Thursday, June 4, 2009

How to Buy a Love of Reading

I was browsing through new books and came across an interesting one entitled How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson. The story centers on Carley, a high school student who never reads for pleasure and admits in an assignment that she has never truly enjoyed any book she has come across. Her parents, who also never read, believe that Carley will have difficulty getting into a good college with her attitude toward books. Their solution to Carley's problem is to commission a book designed around her specifications. They hire a failed writer, Bree McEnroy, to work with Carley.

Carley's attitude is interesting because she really is creative thanks to her best friend. Hunter, who is a huge fan of the written word, is the most improtant person in Carley's life. She often replays conversations in her head, through a game she calls "Aftermemory", if she feels the interaction did not go as well as she would like. This creation of a new story shows the reader that Carley is not quite as indifferent toward stories as she appears. Follow Carley as she helps her friend through his troubles and soon discovers that the written word is not so boring after all.

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