How much of yourself are you truly willing to destroy in order to survive? And o Rhyanne Lynch January 18,2012 Period 2
“Tricks” by Ellen Hopkins Review
How much of yourself are you truly willing to destroy in order to survive? And once you have made these decisions, will you ever be the same? After dwindling down to nothing, and realizing there is no one to save you, what would you do? Most could never imagine having to answer such drastic questions, but for five teenagers, these are questions they have asked themselves before.
In the novel “Tricks” by Ellen Hopkins, descriptive and realistic scenarios are portrayed about real life situations that teenagers are faced with everyday, regardless of whether others want to think so. Five young adults begin to understand the consequences of certain actions. Eden, Seth, Whitney, Ginger, and Cody lead completely different lives, filled with all types of people, but somehow all end up with the same occupation: turning tricks. For a few, this was there own decision- wanting to leave their miserable life behind, while for others it was their only shot at survival.
Eden, a young preachers daughter is a poster child- sweet and understand, who has just found her first love. But, when her parents find out about her secret romance, she is immediately sent to an asylum for troubled teens. She feeling betrayed by everyone except the one she loves, does everything in her power to escape.
Seth was a seemingly ordinary teenage boy to the common eyes. But kept a secret hidden inside himself that not even he wanted to admit. Being gay was not something he wanted, espicially sense his mother had just died and his father would never forgive him- nor would God. All he wanted was acceptance, and realized he could only find it in men online.
Ginger, however, had an extremely hard upbringing. Having a drug addict as a mother, she was forced to raise her younger brothers and sisters with only the help of her grandmother. Until one day, one of her mothers “friends” rapes her and claims it was her mother who was the one selling her own daughter for drugs. She knew it was time to escape; with the help of her best friend/girlfriend Alex, the two runaway to Las Vegas,
Cody was a normal teenager until after coming home one day, to finds his step dad had stage four stomach cancer. Within a few weeks his idol was dead and all that were left in remembrance were medical bills. In an attempt to help with family finances, Cody begins to play online poker, and quickly becomes addicted. Realizing he is more in debit then before, he turns tricks in order to make fast cash.
Whitney, a rebellious teenager who had problems with her mother, met an older man at the mall who she seemingly fell “in love” with. After running away with him, Whitney begins to realize her lover is not the person who she though he was. Though by then he had addicted her to heroin, so it was not an issue when he would come and go, hit her, or sell her to men on the streets.
Life is full of things that one person could not expect for themselves, and for these unfortunate minors, their unexpected was unimaginable. Delineated through the eyes of a young individual, Ellen successfully creates situations in which there is no happy ending. ...more
Rhyanne Lynch January 23, 2012 Period 2 “Perfect” Review Sex. Sexuality. Deprivation. Desperation. Abuse. Abandonment. The pursute of complete and udderRhyanne Lynch January 23, 2012 Period 2 “Perfect” Review Sex. Sexuality. Deprivation. Desperation. Abuse. Abandonment. The pursute of complete and udder perfection is a very messy one with many turns and tricks. Hopkins positively describes the true emotions and feelings of confused individuals and explaining perfect as an expectation you hold to yourself, not one someone holds for you. The saying “Went looking for perfection, got lost.” comes to mind when reading Ellen Hopkins enthralling book, “Perfect”. in her book, Hopkins does a great job of explaining the thought process of a confused, unappreciated teenager.
Many people go searching for perfection, and in that frantic search completely loose themselves. This happens to be the case for Kendra, who’s light blond hair and crystal blue eyes have gotten her everywhere she’s wanted to go, so far. Competing in beauty pageants since she was a little girl, she has always been aware of the way she looks; but her mirror no longer suits her expectations. Too fat at 5”10 and 120 pounds, Kendra is constantly dieting (a.k.a not eating).
Cara to all of her friends at school, is the popular “it” girl. With a great body, pretty face, and hot boyfriend, you would think she had everything. But she would argue she has the exact opposite. Never really understanding what love is has frusturated her her entire life- having a boyfriend who “loves you” can only mean so much to a girl who was raised by a mother who never even smiled in her direction; a cold woman with no compassion for anyone, only selfishness. As if these challenges aren’t enough for one girl to handle, Cara is faced with another when meeting an amazing girl and begins to question her sexual preferences.
Sean has got it all- a pretty girlfriend, Cara, who he loves, nice guardians, and since starting steroids, an awesome bod. But without realizing, Sean’s life had actually begun to spiral. Cara was distant and hanging out with a girl more than him, his uncle kept saying he was worried about him, and he began needing more and more steroids to keep up with his expectations.
Andre, an extremely wealthy black guy, has the whole world going for him. Connections to all colleges, creativity, smarts, and experienced. But what he really wants in life is to not be a banker, or a doctor, politician, or a broker, but an artist. Andre must decide whether to follow his dreams and face his parents, or do as he’s been told.
