What’s your teen reading?
My oldest has read several different books over the last few years. I’m always amazed at the fact that she has such a varied reading list. I am going to list a few of them. Then I’d like to know what your teens, students, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbor’s kids, youth group… any teen you know… are reading!
Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators — She has read all of the books in this series she can get her hands on. But the books are hard to find b/c the early ones are considered collector’s editions. So, yeah, they can be too expensive for my blood. Thus the reason we are always scouring book traders, yard sales and libraries!
The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan — First let me say, Carrie Ryan is an excellent writer. There is NO question about that. If you meet her, you will be bowled over! She is charming and down to earth. That being said, I still need to give a head’s up (pardon the pun) about the Dead Tossed Waves. It deals with life, death, re-death (yes, re-death) and abandonment, courage, love, new beginnings, new endings, betrayal and freedom.
A good friend of mine recommended this one. So, my DD has only read this one. (There are 3.) She will probably read the rest in a couple of years, if not before then. I just want her to be old enough NOT to be scared when I turn out the lights. 🙂
Andrea Carter/The Circle C Books by Susan Marlow – I received this books for review…and she read them before I did! She is biting at the bit waiting for the next one to come out. The main character is always on some adventure OR in some type of trouble and finding out more about who she is and who she is becoming…it’s chocolate to a teen’s heart.
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb – she’s reading this b/c I’m making her. However, she’s getting a real kick out of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It makes her giggle…then she comes and tells me about it. It’s giving us a chance to talk about my 9th grade experience when playing Hippolyta in the play. We also talked about my role as Juliet. She finds it humorous…but the story? Not so much.
After reading Romeo and Juliet she was not all that impressed. I asked, “So, what happened?” Her reply, “They died.”
“Well, okay.” I tried a different question. “What did you learn from this story?”
Her deadpan reply, “Always tell your parents who you’re dating.”
Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen — DD had an all day teen track writing workshop with the author of Jerk, California last year. She HAD to have the book. So, we bought it for her. She devoured it in a matter of days. Spoiler: this is a real book for anyone who has ever dealt with bullying and tourette’s. Real language. Real people. Real disappointments. Real emotion. (My oldest HIGHLY recommends this to her friends, but warns them about the language in the book.)
She also reads Cicada Magazine for teens/YA, 14 and up.
This is the abbreviated list..and I’m excited that it is so varied! It reminds me that I need to keep my own writing fresh. I don’t need to put her or other teens in a “reading” box. I don’t need to write in a box, either!
Again, I ask… what are your teens reading? What are YOU reading?