Sunday, November 30, 2014

Zach Riddle American Savior #2

Zach Riddle
Composition 105

American Savior
Roland Merullo
312 Pages
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

“Your job,” he said, “ my journalist friend, is to bring the news into peoples lives, to write this down the way it happened . All of it. The good, the bad, the confusing. Do not paint yourself and the rest of your colleagues as something you are not. And do not change my words or my behavior by so much as a single comma. Will you do that?” Page 311

Russ is asked by Jesus to do this simple yet complicated task as he walks away at the end of the book. It would be so simple for Russ Thomas, the narrator of the story, to manipulate and change what happened while he is telling other people. When Jesus and Russ talked, they were always by themselves so he could say whatever he wanted now that Jesus is gone and out of the picture.
I think that this quote is very important, because it shows that Roland Merullo believes the media presents everything with a biased attitude. The media try to persuade people from the truth to get them to believe what the media wants them to believe. I think most of the message within in the book is directed toward the people within the media and how they need to act. Media people should tell the truth how it happened with no political biassed at all, but that is not how the media is today.
When Jesus says, “ not change my words or my behavior by so much as a single comma,” I immediately thought of the bible. In one of the final chapters of Revelations, it talks about how nothing should be changed within the bible without great consequences. There should also be nothing added or taken away from the bible without great consequences. This makes me curious as to if Merullo did his research and pulled information from the bible, or if it is just a coincidence. There were other parts of the book that had small ties to the Bible, but none were as significantly similar as this exact quote was.
American Savior was one of the most entertaining books I have ever read and would suggest it to everyone. As a Christian, this book brings up some interesting questions as to how Jesus would handle some of the political situations on Earth today if he were to run for president like the death penalty and other controversial topics.

Emily Koenck Book blog

The Best of Me
Nicholas Sparks                                                                                                       Emily Koenck
Grand Central Publishing                                                                                              Comp 105

282 pages

"Amanda stepped out of the car, surprised by the black pants and crisp white shirt Dawson was wearing, but the combo definitely worked. With the jacket casually slung over his shoulder, he was almost too handsome for his own good, which only made what her mother had said eve more prescient. She drew a deep breath, wondering what she was going to do."
page 149

               Earlier in the book Dawson's father figure died so he had to fly back home to go to the funeral. While he was on the plane all he could think about was the memories. He kept thinking about Amanda and all of the memories they had together and how they had to stop seeing each other. Dawson knew it wasn't going to last between him and Amanda because of his last name and the reputation his family has. 
               Dawson's plan was to go to the funeral and fly back to his house the next day. Well it didn't work out that way and Dawson had to stay longer. He tried to avoid Amanda because he knew old feelings would reappear. When he did see Amanda and Amanda saw him for the first time in years they felt like they never stopped loving each other. Amanda was so shocked to see Dawson she didn't know what to say. It was twenty years since they have see each other. 

                 Later in book Amanda and Dawson went on a date and as Amanda saw Dawson all dressed up, like in the quote, she wanted to be with him even more. Dawson always wanted to marry Amanda and to have a family with her. They decided as the date went on to visit Tuck's cabin because his funeral was the reason for Dawson coming back. When they get there, there was a note on the table that was addressed to Dawson. In the letter Tuck wrote out his love story on how he met his wife. After reading the letter together, Dawson and Amanda decide to stay the night together at the cabin. They rekindled the love they had back in high school that night. The following day, Amanda made the hard decision to return to her family and Dawson was going to leave town. On his way to the air port he sees the strange man who saved him after the oil rig explosion, so he decides to follow him. He followed him to the town bar where Dawson sees a kid getting a beating by his cousins. Dawson saves the kid and shortly after Crazy Ted comes into the bar and shoots Dawson in the head. Dawson later dies and shortly after Amanda's son is in a car accident and needs a heart transplant. Later on when Amanda's son gets his heart she learned that it was Dawson's that her son had received. 

