7 Old-School YA Books That Transport You to Your Childhood ...

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Old-school YA books are one of my guilty pleasures.

I still own a lot of the books I grew up reading, and I've been known to, on occasion, pick up something that I first enjoyed when I was younger.

It's something to do on rainy days, or a nostalgic indulgence I allow myself when I'm eager to remember my childhood.

Certain books transport you right back to your childhood, in fact.

Take a look at some of these old-school YA books and see if they possess that time travel type of magic for you, too.2

1. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables is without a doubt one of my favorite old-school YA books.

More than that, it's still one of my favorite stories – as is every single sequel.2

I reread them all at least once a year, experiencing utter rapture (and tragedies unforeseen) with Anne and falling madly in love with Gilbert Blythe all over again.

To this day, I kind of want to just move to Prince Edward Island.

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Full disclosure: I wept when J.

D.

Salinger died.

No fake, jake.

I think this is pretty much required reading, because who doesn't, at some point in their tween or teen years, sympathize with Holden?2

More than that, when I read this book as a precocious preteen, I was enamored with so much about this book: the risque language, the love/hate relationship I immediately had with Holden, and the power behind the writing itself.

At that age, it struck me – and to be honest, beyond all the explicating and dissecting, it still does.2

3. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Judy Blume is just a YA staple.

So many of her books helped me get through those difficult years leading up to adolescence.

I never got into the Fudge books, really.

I jumped straight onto the mean-girl world of Blubber, the troubling but exciting questions in Are You There, God?

It's Me, Margaret, and of course the exposition of transient friendships in Just As Long As We're Together and Here's to You, Rachel Robinson.

But this one, especially, opened my eyes to oh so many things.

What?

I told you I was precocious.

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