I read the book "Dairy Queen" by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, considered a Chick lit. I LOVED THIS BOOK! This is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read...moreI read the book "Dairy Queen" by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, considered a Chick lit. I LOVED THIS BOOK! This is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. D.J. runs her family's Wisconsin farm because her father is injured, her mother works full-time as a teacher and principal. She has two older brothers who are away playing football at college, and has a younger brother, Curtis. She takes care of the farm by herself by moving hay, taking care of the cows, and driving the tractor a lot. Then all the Sudden Jimmy Ott, the coach of the towns biggest rival team, comes to talk to D.J. and the family about having there quarter back Brain Nelson some and shape up his attitude. D.J. admitted she needed some help around the farm and the next day Brain pulls up in a red car. You see he isn’t a fan of doing this and after one day quits. Jimmy comes back to talk with D.J. about training Brain. Her high school rival QB, from her experience of playing with her Collegiate Football brothers, and try’s to turn this overconfident, stuck-up, snobbish and PATRONIZING…. But very cute… and really good at football… and funny… WAIT no he is arrogant. Over the summer she trains Brian into a hardworking, no BS type of person and learns to get the work done. There fighting with eachother turns into a friendship between the both of them. As D.J. and Brian become closer it begins to get complicated as her best friend stops talking to her and she decides to try out for her own high school football team. In a place where everyone does what they are supposed to and never speaks up, D.J. decides she wants to do something different and begin saying what she feels. This is going to cause some problems with her family past, and will also be playing her trainee in the biggest game in the season.
Her mother, a member of the School Board, finds out first, since the Coach brought it up in a meeting. Awkward, to say the least, but she promises to keep the secret. Brian finds out in an even worse manner, on the first day of practice, and her dad finds out last. All of which spurs D.J. to action, calling her brother Bill for the first time since the big fight. D.J. is tired of being silent, and she is trying to be her new self and show the world who she really is. Not being the Silent D.J. we all know but the one who does as she wants. THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!! EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS AND THE REST OF THE SERIES CAUSE PEOPLE ARE MISSING OUT!! (less)
I read the book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth a fantastic Sci-Fi book that tells the story of a young girl named Beatrice who lives in a dystopia. This...moreI read the book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth a fantastic Sci-Fi book that tells the story of a young girl named Beatrice who lives in a dystopia. This dystopia is divided by fractions, otherwise known by characteristics that each of those people live by. They have 5 fractions Candor Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Kids from each fraction go to a school which a normal thing until graduation day. On graduation day each student is called out to take a test and determine which fraction is fit for them, whether they live up to their regular fraction or if they should move. Beatrice is from the Abnegation fraction which is the selfless fraction, she always thinks of others before herself. When she is called to take the test she finds herself in the lunch room fighting off a dog. Each of her moves is a characteristic of each fraction. When she wakes she finds herself in a weird place with a lady there talking to her. She talks to Beatrice telling her she is very different and bold; she stands out from the others. During her test her results showed as Divergent, which means she was picked as 3 kids of fractions. She now has a big choice to make at the ceremony whether to spread her wings a fly or to stay with her family as roll call goes for. Her family accepts both her and her brother to stay and help the family. Everything changes when her brother goes to the ceremony and picks a different fraction, all the pressure Is on Beatrice. She cuts herself and walks to the bowl with burning coals and drops blood across Dauntless. She decided to go with who she is and immediately when the ceremony is done she moves with the dauntless kids to the moving train which is their first test. She just barely makes the jump as others are too late and left to be fraction less. She sits on the train with the other new comers waiting for the next test when the dauntless people get up and begin to jump of the train to a tall building in the dauntless city. Those who are brave enough to jump off move on while some may not be able to take the task and others fall to the ground and die. As Beatrice keeps up she is introduced to Four her new trainer. He explains that they will be taking a test in the end to see of all the new people 8 are picked to be apart. From weeks they train and face life and death situations to see who can survive. Beatrice meets a few friends who say if she wants to stay here she needs to change. The first change is her name from Beatrice to Tris, and she changes her wardrobe to something fitting and black and tight, like leather. She also decided to get tattoos and piercings so she can fit in more. She must keep the secret of her being divergent, even though she was questioned when she escaped a tank with filling water as she stays inside and tries to fight her way out. One thing chances her point of view when she finds out her mom was Dauntless, she moved fractions and that changed how Tris felt. Will she be able to her secret a SECRET or will someone find out and put her to death for being different? Read this amazing book and find out. THis reminded me alot like the Hunger Games and i think thats why I loved it!!!!!! (less)