                 What would it be like to fine my high school love after twenty years? That was a good question to think about because the way it was for Dawson and Amanda was difficult. Especially at the beginning, I thought Dawson was being a prude by never wanting to leave his little shack he lived in. I thought he was going to avoid Amanda the whole time because he didn't want to see her. But, after seeing Amanda he got butterflies in his stomach and he said it felt like he saw her for the first time in high school. For Amanda, she was so stunned to see the Dawson came back for Tuck's funeral. She thought he was never coming back.
                   I love all of Nicholas Sparks books. The way he writes is so fascinating and always keep me curious to see what will happen next. I had a lot of emotions when reading this book, I would either be smiling or crying, there was no in between. I never wanted to put the book down. With every book that I had read of Nicholas Sparks I had the same experience. He is such and amazing writer. I loved how he wrote in two perspectives of what they both were thinking. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read or to anyone who doesn't like to read because this book will want to make you read.  


Gunner C
DMACC comp
Blog 6
Screw Ball
“ I don’t know, I guess that baseball has always been a release for me. When I go into a dark mood all I want to do is play the game. It’s more than a game to me though. Baseball is a way of life.” -249
I will not reveal who the killer is in this book because it was really good! If a person wants to figure out who it was they will have to read it themselves. Murder stories are really fun to read because it is something that unfortunately takes place everyday.
Also the baseball in this book makes me feel younger again. I know I’m not old but however when I read about baseball for some reason I feel about ten years old again. The feeling is a good young because I loved baseball.
What Ron Kane has gone through is astonishing. He is a pretty strong player and person for a rookie on a baseball team because he is the reason the team has gotten out of their deep rut. This book is kind of unique. It is unique for the fact that in a cross between a mystery, a murder story, a sports book, and an inspirational story.
It is a little confusing when a person really gets into the story. However, it is a good confusing because it keeps you on your toes. This is what makes a book good in my opinion.

Austin Stoelk Book Blog #6

Austin Stoelk
Composition 117
The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
James L. Swanson
Copyright 2013 by James L. Swanson
162 Pages

“He was not attending the lunch planned for more than two thousand people in Dallas. Nor was he a political opponent of John Kennedy’s who planned to protest his policies with a homemade, hand-lettered cardboard sign. No, this man who awaited John Kennedy in Texas had something else in mind. He wanted to kill the president.”

