More Useful than Calculus: YA Lessons to Help You Survive High School


Classrooms. Lockers. Homework. And more importantly: Friends. Love. Heartbreak.

High school is tough. For 180 days a year, you’re trapped in a building with your friends, enemies, exes, and crushes. You’re trying to figure out who you are, whom you can trust, and where you want to go in life, while somehow finishing your history homework, perfecting your English essay, and making it through a grueling soccer practice.

Whether you’re a wide-eyed freshman or a savvy senior, these seven pieces of wisdom from young adult novels will help you navigate high school and the world beyond it: 1. Join in. 2. Maintain your sense of humor. 3. Find your people. 4. But beware of cliques. 5. Make traditions your own. 6. Challenge authority. 7. Be open to possibility.

Click through to discover the novels that inspired these lessons, and tweet @riffleya with your best advice for high school survival.