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Read Along: The Hunger Games

Years ago, long before I started work at Scholastic Book Clubs, a friend handed me an advanced reader’s copy of a new book. She said I really needed to read it and promised me it was going to be huge. Over the next few months, my work life got busier and busier, the pile of things I had to read for my own job got larger, and the lonely advanced copy fell down from the pile of books. And then it made its way to my bookshelf. And it moved to two different apartments. And it’s still on my shelf, unread.

And my friend was absolutely right. Since then, the book has become more than a hit, it’s a phenomenon. It has grown into a trilogy, which has been read by millions. Every day I see someone—whether teen or adult—on the subway reading one of the books. The movie of the first book is an international sensation. The stars of the movie have graced magazine covers from the U.S. to Hong Kong.

The book, of course, is The Hunger Games. And whenever The Hunger Games comes up in conversation, I can only talk about it in general terms. I’m embarrassed that I haven’t read it, so I wax poetic about how many people I know love the series. I talk about the phenomenon of dystopian fiction. I recount how I sent my goddaughter a Hunger Games–themed get-well-soon package after her surgery. And I hope every day that my terrible secret isn’t exposed and that they’ll continue to let me walk through the doors and work here at Scholastic.

As of today, I’m done hiding. Here and now I’m confessing that I haven’t read The Hunger Games. But I’m also going to remedy that. Over the next three weeks I pledge to visit Panem, survive with Katniss, and declare my allegiance to Team Peeta or Team Gale.

This week, I’m going to read “Part 1: The Tributes” (pages 1–130 in the paperback edition) and I’ll post my response on July 17. Will you join me in a read-along? Whether you’ve read it before or not, join the conversation here, post some questions on our Facebook page, and share your reactions on twitter: #HungerGamesReadAlong

All I ask is please, no spoilers!

Note: Because of sophisticated content, The Hunger Games is suggested for readers age 12 and up.

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3 Responses

  1. Crissi B

    Don’t feel bad… As a librarian, I was hiding a deeper, more mind-blowing secret….I had NEVER read any of the Harry Potter books! Not only that, I never saw any of the movies! I wasn’t interested in the whole phenomenon when thy first came out, and then there just kept coming more! There was no way I would read what I need to and read all of “those” books! I came clean this March and formed a Harry Potter book club with my students! I have read the first four books and watched each movie afterward. I’m proud to say that I’m halfway there, and I will continue my plight with a new batch of book club members in August! Congratulations in coming clean, and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

  2. Gail Pritchard

    Heather, I’ m probably the only movie watcher in the world that hasn’t seen Titanic—and I don’t plan to EVER watch it–I know how it ends…. On the other hand, I have read The Hunger Games and I liked it!

    • Heather

      Hi, Gail! Thank you for your confession! I hope you’ll share your thoughts about The Hunger Games with us here (or on Facebook) I just finished “Part 1: The Tributes” last night. I’ll admit it was hard to close the book so that I could focus my thoughts on that first 130 pages, but I did!

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