Tuesday, November 19, 1963, to Friday, November 22, 1963, were interesting days in American history that involve a man who wanted to kill the president. This quotation is true in so many ways throughout part two of this book, but in many ways the quotation is confusing as well. Lee Harvey Oswald actually wakes up on Tuesday, the 19th of November, not having a plan to kill the president. This interests me because in the quotation above, it states that Oswald wants to kill the president. In the second have of The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, James L. Swanson uses many clues and builds up suspense with major details that leads to the shooting of President Kennedy. He also explains facts that explain why the president was killed and what events trigger Oswald to carry through with the assassination, which I feel is a brave process to carry out.
Lee Harvey Oswald is an interesting man for many reasons. As a boy, he drops out of school and becomes a U.S. Marine after being a troublemaker in school. As a marine, Oswald does many procedures that people do not like, such as trying to pick a fight with a superior marine member just to prove he is right about an issue. Times like this make me realize that Oswald is a crazy man, as well as times when he is just temperamental, wants attention, and complains about almost everything. When young, Oswald has unfortunate times, such as his father’s death before he is born. His mother then appears to be unstable, so does this lead to his unwanted creativeness? I believe that even times as bad as what he grew up in should not drive him to shoot innocent people such as John F. Kennedy.
The assassinator has no friends to call his own and when married, his wife doesn't appear a friend for long either. Oswald has a wife and two kids that leave him after he tells them his first crazy story: He attempted assassinating General Edwin Walker. I feel attempting to assassinate a military general would be almost as risky as killing the president. This attempt of assassination interests me because I would then contradict the quotation because he wanted to shoot any important figure, not just the president. The attempt of the assassination of General Walker fails when Oswald attempts shooting the general through his window! This is a courageous act that does not pan out, so Oswald leaves right away so he doesn't get caught.
Oswald realizes after this assassination attempt that if he does this again, he will need much more planning, which leads into going after JFK. Oswald works at the Texas School Book Depository during this time, which is right in Dallas. Oswald reads the paper from other people he works with and finds out that President Kennedy will be going through on the 22nd, and Oswald finds the exact route. At this point, I realize that Oswald is definitely not trying to eat lunch or be a political opponent to the president, as stated in the quotation. Oswald feels he needs to do something that will be remembered throughout history, and as a very self-centered man who doesn't care about other people’s feelings, he begins to develop the second part of the quotation with a detailed plan: an attempt to assassinate the president.
With assassination on his mind, ideas start to generate, and not in a good way.  Suspiciously, Wednesday night and into Thursday Oswald plans out what he will do on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. He notices many boxes stacked on this floor, and Oswald takes advantage. He scans the whole south side, where fourteen windows appear from one end to the other. Oswald chooses the window furthest to the southeast, and here he starts setting up boxes. The boxes get stacked nearly to the top so many people cannot look in when the shooting occurs. Although very cruel, I’m surprised by this action and feel that Oswald is obviously very crafty in not showing that he just is not just a “political opponent” or just “attending the lunch” of Mr. Kennedy. Attending lunch or having a political view on the President are only two of the many reasons that citizens gathered in Dallas, but Oswald has other ideas in mind.
With planning beginning on the sixth floor, Oswald goes to visit his kids. He normally visits them every weekend, but this time, he visits them on a Thursday night. Oswald is able to sneak into the garage of where his wife lives during this time and puts his gun with a site, that he receives when he’s a little boy, into a brown bag. I find an interesting section to this part missing: Wouldn't his wife be extremely confused on why he came on a Thursday night? The next day, when his friend picks him up to go to work, Oswald is asked what is in the brown bag. Oswald answers with saying “curtain rods” are in the bag, which makes me understand that he is a liar to the extreme in many cases. Oswald arrives at work, and I’m beginning to get more convinced that the quotation will become true: The man is actually going to carry through with his attempt to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
With his rifle successfully getting to his work, Oswald thinks about his plan from the time he arrives, eight o’clock, to the time the president should drive by in his limousine with his wife, around 11:30. Ironically, President Kennedy makes this statement to his wife before leaving the Hotel Texas to fly to Dallas: “You know, last night would have been a hell of a night to assassinate a president. There was the rain, and the night, and we were all getting jostled. Suppose a man had a pistol in a briefcase and melted away into the crowd?” This quotation makes me feel the President is tying in his own safety with the quotation involving his lunch with the public and the protests. Kennedy talks to the press and many people, then goes with his wife on the limousine on a parade through the heart of Dallas.
With the parade beginning, Oswald is getting ready as well. He was trained by the marines to shoot at many distances, and he has a clear shot at the back of the president’s head. Whether he is standing or kneeling, or uses boxes for support or doesn't, is unknown because evidence can not show enough. The president then drives by, and Oswald misses on his first shot and many feel something minor occurred, such as a motorcycle backfire. Then, the second shot occurred, and this one hit the president in the back, then hit the governor of Texas. Oswald had still not killed the president. By this time, I figured Oswald would stop and reconsider killing the president of America. Oswald though, was stuck on killing the president and ruining his “lunch planned with two thousand people”, as well as his life. Oswald shot a third bullet, and this time, he hit right in the back of Kennedy’s skull, making the entire right side of his head burst open. This is a gruesome scene to picture, and the quotation unfortunately becomes true: Lee Harvey Oswald kills the president. I am extremely shocked that Oswald had the heart to continue, even on to the second bullet. This proves that the man had a mission that will definitely be remembered as he wanted, but in a bad way.
After killing the president, Oswald kills a police officer and goes into the movie theater. Witnesses spot this, and police then find him in a movie theater. Oswald is arrested for two murders that will forever be remembered in American history. Relating back to the quotation, Oswald ends up reaching his “goal” of proving he did not want lunch with the president, or to protest: he just wanted to kill the man. I am shocked that Oswald does this. Yes, his childhood is rough, but can his past experiences really drive him to murder the president? I feel people in today’s world should know of the incident, but this is what Oswald would want: to be talked about by millions of Americans. Furthermore, I feel this unfortunate because the issue needs to be known by Americans, but the publicity for Oswald increased. Whether good or bad talk from the public, Oswald is discussed by many. With this assassination, I believe our country should stay having top security on presidents. A caring man such as Kennedy should never be assassinated, and those who have extreme issues to kill for no reason, such as Oswald, should do the following: look at the bright side of life and do what is right for public recognition, NOT what is wrong.

Nathan Nelson Book #3 Blog #2

Nathan Nelson
Composition 105

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Stephen King
Simon & Schuster
224 pages

"Slowly, both with terror and with a strange sort of calm inevitability, Trisha turned to face the God of the Lost."

