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What book(s) would pull my 15-year-old son back to reading?

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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 36,935 Senior Member
    The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey (first book is "Leviathan Wakes"), "Fault in Our Stars" (John Green), The Martian (astronaut gets accidentally left behind on Mars), River of Doubt (Theodore Roosevelt exploring a tributary of the Amazon after his presidency), Year Zero (about aliens who owe Earth royalties under copyright laws for music streaming out into the galaxy)
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  • sylvan8798sylvan8798 6636 replies140 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,776 Senior Member
    mathmom wrote:
    I can't imagine any boy spending the summer reading Jane Austen or even classics like The Great Gatsby.
    D's bf is going to be an English major. Gatsby is one of his favorite books. And I assure you I have on good authority that he's a boy. Stereotype much?
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  • thumper1thumper1 73310 replies3190 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,500 Senior Member
    What about non-fiction? Is there some topic he would like to know more about?

    Also, he might be more interested in reading shorter things like magazine type articles rather than whole books.
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  • EllieMomEllieMom 1872 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,883 Senior Member
    I have to say that Gatsby is the one book that has been taught with passion by the teachers at D's school. And it's catching...I've been impressed by how sophisticated and in-depth the discussions I've overheard regarding Gatsby have been compared to other books that were included in the curriculum this year.
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  • MichiganGeorgiaMichiganGeorgia 4389 replies85 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,474 Senior Member
    I have a 15 year old son that likes to read and buys books that he reads over and over. Here are
    some of the books/authors that he likes:
    The Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher.
    The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and The Kane Chronicles both by Rick Riordan
    The Beyonders series by Brandon Mull
    The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson






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  • bajammbajamm 1579 replies19 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,598 Senior Member
    John Steinbeck has some short stories and shorter novels that a young man may enjoy reading. And, maybe reading a biography or autobiography on Steinbeck first would help him get into reading the novels.
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  • Niquii77Niquii77 9994 replies110 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,104 Senior Member
    Brave New World

    Seconding the Divergent series. GoT? Hmmm...
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  • EllieMomEllieMom 1872 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,883 Senior Member
    I do think it's pretty cool that the author of the Divergent series wrote those books when she was in her early 20s. (She's just 24 now.)
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  • SouthernHopeSouthernHope 2061 replies208 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,269 Senior Member
    Hi folks, as the OP, I just want to thank everyone!! We purchased several of these today and my son actually seems sort of psyched to start in on them....I'll report back with reviews!
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  • thumper1thumper1 73310 replies3190 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,500 Senior Member
    Terrific! Owning books is nice, but you also want to get your son to a library. That way he can borrow and return. Does he have a tablet? Some libraries also have lending of Electronic books.

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  • gosmomgosmom 1898 replies55 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,953 Senior Member
    If he liked the Kite Runner, what about the author's subsequent books (A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed)?
    Unbroken (WW II)
    The Boys in the Boat (Olympic rowers)
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  • dyiu13dyiu13 2811 replies55 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,866 Senior Member
    Graphic novels?
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  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap 11539 replies251 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,790 Senior Member
    edited May 2014
    Orson Scott Card, starting with "Ender's Game".
    edited May 2014
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  • mathmommathmom 32019 replies158 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 32,177 Senior Member
    edited May 2014
    Isn't stereotyping what these threads are all about? Especially when the OP has provided few clues about what their kid might like? Will some boys like Austen? Of course. But it's a small handful. And Gatsby? Both my boys might have liked it better if they hadn't read it for English classes, though the summer I read it (along with This Side of Paradise which I loved ) I didn't like it either. I think I might like it better now that I am older.

    Everyone in our family enjoys the Dresden books and our younger son just recommended The Martian to us.
    edited May 2014
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  • mokusatsumokusatsu 534 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 538 Member
    The Bear - William Faulkner
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  • geo1113geo1113 1427 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,427 Senior Member
    Helter Skelter. I remember when I was 15 I read it in two nights.
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  • cobratcobrat 12207 replies78 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,285 Senior Member
    "The Autobiography of Malcolm X,"

    Great book. Then again, I was so curious about hearing so much about him from overheard adult conversations and yet, not knowing anything about him that when I saw a copy in my junior high library in 7th grade, I immediately borrowed and read it.

    I'd also suggest George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm.
    Guess im the only dude who likes sappy romance books lol...

    We're talking adolescent boys, not males in general.

    Many boys who may not have cared for romantic themed literature in junior high*/HS end up appreciating it much more in college and later in life.

    * Didn't really appreciate Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer's Night Dream nearly as much as a 7th grader reading it for English lit class as I later did as a college student who re-read and watched both plays being performed live. Granted, my initial dislike of Midsummer's Night Dream as an adolescent was more rooted in confusion in following the plot than a predominance of romantic themes.
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  • takeitallintakeitallin 3352 replies26 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,378 Senior Member
    My sons both loved "Red Sky at Morning" You might also look at "The Maze", Childhood's End", "Dracula" and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (love this). My youngest son was an avid reader prior to high school but went thru a phase where he quit reading for enjoyment. He said the required reading in high school took all of the enjoyment out of reading for fun- I'm sure the opposite of the effect educators hope for. Reading the "classics" during his summer break would have done him in.
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  • MizzBeeMizzBee 4518 replies60 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,578 Senior Member
    At 15 my DS lost interest as well. Graphic novels like The Watchmen, Sin City, etc helped a lot. Also , non-fiction was great. Weird medical stories, true crime, etc was interesting to him.
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  • cobratcobrat 12207 replies78 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,285 Senior Member
    He said the required reading in high school took all of the enjoyment out of reading for fun- I'm sure the opposite of the effect educators hope for.

    That's the very same complaint I've heard from some college classmates who had similar/heavier reading loads than I did in undergrad or friends who are in grad/professional school.

    I don't blame them considering having a heavy reading load in terms of density and/or quantity(1000+ pages/week per grad class x 3-5 courses) can really cause one to need a break from doing any reading during what little breaks one could take.
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