Franny and Zooey by J.D. SalingerRead about the other books on the list.
Salinger’s appearance on this list should come as no surprise — his writing best depicts adolescent alienation and longing. While a high-school graduate would undoubtedly be familiar with Holden Caulfield and his hatred of phonies, graduation merits introduction to the Glasses. Composed of a short story and a novella, Franny and Zooey introduces us to the two youngest members of the Glass family as they try to survive in a seemingly inauthentic world. In those dark, late-night, “what-am-I-doing-here?” moments that are an inevitable part of any college experience, Franny and Zooey’s rhapsodizing on egotism and the importance of education will provide much-needed comfort and camaraderie.