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a fictional thriller by one of the greatest horror writers of all time, Stephen King. While he is known for his terrifying stories, this one is not even close to the same. King takes a different approach by using no real horror. However, it is a very interesting read. In the first half, Trisha got separated from her mom and brother in the woods. The second half is still Trisha trying to find her way to civilization. She ate the rest of her sandwich, so the food supply is now empty. While finding some nuts on a bush, this still isn't enough. She uses the hood of her sweatshirt to trap a swimming trout in the stream. With nothing to cook or cut with, she eats it, bone and all. Due to her starvation, it wasn't nearly as gross for her as it sounds. At times, a hallucination of Tom Gordon comes to visit her. While it isn't really him, she gets the idea that it is. He tells her to stay strong and to keep going. With the police searching for a sex offender, and with Trisha constantly on the move, will she ever be found? Or will she never be able to escape the forest?
This book is very intriguing. For a nine year old girl, she certainly knows a lot about how to stay alive. A lot of the moves she makes are not the smartest, for example, she ditches her idea of following the stream. Had she kept following the stream, she would have found some cottages. In the beginning, had she just stayed on the trail, she would have been found. I thought it would require a lot more struggle. Sure, she did run into a wasps nest, but other than that, she just kept walking. Knowing Stephen King, I figured there would be a little scarier, however it was very mild compared to his past work.
This book has a lot of life lessons. It is critical that everyone knows how to survive in the wild. Anything can happen, and so many people are just used to having it easy. Then, they are unprepared to survive. Trisha knew how to catch a fish with a sweatshirt, and she also knew how to find food. This book teaches that anything can happen and an individual must be prepared for worst case scenario. Also, Trisha had a lot of determination to keep walking. Many would just stop where they were at in hopes that someone would find them. However, she had a plan and she stuck to it. Even though she was tired, she fought her way through it. For being a kid, she displayed attributes of an adult by making her way through the forest. 

Jessica Cheney
Composition 3
Looking For Alaska             
John Green
Speak, 2005
221 pages

“I found myself thinking about President William McKinley, the third American president to be assassinated. He lived for several days after he was shot, and towards the end, his wife started crying and screaming, ‘I want to go too! I want to go too!’ And with his last measure of strength, McKinley turned to her and spoke his last words: ‘We are all going.’”  (p. 120)

Looking For Alaska is a fiction book written by John Green. The last half of the book includes all of the part called “after”. The first half of the book is about how the main character Miles Halter forms relationship’s with people at his new school, Culver Creek. He gets to be very good friends with the Colonel, Takumi, Lara, and Alaska. The dividing point between the two parts of the book is the death of Alaska. She got really drunk late at night with Miles and the Colonel, then she suddenly wanted to go somewhere. The Colonel and Miles distracted the dorm monitor so she could leave. That night, she ran straight into a police car that was blocking off an accident on the road. The rest of the book Miles and the Colonel try to find out why she wanted to leave that night, mainly because they blame themselves for letting her leave that night. Alaska considered the most important question human beings must answer to be “How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?”. This is a reference to the last words of Simón Bolívar.
I love the themes that John Green tries to communicate in this book. He uses last words to communicate the themes he is trying to express. He also uses the last words to express what each character feels is most important. For example, Miles refers to the last words of Francois Rabelais that refer to seeking the Great Perhaps. This is the main motivation for Miles throughout the book, to try and seek the Great Perhaps with his friends. Alaska’s favorite last words also says a great deal about her character and motivation. She is believes that Bolivar’s labyrinth is life itself and the suffering that comes with life. She makes a note in her book that the only way out of the labyrinth is “straight and fast”. That is why she drove head on into a police car without even swerving. Alaska’s last words shows how much she reflects on the suffering she has had on her life and running to try and escape it. Miles favorite last words shows the importance he places on knowing the unknown. This is also why he put so much effort in investigating Alaska’s death.
There are several questions that this book asks of the readers such as, “What is the importance of forgiveness,” or, “Is it possible for the living to forgive the dead, or even vice versa?” By the end of the book, Miles realizes that forgiveness is necessary for humans to survive the labyrinth. Miles has to forgive his friend Takumi for not telling him one of the important facts about the night Alaska died. He also has to forgive Alaska for killing herself, even after telling Miles she would see him tomorrow. Miles also feels like Alaska needs to forgive him for allowing her to leave that night. Probably the most important question is the one Miles must answer for his religion final. In honor of Alaska, the assignment was to answer how he personally, would escape the labyrinth of suffering. Miles answers this question by discussing how humans can have a hope of escaping the labyrinth because it is a scientific fact that our energy cannot be destroyed.