I read the book "All We Know of Heaven" by Jacquelyn Mitchard. A book about 2 best friends, Maureen and Bridget, who were more like sister’s based upo...moreI read the book "All We Know of Heaven" by Jacquelyn Mitchard. A book about 2 best friends, Maureen and Bridget, who were more like sister’s based upon looks. They bother had green eyes blonde hair same facial features, almost identical. Both girls were driving home from cheerleading practice and Bridget decided to drive. While driving on the ice covered road, Bridget lost control of the car and went head-on into a truck. The horrendous accident left one girl dead at the scene and another laying in a hospital in coma. During the testing they acknowledged the parents that Maureen was the female who died at the scene and Bridget was in the hospital just barely holding onto life. The O’Malley’s mourned over the loss of their daughter Maureen with a funeral; while the Flannery’s comforted this disfigured girl they called their daughter. All changed when the Dental surgeon came to check out Bridget and her previous records showed that this wasn’t their daughter. This was Maureen, a totally different girl that they had sobbed over while in the hospital. She learns about what happens and tries to get though it but when she is being constantly being bullied because of her speech impediment. She keeps a constant trial and error to piece together her life back up but it’s just hard living in the shadow of her best friend Bridget. This was the second time I read this book and it was still as good as I remembered. I love how the author tells the story, realizing this was in fact a true story which is terrible but the way she was able to get back up every day and continue to be strong even when it was hard. She stood up to one of her bullies who underestimated her. I think instead of people making fun of her and blaming her about the accident they should be encouraging her and helping her. If that were me in her position I would need friends through the hard times. The first time around that I read it was a very confusing because in the beginning it was so fast I didn’t know who was talking and what it meant but by the second time around it made me a lot more sense to me. I had to re-read the first 2 chapters just to get the sense of it. I thought this was overall a great book I enjoyed reading it again it showed me about confidence, strength, and how to get up after being knocked down brush myself off and continue to live! (less)
This was a very good book, even though I also hated it at the same time. I just thought Katherine was a 2 faced you know what. She made stupid decisio...moreThis was a very good book, even though I also hated it at the same time. I just thought Katherine was a 2 faced you know what. She made stupid decisions when she was living the life as a good student and kid. That was Katherine’s personality but when she went to her Dad’s she met Adam or Buddy. The crank did something to change who she was, Bree made her turn into the “monster” she was. That was her fault and I am glad no one really helped her get out of this because I think people get what they deserve so when she got in trouble she deserved it. Yes it was wrong for her to do the drugs in the first place but then again no one was helping her to quit. I feel as though they stood by as figures in her life. Soon Kristina was addicted to the "monster" and if it was necessary to date two guys to get the monster in her hands she would do it., Chase and Brendon. You could say by now she had a problem she was even stealing her moms credit card to buy things because she was so desperate for money. The letters that she writes/gets from Chase is what really got to me. I didn’t like how Brendon was the kind of guy that doesn't respect women. The fact that he also raped her and got her pregnant was disrespectful but it was for her. I don’t understand how she is still able to look at herself in the mirror after doing that to herself. I know I couldn’t. In all I thought this was a great book. But I was very upset at her actions. (less)
Raisin in the Sun was actually a pretty good book to tell you the truth. I read it in one night becaseu I didn’t feel like putting it down. There was...moreRaisin in the Sun was actually a pretty good book to tell you the truth. I read it in one night becaseu I didn’t feel like putting it down. There was one reason why I didn’t like the BOOK because the fact it was writing in a stage play form which was hard to keep up on. You had to imagine it in your head like a movie playing in your head and you’re the director. One of my favorite characters was the Mom, because she was so strong and delt with so much and kept going like nothing happened. Walter was interesting but if he was my son I would have locked him in a closet. He was aggrivating at first, but he was very sweet how he wanted to help out with the family and getting money. It was very inspiring that a black family would move into an all white neighborhood and continue to push through the hardship was amazing. Fighting through rasicm… Incredible. In all I actually really liked a book we read for once:)I fouind the movie too and watched it as well and i liked it even more to see it going through except i already knew everyhting that was going to happen when i did! Nice choice (less)
I thought ELIC was a very good book. I couldnt really put it down because i wanted to know where the key led to as well. It was very sad and a tear je...moreI thought ELIC was a very good book. I couldnt really put it down because i wanted to know where the key led to as well. It was very sad and a tear jerker but i pulled through it. I didnt like Oskar a whole lot because of the way he was selfish about being with his Dad, and also being so rude with the way he acts with his Mom. Oskar and his grandmother have a special relationship close to the one he had with his father.
