If your days on campus are long behind you, have no fear: these 10 novels will take you right back, without the stress, anxiety, term papers, or 6-figure tuition bill.
Today’s list features contemporary fiction, YA, an epistolary novel, a few mysteries. We even have a rom-com of sorts. Some are set in high school, some in college, some stories are told from the professors’ point of view. This list is diverse, but the common thread is the university experience.
Notice I didn’t say these books would make you want to go back to school—while these stories may make us wistful for our school days, they also graphically illustrate just how dangerous a college campus can be! (I’m looking at you, Donna Tartt.)
How do you feel about campus novels? What are your favorites? I’m looking forward to hearing all about it in comments.
In the second of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series, which can be read in any order, detective Cassie Maddux is pulled off her current beat and sent to investigate a murder. When she arrives at the scene, she finds the victim looks just like her, and—even more creepy—she was using an alias that Cassie used in a previous case. The victim was a student, and her boss talks her into trying to crack the case by impersonating her, explaining to her friends that she survived the attempted murder. The victim lived with four other students in a strangely intimate, isolated setting, and as Cassie gets to know them, liking them almost in spite of herself, her boundaries—and loyalties—begin to blur. A taut psychological thriller that keeps you guessing till the end.More info →
What would you add to this list? What are YOUR favorite campus novels?