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April 20, 2010

If You Ask Me...: Juanita from Malden, MA and Sara from Pineville, LA

Posted by Marisa Emralino

IfYouAskMe.jpg Joining us for today's edition of the If You Ask Me... Q&A are 17-year-old Juanita Brown from Malden, MA and 17-year-old Sara Whittington from Pineville, LA.  Read their answers below as they discuss perennial favorite reads like Madeleine L'Engle's A WRINGLE IN TIME, William Goldman's THE PRICESS BRIDE, Cressida Cowell's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and the powerful Holocaust memoir NIGHT, by Elie Wiesel.

 


Juanita Brown from Malden, MA

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

I think Meg from A WRINKLE IN TIME, because she was a very ordinary girl in a lot of ways, but she had the adventure of a lifetime.

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

FRONT AND CENTER by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Yes, I would --- D. J. is one of the best first-person narrarators I''ve come across in any book. I love her voice and the way she deals with life. Of course, I'd recommend that you read the first two books in the series first.

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

Westley from THE PRINCESS BRIDE, Mia from the Princess Diaries series, and Meg from A WRINKLE IN TIME.

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

THE PRINCESS BRIDE: It's such an amazing story of true love and high adventure.

IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY: I never picked up this book because I personally find the cover unappealing, but it's so good and insightful, and I absolutely fell in love with Craig.

CHRISTY: It's an moving novel of life in the early 1900s. It may be of an older time, but even now I completely relate to the protagonist.

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?

At the moment, I would love to meet John Green. I would ask him:

1. Why do you write?

2. Were any of your stories directly based off a real event?

3. What are your 3 favorite books.

What movies have you seen that were based on books? Did you like the book or film version better? Why?

Well I've seen and read ERAGON, and let me say that is pretty much the worst book adaptation I've ever seen. The only good thing about that movie was Saphira. Then THE PRINCESS DIARIES, which is my favorite book ever, and has a wonderful film adaption. It's amazing, fresh, funny, and it took the essence of the book and put it to film.

Tell us about your favorite book series.

My favorite book series has to be a tie between A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter.

 

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Sara Whittington from Pineville, LA

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

I would love to be Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III from the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. Hiccup is the son of the Cheif of the Hairy Hooligan tribe, and unlike the other Vikings, Hiccup actually has a good head on his shoulders. However, because of his intelligence, he is an outcast in some ways. He faces many trails and challenges in the series (my personal favorite being the Hairy, Scary Librarian) and overcomes all of them in a very creative mannner. Hiccup does not let his current reputation of being "useless" determine his future. He ends up writing many books on his vast knowledge of dragons, and becomes a beloved Chief of his tribe.

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

The last book I read was NIGHT by Elie Wiesel, and I absolutely adored the writing. While the subject matter of Mr. Wiesel's personal experiences in a Jewish Concentration Camp is depressing, to say the least, it is important to learn about mistakes former leaders have made so that present and future leaders may learn from them. The writing style of NIGHT was beautiful. It reminded me of poetry. His diction and syntax were perfect. I would definitely recommend this memoir to my friends.

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

Max, from the Max and Ruby series by Rosemary Well; Gregory, from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney; and Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne.

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

"And even if somebody has it much worse, that doesn''t really change the fact that you have what you have."

- THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

"We accept the love we think we deserve."

- THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

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

My all-time favorite book would have to be SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson. I love her writing style in this novel, each chapter is like a vingnette. In all of her novels, Mrs. Anderson's characters face many controversial challenges such as eating disorders, suicide, and rape. While it is easiest to push these subjects under the rug and forget all about them, in order to bring awareness to these topics, they must be talked about. I love reading her novels, because at the end, no matter how many difficulties the main character has face, there is always hope for the future.

My second and third favorite books vary constantly from classics such as THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, to children's books written by Richard Scary.

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?

I would like to meet Laurie Halse Anderson. I would ask her how she decides on her topics for her novels, what inspires her the most, and who influenced her the most and how.

What movies have you seen that were based on books? Did you like the book or film version better? Why?

I read CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E. B. White around 3rd grade, and watched the movie soon afterwards. The movie wasn't bad, but my imagination while reading the book proved to be better.

Tell us about your favorite book series.
I don't enjoy book series that much.