I would be a reck and trying to do the same as Oskar if my father was killed by 9/11. Which is why his behavior is understanding, but i feel as if so much stress is put onto him.
The scrapbook was very interesting to me and how he called it "Things that happened to Me" book. He ties events that have happened in the world to things that have happened to him. He also has his inventions which i LOVE! He has ideas of a limo that stretches to where you need to go instead of walking there. He also has a invention where the levels of a floor from a building come to the person to pick them up instead of taking an elevator. Another was a bit graphic how they would have underground buildings so that the dead can also work.
I actually favored the ending of the book rather than the movie because there are never happy endings and all the loose strings are tied up. I liked how Oskar grew up and overcame so many fears he had by trying to find his dad such as bridges, subways, and flying things.
Overall this was a very good book. It was interesting to hear the point of view of a person who lost a loved one to 9/11. I just wished that Oskar would be a bit less bitter towards his mother because she is also greiving just in a different way. (less)
The book Macbeth was a 6 on a scale of one to 10. It wasnt that it wasnt a good book its just it wasnt my taste. I like adventure but not so much as t...moreThe book Macbeth was a 6 on a scale of one to 10. It wasnt that it wasnt a good book its just it wasnt my taste. I like adventure but not so much as to this type of story line. I didnt like the fact that his wife was such a terrible person and how she wore the pants in the family in the begining. I felt a little bad for Macbeth though because he was munipulated by his own wife and the profecy was forced upon him. This book showed how people can change so much, for example Lady Macbeth in the begining was crazy and towards the end of the play she felt grief for what she had done. I didnt like her from the start. Macbeth was the opposite I liked him for being so brave but when he turned into a greedy king my feelings changed. I felt this book is like a highschool. You have your different clicks which are the places and people in different kingdoms. You have the people who start rumors that one may think comes true. (the witches and Macbeth)Some characters become under the influence and scared and do as they are told even though some may not agree to the actions. (Lady Macbeth and her Husband) You have the prom queen who is so nice and popular and all the sudden she gets a zit and her life is over. (King Duncan). The runner up steps forth and battles for the title. (basically the whole book) So in the end it wasnt terrible but it wasnt my favorite. I love Shakepeare and his work with Romeo and Juliet but thats a different story. (less)
Personally i didst like Fahrenheit 451 very much. It was interesting to see how close Ray Bradbury guess was on what the future would be like. Today's...morePersonally i didst like Fahrenheit 451 very much. It was interesting to see how close Ray Bradbury guess was on what the future would be like. Today's world is similar to his hypothesis which scares me just a bit. I didn't like the whole firefighter thing about how they burn things instead of putting them out considering that my father is a firefighter. I felt as though it was "capping" on them. I thought the dog was interesting, the fact he could track down someone and kill them just like that. My favorite character was Montag because he was hesitant about books and burning them. I feel as though them burning the books because it is illegal reminds me of the movie "Footloose" and or "Field of Dreams". They burn inappropriate books and call them a "sin". It reminds me of them burning books because its illegal. My favorite part is when Montag goes and trys to make a copy of the bible to keep it around because it was one of the last bibles around. In all it was an interesting book, but it was not one that i would recommend, read again again, or not be able to put down because i enjoyed it so much.
I thought the book Anthem wasnt really my taste. It was a good book but i wasnt connected to it like other books that relative to me. There were some...more I thought the book Anthem wasnt really my taste. It was a good book but i wasnt connected to it like other books that relative to me. There were some things that i like about it, such as Prometheus and how he was different than anyone else. He likes to be alone, he has the courage greater than others to write this book and discover the cave. I loved that he stepped out of his own shoes to make a change in the world. I didnt like the "we" part because i was sooooooooo confused about all of that i didnt know when it was him alone, until he used "I" which made me happier:)
All together i would give this book a 3 out of 5. I wouldnt really read it agian.