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The Final Decision

Did you know that trackers send signals when they get damaged? Unfortunately, Tally the protagonist of the book Uglies by Scott Westefeld didn’t know that. The conflict started out as person vs. self because Tally wasn’t sure either to betray the smoke city or stay ugly for life, but as she got to know David better, she made her decision.

Westefeld writes, “Yes. What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful” (258). Tally falls in love with David as they got to know each other better which was one of the biggest reason she made her decision. Westefeld writes, “Our data showed that everyone has the lesions after their first operation” (250). The second reason was after hearing about the truth of being pretty. David’s parents used to be doctors in the city until they found out the plastic surgeries they were giving were bad for the people, but Dr. Cable didn’t care so they escaped the city and started the Smoke and accepted only uglies until they found a cure. Westefeld writes, “She opened her hand and threw the necklace into the centre of the fire” (251). When she finally made her decision on staying at Smoke forever with David, she throws away her pendant but she didn’t know the pendant would send a signal when it gets damaged.

The following day they were attacked by the Special Circumstances and Smoke was destroyed, all the Smokies were captured and sent back to the city. Westerfeld writes, “You had to betray the whole Smoke!” (277). Tally felt very bad about her betrayal so she decides to go back to the city and rescue everyone. Westefeld writes, “You made it!” (294). Luckily for David, he wasn’t at Smoke when the Special Circumference was there so the two of them decide to head back and rescue them. Westefeld writes, “It was Shay. She was pretty.” (350). Unfortunately when they got down the prison to rescue people, Shay was already turned into a pretty, and because of the lesions her brain was messed up. Tally, David, Croy, Shay, and Maddy(David’s mom), the five of them escape the prison and got to safety. But Az(David’s dad) passed away when he was tested by Dr. Cable with their new surgery.

Maddy(David’s mom) finally found a cure for the lesions but Shay didn’t want to cooperate because she thinks she’s happy the way she is right now. Maddy was fine with Shay’s decision because there is still a chance of failure. Westerfeld writes, “I’m the reason she’s like this, pretty and brainless” (385). Since Tally was the reason Shay became brainless, she decided to sacrifice herself and make herself pretty and then take the cure. Westerfeld writes, “Make me pretty” (392).

Even though her conflict ended when she threw away the pendant, she still sort of betrayed Smoke when she activated the pendant when she burned it. To pay back for what she had done to Smoke, she sacrifices herself to test the cure to save everyone.

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You Must Try Before Giving Up

Do you have the courage to stand up for others? Through out reading the book, Gone, I started to think the theme of the book is “You must try before giving up ” because the main character Sam wanted to at least try defeating Caine before surrendering because he didn’t want Caine to destroy everything. Grant writes, “Orc murdered Bette” (223). At the start Sam didn’t really want to care about whom is in charge, but after a girl named Bette had been killed in the FAYZ by one of Caine’s helpers. Sam realized Caine couldn’t be the leader of the FAYZ.

Sam was very unconfident with himself at first because he personally thinks he might become a person like Caine if he is in charge knowing that he also has special powers. Grant writes, “…you have me” (225). Luckily Sam’s girl friend, Astrid, convinced Sam to fight back because she also hated the way people were treated after Caine started ruling the FAYZ. During the rising action, Caine captures Sam because he realises he was his brother and also had a great amount of power. Luckily his friend Quinn saved him as they ran off into the woods with Astrid, Edilio, Peter and Lana. But then Sam realized running away was not an option because the children back at Perido Beach needed help so they decide to head back and help. Grant writes, “Coates kids, Perdido Beach kids, we’re together now” (461). Since Caine and Drake were also very mean to the Coates kids, most of the Coates kids hated the two of them so they all believed Sam would defeat Caine and Drake. Grant writes, “My name’s Brianna. I can go real fast” (462). There were a lot more kids with special powers like teleporting or super speed that gave Sam even more confidence in winning the fight against Caine. Sam and Caine were both almost turning fifteen, meaning that they would both be gone very soon so Caine wanted to fight as fast as possible. They both turned fifteen when they were fighting each other but the both of them already learned how to not disappear when turning fifteen. “I guess we won” (613). Because Sam never gave up, he defeats Caine at the end so Caine and his followers were forced to leave Perdido Beach. There were many moments where Sam wanted to give up but he knew he had to try defeating Caine or else the people left in the FAYZ would be doomed.

