Have you ever wondered if teens are bookworms or if they are trying to worm their way out of reading?
Well, not all teenagers enjoy reading. Today, especially, there are lots of other distractions. For example, some people find themselves wrapped up in the Internet, video games or TV. Maybe some teens pick up a book or three for summer homework, but do teens really read for fun? Perhaps surprisingly, many do.
Brittany Fowler, a senior from Enochs High, worked at a summer camp part of the summer, where she discovered a bookshelf that kept her occupied in her free time. She read something by Mary Higgins Clark, some books by Debbie Macomber, and some other things as well.
"I enjoyed them much more than 'The Invisible Man,' which I had to read for school," she admitted. "I enjoy reading because of the change of pace from normal life and because I have an active imagination. So, when I read, it's just like watching a movie."
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Gregori High sophomore Amy Davis said she liked to read during the summer "because it filled up the hours of when (she had) nothing else to do and when (she was) tired of TV." She read books from the "Pretty Little Liars" series.
Emily Sterner, a senior at Davis, said she read a lot of "teen-bopper books" this summer.
Some teen reading choices might seem surprising. Mark Heffner, a junior at Beyer, said he read "Halo Ghost of Onyx" because it involved his favorite video game, "Halo."
Modesto High senior Joonhyung Kim said, "I've read the 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms,' an old Chinese epic about how the end of the Han dynasty was played out by three warring factions in China. Other books I read included 'Dante's Inferno' and 'Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.' "
However, not everyone reads during summer vacation. Christine Perine, a senior at Downey said, "I feel so horrible saying this, but I haven't read any books this summer! We were out of town most of the time, and I'm just not really that into reading!"
Emily Wolff, a senior at Modesto High, said, "With all of the history, English and Spanish (summer homework), and the shorter summer, there was no time to read anything that I wanted to read!"
Davis senior Kateri Ransom, who usually loves to read, explained that her predicament with reading this summer involved not wanting to read something engrossing because it would cause her to neglect her summer homework. "Then I realized I did not want to read my homework books. So ... I ended up not reading anything except my homework books ... which I read last-minute."
Jackquelin Pedota said she didn't have time to read this summer because she was busy writing her own book.
Laura Mussman is a senior at Davis High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom program.