I liked this book a lot because of the very good themes that are discussed in it. This book made me realize that I will not be able to survive the labyrinth of the past suffering in my life if I am not able to forgive myself and others. I still had a few problems with the amount of smoking and alcohol that is in this book, but the book also showed the dangers of alcohol because it was one of the reasons for Alaska’s death. Green uses smoking and alcohol as symbols in this book. My pastor said last week at church that alcohol abuse is usually the result of people running from something. This is certainly the case for Alaska and this book made me realize the importance of never drinking and driving. Except for those small problems I thought this was a very good book. I would recommend this book to any young adults because it discusses very important themes in our lives. I will leave with the last words of this book, “I was born into Bolivar’s labyrinth, and so I must believe in the hopes of Rabelais’ Great Perhaps.”

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Camille Mumm Book Blog #6

will grayson, will grayson     Camille Mumm
John Green and David Levithan Comp. 105
Dutton Books
p. 155-310

“but there is the word, this word that phil wrayson taught me once: weltzschermz. it’s the depression you feel when the world does not line up with the world you think it should be.” p. 302

The second half of this book starts off is whirlwind of emotions. Will from Naperville seems to be feeling most of it. He’s falling in love with Tiny, he’s angry that Maura betrayed him, and there’s his curiosity to meet the other Will Grayson. As these all progress the story picks up speed and the reader gets dragged along trying to keep up with the storm of different feelings.
The reader gets so lost that it’s hard to tell where the problems begin, there is no real turning point. All of a sudden everything just crashed down, Will from Evanston's friendship with Tiny as well as Will from Naperville's relationship with Tiny. The Wills begin to separate, each dealing with different problems revolving around Tiny. The strangest part about the story is that while both of the boys are constantly thinking about their problems with Tiny, as well as outside ones like Evanston Will getting a girlfriend; Tiny gets lost in the shuffle.
That's where the problem becomes clear, each of the boys is so wrapped up in their own problems that they both forget to care about a boy they each love. This section is hard on the readers feeling because the hurt that Tiny was feeling was almost tangible. Tiny too is transfixed on something outside of the Wills as well: his play. He has casting, set building and rehearsal to deal with so friendships and relationships are put on hold.
Eventually, though quicker than the reader expects, things get better between Tiny and Evanston Will. They get their friendship back together in enough time to have this Will help with getting the musical ready. The other Will on the other hand is waiting until the opening night to make his amends with Tiny, and when he does it is a hilarious yet heartwarming reunion.
Like I said in my first blog about this book, though the main characters have the same name it is impossible to get lost on whose chapter it is. Thanks to the author’s lack of use of capitalization and quotation marks Will from Naperville is easily set apart. What I didn’t mention in the first blog about the differences between the chapters is the author. This book is written by John Green and David Levithan and while it never says it outright anywhere in the book, I wonder if each of the authors wrote a different boy’s point of view. Other than the formatting differences, I didn’t immediately pick up on any drastically different writing style between the chapters.
I like to think that they did each write one Will’s story, it makes the story that much deeper and richer because no matter how much collaboration Levithan and Green had, each had their own take on the story. Maybe one author didn’t really clarify on one detail and left it up to the other for interpretation, that would make the communication more like reality where the interpretation is left up to the listener or reader.
No matter how it was written, this was a great story and my opinion of John Green keeps getting better. Each book provides an equal amount of humor and hurt that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride. I haven’t read any of Levithan’s other books yet but after this one I might have to look into some.

