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April 27, 2010

If You Ask Me... : Michella from Brooklyn, NY and Lindsey from Nokomis, FL

Posted by Marisa Emralino

IfYouAskMe.jpgAnswering our If You Ask Me... Q&A are 15-year-old Michella Domenici from Brooklyn, NY and 17-year-old Lindsey Proper from Nokomis, FL.  Below, they talk about popular new releases like Lauren Kate's FALLEN and Ally Carter's HEIST SOCIETY, as well as some old faves like Francine Pascal's Fearless series, and William Shakespeare's classic romantic drama, Romeo & Juliet.


Michella Domenici from Brooklyn, NY

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

Clary Fray from the Mortal Instruments series. I love her. Her personality, the fantasy world she was thrown into. She''s a normal girl with flaws, but she pulls through.

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

I'm not sure what the last book I read was. It's either FALLEN or my advance copy of HEIST SOCIETY. HS was amazing, so yes, hands down. FALLEN, I wasn't to crazy about, but I''ll still look at the next book in the summer.

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

Suze from the Mediator series by Meg Cabot. Fred and George W from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Do Fred and George count as two? If not then I''d also like to have, Grace from SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater.

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

Harry Potter. Phantom of the Opera. Inkheart. Because of Winn Dixie. Princess Diaries. Speak. Little Mermaid. Where the Wild Things Are. How to Eat Fried Worms. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Peter Pan. Hoot. Not really. Some like Harry Potter 1 and 2, Sisterhood, Speal, and Worms, were fine. They just cut out scenes and backstories. You connect with a character more in a book, I feel.



Lindsey Proper from Nokomis, FL

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

My favorite quote is from THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak. It occurs on page three, but it defines the whole book and summarizes life: "***HERE IS A SMALL FACT*** You are going to die." Simple. Yet so profound.

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

My absolute favorite book is THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak. I picked this book up by accident, and ever since I did I've been positive that it was fate. As readers, there are only a few times when we realize that a book has changed our lives, and will continue to change our lives every time we reread it; for me, THE BOOK THIEF was that kind of book. From the narrator, to the style, to the subjest, to the heart-breaking, agonizing, beautiful ending --- this book is perfect, flaws and all.

My second favorite book is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I know the cliché inherent in this choice, and I'm aware it's more of a play than a book, but nonetheless, I find Romeo and Juliet to be the classic it is portrayed to be. The beautiful language, while difficult to understand at first, lets you find something new every time you reread it. The plot is one that has been told for centuries, the star-crossed lovers, but that timelessness is what lends it the prestige it has gained and will keep. My third favorite book I'll admit I'm going to cheat on; while I sympathize that a series contains more than one book, it is as difficult to pick favorites within a series as it is for a mother to pick favorites among her children.

The Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare is number three, and I don''t feel bad that I can't pick a favorite among City of Bones/Ashes/Glass. These books have the perfect mixture of scandal, mythology, and sarcastic one-liners that make them darkly humorous. While these books are not difficult to follow whatsoever, they have profound moments of realization. And the characterization! Every person has a motive and every person has a distinct personality because of it.

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

Tons of movies are based on books I've read --- Eragon, Harry Potter, Twilight, Romeo and Juliet, and Memoirs of a Geisha, to name a few --- and every single one of the movies (with one slight exception) are not as good as the books. The one exception would be BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE  by Annette Curtis Klause. Don''t get me wrong --- the book was good, very good. My reasons for liking the movie better are purely due to my sheep-like tendency for the mainstream. While the point of the book was that you can't escape your family or your fate, the movie''s point was one that is much more common --- you have the right to choose your own destiny. And I simply like the movie's point more.

Tell us about your favorite book series.

There are so many to choose from! The Mortal Instruments, Vampire Academy, Mercy Thompson, Wicked Lovely, Inheritance, Fearless --- ah. Fearless. This series, by Francine Pascal, is an old one, and not very often read nowadays. There are 36 books in the original series and in its heyday, a book was published every month. The premise for this series was that delinquent high-school student Gaia Moore was born without the gene that enables her to feel fear. Her FBI-agent father realized the problems this will cause her in the future (what with not being able to assess the danger of a situation) and he decides to help her by training her mentally and physically. Through Gaia's wacky adventures, you discover the joy of doughnuts, the pain of losing a friend, a family, a home, and the utter angst that is teenage life at its best. These books were not the best written, they were not the best storylines, they didn't have the best characters --- but they were such a big part of the reason I got into reading in the first place that they will always hold a special place in my heart.