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Readers Respond: What book would you discuss during a college interview?

Responses: 16


From the article: Recommend a Good Book to Me
If your college interviewer asks you to recommend a book to him or her, you'll want to follow these guidelines and choose your book carefully. If there's a book you think would be perfect for discussing during an interview, share your recommendation with other readers. Tell us about the book and why you think it would work well in an interview.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett has a unique penchant for capturing moments in time with her writing. The emotions brought to light in this book are delicate and beautiful in their complexity, and the subtlety of her style makes them come alive masterfully. Also, it's a great study of how the privileged and non-privileged interact in a forced communal situation.
—Guest Emmett

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison- It's such a powerful book.
—Guest Harlee

good book to read

A really good book would be The Little Prince because of its simplicity and underlying ideas such as promoting imaginative ideals in children. It's against narrow minded perspective etc.
—Guest reader

Deception Point by Dan Brown

Deception Point is a wonderful blend of science fiction, political issues and power struggles with a little dash of romance. It's intriguing from start to finish and provides a good example of how discoveries that are likely to change everything we know to be true can impact human life and society.
—Guest Alice

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

I have not had my interview yet, so I don't know how this is going to work out, but I think it will be a good choice. This book raises thought-provoking questions about the relationship between the living and the dead and the consequences of our actions, and since Kurt Vonnegut is writing it, it's completely hilarious! (At least I think so). Everyone reads Slaughterhouse Five, so this book is by a well-known author but the work is not as popular. It has the perfect blend of mainstream and intellect, as well as seriousness and humor. Good luck to anyone else with an upcoming interview!
—Guest Hunter

East of Eden

It's an amazing book. The plot line deals with the conflict between good and evil and the importance of choice. The characters are much more than 2-dimensional and they really make the book what it is.
—Guest Angela

Doing Hard Things

This one's about a series of teens that rebelled against the stereotype of modern adolescents as rude, lazy, and unfocused. I read it with my youth group, and it also has a strong Christian message. But separate from religion, it also directly inspired me to found a Philosophy Club at my school. While the club discusses religious issues often, it does so from a philosopher's perspective rather than a prophet's. I have an interview with a Harvard alumni in a week or so, and I plan on using this one because it works best for ME. Anyone else out there reading this, I recommend you just choose a book that would be easy for you to relate to yourself.
—Guest Matt O.

The da Vinci code

I haven't even finished reading it yet, but if this question comes up, I'll be using this one. You can say that the story line is excellent and you can get a real sense of the characters and their emotions, but even then, you are still trying to figure out the puzzles; it's a brain-teaser, really!! Good luck to anyone with an interview coming up ")
—Guest Shan

The Kite Runner

One of my personal favorites. Despite the backlash from the Afghan community after its release, the Kite Runner's theme of redemption is played out exquisitely. It's a story that feels like it could be real.
—Guest Hannah


It is a story of the consequences that come from trying to be God. Also shows the ignorance and violence that can come from a neglected person or creature with feeling.
—Guest Aarron

Leadership Jazz

Highly praised book that is hailed by many as a guide to becoming a leader and what qualities you need represent. This shows you are interested in becoming a better you.
—Guest max

Around the World in 80 Days

Cool to follow somebody else's adventures. Inspired be more than an average high school student.
—Guest Tilly Von Strudel

Rocket Boys/October Sky

It's a very good autobiography about a great scientist.
—Guest Thaine

Candyfloss Jacqueline Wilson

Although this is a very much teenage based book, it doesn't feel like a made up, out of the blue story. A lot of thought has been put into the situations. It gives a sense of real life matters, and how the characters dealt with the matters and a lot of people would relate to money issues and parental issues. There are a lot of hidden issues that can occur in a typical teenage life and I think it works well as an advising and inspirational piece of literature.
—Guest Lucia

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Research it. Was asked this in my interview to Georgetown. I got in.
—Guest Olive

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

It's so much more than a comic! Since I have an interest in art, I'd want to talk about a graphic work, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has such a great mixture of adventure and history. It's also a book that would let me talk about the works that it is based on like Jekyll and Hyde and The Invisible Man. That way the interviewer would learn that I have read those more "literary" works as well as graphic novels.
—Guest Avery

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