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Life is Confusing

Are there times when you begin to dislike your passion? In my point of view, the conflict of the book Damage is person vs. self because this book is about a high schooler named Austin Reid who started to dislike his life. Except, the problem was he could not figure out what was going wrong.

Austin Reid was a football star in high school, he enjoyed this sport very much, but recently he could not figure out why he even likes this sport. Jenkins writes, “Coach seldom gives compliments, so you should be pleased. But his words skitter on the surface and float away, meaningless” (48). When Austin scores the first touchdown of their first game of the season, it should have been one of the best moments of his life. However, Austin didn’t feel like it was anything great, he thought it was just a typical touchdown. Jenkins writes, “You’re not as focused as you usually are” (9). After several football practices, his best friend, Curtis, notices Austin is not trying as hard as last year. Austin is usually day dreaming in practices and he is usually the slowest to complete drills. I can sort of connect with Austin’s situation in practices because sometimes I will also day dream in the middle of soccer or basketball practices because I have got other things on my mind to worry about.

Through out the exposition, Austin meets a very beautiful girl named Heather. Heather was in the same high school as Austin, she was known as the most beautiful girl in the grade. Austin’s best friend Curtis didn’t really like her, in his mind, he thought of her as a selfish person. However, Austin and Heather happened to really like each other and they moved to the next level (dating). Jenkins writes, “The tape rolls on. The screen becomes a blur of swaying lines battling bodies again. Faceless, like ants. Not one of them is as real as the tickle of Heather’s breath in your ear” (52). After they started dating, in his mind, all Austin could think of was Heather. Austin finally has found something he really cared about and he felt like his life became more interesting. Is Heather what Austin was looking for all along?

 

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The Odd One

Have you ever heard of a fifteen year old that could possibly do this? Mark Haddon writes, “I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057” (2). In the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, the boy, Christopher John Francis Boone had no trouble doing it. Christopher was different compared to others his age, he was not in  a normal school, he was sent to a school that deals with social/behaviour problems because he could not understand people’s emotions. After reading the exposition of the book, the word best describes Christopher is, odd.

I found Christopher odd because there were many different situations showing how he is really different compared to people his age. Mark Haddon writes, “Then the police arrived. I like the police. They have uniforms and numbers and you know what they are meant to be doing” (6). Have you seen some one not run away from the police when they are about to arrest you? When the police officers were going to arrest Christopher, he was still thinking about if he did liked the police or not. Mark Haddon writes, “I didn’t like him touching me like this. And this is when I hit him” (8). Christopher was also a very sensitive person, he did not like touching people too close or else he would hit back, his father couldn’t even hug him. “I held up his right hand and spread his finger out in a fan. Mark Haddon writes, I held up my left hand and spread my fingers out in a fan and we made our fingers and thumbs touch each other “(16). This was a very odd way of showing love, but because they could not hug, this was the way to represent hug with his dad. Mark Haddon writes, “I wonder if the police will find out who killed him and punish the person” (21). Christopher had different feelings to animals, in his mind, animal and human are equal. After getting into some trouble with the police, his dad tells him to stop caring about the dog and just let it go incase of more trouble. Mark Haddon writes, “I decided that I was going who killed Wellington…” (28). Even after his father insisting, Christopher still feels this is very important so he had to find out the mysterious killer.

Looking over the exposition of the book, you can notice how all the actions Christopher had done was very different from normal teenagers. Normal teenagers would be hanging out with friends and maybe dating the opposite sex. But for Christopher, he does not like people too close around him and he spends days or weeks trying to find out a death of a dog. Christopher is the odd one.

