Do Teenagers still read in today’s world?

Student Journalist Lauma Viksna, Year 10, has been researching how much reading today’s teenagers do…plus some recommended reading…

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Just take a walk down the street or a glance in the local shopping mall. How many young people do you see who seem to be attached to their mobile phones?

It’s no wonder popular belief has it that books will no longer be a thing in the future – however, novels are still being written and bought. So there must still be somebody reading them, right?

We decided to delve in and find out whether the book still appeals to the younger generations.

We asked two students from our book club to tell us about their reading habits. The first question we asked was which authors they like, and why.

“My favourite author is Roald Dahl because his creative writing style is really individual; nobody else writes quite like him. Dahl isn’t afraid to try new styles and techniques in his stories,” said Adam Newsam.

Another student, Kayla Cleworth, told us that her favourite writer is Paige Toon.

“I really like that teenage girls can relate to Paige’s books. Characters in her books often deal with anxiety, school drama and generally the whole process of discovering who you are.”

We then asked the two students why they joined the book club for our Personal Development Activity (PDA) sessions. Adam said, “I joined because I want to improve my reading. On average, it takes me about three months to read a single book – and I want to work on that.”

As for Kayla, she too enjoys reading and tells us that she became part of the book club for the opportunity to read so more often.

If you too enjoy reading but are short for ideas, we have put together a list of the best Young Adult novels for you.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Young Sherlock by Andrew Lane
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 

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