I had a really rough college experience. Crippling loneliness and bad depressive episodes. I didn't know how to talk about it or who to talk to. These books helped. Even if you're having a great college experience and ~luvin life~, read these books.
  1. I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
    This book is "not about Duke", but I'd read descriptions of gothic architecture or basketball culture madness in the book, and look around, seeing the exact image replicated in real time. Tom Wolfe is brilliant and this book so captured my specific Duke experience, as well as so many other feelings that go along with being a stranger in a strange land.
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Rainbow Rowell is my favorite YA (and has written a great Big Kids book!) author right now. As a former member of a very active fan fiction community in my middle school days (shout out to Mugglenet), I loved this. The protagonist is a young girl who reminds me much of Charlotte Simmons in he beginning
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    I TOLD YOU, I WAS DEPRESSED! But truly, this book was great to read for perspective. Beautifully written and haunting.
  4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    Oh man, I love this book. It's a mystery, but a "why-dunnit" instead of a "who-dunnit". Our characters are college kids in an exclusive Greek class at a tiny liberal arts school in the middle of nowhere. After the first 50 pages, you won't put this down until you finish.
  5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    I spent nearly an entire semester on this book in a literary criticism class, and spent almost an equal amount of time writing a crazy-person 30 pg paper about it. Again, perspective from this one was so valuable. What I took away: art makes a person human.
  6. Our Bodies, Our Selves !!!!
    Suggested by @sarahgorman
  7. The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
    So good. Wish I had read this in college.
    Suggested by @kbbenton
  8. Secret Society Girl Series by Diana Peterfreund
    These books are a more light read and they are super fun. The main character is named Amy and she joins the most powerful secret society in campus and it's really amazing to "learn" about them through her eyes.
    Suggested by @nathalia
  9. The Chronology of Water: A Memoir
    Suggested by @thetrillwitch