Steve struggles to cope when his new baby sibling experiences congenital health problems that lead his parents to worry about whether or not he will survive. Steve and his younger sister, Nicole, have a new baby brother. The baby was born with congenital defects that are worrying his parents, enough that Steve struggles to get attention because his parents are so focused on the numerous medical needs of the new baby. Steve is terrified that the health of the baby will tear apart his family and deeply concerned that if the baby dies, he won’t recover. Desperate for solutions, Steve is starting to have weird dreams about wasps and wasps nest, where a wasp queen visits him while reassuring him that she and the other wasp fairies are there to help him. The wasps were offering a solution on recreating/fixing the baby, which is identical to the problematic baby in Steve’s house. As a result, Steve realized that they were creating a new creature rather than his brother. He ends the exchange and realizes that in his desperate attempt to achieve a normal life with his family, he has caused even more damage by inviting these evil spirits into their lives.
Based on all the independent reading books/titles you have read this year, if you were to choose one to write your end of the year essay on, which one would it be, and why? Explain in detail why this book stands out the most. What themes does it highlight? what moral lesson(s) does it give the reader?
Book: The Fault in Our Stars.
This book really stands out for me, the author writes the story through a flow of different emotions. This can really make the reader have a series of “mood swings” when reading. The story can break your heart in the best possible way, and makes you cry, laugh, and smile throughout. Though the story is written in an upbeat and light-hearted manner, you can still sense the main character, Hazel’s annoyance at life, which is endearing, as even though Hazel Grace is forced to be mature for her age, you can see she’s still just a grumpy, moody teen.
On your current reading book. What strikes you the most about the story? How does the author use language to make meaning of his/her message?
Current book: The Girl I Used to Be
To start off, the book “The Girl I Used to Be” is about a girl called Olivia whose parents were murdered at her age of 3. 14 years later, the mysterious murderer is still ought to be found. Now at the age of 17, living on her own, Olivia was informed by the police that her mom and dad were both dead on the same day because what everyone thought, was that he fled the country after committing murder to his wife.
One thing that strikes me the most is that when everyone thought Olivia’s father killed Olivia’s mother, after 14 years with the nametag of “murderer”, the police finds that the “murderer’s” body has been found 1 mile away from his wife’s and that he was killed on the same day. This is a shock in the very beginning of the book as if it is like it is the end of where we start from. Not only the reader, but the news also shocks the protagonist, despising her dad for his actions, and knowing that he was innocent, also a victim after 14 years.
The language in this poem is plain and undescriptive. The story is told in the first perspective of Oliva, so we can convey that the author is creating a meaning depressed, miserable, and traumatized emotion of the protagonist. The undescriptive language also shows that Olivia does not remember anything from when she was 3, but in some ways also showing that she does not enjoy times thinking about her past and current life. Even though she did talk about her life through almost a “timeline”, she still wasn’t descriptive about it. Hence, the language used showed that Olivia gained no potential in herself over the past 14 years.
In the first semester, I only published two book reflections. However, I’ve read more than just that, I just didn’t manage to do more book reflections.
Here are some books that I’ve read:
-The Fault In Our Stars
My favorite book out of these is The Fault In Our Stars. I enjoy reading it because it deals with a lot of emotions and feelings. Also dealing with dying, surviving the death of a loved one.
The next book I will read is The Book Thief.
Last class, me and my group members discussed about ideas for deliverables. One of my group members and I went to check out the location for shooting the film. We sent an email to the person in charge of the theater in agreement with the usage of the theater. In this class, I’m going to finalize the beat sheet with one of my group members. And finalize the story plot with my whole group.
I’ve decided to stop reading the book “the girl on the train” and start a new book. The reason for it is because I couldn’t get into the story even after slowly reading 20 pages. The story progressing in the book seemed boring to me, it was just the main character Rachel taking her train from Ashbury to London for work, her views on the train, and her neighbors. The book was in diary format, to me, each entry was a bit short, and events past way too fast between each other. The main character recorded her daily life, there was nothing really interesting to me. I believe that I picked the wrong genre, for the next book I will pick something that fits under science fiction, fantasy, horror, or mystery.
I just started the book, today in the 20 minutes of silent reading, I read from page 1 to page 9.
I have discovered that this book is in diary form, the title explains the main character Rachel’s daily life. This book fits under the genre of science fiction.
The first entry is on Friday, July 5th, 2013. The main character Rachels is on a train departing from Ashbury to Euston. She gazed around and noticed a pile of discarded clothes by the track, and watched the houses roll by as the train speeds up. In the evening diary entry, Rachel takes the train again, she drinks and thinks about her memories with Tom, also thinking about her upcoming empty weekend.
The weak one, the “girl”, not the right one… people had considered Roberto weak since he was really young. He’s always scared, terrified, and miserable. Roberto was not pleased with Batista on the throne, he wished something would change. So he pumped himself up and joined Castro’s rebels’ team. He does not want to see more people getting killed in Batista’s hands, he wants to fight with his own hands. This is the story of Roberto’s journey in 9 years, 3 journals…
This is our video of the Cuban Revolution by Sophie and Mie. We didn’t want to buy the subscription so there’re watermarks in the background.
George Orwell believes that cleverness is used as a weapon to gain power which can frequently result in exploitation and deception. I agree with George Orwell, literacy can empower an individual by ruling over the uneducated ones, it also allows the individual to lead their lives, and take leadership in the life of community between the ruling class and all of the other animals. Therefore, exploitation quickly takes place with the pigs in control. The animals worked long, tough, and hard every day but they worked happily since they believed what they were told and thought it was going to benefit them. The term of Animalism made the animals think they were free, not under human’s control. But the truth is that all of the animals were just trapped in deception, the pigs were just becoming another “human”. “Napoleon is always right, I will work harder.” (Ch.5 Pg.64). With this being said by the hard-working horse Boxer, it can be seen that he is completely loyal and that he trusted the pigs’ completely. This line depicts Boxer as an innocent character who fully believed the lies told by the pigs. Under the control of the “clever” pigs’ it was confirmed clearly that no animal could question Napoleon, and that he could do whatever he wanted to, to his community, “Napoleon acted swiftly and ruthlessly. He ordered the hens’ rations to be stopped, and decreed that any animal giving so much as a grain of corn to a hen should be punished by death.” (Ch.7 Pg.83). All of this however symbolizes the Soviet Russia. Napoleon became a brutal dictator like Stalin, he used threats, the propaganda, and Squealer to help control the animals at the Farm. Hence, the pigs’ believed that those who were elite and intelligent, could live a more equal life than those who could only be the underlings in the society, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” (Ch.10 Pg.51). They lived a luxurious life in the ruling class, while other animals worked hard to feed and sacrifice for the farm. For instance, they saw themselves as the honored “some”. This term classifies their perspective of seeing themselves as “unique” animals, and how they were able to justify taking privileges on the Farm. This therefore demonstrates a discrimination against all other animals who were all portrayed as low-level workers in modern society. It is almost saying that you have to be clever and cunning and deceptive in order to earn equality. Lastly, animal farm ended up having no change at all after all of the conflicts and rebellions. Although the pigs and puppies gained wealth, the rest of the community stayed the same, laboring and working hard all day. In fact, they were not “clever” enough to live a life like a human.