1. It by Stephen King.
"I read the book in 2016 before the new movie came out. I got to the part when the kids are trying to get out of the tunnels and "the Losers' Club", who are all 11 or 12 years old, take turns having sex with Beverly, I couldn't believe what I was reading. I re-read the scene thinking I must have misunderstood. Once I realised I hadn't, I couldn't believe this had ever gotten published! "
About: Welcome to Derry, Maine ...
It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real...
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
"For me it's the bit when Esther is talking about picturing her life like a fig tree. It made me physically put the book down, stare straight ahead and wonder about my life. It made me wonder where I’m going to be in 10, 20, 30 year's time. It really made me ponder about every aspect of my life, whether my personality is just a figment of my imagination, and whether people see me differently. It’s an incredible book, a masterpiece, if you will."
About: Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.
"Patrick Bateman starves a rat, shoves part of a PVC pipe into the vagina of a woman he’s holding captive, pushes cheese inside her, and releases the rat into the pipe to go after the cheese. He then pulls out the pipe trapping the rat inside her. She screams as it eats her from the inside out; it’s almost a relief when he cuts her in half with a chainsaw later! This remains the most difficult scene I’ve ever read, and it’s one I try so hard to forget but can’t."
About: Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and he works on Wall Street, he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to head-on collision with America's greatest dream—and its worst nightmare—American Psycho is bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognise but do not wish to confront.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.
"When I read it I had one of my first major panic attacks. The first half was all about saving these two doggos, but then they both die! One dog dies first, and then the other slowly dies from literal sadness. I cried writing this comment."
About: A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn. Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to make them into the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. Where the Red Fern Grows is an exciting tale of love and adventure you'll never forget.
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup.
"There's a lot of awful stuff in the book that sums up just how unforgivably evil slavery was, but the scene that was the hardest to finish was when Patsey was whipped nearly to death. It was so devastating in writing that I couldn't bring myself to watch it on film, but I STRONGLY believe that every student in America should be required to read the book or see the film."
About: Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped in Washington, D.C., sold into slavery, and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.
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