August is a fifteen year old girl who has lived in Maryland most of her life. She loves writing and music, her favorite subject is Science, and she’s a vegetarian. She wants to become a journalist and is working as hard as she can towards this goal.
Do you remember what you did after school when you were a teen? Did you come home and sit in front of a television for hours on end like much of today’s youth? Probably not. Maybe you did your homework and went for a bike ride or walk with a friend. Maybe you found something productive to do like writing a story or drawing a picture. Or maybe you just sat down and got lost in a good book.
Teens today don’t read as many books as they used to, not with so many other distractions such as video games, television, and other forms of instant entertainment via the internet. Reading a book challenges the mind like none of these things can and reading with your teen can make it a little more fun for them. Below is a list of great books that are entertaining for both teens and parents.
“My mind possessed the wisdoms of the ages, and there were no words adequate to describe them.” – Go Ask Alice
Written as diary, Go Ask Alice follows a fifteen-year-old girl in the late 1960’s and her journey from a normal privileged young lady and downwards starting with her first unintentional LSD trip at a party to her experimentation with marijuana and eventually running away from home. While this book does follow her journey on drugs it also shows her struggles, socially and physically, when attempting to go clean once again. A great read any teen is sure to enjoy and an interesting view inside the mind of an addicted teen for parents.
“WAR IS PEACE.
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” – 1984
In the year 1984, Winston Smith is a member of the Party and a worker for the Ministry of Truth in the division that focuses on rewriting newspapers as Big Brother sees fit. He lives as any other brain washed member of the totalitarian/dystopian society, fearing the cameras, thought police, and always wary of the children. 1984 will truly immerse you in Winston’s world of fear and allow you to watch as he gains the consciousness and the cunningness to beat the system. Though it may be difficult to follow at times, 1984 proves to be an excellent and thought-provoking read, just be sure not to skip ahead.
“He was beaten (he knew that); but he was not broken. He saw, once for all, that he stood no chance against a man with a club. He had learned the lesson, and in all his after life he never forgot it.” – Call of the Wild
Buck is a sturdy and well-built dog who lived in the lap of luxury and loyal to his master until he is kidnapped by a man who sells him to a dog trader where he is beaten repeatedly in attempts to teach him. When Buck is sent north to act as a sled dog in Klondike he must uncover his long forgotten instincts and learn to survive. Though it is a fairly short book, Jack London packs it with beauty, emotion, and adventure, it is sure to make you think.
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