When asked about which YA/childrens book has changed their lives, or even helped them out, here were some commonly mentioned titles:
Firegirl by Tony Abbott
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Beastly by Alex Finn
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
However, the most praised YA book by most teens that I've spoken to is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I shared with Holly last week about how this novel really resonated with one of my male students. A few more teens wanted to share their thoughts on it:
"This book opened my eyes because you never really know what a person is going through. It made me realize that what I say or do can really affect others' lives"--Jenny, Age 14
"After reading this book, I realized the smallest things we say might have a huge effect on people. I found myself watching what I said a lot more carefully, and I had a close regard for others' feelings.
On the flip side, there are books like Twilight. I've read the books, but that doesn't mean I'm going out and looking for a vampire or werewolf."--Kaitlyn, Age 15
There you have it. No matter how dark a book may be, it more than likely has helped at least one teen out there. And, what do you know, teens are even smart enough to not be influenced by certain subject matters. They'll leave the glittering vamps to Stephenie Meyer. :)
Do you know of any teens that has been truly helped by a YA book?