There is something sad about being a parent of a teen boy who is not passionate about reading. You know all that he is missing out on but, for whatever reason, he resists entering those fictional worlds. The writing is way too small. The story is boring. He doesn't like science fiction. He is just picky about what he reads. The list of roadblocks goes on and on. He picks other, more physical activities over reading and whenever downtime occurs, reading novels seems to be the last thing that happens.
However, this boy's reading habits are changing, thanks to James Dashner's book The Maze Runner.
The boy devoured this book and shared it with his book- loving grandmother, who habitually reads endings first.
"If you read the ending first," the boy told her, "I will be heartbroken."
Did you hear that, James Dashner? My former reluctant reader was so enthralled with your book that he would be "heartbroken" if his grandmother didn't share his exact reading experience.
I immediately took him to the bookstore where we bought the next two books in the series. He has already dug in.
I am next in line to read Maze Runner. I can't wait to read the book that changed my teen into a reader. Thank you James Dashner for making that happen.
Julie Richie is a mother and writer who was inspired to write by the book Beat the Turtle Drum by Constance C. Greene when she was eleven years old.