|I promised him I wouldn't put his picture on my blog. Sorry.|
Which of the following books have you read?
a. The Hunger Games
c. 13 Reasons Why
d. Looking For Alaska
e. Perfect Chemistry
f. Boy Toy
g. The Sky is Everywhere
17yo: I've heard of Twilight and The Hunger Games, but I've not read either of them.
What would you call these pants?
17yo: Tight Capris
For real? You wouldn't call them jeans? You'd say to one of your friends, "Did you see the capris that girl was wearing?" and not "Did you see the jeans that girl was wearing?"
17yo: Tight Capris
What would make you read a book over playing a video game?
17yo: If it was a homework assignment:)
Who is your real life hero? Who is your fictional hero?
17yo: Real life- Jim Lovell. Fictional- John Wayne.
(Side note: John Wayne! Isn't this kid adorable?)
Which of these two covers would you buy and why?
17yo: Of these two, I would choose the Wicked Lovely book because the kissing in the shower is a little much for me.
What type of cover would appeal to you?
17yo: Hmm...I really like simple covers. For example, for Econ I had to read a book called Naked Economics and I really liked the cover.
I know your mom read to you when you were younger and you were also an early reader. When do you think you stopped reading for fun?
17yo: Maybe around 7th grade. I think it was because I started to do other things like football and the school gave us more books to read. The English class I'm in now doesn't require us to read books and I can't remember all of last years : / But for my stats class we could choose a book to read each semester. I read the book Bringing Down the House and Moneyball and I enjoyed both of them, especially Bringing Down the House.
What are some books you have read in English?
17yo: In the past we've read Catcher in The Rye, Harold and Maude, Portrait of An Artist, My Name is Asher Lev, Antigone, and Grapes of Wrath.
Did you like any of these books?
17yo: Ehh, not really, maybe Antigone. I might have liked them more if I was able to read them at my own pace.
This is the part in the interview where I tell him about the book I'm writing and describe the crazy plot for him:)
17yo: That sounds intense.
Is this your way of saying "Wait to give it to me until summer, Christa."
17yo: Haha I could use a good book to read while Im waiting for a loop at caddying.
So that is the reality of what I'm up against. What anyone who writes for teenagers (particularly boys) is up against. Yes, there are teens who love to read (I have two other boy betas who are BIG readers), but I think that my friend here represents a fairly significant majority of boys. Feel free to correct me. It's highly unscientific speculation. But I am so very grateful for the chance to pick apart his mind. Thank you, my 17-year old friend!