Posters and pamphlets strewn across the walls accompany the harsh, burning stench of disinfectant. Passing the bodies of former men, and followed by the click-clack of nurses shoes, he sees him. Hollow cheeks, sunken eyes, every bone visible through the thin hospital gown. His love is a shell of the man he once knew, Patty is gone.
He plays until it gets dark and starts as soon as the sun comes up. His mom dyes and he doesn’t tell anyone. So he’s living on his own, stealing things to get by. One day he decides he needs a new pair of sneakers for the season and goes to the Footlocker on the other side of town. When he try’s to steal them he gets caught. This forces him to either go to a group home, or get adopted right away. The Lawton’s adopted him. They are very nice but Jayson isn’t accepting them like he should. He starts off hating his new school and his new teammates. Soon he gets along with them and meets a friend named Zoe. Zoe is really nice even when Jayson is mean. Soon Jayson and Zoe are dating and Jayson finds out that Zoe’s parents want her to be perfect. A couple of weeks later Jayson over hears Zoe’s mom talking about how Jayson is a thief and a drug dealer. The thief part was right but the drugs were not. Zoe didn’t talk to him again. This made Jayson focus on basketball just so he didn’t think about Zoe. He won the league championship against his old team in the final
Zits’ weak point, Justice asked Zits if he wanted to seek for revenge, Zits blindly answered yes
When reading this book, you witness a difference in Zits and a spiritual journey in him. In the beginning of the book, we were introduced to a boy that hated the world and snarled at any ounce of compassion shown towards him. Now, he shows compassion for others, even smiles at a little boy in the bank and turns himself in with the guns. For the first time in a new foster home, Zits is shown true compassion and love. In the beginning, he used the word “whatever” to defend him at all times. Now, he used the rain as a metaphor for wanting to get clean. “I used to hate the rain. But now I want it to pour. I want it to storm. I want to be clean.” (Alexie
When Justice, a boy Zits met in jail who ended up persuading him into shooting innocent people in a bank, showed Zits that he cared for him, Zits ended up making that very bad mistake because of him. Would Zits do anything to be loved? Then, when Zits tries to talk, he realizes that he is not able to because of a problem with his voice box. This is important because later, after the Indians defeat Custer and his cavalry, the father drags him up the hill with all the dead bodies, where Zits sees Indians are desecrating the dead bodies to where they are keeping some hostages. His father gives him a bayonet and he is forced to take revenge by killing one of the hostages, continuing a pointless cycle of violence and making the reader think about if two wrongs ever make a right. Connecting it to his violent vehemence in the bank earlier in the book, he thinks, “I wonder if that’s the reason I killed all those people in the bank. Did I want revenge? Did I blame those strangers for my loneliness? Did they deserve to die because of my loneliness?” (76). This shows that maybe Zits is now realizing why he took the impetuous action to attack the people in the bank. Is he starting to see that what he did was not justified? He may be coming to the realization, alongside
High school is a big time for change in a teenagers life. They go through problems with friends, family, grades, and sports. For Andy Jackson, a 17 year old student at Hazelwood High School, he went through all of those troubles. He plays for the basketball team with his friends Rob Washington, Tyrone Mills, and B.J. Carson. One night after basketball practice, Andy was drinking alcohol and driving which led them to get in a car crash. Andy, Tyrone, and B.J. escaped the car with a few cuts and bruises, but Rob got stuck and burned to death. Rob’s death brought Andy to blame himself. He turns away from his friends, his girlfriend, Keisha, and his family. Andy changes negatively after the car crash; he becomes insecure, he closes up his feelings, and he turns emotionally weak.
His parents were never really in his life and he moved to different foster homes a lot as he kept running away. Due to the fact that he had little educational skills, he did not have the opportunity to learn how to read and write until the age of seventeen. Based on Michael’s physical abilities and size, he was accepted into a private school to play football despite his 0.6 GPA. At the school, most of the teachers gave up on him as he could not read and write, expect Mrs Boswell, who was his science teacher. She recognised his potential to improve his GPA and his reading and writing literacy. He was taken into the Tuohy family. Leigh Anne took charge of Michael so that he could reach his full potential by hiring a tutor for his academic growth. Within this family, Michael understood what a real family was like. Eventually his academic skills improved and he worked hard with his coach and his foster family to become a good football
With each impingement, he angrily moaned at his assailants. And, there was even one point in the short film… one moment where you could see him clearly… for just a second or two, an image that burrowed its way into my mind. His harrowed face, the jaundice of his skin, and sunken eyes. He reminded me of my grandfather in the last few days of his life before pancreatic cancer had taken him. How he had become a shell of what he had once been, a blackening peel decomposing before our very eyes.
He goes from being a weak, video game addict who can move his neck below, to a buff, exercise pro who feels like he can run forever. He begins thinking the world is a wonderful place, that everything happens for a reason. Than he gets his new body, and he describes the world as a “horrible” place. Even then, when it feels like the entire world is against him, he stays
When Nico opened the door, he wished that all his problems would go away. Nico is a 16 year old who gets bullied and made fun of everyday in school. He also lives in a small New York with his mom who is always busy with work to take care of him. One chilly night, he dreamt about a bizarre place and saw his history teacher, Mr. Crocker. It was in a out of this world place. Something magical but also spooky. The next day he went to Mr. Crocker and told him about his dream. “Meet me after school.” Mr. Crocker said. Nico went back to Mr. Crocker’s room but he can’t find him anywhere. He found a note with an address, “2482 Baker Ave, Manhattan”. He got his stuff and
Zits then claims to go through several life changing experiences that change him for the better. In the end, he seems to be having a better understanding of life. Disregarding his past ordeals with foster families, he takes the decision to trust his new foster family.
This scene from the end of the novel, begins when Zits has a flashback after leaving the bank in Seattle. He reveals his traumatizing experience with Auntie Z, his aunt who was also Zits’ first caregiver after his mom died. During the beginning of her caregiving, Zits was still sad about his mother’s death. He would cry for her at night but every time he did Auntie Z would hurt Zits and tell him to stop crying. Zits has a flashback which he recalls the experience: “ My mommy. My mommy. My mommy. I cried for one week. Then two weeks. Then three weeks. Every night, Auntie Z rushed into my room, shook me, slapped me, and screamed at me.” (160). This was one of the last moments until the end of the book where Zits expressed his feelings. Once Auntie Z traumatized him Zits started to develop a trait of not showing his
In both situations, Zits’ and Jimmy’s, the planes held meaning for them. For Zits’ the planes were the first gift he had received in who knows how long. As for Jimmy, piloting is his life. It appears to be his job or an important hobby of his. Zits’ response is reflected in Jimmy’s response because they both just sit by as the planes are crashed. Neither acts out.
The main character Micheal Oher’s, who is introduced to us through his rough life growing up. Micheal never knew his father and his mother was a drug addict. HIs mother gave birth to a total of fifteen children, who of course due to her drug addiction raised themselves basically. Michael spent his teenage years running away from a string of foster homes and situations. Michael got tired of foster care
This one is a true story of a black boy which is Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) – a homeless, no family and uneducated whose father was murdered and his mother was a crack addict was then adopted by a rich family which is the Tuohys’’.