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Otessa Olsen, staff writer

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Many high schoolers read when they text, watch TV, or eat with an open book nearby. At least that’s what the English teachers think. Mr. Patterson bet that only 6% of high schoolers read on their own. Mrs. Suloff had a little more faith in our generation and said it was probably more like 20%.

Maybe the myth that “teens don’t read” is not as you might think.

DOUBLE DUTY: Liv Cottam takes on two books at once, but is unsure of her book choices. “I really like this one so far, but this other one is really…interesting.” she says.

Freshman Addy Waldron:

When was the last time you read a book?

I sat down to read a book just a few days ago, but I usually read almost every other day. 

Who is your favorite author and genre?

Stephen King! Horror. Without a doubt. 

What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

“The Talisman” by Stephen King. I would definitely recommend, but it is not for the faint of heart.

Senior RJ Cazier:

Do you enjoy reading?


When was the last time you read a book?

Hmmm. Elementary school.

STAGED: Senior Paul Jardine poses for a picture with a foreign object, a book.

Senior Paul Jardine:

Do you enjoy reading?

Meh. Sometimes. It’s hard to find the time, but maybe if I had more time I’d say yes.

What was the last book you read? What would you rate it on a scale of 1-10?

“Michael Vey” by Richard Paul Evans. I’d give it a 9. Please don’t judge me.

Junior Emma Thomson:

When do you like to read?

I read almost every night when I’m chillin in bed.

What was the last book you read?

“Walking Disaster” by Jamie McGuire

Freshman Liza Bateman:

When was the last time you read a book for fun? What was it?

Last week I finished “The Hunted” by Matt de la Pena. 

Senior Emma Dubisz:

Did you enjoy the last book you read? Enough to recommend it?

CAUGHT READ-HANDED: Emma Dubisz hides her book behind her iPad to avoid looking like a nerd.

I really liked the last book I read, “Wuthering Heights,” but I don’t think I’d recommend it. It is kind of a challenging read, but that’s good for your brain. Right?


Freshman Ki Simkins:

How often do you take the time to read on your own?


Who is your favorite author?

Sarah J. Maas.

Why do you enjoy reading?

I learn some interesting stuff when I read, and I don’t have to talk to people when Im reading.

Seems like some teens do read and even enjoy doing it! For those out there who agree with RJ Cazier that reading isn’t worth the time of day, listen to the man with the beard, Mr. Patterson: “Reading is hands down, 110% super beneficial. The more you read the smarter you get. It has been proven time and time again.”

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