Monday, November 4, 2013

Written by Ari at 2:57 PM 9 Comments
Hi everyone! Long time no see! Due to my longtime absence and a major presence of spam on this blog I have decided to reboot! It will be under the same name. This has been a long time coming, and this change will allow me more ability to update. You will now be able to find me at....

You can also still find me on facebook at

OOooor at the accursed goodreads at

Finally, you can email me at

I really hope to see *some of you* follow me on tumblr!

Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Updates and etc.

Written by Ari at 6:43 PM 42 Comments
Hiii guys!

First off, considering moving Teens Actually Read to another blogging format.
Second off, I have books to review! So be EXCITED! :D
FINALLY please go like this

It would mean the world to me.

More info on the first two updates coming soon!
<3 p="">Ari

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Voting voting voting!

Written by Ari at 5:50 PM 19 Comments
Hi guys! Im in the running for some PRETTY AWESOME Les Miserables prizes. I just need you to vote for me. Every vote counts.

Im currently in 2nd place.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray

Written by Ari at 2:30 PM 12 Comments
Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Pages: 348
Pub Date: July 5th, 2011
Author Website:
Synopsis (From Goodreads): Meet Ophelia: a blonde, beautiful high-school senior and long-time girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Her life is dominated not only by her boyfriend's fame and his overbearing family, but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go. As the devastatingly handsome Hamlet spirals into madness after the mysterious death of his father, the King, Ophelia rides out his crazy roller coaster life, and lives to tell about it. In live television interviews, of course. Passion, romance, drama, humor, and tragedy intertwine in this compulsively readable debut novel, told by a strong-willed, modern-day Ophelia.

Falling For Hamlet focuses on Ophelia's story through out Shakespeare's play. A common piece of literature studied among high school students it is refreshing to see a brilliant, modern-day rewrite of a rather difficult and sometimes dull play. As a high school student entering her junior year I recently had to recite lines, several times, in front of my English II Honors class. Throughout the months we spent dissecting the play a majority of the classroom never understood a word. In Falling For Hamlet, Michelle Ray manages to keep every original aspect of the story line-while incorporating one of the ever popular conspiracy theories, that Ophelia never died-and to create a story of Hamlet that is in fact almost relateable for the average teenager and easily understood. In Ray's Denmark our sweet prince and his clique all contact each other using cell phones. The duels are no longer with swords but rather lacrosse. Ophelia attends highschool with friends, meanwhile Hamlet and Horatio take part in fraternity life in college. Ray does a brilliant job of managing to take a sometimes rather confusing story and to weave it all into a story that makes sense. Hamlet and Ophelia are not rather forbidden lovers who act in ways that we only see in Shakespeare's plays, but rather two teenagers going through the ups and downs of relationships. Even as a reader who understands the minimum for Hamlet this story kept me wanting more. The plot seems new and original with all the unique and aboslutely perfect changes needed. Our couple seems far more believable than Shakespeare ever intended. Hamlet's uncle is certainly as dastardly as he was in the play, perhaps without the drama of Hamlet accusing him of attempting to bed Ophelia, shortly after suceeding in bedding and (supposedly) impregnating Gertrude. Even as our dear Hamlet goes mad we some how understand his pain. He seems not crazy, but rather upset and desperate. Ray manages to make us all fall in love with one of the classics that all of our high school english teachers managed to make us loathe. Ray's book is incredible, and a perfect supplement to reading Hamlet itself.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Moving On

Written by Ari at 2:03 PM 1 Comments

I think my biggest issue with the upkeep of this blog was holding onto books I had read almost 2 years ago planning to review them.

I cant do that to myself.

So today I sadly shelve away these books, and make plans to read new books, and as I read these new books I WILL set up posts for them. This is a promise I am holding myself to.

I know you probably dont believe me when I say this. I dont expect you to.

But I will.

Starting now.

I am so sorry.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

On Highschool (And how it makes it impossible to do my job)

Written by Ari at 5:12 PM 17 Comments
I started this blog when I was in 8th grade. It was something that I could consistently do. And I enjoyed it. Through out the course of the year I tried to stay on top of this little blog as it grew.

That summer, I read-a lot. And I struggled to keep up with all the books I read, but I did it. However, before I knew it the school year was upon me. And I discovered High School is no easy task. It is tedious, it requires so much of my attention.

Between my other hobbies (writing, orchestra etc.) and school, this blog was neglected. I have barely even had a chance to read at all this summer because of all the writing I was doing.

I feel terrible for abandoning my blog for how I did, and I have a pile of about 30 books that I read during the course of my freshman year. However now I am approaching Sophmore year, and all I can think is how I simply wont be able to keep up.

I dont want to give this up, but I simply do not know what else to do.

My plan is to attempt to schedule as many reviews as possible right now, before school starts. I hope after that I can try to get into the groove of writing reviews again.

I feel as though I have made so many promises to you guys, and that I broke all of them. So thank you so much for sticking around. If worst comes to worst I will find a dear friend to hand this blog off to who can truly take care of it.

Until then.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Written by Ari at 8:27 PM 1 Comments
So for those of you still hanging around, Im back to work this summer! I totally ignored this poor place during the school year so I will make up for it this summer. Start June 5, Ill start having reviews posted again. A few of my first reviews will consist of.....

So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev
Mystify by Artist Arthur
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

And about another 40 or so books I read during the school year!

Remember I can ALWAYS be contacted at or you can tweet me at @sheba201

Im so sorry you guys. Ill be sure to set up posts for a while so I dont completely desert you guys again!

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