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I INSERTED AN INITIAL AND FINAL REVIEW TO EMPHASIZE THE EFFECT THAT THIS BOOK HAD ON ME 

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INITIAL REVIEW: This weeks book is by Patricia McCormick its called Cut, I’ve only read about 50 or so pages into the book and I don’t know if I’m the only one but I feel as though this book was made for not only me but teens in general. Its about a girl named Callie, who is seemed to be an average young teen girl but she has a secret… she cuts herself, not deep enough to kill herself but deep enough to feel the pain. Callie used to be “normal” Callie was an athlete, she ran track, and was a good student but what changed her?

“Then I place the blade next to the skin on my palm. A tingle arced across my scalp. The flood tipped up at me and my body spiraled away. Then I was on the ceiling looking down, waiting to see what would happen next. What happened next was that a perfect, straight line of blood bloomed from under the blade. The line grow into a long, Fat bubble, A lush crimson bubble that got bigger and bigger. I watch from above, waiting to see how big it would get before it burst. when it did, I felt awesome. Satisfied, finally. Then exhausted.”

Now I know what you’re thinking another book about a depressed kid seeking attention through forms of harm but listen, if you take the time to read this book I think a lot of people can relate. Callie is struggling with parental and family issues and is placed in the care of a mental facility (Sea Pines) from there she is reluctant to speak a word, and she meets other young girls struggling with there own issues ranging from substance abuse to anorexia.

Throughout the book Callie continues to remain mute, she doesn’t speak to her counselor and she starts to blame the problems in her life on herself. She smuggles sharp objects into her facility and as she starts making friends she open up and tell them the reasons for her self harm ways. Callie who is antisocial at the facility opens up to a new girl named Amanda who makes her realize that what she’s doing is affecting her. This book is definitely one for growing teens, I think a lot of them can relate to this book especially with what’s going on in society now. This book is filed with great detail which makes it easier and more of an interesting read.

FINAL REVIEW: I have to admit; this book is very emotional and for some people may be hard to read but since I have read the book Cut by Patricia McCormick (151) I feel as though this book was just as good as I initially reviewed. I liked the fact that the book portrayed her as a young teen battling a struggle and like most teens, I feel that they can relate to what she is going through.

As a teen, I know that many others struggle with all types of issues. Books like these are the ones that influence them and let them know that it’s okay to go through things and that it’ll be all right in the long run. Sometimes we are at a loss for words or options and thus it that can cause one to harm themselves or others, this story gives a good idea of how they feel and can give others a good insight. What I did like was that after Callie did decide to open up to her peers she got to really go into depth about their own problems and you get to picture how teens fighting mental and physical illnesses are alike.

One thing I did not like was that it took her so long to open up to everyone about her situation; although everyone has different feelings and it is beyond my reach to control anyone’s, I was starting to feel like the book was dragging that part along. Also, I didn’t like how the author made Callie so useless, I felt like she had a lot of potential because she was a runner and it was disappointing to see that she couldn’t make any use of herself and let her problems consume her. In my opinion the author should have portrayed her as more willing to overcome her issues rather than take so long to open up. Overall, I had no other complaints about the book.

“Sometimes when we’re in situations where we feel we’re not in control, we do things, especially things that take a lot of energy, as a way of making ourselves feel we have some power.”

-Patricia McCormick, Cut

Word count: (final review 327)

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Cut, a book written for ME…

 

41fr-dhygol-_sx344_bo1204203200_This weeks book is by Patricia McCormick its called Cut, I’ve only read about 50 or so pages into the book and I don’t know if i’m the only one but I feel as though this book was made for not only me but teens in general. Its about a girl named Callie, who is seemed to be an average young teen girl but she has a secret… she cuts herself, not deep enough to kill herself but deep enough to feel the pain. Callie used to be “normal” Callie was an athlete, she ran track, and was a good student but what changed her?

“Then I place the blade next to the skin on my palm. A tingle arced across my scalp. The flood tipped up at me and my body spiraled away. Then I was on the ceiling looking down, waiting to see what would happen next. What happened next was that a perfect, straight line of blood bloomed from under the blade.The line grow into a long, Fat bubble, A lush crimson bubble that got bigger and bigger. I watch from above, waiting to see how big it would get before it burst. when it did, I felt awesome. Satisfied, finally. Then exhausted.”

Now I know what you’re thinking another book about a depressed kid seeking attention through forms of harm but listen, if you take the time to read this book I think a lot of people can relate. Callie is struggling with parental and family issues and is placed in the care of a mental facility (Sea Pines) from there she is reluctant to speak a word, and she meets other young girls struggling with there own issues ranging from substance abuse to anorexia.

