Thursday, December 2, 2010

Boys! Boys! Boys!

I KNOW I'm supposed to be working and taking my blog break (I might just pull that get out of BLOG free card and use it another time.) But I just got the most amazing letter. It's the kind of letter that makes me write books. It said:
Finished Vera Dietz and loved it but here's the really exciting thing. I handed it to my 14 year old son and he can't put it down. Says it's one of the best books he's ever read.
Do you know how hard it is to find books that boys will read? As a mom, a book lover, and an owner of boys, just wanted to say thank you.
You've heard me talk about this subject before...how books are often genderized like Happy Meals at McDonalds. (For the record, I always answer, "I don't know. Surprise me." when they ask. Bleh.) Yes, I know some books are "better" for girls than they might be for boys and I know some are "better" for boys than for girls. And YES, I took shop class all three years of Jr. High. And YES, I can wire your house. So, WHAT-EVER with these boxes! What matters is there books that grab a reader's attention and those same books mightn't grab another reader's attention. Why not just look for the good books that will grab readers rather than putting genders on them, right?

So--in case anyone out there thinks that my books are "for girls" because I own a uterus, please, open your mind. In case you think books with a protagonist who has a uterus can't be recommended to boys, PLEASE rethink this. 96.7% of my favorite books are written by men or have male protags. *shrug* I can't help this. It's just the truth. And my books can bake a pie OR wire your house. Just like me.

Thank you, letter writer for passing PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ to your son. Please ask him to spread the word to his friends. And thank you for letting me know he is loving it!

6 comments:

Logan N. said...

That's my mom!

A.S. King said...

You and your mom ROCK.

Jael said...

Awesomeness! Go reading!

K. M. Walton said...

Vera Dietz is ABSOLUTELY a book for anyone. Anyone who wants to read a really great book that is.

Beth S. said...

When I read Vera Dietz, I immediately thought that it was a great book for both genders. Even though Vera is a female narrator, she's not overly feminine. It's not a "girly" book and I definitely think guys will enjoy it too.

Joanne Fritz said...

Yay! I second the idea that Vera Dietz is for both genders. A lot happening there that anyone in middle school or high school could relate to. And did I just end that sentence with a preposition? Phooey. Who cares?

Looking forward to seeing you on Dec 12th, Amy!