LIFE LES­SONS FROM BOOKS

The nov­els that shaped my out­look

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Contents -

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.

THE OUT­SIDERS

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.

FOR­EVER

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.

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