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August 19, 2014

Reading Romance Digitally - Teens Tell Us What They Think! Part Two

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Last month we asked our Teen Board and members of our Teen Elite Squad to get into the spirit of “summer love”, and read some romance-themed eBooks!

We asked them to share their thoughts about the books that they read, as well as what it was like to read these books on a digital device ---  not as a hardcover or paperback, but on a computer, e-reader, smart phone or iPad.

Read below to see Part Two of what they said about the books they received and their e-reading experience. For Part One, which we featured in a blog post on Monday, click here!

If you are interested in reading any of these eBooks, click here for more details and how to buy them!

 


Name: Brianna
Age: 16
City: Garland
State: Texas
What book did you read? THE PRINCIPLE OF LOVE by Emily Franklin
How would you describe this book to a friend? I would describe it as the perfect love story. It’s like a romantic comedy movie.
How many stars would you rate it? 5 stars
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend it to teenage girls.
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? I used my phone to read it.
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? I liked reading it this way because you can adjust the brightness of the pages, turn pages faster and you don't have to worry about losing the page you were on.
 
Name: Lynn
Age: 17
City: Bayside
State: New York 
What book did you read? WHITECHURCH by Chris Lynch
How would you describe this book to a friend? WHITECHURCH is not a typical cute and funny romance novel. Instead, it delves into the darker sides of the town, Whitechurch, and includes many conflicts within and between the characters. It's a deep and interesting novel that is sure to please.
How many stars would you rate it? 4 stars
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend this novel to people who really enjoy romance novels. It's a bit different from “cute” novels, but it's definitely a refreshing change.
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? Google Nexus Tablet
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? Personally, I would prefer reading from a hard copy mostly because I like the feel of real books in my hands as I read. I also like knowing exactly how far I am into the book. However, eBooks definitely have their perks. One small tablet can hold countless books, which is very convenient for travel and whatnot. 
 
First Name: Maggie
Age: 14
City: Cincinnati
State: Ohio
What book did you read? HE LOVES ME NOT by Caroline B. Cooney
How would you describe this book to a friend? I would say it's a quick read about a girl who aspires to become a musician, which takes up all her time for normal teen activities, like romance. She meets a boy whose schedule is filled up, just like hers, because he covers events the newspaper. Because of this, they understand each other perfectly and eventually fall in love.
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The reason for this is that, while being enjoyable, it simply lagged in excitement. The storyline never took any surprising turns.
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend it to teen girls because the main character is a teen girl, which makes it easy to relate to her.
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? I used the Kindle app on my iPhone. 
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? I think reading digitally had its pros and cons. I like how it told me how much longer it would take me to finish the book. I also liked how much easier it is to hold than a book, because you can read with just one hand, and a swipe of your finger will turn the page. It was handy because I already bring my phone everywhere so it wasn't something extra that I had to carry. A con was that on the virtual book, I am not able to flip back and look at the cover or something in the beginning. Also, I like to see how far I am in the book, like how much farther in my bookmark has gotten. But in all, I think it was a pleasant experience.
 
First Name: Aspen
Age: 16
City: Sebastian
State: Florida
What book did you read? LOVE FROM LONDON by Emily Franklin
How would you describe this book to a friend? I would describe this book as an interesting romance with quirky characters and a great plot. It is perfect for anyone who likes to read romances, and anyone who has the itch to visit London. With a great cast of characters, Love finds herself in London with princes, brothers, stage rage and a lot of sparks flying.
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) I would give this novel 5 out of 5 stars.
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes performing arts and romance novels.
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? I used my computer to read this eBook.
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? I liked reading this book digitally because it was a new way of reading that I normally don’t use, and I will be sure to start reading more books digitally in the future. I liked that it was an interesting way to read something that is normally held in my hands. 
 
First Name: Amy
Age: 18
City: Highlands Ranch  
State: Colorado
What book did you read? NANCY AND NICK by Caroline Cooney 
How would you describe this book to a friend? Nancy fantasizes about her first love. Who will it be with? What will it be like to fall in love? But Nancy, unfortunately, spends most of her free time with her thrift-shopping, antique collecting mother. Until one day, when Nancy and her mother travel over two hours to a small, picturesque town near the lakefront. There they meet a man and a boy (Nick) who could potentially be Nancy’s long-lost relative! Will Nancy’s fantasies come true with Nick, or will they stay in her imagination? Find out in NANCY AND NICK. 
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) 2
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend this novel to teens aged 14 and above. 
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? My laptop. 
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? Personally, I didn’t like reading this novel on my computer. I missed the feeling of holding a book in my hand and highlighting/writing in the margins. I also found myself unfocused, and checking my email or Twitter every 30 minutes or so. Having a book in my possession would have allowed me to devote more time to NANCY AND NICK. 
 
First Name: Alonzo
Age: 16
City: McKees Rocks 
State: Pennsylvania 
What book did you read? WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN by Tom Lennon 
How would you describe this book to a friend? It's a coming of age story about a boy.  He comes to terms with his sexuality and how his love ones feel about it. He discovers love, pain and heartbreak along the way. 
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) 4.5
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend this book to anyone, especially to teenagers who are questioning their sexuality. 
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? Samsung Tab 3 
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? I am impartial to the whole "paperback vs. tablet" debate. I did enjoy reading it digitally (bookmarking was very precise and I could change the zoom to a visible size for me). I'm sure that I would have enjoyed reading the paperback version as well. 
 
