Friday, May 18, 2012

Teentopia: Jesse

On the 18th of every month, we interview average teen readers about books and reading. To see all of the past Teentopia interviews, click here.

This month for Teentopia we have an interview with that rare wild creature we hardly ever get to hear from in the book/writing blogging world: the very occasional reader! 

Jesse is a sixteen year old high school student who likes to go camping, ride dirt-bikes, and hang out with his friends. His mom also added that he spends his time playing video games, doing homework (though not much time), texting friends (mostly girlfriend), driving (just got his license), snowboarding, watching BBC shows about cars, and building computers.

What are some of your favorite recently-read books?
Hunger games, harry potter, artemis fowl series

How do you find out about and choose books that aren't assigned in school?

friends/ movies

On a related note, do you read reviews before you decide to read a book? Where?

Do you read author's blogs/facebooks/twitters? If yes: before you read their book or after - and what kind of content do you like to see?


What kind of covers draw your attention?

Nice design, not plain, actiony

Do you feel like YA books accurately represent teen culture? How so?

Sometimes, most aren't up to date

Is there anything (themes, character types, genres, time periods, etc) you'd like to see more of in YA books?
future time, present time, more action

Anything you want to see less of?


How do you read books? (paper, e-reader, phone, audio, etc)
phone, paper

What do you think about all the YA books that have recently been made into movies?

hunger games was good, most aren't

What book have you read that you think deserves more attention?

black hawk down

What novel are you most looking forward to in 2012?

Not sure

Do you use any book-specific sites to keep track of what you've read?


What's the most important element to you: characters, plot, writing style?

easy to understand writing style

Have you ever seen a book trailer? If so, did it make you want to read the book? What do you think about them?

Never have

Thanks so much to Jesse for answering our questions!

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