Friday, September 2, 2011


Friday, September 2, 2011 with 4 comments

TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads!  In this weekly feature, Ginger poses a question to her followers and then asks everyone to link up at the end of the post, sharing their responses.

This Friday's Question:

Making a Difference: Which book(s) would you put in the hands of today's teenagers in hopes of making a difference in their lives? 

Fahrenheit 451Honestly, it would have to be one of those books they "forced" us to read in high school, like Fahrenheit 451 and 1984.  I enjoyed each of these books immensely as a teen and found that they had a lesson that went far beyond what I was expecting to take away from the books.  Namely, question everything.  Never let others tell you that this is simply the way things are.  Instead, decide for yourself how things should be, how you want them to be.  And then start changing the world.

1984I can't fathom a world where rather than acting as our saviors, firefighters BURN books without question, which is exactly what Guy Montag does in Fahrenheit 451.  But the premise of 1984 is no less scary:  the government is watching your every move and any infraction will result in swift punishment.  These books are not only classics, but they incite powerful thoughts and invite debate about how much control is too much.  They also suggest that when one person decides to stand up against standard beliefs and practices, they can make a difference.  And it's worth it, everytime.

Also, if you haven't guessed, these books ignited my love for dystopian/post-apocalyptic reads.  I don't think there's another genre out there that could make me feel as strongly about changing the world for the better.


  1. I love how dystopians are becoming more popular in today's YA section. The messages behind the stories are something a lot of teens can grasp on to.

  2. Both of the books you chose are books that I am ashamed I have not read yet!!! I am going to have to fix this soon!!! I am especially excited about 1984. I love the message that you said these books have. Thanks for sharing them.

  3. Sadly, I have not read either of those books but your answer to this TGIF question is definitely making me want to read them. Reading through posts today I have noticed a lot of people (including myself) added the book that got them interested in reading to the list and I just love that! Great post :)

  4. I just finished Looking for Alaska by John Green. I loved it. I think it could definitely make a difference, make it easier for kids to see that its okay for them to be honest with themselves and not try to fake anything.

    And I love your selections too :) Such great books.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)


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