First Name: Jodianne
Age: 14
City: Tulsa
State: Oklahoma
What book did you read? THE COLOR OF ANGELS' SOULS by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
How would you describe this book to a friend? When 23-year-old Jeremy dies, he awakens to a whole new world within our own. He learns that he was murdered and sets off to find why. He befriends a few old angels who explain this new life after death. They explain why everyone is colored and how they keep from disappearing. On his journey to find the murderer, he vows to protect Allison, the witness to his death, from being murdered too.
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) 3
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend this book to mainly anyone. It’s mainly from Jeremy’s perspective, but I enjoyed it.
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? I read this book on an older Nook Color.
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? I have always enjoyed reading eBooks on my nook, but because it is an older version, it will sometimes fight with me. Overall, it was very convenient for me to carry around a thin tablet rather than a thick book. 
 
First Name: Sarah
Age: 16
City: Chapel Hill
State: North Carolina
What book did you read? THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU by Jolene Perry
How would you describe this book to a friend? A beautiful, heart-lifting story of teenagers trying to find out who they are and where they belong. A book that will stay with you always.
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) 4
Who would you recommend it to? All of my friends!
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? My laptop.
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? I've read books digitally before, so I'm used to it. I guess reading this book was okay but I prefer having a hard copy in my hands. 
 
First Name: Cassandra Hsiao
Age: 15
City: Walnut
State: California
What book did you read? SATURDAY NIGHT by Caroline B. Cooney
How would you describe this book to a friend? SATURDAY NIGHT chronicles the same high school dance from the perspectives of five different girls. For each girl, this Saturday night means something special. Author Caroline B. Cooney's witty sharp dialogue kept me turning pages, unable to put the book down. Kip, Beth, Molly, Anne and Emily are all written with a definitive voice. It's interesting to read about the same event from different viewpoints and see drastically different characters pass by each other and interact. Ultimately, the reader will learn a lesson or two about being brave whether it's saving someone's life, facing a fear or dealing with an unexpected consequence. 
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) 3 stars
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend this book for pre-teen girls.
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? I used my iPad.
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? Reading a book in the digital format is a new experience for me. It is convenient although I suspect a traditional paperback book would me much lighter to carry around than my iPad. I like reading digitally, but I still prefer the unique feel of turning pages.
 
First Name: Jaden
Age: 14
City: Tulsa
State: Oklahoma
What book did you read? “HELLO,” I LIED by M. E. Kerr
How would you describe this book? I would describe "HELLO," I LIED to a friend as a story about a boy named Lang who ends up staying with a rock star past his time. When the star’s niece comes to stay with him too, Lang befriends her and finds out that maybe he had misquoted earlier, and bisexuality does so exist.
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) 3 Stars
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend it to people questioning their own sexuality and looking for ways that you can identify, or anyone looking for a good book to read about summer love.
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? Laptop
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? Yes.
 
First Name: Lili
Age: 15
City: Woodbury
State: Minnesota
What book did you read? I read I'M NOT YOUR OTHER HALF by Caroline B. Cooney
How would you describe this book to a friend? I would describe this book as an interesting take on how relationships are able to work in different ways, depending on the type of people who are in the relationship.
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) I would give this book 2 out of 5 stars.
Who would you recommend it to? I would recommend this book to a girl who likes romantic novels and realistic fiction.
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? I used the Kindle app on my Android smartphone.
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? I liked reading this book digitally because it felt like I was reading it a lot faster than I usually read books. It was much easier to swipe to turn the page rather than having to manually flip the page. Also, it was very convenient because I could just take out my phone and continue reading, rather than having to lug around the book with me.
 
First Name: Arnelle
Age: 17
City: King George
State: Virginia
What book did you read? JUST A SUMMER ROMANCE by Ann M. Martin
How would you describe this book to a friend? Plain Jane meets teenage Heartthrob. While on summer vacation at Fire Island, 14-year-old Melanie Braderman encounters Justin Hart, gorgeous, down-to-earth and hiding a secret that's no joke! As Justin and Melanie spend their summer along the sands of Fire Island, Justin tells Melanie that their relationship can only be just a summer romance. Then, an incoming hurricane on the Island separates the two forever...until Melanie sees Justin in People Magazine. A quick read with a cliffhanger ending to leave readers wondering.
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best) 3 stars
Who would you recommend it to? Tweens and/or Middle school girls
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? Android and Kindle
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? Yes, it's convenient and easily accessible. Whenever I have some downtime, I can open the eBook on my phone though the Kindle app and read!
 

First Name: Harman
Age: 16
City: Buffalo
State: New York
What book did you read?: 
I’m Not Your Other Half by Caroline B. Cooney
How would you describe this book to a friend? It’s a book about a girl who wants a boyfriend but once that actually happens, she discovers that relationships aren’t what she imagined. It’s basically a book about finding what is truly important to you and what you are willing to give up for people you care about.
How many stars would you rate it? (1-5 with 5 being the best): I would give this book 3 stars.
Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who is interested in the old time teen romance books where it includes a topic about finding yourself, and definitely people who love Caroline B. Cooney.
What device(s) did you use to read this eBook? I used my Kindle app on my iPhone for the most part and occasionally my Kindle Fire.
Did you like reading this book digitally? Why or why not? To be honest I don’t think that I would have like reading this book anymore in physical format. I read quite a lot on my phone because I am constantly on the run from place to place --- between school, work and  home --- and it really comes in handy to have my book in my back pocket.  When it comes to reading on my Kindle and Kindle app as one collective thought, I think that I get a lot more out of reading a physical copy. Studies have shown that you absorb more while reading a physical copy and it’s true for me; I tend to skim on my Kindle without even realizing. That could result in me not liking the book as much but most of the time it results in me LOVING the book. This book wasn’t either. I do think that reading digitally is something I do more often than reading a physical book because they're more available, but nothing beats the feelings of holding an actual book in your hands.