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:
Rukmini Kalamangalam, age 14 : To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
In light of the controversy surrounding Lee’s sequel Go Set a Watchman, I decided to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. I expected to find what I had when I read it the first time- a dry, dull book with no relevance to modern-day life. However, the story’s complex characters, and intense struggle of right and wrong drew me in immediately. On a second read, Lee hides clues and messages in the corners of the novel for attentive readers, and the writing is lush and prosaic. The timeless classic and a classically timeless message: race doesn’t determine character, and neither does it determine right or wrong. The heart is what we have to look past the body to see.
Daniel Blokh, age 14: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a book that’s changed me as both a person and writer. Kundera weaves together a story that makes readers engage with the characters and plot, while simultaneously containing a lot of symbolism and philosophy. It’s a book that leaves you both fulfilled by its story and inspired by its meaning.
Margo Armbuster, age 15: The Simple Truth, by Philip Levine
This Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry captivated me. I first picked it up in a bookstore and decided to purchase it upon reading a single poem. Levine’s simple, detailed style allows profound insight into daily life, his work perfectly composed but simultaneously heartrending. I loved this book not only because it’s an invaluable resource to read when writing my own poetry, but also because I found a lot of truth inside its pages.
Lucy Wainger, age 17: The Sound And the Fury, by William Faulkner
This was the first book my Great Books class read this semester. It caused me to cry in front of thirty-four high school seniors on at least two separate occasions, which isn’t something I can say for most books.