Introducing a New Weekly Column!

Just in time for the lazy, hazy days of summer, PWN teen writers share their favorite books, movies, TV shows, and more every Friday to inspire young writers. We believe that the best way to become a stronger writer is to immerse yourself in other storytelling forms.

So to kick off, teen intern Sophia Weiss-Goldner shares three of her favorite reads.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the most beautifully written, heartfelt, raw, and influential coming-of -age novels I have ever read. The novel itself is written as a series of letters by the narrator, Charlie. Encased in these various letters are Charlie’s experiences as a freshman in high school and how he copes with various ups and downs of his life. Every time I read this book, I laugh, I cry, and I find myself reflecting on my own life. People of all ages can appreciate and get something out of this truly one-of-a-kind, honest coming-of-age tale. 

The Sun and Her Flowers
by Rupi Kaur

The Sun and Her Flowers pulled at my heartstrings and inspired me to share my own stories through the power of words. Rupi Kaur writes in ways that remind the reader they aren’t alone in their struggles. Her poems are proof you can grow through all the darkness you go through. Even though the poems themselves are rather short, the impact they have is immense. Rupi’s words are so beautifully honest and enlightening. All who read this book will have a greater appreciation for life after finishing it. 

On The Road 
by Jack Kerouac

On The Road is an explosion of jazz, words, travels, a few good laughs, and deep brotherly love. The novel influenced an entire generation of beatnik writers. It is an entertaining array of experiences during an unforgettable road trip. There is an abundance of colorful characters, interesting landscapes, heart-dropping drama, and personal development. This book is perfect for anyone who has ever thought about packing up their belongings and venturing out to explore what the world has to offer.