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Books That Changed My Life: Diary, Perks, In Cold Blood

"In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote, 1966

This book is life-changing because it is a true story, detailing the murder of the Clutter family. It cataloged the events leading up to the murder all the way through the executions of the confessed killers. Capote got the opinions and perspectives by family friends and the murderers themselves.

"The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank, 1947

Learning about The Holocaust in school is one thing, but reading about Anne's personal struggles and emotions sheds new light on what it was like to be Jewish and to live in that era. Anne Frank mentions her likes, dislikes and her hopes for once the war is over. It is truly inspiring to read how positive Anne stayed in such a demoralizing time.

"Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, 1999

This book is great, because it is not the typical story about popular kids in high school. It is about average, fun-loving people with problems similar to those of many of high school students. Chbosky teaches the lesson that it is OK to be unique and to accept life you're given.

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