Wondering what our Teen Sequins have been up to? They’ve been reading! For this week’s #FridayReads, we’ve gathered some #TeenReads from our shiny family. Here’s what they’ve got to say:
Eli Winter, age 18: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee
One of the best books I’ve ever read. Gorgeous prose. It looks at the lives of cotton tenants in the deep South during the great depression; Agee wrote it with photographer Walker Evans, ironically, on assignment for Fortune magazine. It’s a little self-important, but it has an incredible depth to it, especially when Agee writes about what it’s like to report on cotton tenants’ lives. There’s a certain suspicion the tenants hold towards him; they think he’ll write less to raise awareness of their plights and more to get a fat paycheck, and Agee’s attempts to come to terms with this inherent divided outlook are fascinating. As is the whole book. Parts of it are almost impenetrable, but all of it is worth your time. Ten stars.
Odelia Fried, age 14: After the Witch Hunt by Megan Falley
It’s a whip-smart, witty, and heartbreaking book of poetry written in a semi-conversational tone. The poems seem to go right up in your face and demand your attention, a welcome departing from the sleepy, self-contained works of other poets.
Tiegan Dakin, age 15 : Find Me, by Laura van den Berg
I finished reading a book by Laura van den Berg a fortnight ago, called Find Me. It’s about a young adult woman called Joy. She lives a relatively normal life until an infectious disease spreads across America and devastates it. She is contained within a “hospital” for a few years of her life, with not much to do and routines wearing her down. I wrote a review on it here.What I liked about the book that it was a “stray from the norm”. Every bookworm has probably read a post-apocalyptic novel in their lifetime, but this one utilizes an unusual style and unique voice. Joy is very aware of her surroundings. She does things like examine the floor and wonders about the life of bacteria. It’s definitely not the sort of book I would normally read, but I learned something from the experience.