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No More Pressure

 

Do you have the nerves to ruin your own family’s name? In my point of view, the conflict of the book (un) arranged marriage is person vs. society because this book shows how people could be different from what family or culture they were born in.

When Manny was living in Punjab, he meets a very special uncle, uncle Jag, who was also like Manny, did not want to have the future all his family members had, which forces him to end up deciding to leave his family and discover his own path outside of Punjab. Rai writes, “Then he slapped me across the back of he head with his huge hand, sending me crashing into the side of the stairway” (224). This quote occurred when Manny walks into his house after returning from Punjab, his old man beat him up because he had sneakily come back from Punjab which was disobeying what he said. His old man did not care about how Manny felt after the fact that they all tricked and ditched Manny then left him alone in Punjab with his relatives, all he cared about was Manny shouldn’t have left Punjab so early. When reading parts where Manny gets beaten up by his old man, I think his old man is very crazy because he doesn’t even have the reasons to hit him. When my parents hit me, I must have done something very bad that will make them very angry, but Manny’s old man gets angry and hits him for small problems. Rai writes, “Harry, the wanker, had even gone and fitted a new lock on my bedroom door just so that they could keep me prisoner” (228). This quote explains how no one cared how he was feeling. Even his brother, Harry, did not feel sorry for him, but actually locked him up as a punishment. Rai writes, “No more hanging about with that monkey and all them goreh” (254). This quote happened in a party before the wedding, one of his brother’s friends started to tease African Americans, which he was referring to Manny’s best friend Ady. When Manny hears this, he becomes really furious and wanted to beat his friend up for being such a racist.

After meeting Jag who helped him a lot with his future and returning to England to live with his family, Manny realizes he hated the Punjab culture and he could no longer live in the culture. Manny also hated his family; there was no one who cared about him or even acted normal. His dad beats him up for no reason, his brother Harry can’t stop teasing him, his mother does not even talk to him, the only time they talk is at dinner, and lastly his oldest brother Rajit acts friendly but actually doesn’t care at all. Manny certainly wanted to revenge after what his family had done to him and acted like it wasn’t a big deal. Rai writes, “As I pulled the door shut we drove off, wheel spinning down to the bottom of the road as Busta Rhymes kicked the ballistics” (263). To revenge, Manny ditched his arranged wedding, the wedding his old man was so proud of and spend so long to arrange. Manny ditches the wedding just like how he was ditched in Punjab, leaving his family in total embarrassment. After leaving his family, Manny has finally solved the conflict he had and got the life he always wanted, an ordinary life. Now he lives with Lisa’s parents, who are the most caring parents Manny could ever have. As a reader, I’m really thankful to live in a family who care about how I feel, listens to what I share, cheers me up when I’m feeling down, and hit me for my bad actions because they care about me. Lastly, they let me choose my path.

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Manny Just Got Trolled

Rai writes, “I’ll go…” (114). Manny finally makes the decision and agrees to go to Punjab for 2 months with his family for vacation. There, India, is where his old man claims is the most amazing place he will ever go to. Manny, not thinking too much, believes what his old man said and will be traveling to India for the first time.

When Manny and his family arrived at Punjab, it was much hotter than England. The heat was getting him frustrated and he desperately needed a pack of  cigarettes. Meeting his uncles, cousins, and aunts wasn’t too bad, they were all very kind to him. Staying for about 2 weeks, he gets closer with his cousin, Inderjit. “This is what I smoke. English cigarettes” (140). This quote explains how Manny gets closer with Inderjit, they both smoke cigarettes. Living there for about 6 weeks, his oldest brother, Rajit and his wife, had to leave because Rajit had to work. Rai writes, “Two more weeks of Warm cola and dodgy fags. Two more weeks, man” (148). Manny could not wait any longer to meet his best friend Ady and girl friend Lisa in England.

