Melissa is a 16 year old from Valley Stream, New York. I like to explore new places, fashion trends, and enjoy writing, which is my biggest passion.
As much as I love going out with my friends on a Friday night, sometimes I just like to cuddle up on my sofa with a blanket and a good book, especially with these past snow days in New York. Right now, Nicholas Sparks has become a popular author on my reading list. I am currently reading A Walk to Remember, and I have The Notebook next on my list. My other girlfriends have taken a cue from me and have decided to pick up Spark’s 2006 novel Dear John, since the movie has just hit theaters.
In a technological advanced era where there is a computer in every American household, and an i-Pod on every teen’s fingertips, it’s hard to imagine any teen settling down with a good book. However, according to a survey conducted by Smartgirl.com, 55 percent of teens said they liked to read for pleasure. I find that a remarkable piece of information, since teens are more concerned with their social lives than with reading. However, it is fun to dive into the life of a character in a book. It feels as if you are going through the same situations, and imaging the same thoughts as the characters.
As most of America already knows, Stephanie Meyer’s acclaimed Twilight Saga, has captured the hearts of many teen girls with her delicious description of protagonist Edward Cullen. Many teenage girls have picked sides, either opting to join Team Jacob, or Team Edward. From what I have seen, after finishing reading the first book, teenage girls immediately ask a friend or quickly rush to the library to obtain the next book in the series. Being a Twilight reader myself, I definitely recommend this series to any teenage girl out there. At first, I was hesitant because I thought the book was all about vampires, but once I picked it up, in all honesty, I could not put it down.
Other teens opt to read a little something different than the norm. Many teens, both girls and boys are deciding to read a bit of classic literature on their downtime. 1984 by George Orwell has been a popular book choice for many teens that I have come across in school. In addition, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Wuthering Heights, written by Emily Bronte, all have made comebacks. While the language in some classic novels can take a little time to decipher, it is worth the read. It is amazing to see that the universal themes of love and lust present in today’s modern literature existed in past centuries as well.
Returning to popular culture, some of the most read hit teen series’ today are The Clique by Lisi Harrison and Pretty Little Liars, written by Sarah Shepard. Carolyn Mackler just published her fifth novel Tangled, which I hear is very intriguing. Ibi Kaslik’s novel Skinny has also been recommended to me by numerous friends. In addition, Meg Cabot’s novels are always enticing to teen girls. As for teenage boys, novels such as Holes by Louis Sachar are still a popular read, and The Alchemist by Paul Coelho has been inspirational.
Reading should not be something you do only for school. While “Reading for Fun,” sounds lame, it will help enhance vocabulary skills, which will potentially help many teens on the Writing and Critical Reading portion of their SAT. Also, books are a great conversation starter. If you see someone really good looking in the library, reading away, approach them with a book you have read and ask if they have read it as well or something in that manner. Furthermore, it is always fun to step out of your element and live the life of a new character in a new book each time.