A "New" Hobby

By Chelsea, age 14, Virginia
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

I love to read. I might be a nerd, but oh well. Reading is fun; it gets my mind off of my real life, because I get so absorbed into the characters' lives. It's better than TV because there are no commercials to interrupt you, and you can take it anywhere you go, even school. But the reason most teens don't like to read is because they're reading the wrong things.

Here are some series that you will definitely enjoy. I've finished all of them, and I'm ready for more! (:

Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar

The TV show was based on this book series, and everyone who has read it has said that the series is 100% better than the show. (I didn't care for the show either.) Blair and Serena are best friends, and Blair has been in love with Nate since kindergarten. So has Serena ...

The Clique, by Lisi Harrison

This series is about a group of 7th graders who have formed a clique. There is a leader, a few followers, and lots of wanna-bes. The only thing harder than getting in is staying in.

Private, by Kate Brian

A middle-class girl is accepted into a high-class private school. She's faced with cliques, drama, murder, scandal, and more. You will not want to put this down!

The A-List, by Zoey Dean

East coast Anna moves to the west coast to live with her wealthy dad. On the way there, she meets Ben and her life begins.

Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares

Four best friends find magical pants that fit them all and follow them throughout their summer vacation. The spirit of the pants holds them together as they go their separate ways.

Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Sheperd

Best friends are reunited after 5 years of not speaking due to the loss of a friend. Five years later they find her body.

The It Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar

Little Jenny Humphrey isn't little anymore. She was accepted into a new private school and she is doing big things ...VERY big things.

I think you should also read books by these great authors:

Sarah Dessen (especially Just Listen)
Liz Ruckdeschel & Sara James
Sarah Weeks (I love So B. It)
Meg Cabot
Ann Martin (The Burn Book is great!)
Lois Duncan (author of I Know What You Did Last Summer)
Dave Pelzer (The Lost Boy is very touching)
Stephen King (It is scary!)
Paula Chase (So Not the Drama is so real!)
L. Divine (Drama High sounds like my school)
Scott Westerfield (Pretties, Uglies & Specials Wow!)
Ally Carter (I'd Tell You I Love, But Then I'd Have to Kill You Sounds dangerous!)
Jerry Spinelli (Stargirl I want to be her!)
Kate Brian (The Virginity Club We should all join!)
Lauren Myracle (ttyl)
Louise Rennison (On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God)
Natasha Friend (Perfect I wish!)
Sarah Mylnowski (Frogs and French Kissing Gross!)

Thanks for reading my article! I hope you find a book that you like. Please send feedback and let me know which books you've read or want to read, and if you liked my article! (:

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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