ‘phonies’ themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, “The Catcher in the Rye” explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.
This is another book that has been on my to-buy and TBR list forever and now I finally bought it. A lot of people read it for English in high school but I rather read Dracula haha. But I guess now is the time to catch up on modern classics. Very curious about it!