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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman August 1, 2017 - 11:18am

When asked why teenage boys don't read:

Searching for a suitable answer, I raided my bookshelves and reread a pile of my favorite books from my teenage years. Both high and low culture were represented; there were books by men and women, contemporary authors and ones from bygone eras, literature in English and literature in translation, books I still loved and books I can no longer stand, but the books all had one thing in common: They were filthy.

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What do you think? Were you a reader when you were a teenager? Would a different kind of book have enticed you?

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated August 2, 2017 - 10:12pm

I would have wanted escapism, either speculative fiction or how to literally get out, because I lived in a town with less than 500 people.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal August 3, 2017 - 6:01pm

This reminds me of a story...

Years ago I was a tutor. This one student I had needed help with the math proficiency exam. So the strategy was simple: go through the math proficiency study book problem by problem, teach him all the ones he can't do.

Thing was, he never had a problem with any geometry problem. Even the hardest ones! Turns out, his geometry teacher was, apparently, smoking hot. 

One day he totally got this really hard problem, and I said, "damn, she must have been hot."

In three syllables with a somewhat dropped voice, he just said, "oh-oh yeah."

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal August 3, 2017 - 6:03pm

Oh!

Here's a strategy to get teenage boys to read. You ready? Simple.

Ban the book.