7 Books that Changed my Life

Books and reading have always been a huge part of my life, even before movies and television shows. Books have given me a ton of lessons but some books have touched me more than others. These are all books that I literally read before I even reached high school that have definitely impacted me in my young adulthood.


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This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. I know a few people have probably seen the 2004 film adaptation starring Kristen Stewart but it just doesn’t do this book justice. I don’t want to give too much away about this story but reading this book as a preteen has definitely had a large impact on how I treat sexual assault survivors. I really recommend this to everyone. Buy it on Amazon for $6.15.

The Clique series

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Okay so hear me out. This book (and the accompanying series) does not, I repeat does NOT have the emotional impact of the previously mentioned Speak but it is most definitely my favorite book series of all time. Why? Because as a child I really struggled with making friends and as mean as they could be Massie, Claire and the rest of The Pretty Committee were my best friends. Also, the fashion I lived for the fashion in this series. Buy it on Amazon for $6.36.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

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I’m pretty sure this book is already considered a classic but boy is it iconic in my own head. It’s such an honest story of puberty and understanding who you want to become that it touched my heart. You can check it out on Amazon for $7.99.

The Giver

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The Giver is one of those books that makes you think. It’s actually one of the first books that made me think. Again, I don’t want to spoil it but this book is definitely considered a classic and must read as well so please check it out. Get it on Amazon for $7.69.

The Uglies series

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Again, this is one of the books that make you think. This is probably one of the main reasons why I love to challenge beauty standards now that I’m older. Scott Westerfield really makes you question what we as a society decide is beautiful and how to find beauty within. Get it on Amazon for $7.99.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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So, here’s a fun fact my mom used to make sure I read books about Black people written by Black authors every single summer of my childhood and this one was by far my favorite. A part of a series, this story explored black childhood (or the lack of it) during the era of Reconstruction. Get it on Amazon for $7.98.

The Skin I’m In

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Another one of those books my mom assigned me during the summer. This book is honestly the first times I had to confront colorism and I was in like the 4th grade. I think one of the biggest lessons this book taught me is to listen to people when they talk about their experiences. Check this out on Amazon for $7.40.

What are your favorite books? Let me know in the comments and hopefully I can check them out!

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