Though none of these teenagers had very similar lives, they all learned important life lessons in what the true definition of perfect is- perfect through their own eyes and no one else’s. ...more
In the book The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, seventeen year old Katniss Everdeen makes a life changing decision when volunteering to take her si In the book The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, seventeen year old Katniss Everdeen makes a life changing decision when volunteering to take her sister’s place as tribute in the yearly hunger games. In the story, the United States of America is destroyed and all that is left is Panem. Inside Panem there are twelve districts and one Capitol. The Capitol is head of all districts, and when the twelve rebelled against the capitol seventy five years ago, the Capitol created the “Hunger GameS” a tournmenting festival where children are brutally murdered by other children in an effort to thrive and become the single “victor” or survivor. Katniss goes in place of her twelve year old sister in order to save her life and embarks on a life changing/traumatizing journey. When portraying this story, the author uses imagery, strong characterization, and unrealistic realistically descriptive situations to bring the story together.
In the novel, Suzanne uses many techniques in order to creatively bring her characters and situations to life. Throughout the whole book (and the sequel) she places great imagery. At one point in the story, Katniss is in the woods filming promos with her camera crew as slogans against the capitol when Mockingjays begin to sing the song her father used to sing about a murder who was hung and how he begged for his lover to kill herself for them to forever be together. When reading this scene, you can see the tall oak trees and millions of shadows peering through the leaves onto the group. The realization of hundreds of birds above her head, the uneven, soft dirt underneath her feet. Suzanne makes the scene come to life; and even though its not a completely vital scene in the story, it adds definition and makes it all around a more interesting one.
In addition to good imagery, Collins also uses extremely strong characterization. In most novels, you learn bits and pieces for a characters’ personality. However, in The Hunger Games, you learn the most vulnerable, self conscious, and determined parts of Katniss. By the middle of the book, before explicitly reading it, it is easy to determine the decisions that she will make based on her mind set and personality. This attribute brings the character more to life than any other I have read about. Collins also uses a regular amount of characterization with the other characters making it clear that the story is mainly about Katniss Everdeen and her great struggles.
Though based on human characters and reactions, The Hunger Games is very much so fiction. The entire continent drowning only leaving a small portion left and the ability to only have twelve districts that would properly supply the population the the necessities to survive. However, Collins makes all of the situations out to be realistic. No “miracle, magical” things happen, but you’re still transported to an alternate universe when reading. Katniss embarks on many life altering journeys that jeopardizes the lives of her loved ones and all of the districts.
In the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a young seventeen year old girl must put her life on the line in order to save the ones she loves, herself, and thousands of others. The author in this story uses descriptive imagery, strong characterization, and unrealistic realistically acceptable situations in order to very creativly portray her and her struggles. ...more
What do you do, when the whole world is out to get you, and the only way to stay alive is to fight back? In the sequel to the Hunger Games, Catching FWhat do you do, when the whole world is out to get you, and the only way to stay alive is to fight back? In the sequel to the Hunger Games, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is a creatively engineered book that immediately re-captures the reader’s attention to the point that it is very difficult to put down. Collins uses creative syntax, emotional plots, and positive references from the first book to bring the story even more to life than ever.
At this point in her life, Katniss Everdeen is beyond determined. After winning the games and still being a target of aggression, she begins to live out her life without purpose, unsure of what to do with herself now that her family is safe. Until she’s thrown back into the games. Collins in these stressful parts of Katniss’s life uses creative syntax to portray the feelings behind the curveballs that are thrown at her. When told that she was going to be in the “Quarter Quell” (another Hunger Games) you can implicitly tell from the way that the author portrays the news that Katniss is completely emotionally stunned. Collins properly gives life to her characters through simply her sentence structures.
When reading Catching Fire, the reader is thrown through an arena of emotions. After already living through the terror of the first traumatizing Hunger Games the reader is transported back to that same emotion when realizing with Katniss that she is about to embark on another nightmare. Collins uses a unique twist in the second story by almost mirroring the first story. Instead of a peaceful outcome when everyone is happy, Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, must once again fight for her life, the lives of the ones that she loves, and the lives of complete strangers.
When living through the second story, it is easy to notice the constant reference to the first Though still different in many ways, the two stories creatively combined to make a very life-like situation. Constantly remembering memories of the second Hunger Games, the people she loved, and her conflicting emotions about Peeta from the very beginning captures the reader’s attention. It is intriguing because through the two books, Collins has showed how Katniss grows from a rebellious teenager, into a determined strong woman.
Through difficult times and unforgetable situations, Katniss and Peeta defy the odds by breaking free from the gruesome routines of Panem and the horrors that await them every year. While reading this story, you will experience a wide range of emotions starting with the reentering of the games, the strange friendships that arise, the break out of the rebels, the capturing of Peeta, and the destruction of District 12. Suzanne identifies you emotionally with the character and situations by using strong syntax, creative plot, and necessary references to the first book....more