The best book I was required to read in high school was The Sun Also Rises, although I didn’t know that at the time. How could I? I was 16. I had little responsibility and no expenses. My pining was biologic and urgent, yes, but it was also vague and temporary–or so it seemed.
InDigest magazine asked me — and a bunch of other people — about our favorite required reading. I picked The Sun Also Rises (although I cannot recommend it for teenagers.)