About the Program

Each summer, we ask all incoming ninth graders to read the same text before the school year begins. This Common Read is part of a program intended to connect new students and prepare them for life at Exeter.

“The Common Read is one of the first collective projects for the 9th grade. Even though it is an activity completed while apart, students read with the knowledge that the text will be a source for collaboration and for learning with one another. It is designed to inspire a sense of community and to create common ground for discussion after they arrive to campus,” says Tyler Caldwell, an English instructor who spent five years as coordinator of PEA’s ninth-grade program.

A highlight of the Common Read is a visit to campus by the author during fall term to meet with the 9th grade class and host a Q&A.

The program is intended for Exeter ninth graders, but we encourage everyone to read and enjoy the books chosen as the Common Read.

This year’s Common Read selection is This Is My Brain In Love by I. W. Gregorio.

Past Common Reads


2022 Selection

World of Wonders

2021 Selection

The Poet X

2020 Selection

Prince of los Cocuyos

2019 Selection

Common Read Committee

  • Ms. Brule, English
  • Mr. Caldwell, English
  • Dean Camilus, OMA
  • Ms. Rohloff, Library
  • Ms. Soucy, Health
  • Ms. Waterman, Science

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Exeter, NH 03885