In the book, Nice and Mean by Jessica Leader, the two main characters are Marina Glass and Sachi Parikh. Marina is considered the “mean” girl and Sach...moreIn the book, Nice and Mean by Jessica Leader, the two main characters are Marina Glass and Sachi Parikh. Marina is considered the “mean” girl and Sachi the “nice” girl. Marina is popular and pretty, and Sachi is quiet and good at math. She lets people to tell her what to do and walk all over her, especially her friends. They both meet at an after school class, video. Sachi does something very unlike herself and forges her parents’ signature on the permission slip, for they want her to sign up for test prep. Marina wants to do a fashionable theme from her favorite TV show, “Victim or Victorious”, but Sachi wants to do a video on different cultures in their school. Marina wins this battle with her convincing spirit. Marina decides that she does not like the way her friend Rachel is acting, so she decides to totally mess up Rachel’s life in her video, and she gets her other friends to help her. She does not tell Sachi this yet. Next, Rachel sees the video and gets really mad. She turns all of Marina’s other friends against her, and is planning revenge. Marina wants to get away from all of this so she hides at Sachi’s house. She tells Sachi’s mother that she knows her from video. Sachi’s parents get very angry that Sachi did not tell them about the class so remove her and enroll her in test prep. Marina gets kicked out of video because Rachel tells the principal what she did. Sachi Parikh gets permission to work on her video during lunch time, and Marina wants to help. She loves making videos. Sachi lets her and they apologize to each other for arguing. They start getting along much better. The video they are working on becomes very nice and it uses the information that Sachi used to interview kids. Marina goes along with her ideas, and especially since she doesn’t have any other friends at the moment, is super nice to her. When Marina follows her friend Elizabeth’s advice and apologizes to Rachel, they become friends again and she interviews her for the video. They show their video in class and it is a big hit! Everyone loves it and Sachi and Marina are proud. Marina and all of her friends are together, and Sachi finally gets the courage to stand up to her friends for once and tell them how she feels.
When Cassie’s dad is “out of the picture”, she has many new life challenges. Those challenges and her “...moreBTW wrote this for a book-cover LAR assignment.
When Cassie’s dad is “out of the picture”, she has many new life challenges. Those challenges and her “real” life have a large appeal to pre-teens. Just another Day in My Insanely Real Life by Barbara Dee is a great book that anyone is encouraged to read. Sadly, the original cover of this book does not appeal to its girly-tween audience. This new and updated book cover adds suspense and many questions to the novel, such as: Why is there an F on a paper? Where is the dad and why is their apartment so small? The improved cover shows Cassie’s life, after her father moves out, and trying to keep up her Language Arts grade. Her sister, Miranda is no help, and she feels as if her life is falling apart. This improved book cover will capture the essence of these important details and pull the reader into the story. To conclude, the conflict, characters, and setting shown on this book cover definitely will become a read-first book to all based on her new problems caused by her father’s departure. One main literary element of the story is conflict, which must be illustrated on the cover to attract readers. A major conflict is Cassie’s Language Arts grade. With all of the helping out and work she has to do at home, it is hard for her to maintain completed homework and high grades. “I am not a housewife; I am a hardworking student trying to get the best possible grade” (15). Also, Cassie does not understand her teacher, Mr. Mullaney’s grading process. She tries hard on a journal assignment and received a miserable grade, while as people she knew do much better, when all they care about is getting the writing done. Cassie says, “It may be the best thing I’ve ever written, and he didn’t even look at it!” Her friend Bessie had replied, “All I did were write some top ten lists” (102). Therefore, this conflict takes up a great deal of the book. It must be on the cover, because it adds more frustration and more unfairness to Cassie’s life. Kids will absolutely love this book if the problems appear on the cover, which sucks them into the story. Another main literary element is characters, which should definitely be introduced on the cover. Characterization is an extremely important topic in the story, because one of the main characters, Cassie’s father, is actually absent because of problems at work. He and Cassie’s mother have a fight, then he leaves the family with almost nothing. The family then lost money, time, cleanliness, and happiness. Besides the fact that on the updated cover, the protagonist, (Cassie) is colored in, her father’s face is crossed out. He is the cause of everything that happens in the book. He is strongly brought up amongst Cassie’s family. “It’s Dad’s fault for leaving us, “(15). Thus, the characters are what make the story happen. Without the most important character, Cassie’s father, many conflicts arise, and it is his fault. The characters in the story have a strong effect on the most of the plot, and they should be portrayed on the cover. Cassie’s tiny “unit” apartment adds to the conflict of the story, and must be shown on the cover. The setting of Just another Day in my Insanely Real Life is crucial, because after Cassie Baldwin moves from her nice house to a tiny one-room for her family, she starts to agitated. “I was starting to lose it being stuck in this ratty little ‘unit’,” (20). With her mother never home, Cassie and her sister have to take full responsibility on regular mother jobs. This includes watching their brother, microwaving meals, and grocery shopping. Clues are revealed in the story that there is not enough space in their “unit” for the four of them. “Miranda was snoring, which was like a cross between a snoring warthog and a leaf blower.” (34) Therefore, living in a non-spacious apartment with many new responsibilities is a lot on a 12-year-old girl’s plate. To conclude, the new and improved book cover shows the correct literary elements. These literary elements help to pull the reader into the story. First, the conflict portrayed on the new cover is eye-catching and is a general problem of every-day life. The holder can relate to the F paper. Also, the antagonist of the story, Cassie’s dad was only explained and spoken about. Having his face crossed out on the front adds suspense to the reader from the time that they pick up the book. Third, the setting of the small and grimy “unit” apartment adds a touch of sadness. This also shows how much worse Cassie’s life must be. Finally, the improved book cover will seemingly jump off the shelves and into the teen holder’s hands. (less)