LIFE LESSONS FROM BOOKS
The novels that shaped my outlook
THE GREAT GATSBY
by F Scott Fitzgerald
I was 17 when I read this book, and reeling from the end of my first relationship. It taught me as much about class as it did about love.
TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES
by Thomas Hardy
Like most teenage girls, I was desperate to be considered beautiful. And then I read this and realised the heavy burden arresting beauty can bring.
by SE Hinton
It takes a teenager to understand a teenager. SE Hinton was 17 when she wrote this book about the end of adolescence. I thought I knew it all, until I read this.
by Judy Blume
Did boys really call their penises Ralph? Could you really break your hymen with a tampon? This book answered all of life’s most pressing questions.