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Michelle Dockery

This was the first book I ever fell in love with. I was a teenager when I read it and its themes of teenage angst and alienation struck a chord with me.

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Michelle Dockery

This was the first book I ever fell in love with. I was a teenager when I read it and its themes of teenage angst and alienation struck a chord with me.

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Uzo Aduba

The first book that made me curious about a fictional character’s inner life. The whole thing was so psychological, he was so lost. And I think I realized that teenagers have always been this way—since the beginning of time.

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Liz Phair

Probably my favorite book of all time because of the truthful, raw language—it sounds so modern. To think that it was written almost seventy-five years ago at the end of World War II seems both astounding and inevitable. Plain, honest communication and wild, spontaneous beauty were all that was left after they’d cleared away the rubble. Enter Holden Caulfield, an off-kilter personality balancing an unlikely mix of cruelty, kindness, truth, acceptance and rebellion in one rather average noggin. Holden represents a new type of heartthrob, presaging the bored, hyper-vigilant James Dean types of later cinema—the romantic nihilists, capable of loving fiercely in the moment but standing equally aloof from and critiquing their own emotions. The dawning of the age of emo.

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