Rai writes, “That agent, Manjit, the one that has our tickets and passports. He had a problem at his office and they have been stolen…” (150). Manny was in total shock when he heard this, because of this he cannot go to his, real home. Manny’s old man tells him he and his mother will be going to Jullundur to fix this problem. While they fix this problem, Harry and his wife will be visiting her family. Now, Manny was left alone with his cousins and other relatives. In my perspective, living without parents telling you what to do is really fun. Getting to do whatever you want, sleep late, play video games, watch TV, etc. But to Manny, Manny has to live with the people who live in the culture where you have to marry who your parents choose, which is his total nightmare.

Rai writes, “They were all liars, all of them. In it together from the beginning and they had tricked me” (164). Manny was brought to another place in India for a day in order to give time for all of his family members to leave back to England. Manny was trolled to come to India, he knew his family wanted him to marry another girl other than Lisa, just like his cousins and other relatives. Rai writes, “You think you’re so clever, hey? Try laughing next month when you’re still here, innit” (152). Manny finally realizes what Harry meant. His entire family knew this plan, that he would be left behind alone. All the things his dad was talking about, how beautiful India is, were all lies. Rai writes, “Bad people. Druggies and whores. It’s not good” (145). Manny’s old man was such a hypocrite going on about the ‘drug society’ and black people all the time. Here, right here in the village he called home, there were drugs and prostitutes and people have affairs, yet Manny hadn’t even seen a single white or black person in this village. Manny could not believe what his family had done to him. Now he has made the decision to revenge, he must have to find a way to ruin his old man’s image.

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Video Games Are Like A Drug

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Walking through the hall way and talking to friends, talking about…

“Did you play the new map on League Of Legends?”

“Yeah, it’s so cool!”

“Really!?”

Video Games are a drug to any aged people, if you play this game one time and liked it; there must be the second. The thing is, I’m addicted to it.

For me, it’s hard to survive one week without playing the video game League Of Legends. Without it feels like the time is ten times slower than usual, can’t wait to level up in ranked! Bronze to silver, silver to gold, gold to platinum, platinum to diamond, etc. For real, this game just never ends! That is how the video game makers make us continue playing. Setting up League Of Legends doesn’t even take me 5 seconds. Saturday afternoon, I open up my mac and spot light search the word L. |Top Hit| League Of Legends. That is how addicted I am, it goes on my Top Hit (even though after you use a application more than 3 times in a row you get the Top Hit).

Video games are a mass media because most of the games we play are online multiplayer games. Like Call of Duty, League Of Legends, Star craft, and World Of Warcraft, etc. Playing these games all takes communication with lots of other players playing the game with you. The more games you play, the more people you meet. Chatting on video games is just like chatting on Skype, you don’t see their face but you can chat with each other. The only big difference is most of the people you play with aren’t your friend because the world is too big. But, I still have many friends I know who play the online games with me.

You can’t really say video games was a good invention, because it takes peoples time away. The 2 hours of playing this game could have been playing soccer outside with friends, 2 hours could have been learning how to cook new food. Well anything other than video games would have been a better time usage. But its hard to change the fact, video games are cool and addicting.

It’s hard to believe, but playing video games also have positive side. Video games improve your socializing skill. To win the game, you will need to cooperate with your teammates. I am matched with many other players when I play the game. After I am on a random made team, I am expected to talk to them about how to win this game, not knowing who they are at all. Most of the time it works out very well, everyone has a great attitude and together we win. But to be honest, not all players are nice, some are very toxic and they blame people.

As video games get more advanced, you never know what will the next game be like. From a 2-D Mario that was all pixelated in little tiny squares, to a 3-D high graphic Mario game, where you had so many super powers I don’t even know them! Technology is moving way too fast for humans to react to it, with the technology we have now, anything could be created.

