Summer Reading & Inspiring Stories
I'm a huge believer in the power of sharing your story. Every story can impact somebody else's, and you just never know who may need to hear your story. It's why I share mine. It's why I can't stop writing. It's why I'm passionate about people sharing their stories. I love reading stories, and that's why I've always loved fiction in particular. Nonfiction stories and biographies can sometimes appeal to me, but I guess for me personally, I like to go deeper than that. I like fiction because you can write about situations that nobody speaks out on. You can get inside somebody else's head and bring their story to life. And as a teenager, I can especially relate to young adult fiction. I like Christian fiction a lot, but is it just me, or is Christian fiction primarily targeted at adults? I mean, I don't mind reading about adult problems or stories centered around adults, but as a teenager - and especially since I know how teens think - a lot of people aren't going to connect to that so much.
That's why there needs to be more Christian young adult. I've found a few Christian young adult novels, but they really take a lot of searching to find. And while I've found some good ones, I haven't been too impressed with them. 1) For being a Christian novel, they hardly ever talk about faith. 2) When they do talk about faith, it is so so basic. Like a simple prayer or something. The faith elements probably couldn't even make up a chapter of the book. That, and the topics are so fluffy. Like, yes, write about relationships and friendships and drama, but don't be afraid to write about heavier topics. Teenagers aren't stupid, if you write about heavier messages targeted towards us, we'll still read about them, and really, teenagers need those real, authentic, hard to hear messages, not all the fluff. That's just my two cents on it anyway, and that's how I write my books.
Anyway, I got to go to Barnes and Noble with my cousin who loves to read as much as I do, and there's a book I've had on my Goodreads shelf for quite awhile. Lately I've been into themes in books targeting forgiveness, unconditional love, and how that plays into a teen's life. So when I saw that this book was about just that, about a boy who makes a bad choice and is trying to get over it, it had my attention from the start.
They had the book thankfully, and I read it all in one sitting. What Light by Jay Asher is a young adult romance novel about a girl who meets a boy who, years ago, made a bad choice and is paying the price. It was such a sweet story. I loved the theme, and it kept my attention enough that I really didn't take a break reading it. I loved the characters so much, I just wanted to keep reading about them, and I was praying that they'd turn out okay. I love reading books like that. I haven't done much reading other than that except for rereading some of my favorites, but I'd love to hear what you're all reading this summer! Oh, and did I mention the book was a Christmas book? Just reading a Christmas book in July... It's all good. :)