by Thu Anh
After several months of hard work, Le Hoang, one of the country's talented movie directors, will release his third book about teenagers in HCM City this month.
The 365-page book tells stories about a group of four 18-year-old girls, who discover life and love together.
Hoang says it is "critical that teenagers have access to good-quality books suitable to their needs".
"I have visited book fairs and noticed that 95 per cent of the readers were teenagers," he says.
His first 280-page book, Sao Thay Khong Mai Teen Teen? (Why Isn't My Teacher in His Teens Forever?), features teen loves and dreams, written with great imagination and flair.
The book also provides information on the history of HCM City, a subject that many youth know little about.
More than 10,000 copies of the book have been printed and distributed by the HCM City Culture and Arts Publishing House and Phuong Nam Books.
"I'm a fan of Hoang's both movies and books. He knows what young people think about and want," says Tran Hoang Ngan, a 10th-grade schoolgirl at Le Quy Don School.
Many parents and educators are troubled by teenagers turning to readily available Vietnamese and foreign adult books, as good-quality teenager books are sorely lacking in the market.
"I think Vietnamese authors prefer to write for adults and young children. They are under the misperception that teenagers will enjoy children's books," says Ngan. — VNS