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19 Banned Books That Actually Changed Your Life

"I can honestly say that reading it for the first time saved my life."

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We asked followers of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which banned books* influenced them the most. Here are their recommendations.

*The following books were banned by the user's town, school, or library.

1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Penguin Random House
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Submitted by Katherine Hemminger, Facebook.

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Penguin Random House
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Submitted by Mayaxx1998.

3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Penguin
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Submitted by BundtCakes.

4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Hachette
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Submitted by Sara Hammond, Facebook.

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Hachette
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Submitted by oliviaw12.

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Submitted by Sophie Reynolds, Facebook.

7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Penguin
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Submitted by BundtCakes.

8. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Penguin Random House
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Submitted by Jocelyn Schartiger, Facebook.

9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Simon & Schuster
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Submitted by emilyr463d9094a.

10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Penguin
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Submitted by a-little-kiwi.

11. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Hachette
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Submitted by luizashandyp.

12. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Simon & Schuster
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Submitted by pineapple412.

13. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Penguin
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Submitted by cokeandhockey5811.

14. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Penguin
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Submitted by Leslie Danielle Wyatt, Facebook.

15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Hachette
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Submitted by taylorw4ae3e5d56.

16. Beloved by Toni Morrison

Penguin Random House
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Submitted by Faithy6731.

17. Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

Hachette
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Submitted by cokeandhockey5811.

18. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Riverhead Books
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Submitted by Dóa Dagný Böðvarsdóttir, Facebook.

19. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Submitted by jodigracek.

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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