Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Teen Interview: The Reluctant Boy Reader

Every week, we give you an interview with one of your future readers! This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my former students, Donovan, who is a freshman at a small high school in Virginia. He'll be the first to admit that he isn't exactly an avid reader, which is why I wanted to pick his brain. :)

Tell us about your school. (What are the demographics? Are there any noticeable cliques? Etc., etc.)

At my school, there are black, white, and mixed kids (Donovan, himself, is black).The cliques are very obvious at our school--there are the cool kids, good-looking kids, and the not-so-good looking kids.

What's the last book you had to read for school? What did you think about it?

The Lightning Thief. I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining as well as interesting, which kept me wanting more.

What’s the last thing you’ve read for fun (book, magazine, comic book)? What made you pick it up?

I remember reading The Bully (which is part of the Bluford High School series). I picked it up because it was the next book of the series I was reading. Also, because it was about a black kid being bullied and standing up for himself, which is interesting to me.

What would you like to see more of in books that would make you want to read them more?

I would really like to see more books that a typical teenager in high school could relate to--that would keep me interested.

Do you feel like the characters in books are representative of you?

In a way. Some books have the same problems and/or features I deal with in my life.

What's a popular saying that you can't stand?

I can't stand when my parents say: "You should've thought about ____ before doing ___."

What's one that you say a lot?

I say: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength," Philippians 4: 13

What did you eat for lunch today?

I ate very healthy: apple, orange, ham sandwich, juice, animal crackers, and BBQ chips.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I would like the abilities of Superman, without the weakness of kryptonite.

Lil Wayne and Eminem have a rap battle. Who would win and why?

It depends on what you're judging on. Lyrically, Eminem would demolish Lil Wayne because Lil Wayne rushes through this words sometimes and it isn't clear what he's saying. If you're judging on the swagger that they have while rapping, Lil Wayne would win--hands down. As you can see, this could go on forever... :)


Holly Dodson said...

Great interview, Pam! It's great to hear from a young guy what draws him into stories. :)

blueeyedadri said...

Thanks Pam, a boys point of view, perfect.

Michael L. Martin Jr. said...

Cool interview, Pam. And thanks Donovan for the great answers. My vote is for Eminem too!

Marquita Hockaday said...

My vote is def. for Eminem-for lyrics AND swag :D This is a great interview! I love hearing from a black male teen & noting what keeps him interested.