Title: A Separate Peace
Author: John Knowles
Publication Date: 1959

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
I’m not at all exaggerating when I say that this novel is one of my favorite books I have ever read, especially when it comes to required reading from high school. It is a story that has really stuck with me, I think mostly because it speaks to universal human experiences.

Who hasn’t experienced a bit of a rivalry with a friend? Who hasn’t been driven to act out of jealousy? Who hasn’t struggled with finding their place among all of those who seem to have it already “figured out”?

I think these are things we can all say we’ve experienced and I think it is even more poignant for adolescent males who should not find it difficult to relate to the characters, their emotions, and their actions. It’s been a while since last I read it, but the imagery and the themes are ones that stick with me.