Book Hunters in Brief #146: Teen Read Week #146

It's our fault--us, adults. It's our fault that an awful lot of teens think the word "reading" and "fun" are, for all intents and purposes, opposites. Yes, our intentions are good. There's no doubt about that. We know how important literacy is for success. We know--because we've seen it--how hard life is for people who struggle with the written word. From traffic sign to mortgage contracts, the ability to read keeps you out of a lot of jams.

And so we nag and insist and cajole and nag somemore. We assign books like Wuthering Heights and Moby Dick because...because nothing spells fun like a long, dense pages about extracting blubber from steaming whale carcasses...er...because...well, because some adult assigned them to us when we were teens and look how we turned out...er...

This is not to say that our nagging is necessarily all bad, but we could dial it back a notch or three, don't you think? Instead, we could take the teens in our lives to the library and just let them wander. They will find something that interests them. Let them read it. Let them explore the world through books, or let them just be teens. If they want to read a graphic novel, let them (because despite what Dr. Wertham used to say, comic books will not stunt your child's growth. You read them when you were a teen, and look how you turned out...er...

The point is to encourage your teens to read for fun. Encourage, mind you. You know the best way to do that? Do it yourself. If your kids don't see you reading for pleasure, then all the encouragement and nagging in the world isn't going to do much good.

With that in mind, Book Hunters has supplied, you with a short list of fun reads for teens. Check a few out and leave them laying around the house--like next to the cookie jar, or in the freezer with the Ben & Jerry's. Read one yourself. There are plenty more where they came from.

Think Twice: A Novel by Sarah Mlynowski

The Complete Chi's Sweet Home by Konami Kanata

A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G.D. Falksen

Dan Versus Nature by Don Calame

Doctor Strange by Jason Aaron, et al.

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