The ever (not to ME…) intriguing “drama” books.
I get the appeal. Really, I do.
They’re meant for high interest-low level. I get it.
Here’s my main issue….wait!
I am NOT judging students by what they like to read. I promise I’m not. I’m happy they’re reading!
Okay now back to my point…I get that “drama” books, as my students call them, are close to reality for many of today’s teens. I understand. However, I also don’t really want them to think the rough lifestyles and poor choices found in those books are okay. I’m GLAD that they think they can relate to the characters in those books, but…I wish they’d aim higher? Is that terrible?
Here’s my aim…there is realistic fiction (oh, hey…look, y’all…that genre has a NAME!) that is both well-written AND still relatable. Personally, I also don’t want to read realistic or contemporary fiction that doesn’t seem, well….realistic. This is why we NEED diversity, y’all. I want these kids to have characters that they can relate to, but that aren’t miles beneath them in style and content. I love me some contemporary romance, but I need those stories to also have a broader range of characters at time that the average high school teenager can relate to.
Is that too much to ask?
What are some of your favorite contemporaries that I can get students hooked on?