This topic is really important. Most TV shows, books, and movies show that everything has a happy ending, but not every story has a happy ending. In the book we are reading, A Monster Calls, Conor’s mum isn’t doing well and her treatments aren’t working how they wanted them to. So Conor’s dad says “Son,” his father said, leaning forward. “Stories don’t always have happy endings.” I think that Conor’s dad is preparing him for the worst outcome, although there is a chance for Conor’s mum to survive, the chance is slim to none. And he needs to make sure he’s making every day with his mum last.
Belief is very important. The dictionary says belief means an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. We have believe every day and it can be a small thing like believing that you can get through a school day, but we are always believing something. To stay true to your beliefs, you have to have hope and courage to believe in yourself and in others. In the book, A Monster Calls, Conor believes that his mum is going to pull through, and beat her cancer, but I think that he knows deep down that she isn’t going to make it.
Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Hepler- Page 22
Context: The book has just started but we know that Piper works at a candy shop and she loves it. She works with all her friends and she it seems like the perfect job. Piper has a friend from her swim team named Charlie and he is actually so sweet. You find out a lot about Charlie in this chapter.
Quote: ” We sit there looking out at the lights of the city and the handful of stars you can see from in town. “How was your trip?” I ask finally. “Okay,” he says. “Okay? What about all those California girls you were talking about before you left?” “Well, that part was pretty good.” He says “Heartbreaker,” I say. Charlie puts up his hand. “No hearts were broken.” “How was it with your mom?” I ask. “Weird,” He says. Charlies dad and mom split up at the end of last summer and his mom moved out to California. This was his first trip to see her. “Weird how?” I ask. “Just weird seeing her without my dad, you know?” I nod. I’m familiar with that kind of weirdness, having lived through my mom’s two divorces. “Tell me it gets easier,” he says. I can’t see his face in the darkness, but I can hear the sadness in his voice. “It gets easier,” I say, but can’t fully muster any conviction. It took me a long time to get used to seeing my mom with Beau and it’s never been easy seeing her without him.
This made me think: Although I personally have never had to expirence the splitting up of two parents, I have seen so many close family friends go through it. It’s not easy to go through and it takes time. And with Pipers expirence she had got close to two father figures in her life, and they left.
Book I read: Love? Maybe. By Heather Hepler, it was 267 pages and its genre is realistic fiction.
How the book started: The book started with us getting to know the main character piper and her past. We learn that the reason she can’t be in a committed relationship is because she watched her mothers two marriages fail. And her two father figures where taken away from her at the snap of a finger. She really did think that the fathers from her mothers two failed marriages loved her, but they just left. Because of this piper has this fear of rejection, unbeknownst to her, she tends to push people away when she starts getting close to them because she thinks that she’ll be hurt again, just like when her father figures left her. So this means no boys. And her friends aren’t going to let her be single forever, so they give her a little push.
How things get complicated: Things get complicated when Piper lands a date with her dream man, her forever crush. What will she do? Will she push him away like every other romance that she has or will this one last?
What I liked: I really liked that the story brought up real issues that teens today are dealing with. The author told the story about Pipers family so descriptively that I could almost picture myself in her shoes.
What I disliked: This book had absolutely no drama, I felt like there wasn’t really a climax to the book. This made the book really hard to get through. It really lacked the spice that I was looking for unfortunately.
Would I recommend this book: No, I don’t think so. With the first book that I read this term it was almost like I couldn’t put it down, I didn’t want to stop reading, but this book lacked that intriguing sense to it which was disappointing. It was just too neat for me, when you read a book, you want to read about the drama and all the things that go on with the character, but you don’t really get that in this book.
Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Hepler- Page 103
Context: Piper Paisley does NOT like Valentines Day, just because she was born on the day doesn’t mean she has to like it. Until she gets a boyfriend and everything changes, then he breaks up with her. Although Piper is hurt, she doesn’t let that get to her. The next day, she goes to swim, and she drinks this nasty smoothie that her friends coach said to try, it was terrible. Absolutely horrendous. Kale in a smoothie, NOT an good idea. So piper ends up getting sick, and coach has a rule, one person gets sick, they get released out of swim practice early, 2 people get sick practice ends immediately and the ones who get sick have to clean up the mess. At least Piper wasn’t alone right? WRONG she sees her ex boyfriend already flirting with another girl. This makes Piper sick to her stomach… again. Until Ben Donovan came over and saved the day.
