Today’s post features my fav teen readers on the planet. I call them “The Think Tank” and they are, quite literally, a think tank. They help when I need teen “research”, they read for me, help me with titles, help with…well…everything.
And not just me – they help their teachers, their parents, the community in the same way. Just a great group of kids.
So, when I needed to do a little research for this week’s posts, what did I do? I went to The Think Tank (TTT), of course.
And here is the result…advice from teens.
(A little demographic info – this is a mixed group of 10 kids (male and female) aged 13 – 15 with diverse taste in books. They read 30 to 100+ books a year. Two also write their own works, and four have participated NaNoWriMo for multiple years).
CF: What kind of books do you guys like to read?
TTT: All kinds of supernatural books (vampires, faeries, werewolves,etc), contemporary (but not too explicit), mysteries, and of course, romance.
CF: Are you guys strictly into YA, or do you read Adult? And if you have a preference, why?
TTT: We’re pretty split on this. Those of us who like YA (7 of them) like it because of the pacing, the mystery, and the hot guys ( or girls, one guy reminds us) in the stories. For the adult lit. lovers amongst us, we like adult for the depth. Also, adult mysteries are less predictable. The plot seems too…IDK…ordinary and predictable in YA.
***(note to self…make current WiP more mysterious)
CF: What draws you to books in the bookstore or library?
TTT: Seriously…do you even need to ask? COVERS! After that, we look at the title and the blurb. If it’s still hold our interest, then we read the first page. If we STILL like it, we buy it. Pretty simple, really.
***(See, all that title, cover, first page stuff we hear is true!)
I’ll bring you a little more from the think tank later this week. For now, I want to hear from you guys – what compels you to buy a new book?