6 Great Books for High School Graduates

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For thousands of teen girls across the country, June marks the official end of their life as a high schooler. Graduation ceremonies have been held, caps have been worn and tossed in the air, and happy tears shed.

The summer between high school and college is a great time to get informed, and inspired, about college life and what’s to come. So this month in Media Buzz, we’re sharing some of our favorite books for graduates to dive into this summer. (And even if you didn’t graduate, we guarantee you’ll get something out of each and every one of these books!)

Take Me With You: Off-to-College Advice from One Awesome Chick to Another by Nikki Roddy is a humorous advice book for the first year of college with an interactive, fill-in format so that each girl can personalize the book for her friend.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is the book of the powerful lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment. The lecture really was Randy Pausch’s last — he died of cancer shortly after delivering it at Carnegie Mellon where he was a professor — but it continues to inspire everyone who reads it.

In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers by Deborah Reber is a collection of profiles of 50 different women — from screenwriters and politicians to doctors and engineers — who share the secrets to their successes and living out their passion through their careers. (Plus, it was written by Like a Boss’s very own editor-in-chief!)

Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss is one of the most inspiring books we know of. Sure, it’s a children’s picture book, but with lines like “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights,” how can you go wrong?

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know: (Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start) by Harry H. Harrison Jr. provides practical advice ranging from class enrollment, living on campus, study habits and more, that every student will benefit from (yes…including buying their books before exams start!).

Breaking Night by Liz Murray is an incredible memoir about one young woman’s journey from being homeless at fifteen to fitting in four years of high school in two; winning a New York Times scholarship; and being admitted into Harvard University.

What informative, inspirational, or motivational books would you recommend for graduating seniors?

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