Quote: “Ben looks over to where Peter is still flirting with the blonde. “He’s really broken up about you guys,” he says I shake my head and hide a smile, both because he’s being so nice to me and because Ben Donovan actually noticed I was going out with peter.”
This makes me think: Piper likes Ben Donovan and he seems like a really big deal. He’s being really nice to Piper after the whole ‘Peter break up’. That’s a very big move for Donovan because he is surrounded by his friends and teammates and he still chooses to talk to her because he knows that she’s probably hurt by Peter bouncing back so quickly.
The book I read: Two Summers by Aimee Friedman, it was 355 pages, and the genre is fiction.
How the book started: The main character is named Summer Everett. Summer’s parents are divorced, her mom lives in the United States and her dad lives across the world, and she’s trying to get used to her parents being a whole ocean apart. Right before school gets out, Summer gets an email from her dad asking her to come to France for the summer and celebrate her 16th birthday. After much pleading and lots of the silent treatment Summer finally talked her mom into letting her go. When the book begins she has a lot of excitement and she arrives at the airport. She starts to doubt her decision to go to France, but it’s only really the beginning to an crazy adventure.
How things got complicated: Summer is about to board her plane when she gets a call from a restricted number, she has to make a decision on weather or not to answer the call, this will decide whats in store for the summer ahead. Because this decision has a large impact, and the storm outside, the call splits her world into parallel worlds. Now she gets to spend her summer both in America and in France.
What I liked: The book truly showed that things sometimes don’t work out the way we want them too. And yes we get mad and irritated but sometimes we have to roll with the punches to make the best memories. These are the memories that you never forget.
What I disliked: Although the book was good, it was a little confusing having Summer in both France and America. And also the story line for the moments in America and in France were almost exactly the same, which could get boring at times but other then those critiques the book was absolutely amazing.
Would I recommend this book?: 100% yes. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something a little different. This is the first book I’ve ever read where the main character can travel from one place to another to live her perfect summer. I just find this book very intriguing and hard to put down which I liked about it.
Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Hepler-Page 169
Context: “They managed to get out a couple of fake how-do-you-dos before they both started laughing. Charlie said they used to swim together. Jeremy amended that.”
In their words: verb (used with object)
to alter, modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from (a motion, bill, constitution, etc.) by formal procedure:Congress may amend the proposed tax bill.
to change for the better; improve:to amend one’s ways.
to remove or correct faults in; rectify.
verb (used without object)
to grow or become better by reforming oneself:He amends day by day.
In my words: To change or rephrase something to make more sense or to correct someones mistake.
Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Helper- Page 179
Context:“Did you pop them? I ask, knowing that they like to run around and torment each other with the threat of the sudden, loud noise of a popping balloon.”
In their words: verb (used with object)
to afflict with great bodily or mental suffering; pain:to be tormented with violent headaches.
to worry or annoy excessively:to torment one with questions.
In my words: To tease or cause someone to suffer physically or emotionally.
I really do think that dads are portrayed very unfairly in stories. I know that I have a great relationship with my dad and I am glad that I do. In most books, the dad is either dead, remarried, or just rude. But not all real life dads are like that. Obviously you have the occasional horrible dad story, but its not how all dads are. In the book our class is reading, A Monster Calls Conors dad is visiting Conor from America. Conors dad is remarried and has a baby at home. This easily distracts him from being with Conor fully. You can tell that he is trying his best but Conor is making it really hard on him, and I can’t blame him. I think that Conor feels betrayed, like he just left and forgot about him. I know I would so I don’t think that Conors dad is an absolute jerk, but he still has some room to improve as a dad to Conor.
Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Helper-Page 100
Context: I close my eyes. She finds my hand under the blanket and squeezes it. Her fingers are cold against mine.”You don’t have to,” she says. “after all this time, he can’t really enforce visitation.
In their words: verb (used with object), en·forced, en·forc·ing.
to put or keep in force; compel obedience to:to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
to impose (a course of action) upon a person:The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force:to enforce one’s rights as a citizen.
to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon:He enforced his argument by adding details.
In my words: To force someone to do something or obey.