Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teen Interview: The Perks of Being an Awesome Teen

It's Tuesday, which means I got a chance to interview another awesome teen! Jasmine is 14 and attends a small high school in Virginia; you can always find her with her face in a book (according to one of her teachers). Not to mention she has the coolest haircut since, like, forever (any girl who's bold enough to shave the side of her head is AWESOME). And now:

Tell us about your school. (What are the demographics? Are there any noticeable cliques? Etc., etc.)
It's a small school. It seems everyone knows everyone, which is a result of a small town. There are plenty of noticeable cliques but none that differ from normal schools.

What is it about a book that makes you pick it up when you're browsing the shelves of the library or book store?
The first thing would be the cover, of course. The cover and design can tell a lot about a book. The author of a book is the next big thing, though. I will definitely read a book if it's by a good author.

What's the best book you've read in the past 6 months?
Six months?! Probably The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Some of my favorite series have come from the past six months, though.

If you could ban one thing from all books, what would it be?
I would ban books being slow. I like books that capture me from the very start.

What would you like to see more of in YA novels?

What's your favorite part of a story? The characters, the setting, or the conflict?
The characters are my favorite because if you can put yourself in the character's shoes, that's what makes a good book.

Do you feel like the characters in YA books are representative of you?
Very much so--those are my favorite types of characters.

What's a popular saying you can't stand?
"I'm weak." Why say that instead of laughing? It's ridiculous.

What will you eat for lunch today?
Chicken sandwich!

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

To travel anywhere--teleportation!

That's what I would pick, too, Jasmine! Perks of Being a Wallflower is a pretty awesome choice. My agent loves it, so it's definitely in my TBR pile. What were your fave books when you were Jasmine's age?


Marquita Hockaday said...

I used to read up, mainly--John Grisham was one of my faves. I also was really into school readings--I LOVED To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies at that time,

Jasmine really is cool--anyone who can be individual enough to shave the side of their head is pretty awesome.

Great interview!

JEM said...

Okay, I'm officially old, because I have no idea what "I'm weak" means. And ditto on the mythology, I'd love a good Norse series!

Gracie said...

Augh... I agree that slowness should be banned from books, as it happens to be very, VERY annoying.

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