High school was definitely an interesting time for most of us to say the least. It was filled with cliques, the struggles of being a teenager and tons of drama. Some people floated through these years effortlessly but for most of us, high school was a pretty unpleasant time.\nREAD ALSO: Montreal Hosting "Kitten Adoption" Festival\nMost of couldn't wait to escape the tiny halls of our home town high schools and move onto bigger and better things. No matter how eager we were to leave high school behind it's sometimes nice to look back and feel that nostalgia kick in.\nSo, I decided to head over to Indigo yesterday and find all the books that I remember reading in high school. And I have to say guys, I felt a little sentimental for my high school years again! Hopefully you all feel the same way flipping through this list.\n1984 // George Orwell\n1984 was one of those classics that we all had to read in high school that probably changed a lot of our world views. It was a dystopian world that was set in a perpetual war zone with "Big Brother" watching everyone's every move.\nThis book really made us think about government surveillance in the real world and how Orwell's dystopian setting may not be that far off.\nRead "1984" again here.\nOf Mice And Men // John Steinbeck \nThis classic novel tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, both migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression. Though it's criticized for it's vulgar and offensive language it's still taught in many high schools because it deals with themes such as dreams, loneliness, companionship and human interactions.\nRead "Of Mice And Men" again here.\nLord Of The Flies // William Golding\nThis book is the definition of a page-turner. I read this book in 9th grade English class and I remember how much I loved it. The book focuses on a group of boys that become stranded on an island and basically things go very far south from there.\nThis book forces you to face the most primal impulses of humanity when civilization and social organization is stripped away.\nRead "Lord Of The Flies" again here.\nCatcher In The Rye // J.D Salinger\nThis novel is another page-turner that I absolutely loved. It follows the protagonist Holden Caulfield through his teenage rebellions and adventures. The novel focuses on Holden's struggles with feelings of isolation, loss and companionship.\nThe best part of this book was the language that Holden uses calling people "phony", saying he has to "shoot the bull" or "chew the fat" with people.\nRead Catcher In The Rye again here.\nHamlet // Shakespeare\nYou can't get through high school without reading at least a little bit of Shakespeare. Hamlet was a classic because of the dramatic tragedy that the play faces. Prince Hamlet's is visited by his father's ghost, King Hamlet, who invokes him to get revenge of his uncle Claudius for his murder in order to seize the thrown.\nRead "Hamlet" again here.\nThe Great Gatsby // F. Scott Fitzgerald\nThe Great Gatsby is a classic novel that some people were required to read in high school but everyone should be required to read in life. It's a dramatic tale of the mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.\nThis novel takes you through roaring parties from the 20s, explores the unrequited love story of Jay and Daisy, and ends in a dramatic death of Gatsby himself.\nBuy and read "The Great Gatsby" again here.\nThe Book Of Negroes // Lawrence Hill\nThis award-winning novel was actually written by a Canadian author, Lawrence Hill. The heart-wrenching novel follows a young girl back in the 1700s who is kidnapped from her home in West Africa and forced into slavery.\nBuy and read "The Book Of Negroes" again here.\nCatch 22 // Joseph Heller\nThis unique novel follows multiple characters describing events from each of their points of views. The book is set back in World War 2 and mainly follows Captain John Yossarian of the U.S army.\nThe novel focuses on the struggle of these airmen in the war to fulfill their duties, using the term "Catch 22" to describe a way out of their duties if they are mentally unfit.\nBuy and read "Catch 22" again here.\nFor More Books We Read In High School, Click "NEXT"\nTo Kill A Mockingbird // Harper Lee\nThis award-winning novel is one we all had to read at some point in our high school careers. To Kill A Mockingbird tackles serious issues of rape and racial inequality with a light-hearted rhetoric that makes a deep impact on anyone who reads it.\nRead "To Kill A Mockingbird" again here.\nThe Outsiders // S.E Hinton\nThis a classic coming-of-age novel that Hinton actually published when she was only 18 years old! It follows the characters Ponyboy and Johnny after they accidentally commit a murder at the beginning of the novel and have to run from the police.\nRead "The Outsiders" again here.\nAnimal Farm // George Orwell\nThis influential novel follows the events leading up to the Russian Revolution and then after into the era of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union. This book is very politically motivated even though it's told from the perspective of farm animals.\nRead "Animal Farm" again here.\nWuthering Heights // Emily Bronte\nThis book is Emily Bronte's only novel but is considered one of the most classic novels in English literature, and for good reason. It follows Heathcliff, the orphaned boy taken in by Mr. Earnshaw, Nelly Dean the servant to the Linton's, Catherine Earnshaw and the Linton family.\nThe character associations are complicated but once you catch on you won't be able to put this book down!\nRead "Wuthering Heights" again here.\nMacbeth // Shakespeare\nAnother famous tragedy written by Shakespeare, Macbeth is a popular choice for high school curriculums to teach. It follows the story of Macbeth who receives a prophecy that he will one day become King of Scotland. From then on he is spurred by political ambitions to make this prophecy a reality.\nMacbeth commits a murder to take the throne and is then wracked with guilt over his actions, forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself.\nRead "Macbeth" again here.\nThe Lottery // Shirley Jackson\nThis technically isn't a novel it's actually short story but it still made a big impact on high school readers. It's the story of a traditional "lottery" that takes place in a small town where first a family is drawn from the box, then the household of that family is drawn, and finally one family member is chosen from that household. That one family member is then stoned to death by the entire town.\nIt's a terrifying story meant to represent a "scapegoat" who is blamed and punished for society's evils through this deathly ritual.\nRead "The Lottery" again here.\nThe Grapes Of Wrath // John Steinbeck\nThe award winning novel The Grapes Of Wrath is set back in the Great Depression and focuses on a poor family of farmers driven from their home due to a drought and economic hardship. They decide to head to California to search for jobs, dignity and a future.\nRead "The Grapes Of Wrath" again here.\nThe Kite Runner // Khaled Hosseini\nThis best-selling novel became incredibly popular as a story that follows the events after the fall of the Afghanistan monarchy. It tells the story of Amir and Hazara who spend their days kite fighting.\nIt tells a story of friendship, betrayal, guilt, redemption and much more that constantly keeps you on your toes as you read this gripping tale.\nRead "The Kite Runner" again here.