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Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
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Nov 21, 10

Read in November, 2010

Katherine Bald
Book Review #6
Romaniuk/Moyer
November 30, 2010
Run, Run, As Fast As You Can:
You Can’t Catch Me I’m Annie
The book Heartbeat, by Sharon Creech, is an amazing book about taking responsibility and believing in yourself. As the book is told through Annie’s eyes she discovers that she is in control of her options and that people can’t tell her what to do, however they can still persuade her. The book is set in present times and is expressed through poetry. Overall I give Heartbeat four out of five stars because of the way the author built a bond between Annie and the reader. Also the way the author made me think about myself in Annie’s situation. In the book Heartbeat there are so many reasons why I connected with Annie how ever these are the most important: sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me, practice makes perfect, when you escape from the world it is through something that you love.
One thing that Annie learned through the book was that she was hurt by words. “I felt as if I was weightless and free as I lunged for the bench reaching it one slim second before Max and then we hunched over huffing and he says That’s a little better pace this time Annie, I tried not to let it get to me, but it did”(115). As the quote shows above shows it is clear that Annie has trouble controlling her emotions. As I continued to read


the book I saw that she lashed out a lot. My point is that Annie was more sensitive to words then anything else.” I couldn’t hold it in, I slugged him hard” (115). This is how
Annie delta with the problem, by punching Max. As we learn latter on she did it because she was mad that he criticized her after he complains about every little thing. She was sick of him being a hypocrite and shows it in a violent way, however it wasn’t intentional.
Secondly, many people disagree when they say practice makes perfect, but not for Annie. “Drawing an apple a hundred times sounds boring said Kaylee, I disagree( in my head) to me it sounds fun”(108). In Annie’s art class their teacher made them pick an apple and keep it for a hundred days, each day they would draw the changes in the apple and there skills have changed. Throughout the book you see how dedicated Annie is to practicing and learn.
In times of trouble, Annie escape the world by running. “I love running and the way it makes me feel”(147). Annie can’t go a day without running and the reason is because it is the way she can clear her mind when she is to distracted. To Annie running is her oasis, her comfort, her haven.” And when I go home I’ll fling off my shoes and flee for the pond and I will run”(113)
In the book there are so many reasons why I connected with Annie how ever these are the most important: sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me, practice makes perfect, when you escape from the world it is through something that you love. Many times I try to escape situations by singing or writing, almost how Annie


does with running. One day I got yelled at by a teacher for no reason, so I came home and wrote a letter that was never sent to that teacher. It got all my anger out without hurting
anyone. On thing that I learned was that poetry can capture a moment and feeling in a particular way that you will always remember.
Overall, I worked very hard on this book report I spent ALL of Sunday working on it I was determined and wanted to make sure that I didn’t have to do it during Thanksgiving break. I also made a book plan so I could finish the book on time which I reached. Reading this book was hard because it was all poetry, however it presented a challenge that I was more then willing to take. If I had more time I would have worked more on my topic sentences. I would have also made the time to figure out how to print double sided. I believe who ever is grading this paper will see that I worked hard on it and will give me an honest grade.


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