Friday, November 28, 2014

House Rules Alyssa Buren
By Jodi Picoult Comp. 3
A Division of Simon & Schuster Inc. 2010
269 pages
“What do you want to tell the jury?”
Jacob hesitates. “The truth,” he says.
Jacob wanted everyone to know the truth. He did not kill Jess and everything everyone was saying was wrong. He wanted the jury to hear his side of the story. He was not going to testify in court, but the above quote was right after his breaking point. He needed to tell the jury what really happened so he did. He believed what he did was right, because he thought he was covering up for his brother. His brother did not kill Jess either, but saw how Jess fell in the bathroom causing the scene.
Jacob’s Lawyer, Oliver, thinks Jacob’s only chance for not being put in jail is pleading insanity. Jacob does not want to plead insanity, because he believes he is innocent and sane. In the meantime, Jacob is on house arrest so Emma can’t leave. The newspaper she worked for asked her to take a leave of absence but instead she got fed up and quit. Rich, the detective, is still questioning everyone. He found out that Jess and Mark fought at the pizza place previous to her passing. Rich questions Mark about Jess more again.
Emma got Jacob to agree to plead insanity if that was his best chance, and told Oliver when he came over and ended up joining them for lunch. Emma enjoys Olivers company much more than she ever thought. He makes her laugh and smile even in the mess of everything. Oliver and Emma kind of hit it off together. They all had to attend court again and Oliver got the judge to suppress what Jacob said at the police station.
Theo just mentioned in his writing that he was at Jess’s house shortly before his brother. Theo says he didn’t kill her, but he thinks it may have started what happened afterwards. He decided to leave and go find his father. Oliver gets Emma a flight to beat Theo to California and she contacted Henry. Henry does a pay out and just gives them money. Theo knew right then he should have never gone and his dad was no different.
Jacob’s trial is now beginning. The prosecuting lawyer stated off and crumpled a paper throwing Jacob into a phase right away. Mark, Jess’s boyfriend, admitted to grabbing Jess’s arms and neck in a fight the day she died. After a day of trial, Theo finally tells Jacob he was there and saw Jess the day she died. But surprisingly, Jacob already knew and said “that’s why he had to do it.” Emma and Oliver continue to hit it off and Henry shows up to be there for the trial. The book ends before the jury is ever able to make a verdict and before you ever know what happens of Oliver and Emma.
What would it be like to have a child put on trial for murder? This question repeatedly came to mind when reading this book. Jacob just wanted to be normal like any other kid, but to the other teenagers the AS set him aside from everyone else. Then all of a sudden he is charged with the murder of Jess. He always wanted to be considered normal than this happens setting him even more apart from everyone else. During this whole process and Jacob’s whole life, Emma is the most caring mother she could be. She does anything she has to and can to accommodate Jacob. She is very supportive during the whole trial. She believes when Jacob says that he did not kill her.
Emma is struggling the whole time with the fact that Jacob could have murdered Jess, but loves Jacob just as much. She never let’s the trial change her love for her son. Emma shows a textbook mother’s love in this story and she is a very good mother to her two sons. She is an inspiring character, because when the world is trying to take her down, she is able to fight through and be just as strong.
The way Jodi Picoult writes her stories is very interesting for me. I love how she goes back and forth between characters. By doing this, the reader is allowed to know every persons side of view on what is going on. You get to see how each person feels and how opinions and feelings vary between the characters. This keeps me engaged in her reading even more.
This book is a perfect story to write the way she does. Going back and forth in a story with a murder trial, really allows you to get a feel from everyone who is affected. This book was very good and was good at holding my attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who is just looking for a good book to read. The only set back for some people would be that it does change point of view.

Book Blog #6

Hayley Boes
Composition 105

Veronica Roth
HarperCollins Publishers, Incorporated; 2012
314 pages

“Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.” (Page 309)

This quote describes the second half of Insurgent perfectly. The Erudite faction controlled everybody because they had secret information about each faction that they could use to their advantage. They also knew how to control everybody in each faction with simulations. The Dauntless and factionless were sick of being controlled by Erudite and decided to fight back. Erudite wasn’t scared at first because they felt so powerful, but they overestimated their power and underestimated the Dauntless and factionless power. Because of this, the Dauntless and factionless ended up winning control and exposing “the truth”- a world outside of the city limits.

Tris, the main character of Insurgent, continued to show her bravery and crazy courage throughout the second half of the book. The Erudite threatened to kill a member of Dauntless every day until a Divergent member turned themselves in. Tris, being as brave as she is, decided that she must stand up for her Dauntless faction and turn herself in as Divergent in order for Erudite to stop killing her friends. Tris was aware that the Erudite would kill her, but she was willing to die because her parents died for her. Tris later found out that the Erudite also took her love, Tobias. Tris was no longer willing to die because she felt the need to save Tobias. On Tris’ execution day, an Erudite member, who was once Tris’ enemy, ended up saving Tris’ life. This Erudite member, Peter, helped Tobias and Tris escape the Erudite headquarters and joined the two, along with the Dauntless and factionless, in fighting against Erudite.

