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Lyrics, Lady Gaga, and Never Giving Up

April 26, 2010
Welcome this week’s Anonymous Teen reader, Pistachio! I know this teen fairly well, and I was not at all surprised to see that he chose the picture at left to represent him. It’s funny and macabre, but there’s something more underneath it all that makes you want to look a little more closely. Just like him.
Hope you love him as much as I doooo!


Interview Code Name (you choose!); Pistachio

Current country of residence; United States

Male or female? Male

Age; A few steps away from adulthood.


How many books, on average, do you read a month? I usually try to read three books a month if I can’t make that happen at least one.

Favorite kind of book and why; I love books with pieces of romance because at heart I’m a hopeless romantic. You won’t tell anyone will you? (Awww!)

Name the single most important factor in your decision to purchase a book; The cover. If it’s horrible I won’t even pick up the book. I would like to think we live in a time where we can finally judge a book by its cover!

What makes you feel like you’re reading or have read a truly amazing book? When I finish a book and have rethink aspects in my own life, the book has served it’s purpose.

How important is a friend’s recommendation in your decision to purchase a book? I find the more my friends love a book the less I will like it. I tend to be a very picky reader at times.

Thing you’d like to see more or less of in the YA genre; I’d like to see more homosexual books become popular, this really falls into the hands of homosexual readers or people who have no problem reading a book of the sort. I’m tired of reading about gay teens ‘finding out who they are’ — at least add some unicorns and zombies to spice it up! (Heh!)

What’s your biggest pet peeve in a book? I hate when the author feels the reader is completely incompetent of figuring something out and explains every little detail.

Paperback or hardcover? Hardcover when I have a nice pile of cash, however most of the time I find myself grabbing paperback. It’s just more economical.

Series or stand-alone? Series.


What music do you most often listen to? I love music with meaning — I never used to pay attention to lyrics. About five years ago I befriended a girl who listened to the lyrics of every song and would try to explain the things I didn’t understand. (Now THAT is a great friend! :D)

Name your favorite band; Not so much a band but I do enjoy Lady Gaga and regardless what anyone thinks of her she will be around for a long time.

Best movie of all time? Queen of the Damned.

Without naming names, tell us a little about your group of friends; I have a small group of friends scattered around the world and try to see everyone at least once a year. I like to travel, what can I say!

What’s your biggest concern about the world right now and/or the people in it? Haiti. It was a country without anything and the noble people of America donated 30 million. I can proudly say I donated $10! Why can’t we have that much love in our heart and do the same for the American people too? Something to think about…Someone gives you a million dollars, no strings attached. What do you do with it? I would move and buy a studio apartment in a big city! (Like NY!!!)

You can live for one year in any place in the world. Where do you go and why? I would like to experience the UK — I think it would be a fun experience.

Have you ever “Hidden” someone on your Facebook feed? If so, why? I have, I usually hide annoying authors who whore their books out or people who bitch about the same thing every day! (Lmao!)

Do you get along with your family? Either way, tell us why. Nope. I honestly feel no emotional attachment to my family, which in many ways is horrible. But in the end it has made me a stronger person and I’ve accomplished a lot more then anyone in my family as well.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? That I’m not as amazing as they think I am. I live in a horribly small apartment. Just because people know who you are, does not mean you’re anything special. (Just because you live in a horribly small apartment, doesn’t mean you’re NOT.)

Name your biggest secret fear. Falling in love with someone who doesn’t love me back.

Name something you like about yourself. I never give up.

What one thing would you like to know about other teens? Why do some teens do the things they do? Why do some teens feel like they can not get help when helping hands are all around them wanting to save them? Murder or suicide are never the answer — regardless how upset or mad you are at the time. Something to think about…

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Pistachio permalink
    April 27, 2010 1:19 pm

    Shannon: Thank you! Best of luck on your series!

  2. Pistachio permalink
    April 27, 2010 2:42 am

    B: Thank you for the suggestion, I’ll have to order one of his books. 🙂

  3. Shannon Hamling permalink
    April 27, 2010 12:10 am

    Excellent interview! I’ve learned a lot. I think it has not only let me “see” the perspective of other teens but I acquire tips to improve my writing. Which I am writing a book that is a series and it has a homosexual relationship as a key element to the plot, so it’s nice to hear that someone else is willing to step outside of there hidey-hole and speak on that. Pistachio you seem like a wonderful person. =]

  4. April 26, 2010 9:04 pm

    Pistachio you mentioned you would like to see more homosexual books. Just wondering if you have read anything by Christopher Rice? I know he just came out with a new book. I really liked his book “A Density of Souls”.

    Nice interview Michelle. I love that you do this with your readers.


  5. Pistachio permalink
    April 26, 2010 6:39 pm

    Mak: All you can do is offer your friend a helping hand. Pressuring her into stopping or telling her how stupid she is IS NOT the answer. I’m not saying that’s what you do but have patience, be a good friend. That’s the important part. No one needs to feel alone. 🙂

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      April 26, 2010 7:09 pm

      Very good advice, Pistachio!


  6. Mak...XD permalink
    April 26, 2010 4:48 pm

    true that…i have a friend who needs help…she cuts herself way too much and she comes to us (as it seems most of the time) just for pity. she doesn’t want the help that we offer and we’re fed up of her bitch-like attutude…. my mom says that i shouldnt stop trying to help her…..but she still refuses strongly……(refers to that last question)

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