Linking up for It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?
I just finished up this book on Sunday.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
First of all, I was really excited when I first started reading this book because I just *knew* it was going to be fabulous. Last week, one of my favorite 8th grade boys came up to me on duty, put the book in my hands, and simply said “read it.” I’m constantly reading books recommended by my students (and them by me). This particular student seems to enjoy the same types of books that I do (edgy realistic fiction mostly), so I had high hopes.
Well, it did dissapoint. I just wasn’t riveted. I wasn’t that interested in the plot. It hasn’t been THAT long since I was in high school, and while I do think my high school experiences were pretty liberal, I can’t seem to remember quite as much drugs or homosexual encounters. This book definitely won’t be earning a spot on my middle school shelf because of just that – an abundance of sex, sexual discussion, and drugs. I rated this book 3 stars on Goodreads, and it would have been lower if my 8th grade boys didn’t love it so much. I doubt I’ll be watching this movie.
Now here’s a better book for middle and high school boys:
I Am a Seal Team Six Warrior by Howard E. Wasdin
This book contains an abundance of war action to keep the boys reading with a healthy dose of “doing the right thing.” Since it is written for a young adult audience, I didn’t get caught up in the technical lingo of the military and your students shouldn’t either. Towards the end of the book, the author gets caught up in the Battle of Mogadishu, a battle fought in Somalia in 1993 that involved many American casualties. I had never even HEARD of this, and after discussing it with my husband, we sat and watched “Blackhawk Down,” an excellent movie about the battle. I tell all of the boys that return this book to me to go and watch the movie.
An added bonus is that this book is actually nonfiction and a great autobiography that isn’t typical or boring. I highly recommended it for ANYONE and it’s my standard go-to gift for teenage boys.
Next up on my reading list is Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. It’s been on my to-read list for a while and I had to download it this weekend for my 12 year old son to finish for Book Club at school.
And last up, I just posted a brand new product at my TpT store!
Nonfiction Text Structure Poster Set and Foldable
I have been wanting to make something with these awesome backgrounds ever since I found them! You can pick up this poster set and foldable for only $1!
My spring break has come to an end and it’s back to school on Monday for me! We’ve got one more week before testing, so it should be a busy one.