Some books to read before starting college are "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, "Life Of Pi" by Yann Martel and "Penelope" by Rebecca Harrington. "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho is another book to read before starting college because the book focuses on life's destiny and finding the right balance between aspects of life.
"Gone Girl" explores the concept of perfect relationships. While relationships might seem ideal on the outside, the book explores the concept that things are not always as they seem. The story centers on the most popular man in a small town. His wife disappears, and the book follows his reaction. The book discusses the darker side of marriage and that things often lurk beneath the surface.
Similarly, "Life of Pi" centers on the story of a young boy named Pi. Pi finds himself with a tiger, and the two are trapped on a sinking boat. The books discusses philosophy and also the concept of finding happiness while alone.
"Penelope" is a book to read before starting college because it addresses social relationships and social awkwardness. The plot follows Penelope as she starts college and discusses traditional stereotypes and Penelope's developing relationships, as well as her personal growth. Penelope begins college with a great deal of advice from her mother, and she struggles to find her own path.
In addition, "The Alchemist" talks about finding one's purpose in life. In the book, an Andalusian shepherd boy sets out to find his true purpose. The book talks about relationships and the importance of finding balance in one's life. "The Alchemist" contains philosophy as well as wisdom for the future college student.