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Caroline Bock - BEFORE MY EYES

How do you choose WHAT YA NOVEL TO READ?

If I'm 14, how would I choose a YA novel?  My friends tell me it's good?  But how do they choose it?  Cover?  Title?  Critics?  Or, is it more about the adults choosing for teens? What is it??

The book is made into a movie (or the book is only a novelization of the movie, not even a 'real' book), the book is on the reading list, the book is brought home (or ordered up on ebook) by parent (who then also wants to read it)?  Or, maybe it's just another book by the same author?  Is that why so many serials are made?  Or, why the covers by one author all tend to look a like?  We want you, our teens, to read so we are desperate to convince you that all books are about vampires (many are, we don't have to disguise this fact).  But what of a different book -- like LIE?

When I was growing up there were children books and adult books, and I remember at age 11 or 12, in the White Plains Library getting in trouble for wanting books out of the adult section.  I was shepherded back into the 'children's section,'  and went back into the 'adult' section with the excuse I was looking for my father -- who only growled that I could read any book that I wanted to --  and he'd get it out for me.  He liked authority even less than I did, but he read a lot too.  So how are books chosen by today's teens? obviously as a former marketing/PR exec, and even more so, as someone coming out with her first novel, I'm interested in solving the riddle within the riddle of a book, purchased, read.

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