Mirrors and Windows

“You want books to be either mirrors or windows. Mirrors should show you yourself in some way, and windows should show you other people so that you can see what it’s like to not be you, and that’s where the empathy starts to grow in terms of reading fiction.” -Robin Brenner

Robin Brenner is the Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library, and the above quote appeared in an article called “YA lit isn’t just for the young” (“YA lit” = young adult literature, usually referring to books written for an audience of 12-19 years of age). Robin’s idea about books as mirrors or windows can apply not just to YA lit, but to literature for all ages.

What’s a book that was a mirror for you? A window?


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