Twelfth grade is the ultimate educational experience. In their last year of high school, most students are finishing up courses required for graduations or taking electives to prepare them for college or trade schools. Despite most course work being completed, students are still required to focus on British or American literature and history including Shakespeare. The archaic language is confusing, the themes and the allusions are strange, and the characters are unreadable. The protagonists in upper school language and Humanities classes do not represent the ethnicities or issues facing the modern teenager. This makes English class a dreaded place to go when all you want to do is graduate. This year should be about perfecting formal writing while analyzing the complex characters that resemble the student and present through exciting stories. This is the year most students graduate from YA novels to adult literature. The books below reflect a more mature content including relationships, consequences for actions, and ideologies.