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January 21, 2010

Reader Q&A: Alexandria from Linden, CA

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In today's Reader Q&A, 14-year-old Alexandria Poggio from Linden, CA shares a favorite quote that sends her a-flutter each time she reads it, reveals what she'd ask Sarah Dessen if she were ever given the chance to meet her, and explains why she almost physically assaulted (jokingly, of course!) her local librarian.

If you could trade places with any character from a book for a day, who would you be and why?

If I could be any character from a book for a day, it would be Alice from ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll. What can I say, I'm a sucker for adventure. Exploring my wonderland is what I do most of the time anyway, but I would be happy that this would only last for one day so I can slip out right before the Queen of Hearts cuts off my head!

What is the last book you read? Would you suggest it to a friend? Why or why not?

The last book I read was THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan. It was great! It's filled with everything I love in a book. It was a love, adventure, and horror story all in one. I have already recommended it to lots of people. I practically threw the book at my librarian to read it (JK).

Name three characters from a book that you'd like to invite to your birthday party.

I would invite:
Hannah Baker from THIRTEEN REASONS WHY because I had so many questions I wanted to ask her at the end of the book.
Ruby from LOCK AND KEY because I love her rebel attitude.
Katniss from THE HUNGER GAMES because she is smart and adventurous.

Do you have a favorite quote from a book? If so, what is it?

Yes, it is said by Edward Cullen in NEW MOON by Stephine Meyer, from chapter 23, p.514.

"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars --- points of light and reason... And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn't see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything."

It gives me butterflies every time I read it.

Tell us about your top three favorite books of all time.

TWO-WAY STREET by Lauren Barnholdt is my favorite romance novel. I literally read this book three times so I could get that feeling in the pit of my stomach that only a good book could give you.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins is another favorite. This book is like eating the perfect piece of candy. You always want more.

My next favorite would be a Sarah Dessen book. Probably LOCK AND KEY. Ruby always tries to save others when she is the one who needs to be saved and that reminds me of myself in many ways.

If you had the opportunity to meet any author (dead or alive), who would you choose to meet, and what three questions would you ask him/her?

It would be Sarah Dessen, my all-time favorite author. I would ask her:
1) which book that you wrote do you think is your best?
2)What are you working on now?
3)What is your all-time favorite book?