Insurgent was a nickname given to the rebel Dauntless and factionless who were fighting against the government because the word ‘insurgent’ literally means a rebel or revolutionary. The main theme of Insurgent is to fear nothing and stand up for what you believe in. The Dauntless and factionless were tired of being controlled by Erudite and decided to change things by overtaking the Erudite control and revealing the Erudite’s secret of an outside world. The Dauntless and factionless were not afraid of Erudite’s arrogant power and fought against them in order to expose the truth because they believed that everyone should know about the outside world.

I can’t say that I can relate with the theme of this book because I haven’t been placed in a situation where I’ve had to fight for what I believe in yet. I think that’s why I find Tris’ character so interesting. She is the complete opposite of me and I admire her bravery. If I find myself in a situation where I must fight for what I believe in, I will remember Tris’ courage and try to use that sense of courage myself.

Because I have been a huge fan of the first book and movie of this trilogy, I thoroughly enjoyed Insurgent just as much as I loved Divergent. I would recommend this book for boys and girls ages ten to twenty. Girls would probably enjoy this book more though because of the romantic side of Tris and Tobias’ relationship. Because each book of this trilogy is being turned into a movie, I would also highly recommend this book for lovers of action movies.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Jacob Kelly

“Sometimes lives intersect, no rhyme or reason, except perhaps for a passing semi.” This quote is extremely deep and meaningful. It’s basically saying that absolutely anything can cause people who would never have met each other before, to interact in their daily lives. Choices are the most important things in life. The choice of a semi trucker eating a large meal and falling asleep at the wheel, could impact more than just his life. Or a person at school has a fever and causes other people to get sick, which could cause more people to be sick. The main idea here is that choices can cause lives to change, maybe just yours, or maybe everyone’s.
This book has a lot of deep meaning into it, which you have to pick up on as the reader. Impulse talks about three teenagers who each, in their own way, attempted to commit suicide. The teens all have to live in a rehab center for people who have mental illnesses, such as depression or bi-polar disorder for example. They would have never met if they hadn’t attempted to end their lives, and failed.
“Sometimes you don’t wake up. But if you happen to, you know that things will never be the same.” I believe this quotation is absolutely true. You need to live life to the fullest, because today could be your last. If a person who thought they were going to die in surgery, lived to see another day, they will definitely not be the same person. This book is tragic, yet has a hopeful storyline with beautifully bright characters. It is a very insightful story.
Crossed Millicent Cameron
Ally Condie Comp. 3
Dutton Books Blog 5
367 pages

“For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.”
(page 5)

This quotation is from the second book from the Matched series. This second book out of this series is called Crossed. The series started out with a girl named Cassia who is part of a certain group in a Society. In Matched, a group called the Society controls everything. The Society has kept order and helped Cassia and everyone else do anything the Society wants them to do.

Now Cassia is old enough to “choose a mate”. At this ceremony, Cassia has to go up and choose who her life mate will be. When she goes to choose two different guys show up. She is told that it was a rare glitch and to not worry about it, but all Cassia can think about is the opposite guy she was supposed to end up with. As the book goes on, many contradictions come up with this small “glitch” Cassia is not supposed to worry about.

In this second book, Crossed, Cassia is completely confused about what will happen in her future. With the fact that Cassia was supposed to end up with Xander, she now has fallen in love with Ky. Cassia is in search for Ky, who was taken away by the Society. As Cassia ventures to different places she learns even more about her life and what the Society has been doing.

Besides the fact of a love interest being in this book, the book also includes a story about doing what you want to do and making your own decisions. The book tells about someone who wants to go with what she wants to do. Cassia has followed certain rules and regulations her whole life, and now she is doing what she feels is right and what she wants to do.

I am interested in seeing what happens at the end of this book. The book, so far, is great and has an interesting storyline that keeps me wanting to know what happens next. I really liked the first book of this series and am interested in what happens at the end of this second book. Some questions I am wondering is what else is going to go wrong and what will happen with Cassia’s future.