Friday, February 24, 2012

Abducted by TGIF 2.24.12

This week I have decided to answer the question from TGIF hosted by Ginger at GReads books!




Required Reading: Which book from your school days 
do you remember reading & enjoying? Is there a book published now 
that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?




I do have an answer for this question, but there is a catch...

My favorite book that I remember being required to read in high school was...



The catch is, I don't really remember caring about it when I read it all those years ago. I re-read it, oh man, it must have been three or four years ago now, and I LOVED it! That is when it became one of my favorite books, I only wish I had appreciated it when I first read it.

***OH, I just remembered, when I was a senior in high school we had to read the first chapter of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, and I loved it so much I did go out and buy the book and devoured it!***

Now, as far as what I think should be required reading, I'm going to say pretty much anything by John Green or David Levithan.

They are both such amazingly talented writers, plus all of there books involve a messages of accepting others but also accepting yourself for who you are. But if I had to pick just one, I would be hopelessly optimistic and pick...


Boy Meets Boy is about all forms of acceptance. And with all the dangers to teens today with bullying and teen suicide, I think it could be an important read for them. However, I know that the day a book called "Boy Meets Boy" EVER being included in our schools curriculum is a looooooooooong way off.

8 comments:

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase said...

Great answer! I'm loving Boy Meets Boy (I'm about halfway through it right now), and I agree - wouldn't it be nice to see that as a requirement in high school classrooms? But you're right, it'll be a long time until we see that, especially where we live!

Annette said...

I never "had" to read Mockingbird in school, but I enjoyed it when I finally read it... only a few years back.

I can see how it would be a good one for class discussion.

I like your choice. I think there are so many realistic "issues" books that would be so wonderful to expose to a classroom full of kid. Happy Reading!

Annette said...

Hopefully there's more than one "kid" in that classroom!! *proofread*

Alysia said...

I never really appreciated that book until I was much older too! I remember liking it but not really understanding the moral and social impact it had until I was older.

Alexa said...

I think allowing kids to read books by Levithan or Green would be a great idea. They both write novels that leave readers with a lot of things to discuss!

fakesteph said...

I will have to reread TKAM... my mom made me listen to the audio when I was probably or so and I didn't like it.

I pray for the day that a book called Boy Meets Boy can be put into the school curriculum. It makes me so sad when I think of all the drama something like that would make today.

Kate@Midnight Book Girl said...

Seriously, can I just stop time so I can catch up on all the Green and Levithan books I need to read?

Ashley R said...

Boy Meets Boy would be WONDERFUL to add to a curriculum! I would fully support that.

 
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