 

 

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The Unexpected Ending

Many of you might think the conflict of “The Defender” is Ian and his father running for their lives(a.k.a person vs society), but what I think is way different. Gibbons writes, “For his secrets, for his past, Ian still hates him”, (123).What I think the conflict of the book is will Ian forgive what his dad have done(a.k.a person vs person). The reason I think that is the conflict of the book is because as a child myself, if my dad was a thief and was running away for his life. First, it would be hard for me to adapt to what he has done. Secondly,what my life will be like in the past years. Although Ian’s dad was a big thief, and Ian could not believe any of his dad’s past. I feel like after the truth was given to Ian, and the two of them running for their lives, Ian and his dad got to know each other better and they were much closer than before.

Gibbons writes, “Don’t argue, Ian. We’ve got this one chance. I don’t care how you do it, but find a first-floor balcony and jump. I’ll be there with the car”, (152). This quote explains when Ian was captured by the Irish people, his dad came to rescue him even though they were after his dad instead of him. During the situation, Ian and his dad were like partners, on the phone and telling each other what to do. Ian’s father coming back for Ian shows how much his dad loves him and does not want to lose him. “Dad, this is crazy”, (164). This quote happened when the two of them were running while people were shooting them from the back, his dad did not give up easily, he would try anything to keep his son safe from the Irish people. They didn’t only gain a better relationship while they are running. “The answer is yes”, (167). There were multiple times when they were safe, and in those times, his dad tries his best to tell Ian as much as possible. He tells Ian about him killing the person who hurt his friend and her family. After all these different sort of situations Ian and his dad had gone through, Ian forgives him. “All that time you were feeling bad, I never even knew. I was to busy having a happy childhood. So we had to move a few times? Big deal. It never did me any harm”, (187). Ian’s dad tells Ian that life would have been better if he didn’t do these bad things, but Ian claims that he was a good father and gave him everything he wanted. As a reader, I really liked what Allan Gibbons wrote for the last sentence of the book. “Time doesn’t take away the pain, but it can heal”

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Life in A Dangerous World

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In the book The Defender by Alan Gibbons, Ian Moore’s life was as normal as it could be. He was just a regular fourteen year old teenager. “The reason he is back home at this time is because he was clowning around at school, trying to impress the girls in general and Vicky Shaw  in particular”(Gibbons3). He liked a girl in his grade named Vicky Shaw, and he tried everything to impress her just like any   other teenage crush. Grades didn’t matter for him, all that mattered to him was having fun. But when two Irish strangers arrived at his doorstep, his life was changed forever.

Ian finds out his dad owes the Irish people two hundred thousand pounds, that was the reason they moved places every now and then. “That’s enough!”(47). Ian’s dad was already prepared for this. But Ian was obviously not. Moments ago, Ian still had a regular teenager life, but now he has to delete his childish thoughts and acts. Ian has to start being mature in order for him to handle this situation. This situation happens a lot in movies when the main character finds out his/her parents owes money and they have to run for their lives, but this is real.

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Bravery Can Be Built Up

Are you brave enough to sacrifice your own life for others? I think the theme of the Insurgent is Bravery because the main character Tris showed bravery in multiple situations in the book. Wroth writes, “I believe Jeanine Matthews wanted to see me,” (320). This quote shows bravery because in order for them to plan out their attack on Erudite, one person had to go find out Erudites plan. And Tris decided to risk her own life to save thousands of lives being controlled.

“I shot Will,” (151). This was another quote showing Tris’s bravery, because she did not have to tell other people she killed Will and cause Christina to hate her, but she decides to tell others because she did not want to hide this secret anymore. “I don’t want to die” (383). I’m not saying that Tris is not scared of anything. Just like everyone, even me, we all have fears. When I was 8 years old, my family was watching a scary movie. I was very scared because the back ground music made the movie very scary, cause you never know when the scary person pops out.  When Tris was afraid of being killed by the death serum, Peter helped her have less pressure. Over many different situations, I think Tris becomes braver and stronger. To sum up , I think Veronica Wroth’s message is “Bravery can be built up”

 

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