Interview with an Adolescent Reader

The purpose of this interview is to understand an adolescent’s perspective on reading. The interview questions are designed to prompt the adolescent reader to explain what attracts her to a narrative. The obvious question, “What will make you read?” was avoided in this interview. The interviewee is a young woman in 9th grade.


1. A story can be told in many different forms. What’s your favorite story? Why? 

My favorite story is the one from the movie “27 Dresses.” Because, it’s a feel-good story and I like romantic comedies.

2. Describe your experience as a reader.

I like to read magazines and I’ll read assigned books. Or, if a movie comes out I’ll read the book.

3. What is your favorite book?

Harry Potter. It captures you. You are in a different world.

4. What would you consider a classic? Why?

Little Women, Pippi Longstocking, and Gone with the Wind. Because they are timeless.

5. Does anyone in your family read?

Yes, my older sister.

6. Define a perfect reader.

Someone who picks up a book because they want to read it and not because they have to. They want to be challenged.

7. Do you ever struggle with reading?

Sometimes. Pronouncing words and understanding their meaning.

8. Is it discouraging for you?

No, I’ll just look it up. That’s what the Internet is for.

9. Imagine your ideal book. Think outside the boundaries of paper.

An Audio Book.

10. Would it have anything else, like images?

No, because I want the imagination to be up to me.


Date of the interview: Monday, November 17th 2014


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