I just finished reading Looking for Alaska and it was so good. It's about a boy called "pudge" who goes off to college. While there he meets the love...moreI just finished reading Looking for Alaska and it was so good. It's about a boy called "pudge" who goes off to college. While there he meets the love of his life, and becomes friends with the wrong crowd. Pugdebgets pressured to do bad things that's prohibbated by the school. But he also does it to impress the girl he loves, Alaska. In this book Pudge faces a lot of peer-pressure that gets him into troubleand develop bad habits. It also changes his character and personality. For example, Pudge never smoked and said he never would. However, in his college cigarettes were the things to do in his group so he ended up smoking/ doing them. Another example is, that Pudge had to take part in a prank. This prank disruppted the school and almost got him expelled. These are just some examples of how peer pressure affected Pudge. I can relate to peer-pressure, it's pretty much 90% of my life right now. But it's pointless because I wouldn't do drugs. In conclusion, Pudge faces a lot of peer pressure that causes him to do dumb things. I would recommend this book to any guy whose having girl problems because it's great.(less)
Homeboys by Alan Lawrence Sitomer was a great book about "gang banging" in California. The streets were broken up into two gangs one called the Merks...moreHomeboys by Alan Lawrence Sitomer was a great book about "gang banging" in California. The streets were broken up into two gangs one called the Merks and the other 0-1-0's. These two gangs caused nothing but disrupt in the communities. But it was some of the kids dreams to get into one of these gangs. In particular a girl named Tina was so desperate to get into the Merks gang so did everything including get 'jumped' and being 'sexed in' where she had to have sex with every member in the gang. At age 14 she was shot and killed due to gang fights. Her brother also a Merk wanted revenge but got arrested for attempted suicide on one of 0-1-0 gang members. In this book I noticed the theme of bad influence from 'gang bangers' on young teen age kids. For example, Tina grew up in the hood surrounded by all these gangs and alongside her brother who was a member in the gang. Tina being around this all her life had some influence on her to join a gang and take part in the bad violent activities associated with them. This led to her doing stupid things like fighting the opposing gang all by herself which got her killed. I see and hear a lot of this in regular day life. Teenagers walking around with beads on their neck "reping" their gang. I see people throwing up gang signs and doing their hand shakes when seeing a crew member. And all these kids doing this is because they are influenced by other gangs and gang members. This bad influence is also being done by mostly grown ups. Adults are the ones taking these kids into the crew and showing them how to be a gang banger, making them the prodigy and the next leader in the group. This bad influence not only disrupts the teens minds and behavior but it also disrupts the communities that these kids live in as gangs grow and become more active. In conclusion, this book was really good and showed a lot of themes with gangs, egos, revenge, rivalry, etc. However, the one i saw the most was bad influence that gangs have on young people. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about gangs and the "streets", and books with lots of action and intensity.
"Hoops" by Walter Dean Myers is a great book about a boy who goes through a time where he needs to decide what he's going to do with his life. During...more"Hoops" by Walter Dean Myers is a great book about a boy who goes through a time where he needs to decide what he's going to do with his life. During his decision making a coach named Cal elps him with that by sharing his 'screw ups' in life. By the end Lonnie made the decision to play ball. and while doing that made a great relationship with Cal.
While reading this book i noticed the theme of judgement. For example, the first time Lonnie met Cal he didn't like him. And he didn't lik him because he saw cal drunk, laying down on the floor. Lonnie didn't give him a chance, he used bad judgement. However, by the end they became very close. So close that by the end they helped fight for one another's life. Unfortunately, Cal died. But Lonnie's first judgement messed up something that could've lasted longer.
This theme is relative to both me and the world. Today our world is all about judgement to the eye of someone. If you dress a certain way, or live somewhere, you're automatically assigned to a type of character or personality. It's also very stereotypical as well. This applies to me, because I'm a minority and dress a certain way people assume I'm a bad kid.
In conclusion, this book showed a lot of stereotypical issues because of judgement. I would recommend this book to any reader who likes sports and characters who experience lots of peer-pressure.(less)
Crackback by John Coy was a great book about a boy named Miles who was a star on his high school football team. He was the best starter and his coach...more Crackback by John Coy was a great book about a boy named Miles who was a star on his high school football team. He was the best starter and his coach loved him, that is until a new coach stepped. He became a second string player and couldn't start unless he gained some weight and started lifting weights to get big. While he struggled with his new coach his best friend started doing steroids to get that extra edge. Now Manning had to decide whether to do steroids to start or just sit on the bench. When reading this book, I noticed the theme of peer pressure. In the book Crackback I noticed the theme peer pressure. For example, Mile's friend Zach was pressured into taking steroids to get that big adrenaline rush for a big performance in the game. He was pressured from the seniors on the team that took steroids to also get that edge. Another example is, Zach gave Miles the pills to take before the game telling Miles that it would help and everyone else on the team was doing it. So Miles took them because he didn't want to look like a "party pooper" and lame for not doing what everyone else did. I see this in everyday life when kids are being pressured to take drugs, alcohol, smoke, and even act stupid to get into trouble just be labeled cool and not considered a looser. In conclusion peer pressure is a well talked about theme in this book, and relates to the real world in a big way. I absolutely love this book and recommend it to any person who likes books on sports. (less)