Best AP English Literature and Composition Books

Barron's AP English Literature and Composition, 6th Edition

This book will prepare you for the AP Literature test

I enjoy the layout of this book and its organization. It's easy to follow and also has many useful test questions. The practice tests are very helpful and give me a better idea of what's going to be on the test. This is a great book to use to review for the AP Literature exam.

By Janet G


I got this to help me study for the English Praxis II and I thought it was very helpful (and inexpensive which I really liked). I combined this with the Cliffsnotes study guide and the SparkNotes 101 Literature book. I didn't go too in depth with any of them and I passed on the first try so I'd say they were a solid combination.

By Baba Ganoosh

I used this to aid my class's quizzes and tests

I used this to aid my class's quizzes and tests which significantly improved by a letter grade. I originally had C' s in all my quizzes and tests ( real AP exams from previous years) I improved to A so it did it's job. My practice exams predicted I would get a 4 or 5.

By Dong U

Cracking the AP English Literature & Composition Exam, 2017 Edition


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HELP SCORE A PERFECT 5. Equip yourself to ace the AP English Literature Exam with The Princeton Review's comprehensive study guide—including 2 full-length practice tests, thorough content reviews, access to our AP Connect online portal, and targeted strategies for every section of the exam.


Pretty good

As far as Princeton Review books go, I thought this one was poorer in quality than the other subjects (i.e. Biology (in my opinion the best one), calculus, economics, etc.). However, it was a very good, detailed study guide on the year's topics. I wish it was as detailed as other princeton review books, and had more examples of math problems, since I feel like most people have problems with that aspect of chemistry. Otherwise, I would recommend this as one of your study tools for the class and AP exams.

By Julia

This helped me get a 5!

I read this book in its entirety only one time and it helped me achieve a 5 on the AP test. The tone and writing style is very conversational, so it won't bore you to death if history is not your thing. The essay section could be better, but what will improve your essays most is simply practice. Take skills from this book, take skills you can find elsewhere on the internet, and take skills that your teachers give you to keep on practicing your writing and time management. In regards to the book's content, everything is summarized to give you the most important details and concepts that you'll be tested on.

By Neoking

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