September 15 was a day I won’t forget I was scared for my friend Donavin he was 13 and had to get surgery on his neck, he had a 50% of making it through the surgery. I sat in the waiting room for what seemed like days, I ended up sleeping on the floor of the waiting room to get good or bad news. It was 5:00 pm when the nurse can in I got out of my seat as my sister held my hand tight. “He made it through the surgery would you like to see him” the nurse said. Without saying anything to the nurse, I ran to the room and opened the door with tears, my eyes waiting to see his face. I walked over and saw him sleeping, I layed next to him and hugged him like I have not seen him in forever, I was glad to see him doing well. By wanting to stay with a friend in the hospital, I was showing that I cared for that person. The characters of Sandra from “Geraldo no last name” and Liesel from the book thief showed that they care about people they don’t know.
The emotions I felt for this woman was overwhelming at some parts of the book. The hardest parts to read, were involving the author’s daughter. I started the book, when we watched the video about her book about her daughter’s death in class. I felt for that woman, to have loss a husband and a child within a very close time span is saddening. I was surprised she did not go crazy after her daughter died. When she writes about her memories of her husband and daughter, there is an obvious joy that exudes the pages. Knowing how much she loved and cared for her daughter was sad. She cared for her aligning daughter when she was at her sickest, her top priority was her health and wellbeing. She even postponed his funeral until she was strong enough to say goodbye. It was heartbreaking.
In the book She’s Come Undone by author Wally Lamb, we travel on a journey with a young girl Dolores Prices, as she matures from early childhood to adulthood and all the terrible things that accompany her along her voyage. It was rather intriguing the Wally Lamb did such an excellent job of writing in a first person perceptive as a woman. He accredits his ability to his older sisters. Wally Lamb wrote this book to help emphasize one’s journey to self-discovery. This book’s theme heavily shows the loss of innocence and a coming of age story. Lamb was able to write in a way that many of us could relate to or may have found ourselves in similar situations. Regardless of Lamb’s purpose for writing this book, he was able to create a relatable
Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver are two amazing books part of a series. Delirium is the story of Lena Haloway who lives in a dystopian society where love is forbidden. It is the deadliest of all things in their world. In the begining Lena starts out a good girl who follows all the rules, is scared of love and believes everything that shes been told about love. All until she meets Alex. Once she meets Alex, everything changes. In Pandemonium Lena lived in the wilds and has been through so much hardship that it has roughened her soul like summer time roughenes your feet. She is now is living in New York City and returned from the wilds.
I was really excited when people told me there was romance, action, and adventure because they’re my favorite genres. But, I was disappointed when I read the first page. It’s 3rd person limited. I thought it would be a little harder to connect with the characters. However, as I kept rereading some lines and questioning the characters, it became easier for me to understand them. For example, Katsa, the main character of Graceling, written by Kristin Cashmore, musters up her courage to defy Randa because she could no longer tolerate him even though she was afraid to imagine what would happen next. Randa wanted others to fear him and to do that, he had Katsa torture people who didn’t listen to his orders. According to Susan Fisk, “empathy for another’s happiness and suffering depends fundamentally on recognizing that the other has a mind-that is, the same capacities for thought, emotion, desire, intention, and self-awareness as ourselves. I empathize with Bitterblue as she is strong facing hardships throughout the book.
As I read the book I felt as if I was spending time with Matthew Homes. I felt his emotional journey, and at times his sleep deprivation when reading the book in wee hours of the morning. Even though I felt as if I was Matt, I also knew I was lucky. With this book I knew that mental health is such a fragile thing, and that Matt would always have a harder time than I. From this book alone, I learned so much on what it is like surviving and living with a mental illness.
“ The collection clip-clopping of horseshoes against the gravel synched with the rhythm of Massie’s heart-beating delivering a hint of harmony to a situation that had been stressing her out for days she took, deep cleansing breaths intthroughthenose…. aaaand…outthroughthemouth”(Harrison 8). In the book so far, Massie and her friends are at a horseback riding camp. There is a competition for jumping and Massie put leather glue on her saddle, which is against the rules. Massie got kicked out of the camp. In this journal I will be predicting and some visualizing things in the book.
In this passage, Jane breaks free from the bonds that hold her down and repress her, and for the first time the reader realizes Jane’s true personality and individuality (Anderson).
And that brought me in even more because she never said who did it and I wanted to know who it was. So it made me want to read it all the time. She explains what happens and what she did after it happened. It was very deep and interesting. It pulled me in so far into the book. Like i didn’t want to stop reading at all i was so into it. Reading log 5 and 6 is in here.
This book is absolutely incredible. This book was definitely a page turner, and I wanted more after every page. It gave me insight on what some kids and teenagers go through. She described the fear that was so far into a person, after being locked up and abused for years. The author also did a wonderful job of portraying the story, and how difficult it is to live with the guilt from the past.
Zadie Smith’s N, is broken up into five sections with four characters – Leah, Felix, Natalie, and Nathan. Each section is constructed in a different form that reflects a main character, with a return to Leah in the end, and how they experience time. Within these sections, words and lives intertwine across invisible boundaries.
From page 17 the line I chose is “I let my mind wander.” This line just stood out to me because I do let my mind wander a lot of times and memories would just flow in like rivers. Just that line caught my attention and reading the line after that makes sense when Anne Lamott talks about the ideas that rushes in her mind. It makes you decide whether to do this or not, to take the risk or not, and gives me flash back on things that you have forgotten about. I feel like letting your mind wander would allow our minds to roam around the mental landscapes of past and present, or gardens of joy or anguish. It makes me think of my writing where it wanders from ideas to ideas where I can’t just stick with one topic. My life also wanders as well where
This is not the first Alana Terry novel that I have read also including the first Kennedy Stern novel and have high regards for her writing. Paralyzed is a book you will pick up and keep saying just one more chapter until you have no more pages left to turn. Whereas, in some series you do not have to start with the first novel and gather the scheme of everything this is not one of them. Indeed, you need to read Unplanned before reading this book or a lot of the plot will be hard to understand. Regarding the prose, it flowed effortlessly allowing the reader a smooth reading experience contrary to the story jumping around losing the reader in pandemonium. The reader additionally gets to establish a deeper understanding of the major characters
Volt and Taylor are electrifying. I love their connection and their friendship. They were so different, but I guess opposite attracts. Taylor is a teacher and a very simple girl, not Volt’s regular type at all. But for some reason he was drawn to her and she was to him. But he was a man whore and she didn’t want to be just one of his conquest. Instead they had an agreement and being really good friends. They were sweet and funny, I just couldn’t wait for him them to get together. As they go on to their very friends only rule, their attraction for each other they had to keep denying. I didn’t realize at first when I started reading this book, that this was a series with a bunch of books attached to it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Even though