Manchester branch hosts teen book discussion club

ESTER – The Manchester branch’s Teen Book Discussion Club focuses on literature and movies of interest to those of high school age. It will meet on Friday August 16 at 11 am.

The group will discuss Veronica Roth’s book “Divergent.” In this story, when teens reach the age of 16, they are forced to choose between five different groups, each with its own virtue (Amity, Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, or Abnegation.)  They will live in that group for the rest of their lives.

Beatrice Prior is not willing to make this decision. Instead, she makes a choice that upsets everything her world has been built on. While her society maintains that an individual can have only one of these five characteristics, and must live in accordance with it, Beatrice wants more.

Beatrice also holds a secret that she has been warned could mean her death if revealed, but which might save the people she loves. A movie based on this title is currently being filmed. The book is the first part of a trilogy by the same name.

This activity is open to young adults, ages 13 to 18, and is free of charge. However, space is limited so it is necessary to register in advance by calling (732) 657-7600 or by going online to

It is being held as part of the library’s teen summer reading program, “Beneath the Surface.” Copies of the book are available for pickup at the Manchester branch.



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