by SEAN POWER
As a young fella, no matter how much my Mum tried to convince me, reading just wasn’t cool. I was happy living in a world filled with computer games and blockbuster-movies.
But as I got older and thanks to a few good English teachers, I discovered that books weren’t all that bad. Looking back it sounds stupid. But almost overnight, a trip to the library turned from a chore into a choice.
I learned that books could teach you about things that others wouldn’t talk about. They could teach you about places you’ve never been, things you’ve never seen and words you’ve never heard.
I’ve already written on Mamamia about how one author helped me grab adolescence by the gut and take control.
What was starting to feel like a rocky road, quickly became more manageable, thanks to reading the words written by an older Aussie bloke who’d already been there and done that. After flicking through a few hundred pages, I learned that I wasn’t the first person to feel a little lost growing up.
I’ve since been searching libraries and bookstores to find other books that I wish I’d read as a teenager. Books that I would have learned from, had they popped up in my empty bookshelf ready for me to try reading, without any expectations of a kitchen table dissection on what I’d learned from my parents, once finished.
Below is the list of six books I reckon every Aussie male teenager (fifteen years old and over) should own.
Mums – all it needs it a gentle push. I reckon that the characters and stories in these novels are enough to drag even the most comatosed, un-emotional, grunting, snorting, farting Aussie male teenager out of his cave and into the library.
And why not make it a competition? There’s a little over six months left in the year – that’s one book a month. If they can get through the list before Christmas, put a prize on the cards. You won’t regret it.
Plus, if you’re a Mum with a son and are unsure about what’s going on inside their head, it might not be a bad idea to read a few of them too. All of these novels are brutally honest and reflect the realities of growing up as a fella.