Help a 14-year-old girl find some books to love
February 10, 2014 2:09 PM Subscribe
I am helping out a 14-year-old girl who needs as much experience reading as she can get, and I'm eager for your suggestions. Details inside.
posted by foxy_hedgehog to Education (54 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I asked her which books she recently enjoyed, and she listed:
The Catcher in the Rye
Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiars
Before I Fall
The Catcher in the Rye is encouraging, and I'd like to introduce her to more enduring classics and outstanding literature (is it too early for The Great Gatsby?). However, I primarily want to find well-written books that will engage her. The rest of the titles on the list are YA genre titles that I'm only glancingly familiar with, so it's not entirely clear to me what level she's reading at or how and how much I can push her to really develop a love and an eye for good writing and storytelling. She has a preference for adolescent female protagonists, but I'm open to everything.
I've seen this thread
and this thread
, which had some great suggestions, but I am hoping that I can get some really on-target suggestions based on the Netflix-style algorithm that you will hopefully apply to the titles I mentioned. I already plan to recommend Sherlock Holmes and Raymond Chandler to her for mysteries, but want to develop a good list that will see her through the year.