In high school, we read all the classics. From â€œTo Kill A Mockingbirdâ€ to â€œThe Great Gatsby,â€ our teachers did their best to make the books relatable to us. Who would think that there are books that speak specifically to the troubles of our generation? ValleyÂ searched the bookshelvesâ€”okay, Amazon Booksâ€”to find the best relatable novels for our generation.
â€œFriendshipâ€ by Emily Gould
Bev and Amy have been best friends for so long, but can that last as theyâ€™re forced into adulthood? Read and see how Amy and Bev deal as the two friendâ€™s dreams pull them away from each other.
â€œIâ€™ll Give You The Sunâ€ by Jandy Nelson
Although Noah and Jude are younger than millennials, at 16 the twins are forced to deal with issues that many millennials can relate to. Jude must handle a motherâ€™s disapproval while Noah must deal with being gay as a child and young teenager. One event will change the twinsâ€™ lives forever when the most unexpected hits them.
â€œThe Circleâ€ by Dave Eggers
Mae Holland, a girl only a few years older than any college student, arrives at her first day of work at the Circle and thinks sheâ€™s in heaven. The powerful Internet company has one main goalâ€”total transparency. Privacy turns insignificant. Any internet obsessed millennialâ€”pretty much any millennialâ€”needs to read this book. While millennials still value a little bit of privacy, this book shows where our society could end up if we do not set the rules for how far the internet can go.
â€œCitrus Countyâ€ by John Brandon
Toby is another younger character that millennials can relate to in certain ways. Toby is just looking for ways to add excitement to his mundane suburban life. Most Penn Staters can agree that in middle school, they would have loved some ways to keep entertained. While Toby makes some odd choices, we can understand his need for some thrill.
â€œShoplifting from American Apparelâ€ by Tao Lin
Sam, a twenty-something writer living in New York City, is dating several girls. He spends his days reading, going to parties and seeing bands. He shoplifts twice and goes to jail both times. Whatever he is doing, he is never fully engaged with the situation. Millennials will be able to identify with Samâ€™s anxiety, detached attitude and broke kid problems.
We think it might be time to ditch the relatable Netflix shows and opt for a book that you can connect with. You never know what lessons lie inside those pages.