Throughout the book Callie continues to remain mute, she doesn’t speak to her counselor and she starts to blame the problems in her life on herself. She smuggles sharp objects into her facility and as she starts making friends she open up and tell them the reasons for her self harm ways. Callie who is antisocial at the facility opens up to a new girl named Amanda who makes her realize that what shes doing is affecting her. This book is definitely one for growing teens, I think a lot of them can relate to this book especially with whats going on in society now.This book is filed with great detail which makes it easier and more of an interesting read.

Word Count: 409

The Earth? Butts? and Round things…

Last week in class we started our new readings, I found a book that i was highly interested in called The Earth, My Butt & other BIG Round Things By Carolyn Mackler iv’e only read 115 pages into the book and I must say that it’s personally the best book iv’e read this year. I started reading this book years ago in Elementary school when my older sister picked it up from the library, so seeing it on the list of books I was able to read brought me so much joy.the_earth_my_butt_and_other_big_round_things_cover

The Earth, My Butt, & other BIG Round Things is about a young teen named Virginia Shreves who is at a larger weight than most her age and her hobbies include indulging herself in junk food and web surfing. She doesn’t believe that she belongs in her family because they are completely opposite. Her mom is a successful psychologist and an exercise junkie, her dad is a top executive producer, and her siblings are both slim geniuses.  She has a best friend named Shannon who has recently moved across country leaving Virginia alone and unfit in her society.

The book starts off with her and Froggy Welsh the Fourth who is a boy that attends her private school that she is routinely smacking lips with on a daily. After creating a little fling between each other feelings become immense and one thing leads to another when Froggy gives he a “feel up” and is trying to get up her shirt, leaving Virginia in panic because she doesn’t want him to see whats under her shirt (fat).

“Does “doing exactly what I want” mean not thinking about other people’s feelings? Because that’s just not the kind of person I am.

Maybe it can mean whatever I want it to mean, like taking care of myself and not letting people walk over me”
― Carolyn Mackler, The Earth, My Butt & other BIG Round Things

Despite the fact that nothing in her life is as planned nor good, there is an event in the book that turns Virginia’s world upside down. Her parents try and act like the situation is imaginary and go about it as if it never happened, which displeases Virginia and she ends up rebelling against them both which includes her secretly buying a plane ticket to see Shannon thus turning her into a purple haired, eyebrow pierced webzine creator and going across country to find a girl who turns this whole story around. I’m no spoiler but this book is really good, and i do recommend it to teenage girls especially in middle/high school.

UPDATE: CAUTION SPOILERRRRR!!

The event that turns Virginias life around is her eldest brother being accused of RAPING A GIRL! this literally changed my entire mindset of the book.. and the reason why she travels across the world is to find the girl.

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Looking For Alaska- John Green

I’ve started reading this book called Looking for Alaska by John Green, its 221 pages of pure confusion. looking_for_alaska_original_coverI honestly don’t know how to feel about the book. It hit me with so much excitement and such grief, that I’m just in awe. I’m not much of a spoiler, hence why i am partially vague but this book is DEFINITELY worth the read.

Chapter 1 (One hundred thirty-six days before) – The book begins with Miles Halter, a not so popular public school kid. His mother and father decided to throw him a going away party because hes on his way to attending the prestigious Culver Creek boarding school “to seek great perhaps” as he states. Being that Miles is not very popular not many people showed up to his party, in fact only two people showed up which left him with no surprise. This leads up to his arrival at Culver Creek where already he dreaded attending.

After settling in Miles meets his new and odd roommate, his name is Chip Martin but Colonial is what they call him. He introduces Miles to some friends hes made through his semesters at the boarding school and as instantly as he saw her Miles became infatuated with Alaska hence “Looking for Alaska”. He describes her as being the girl that

“had the kind of eyes that predisposed you to supporting her every endeavor. And not just beautiful, but hot, too, with her breast straining against her tight tank top.”

While indulging himself in mischief, cigarettes, and alcohol Miles feels as though he is welcomed in their odd little group of friends after being hazed by two Weekend Warriors (weekend stayers at the boarding school) Colonial and his crew take Miles under their wing and initiate him to their group, including him in all their festivities and pranks.

As time progresses feelings for one another increase not only between Miles and Alaska but between the group and their friendship. Learning and sharing new things about each other, they start to build trust amongst each other and the ultimate task of this is when Alaska is called to her college aged boyfriends side and her friends help her escape Culver Creek and its strict administrator. This is where the suspense fullness of the book begins! The next morning was a cruel awakening for Alaska’s friends, filled with guilt and most of all curiosity as to where Alaska has gone and why…

Word count: 405

First blog post–10 Random Facts

1). I’m afraid of people.

2). I have an addiction to the drink Ensure

3). I love milkshakes

4). My favorite animal is a Marmoset monkey

5). I love drawing but i’m not good at it

6). I’m from Naples, Florida

7). I’m very shy

8). I’m 18 years old

9). I’m a freshman in college

10). Despite peoples thoughts, my eyes aren’t naturally green

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