The Rory Gilmore Book Club: 20 Of The Gilmore Girls Character’s Most Beloved Books
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Jess proves that he actually cares about Rory’s well-being when he returns her Dean bracelet (after stealing it) after seeing her stressed and sad about its loss. His excuse for being in her room, where he stashes it under the bed, is to check if Rory owns a copy of J.D. Salinger‘s Franny and Zooey, which she obviously does. Jess always had a bit of a Holden Caufield, existential hermit-by-choice vibe, so the future couple’s shared Salinger affection makes a lot of sense.