2. “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare

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Not really a book, but still worth a read. To the high schooler, this story is all star-crossed lovers, dramatic family situations, and sword fights. To the adult reader, the story is ridiculous. Talk about “roll-your-eyes-heave-a-sigh” teenage angst! You want to kill yourself because you can’t have the boy or girl you love?! Get over it. Use your adult perspective to spend some time examining the adult characters in the show: the Capulets, the Nurse, and the Priest. They’re far more interesting than all the hormone-driven teens. Also, once you get past the language barrier, Shakespeare is pretty hilarious!

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“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
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