I appreciated the different sisters’ stories and perspectives while trying to live their lives as best they could. The way the novel jumps from past to present throughout the chapters is very interesting to me. For instance, Dede was brought back to present day when speaking to the interviewer, but seemed to be “going back into the past after hearing certain things about certain people” (Alvarez 66). She would often change back and forth throughout the chapter, keeping the reader involved with what events were happening during the time. Also, when the interviewer asked questions, “Dede feels as if she cannot carry off her responsibility by talking about the terrible past” but she realizes that this is the best thing to do for her family (Alvarez 65).
What makes this stand out from the others is that as far as the reader knows, she has not done anything wrong. She also has no clue as to why people are being discriminatory towards her, hence why she has to ask her mom. What she has yet to learn is that
Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern is a young adult realistic fiction novel that is about a mental hospital where citizens come to get better. This book focuses on the character Anna Bloom and her writing to her best friend Tracy who is back home in Anna’s hometown. Anna was sent to the hospital not out of choice but by force from her parents. At the hospital is where she came across a wide range of personalities, from her crush, Justin, to a baby in the room next to her. Anna will try to cope with depression throughout this novel.
During that time in my life, I was healing from brain lesions that caused me to have slow processing speed. The public school, understandably, could not slow down its curriculum to wait for me to heal. As I read this book, I related to Melody and her struggles. Beyond that, this book taught me how to look outside of myself. It showed me that people tend to be more than they appear.
On a scale from 1-5 I rate this book a 5. I liked how the author wrote the storyline by explaining Susie’s death in the beginning not the end like what a typical author would do. For example,”My name was Salmon like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” It didn't start off by explaining her life it went straight to the main conflict, which I enjoyed.
What I didn’t really like about it, was the lack of development for their relationship. To me, it seemed that she hated his guts, then boom! He says he is able to break her mother’s curse which makes her already attracted to him. I believe the author could’ve had the two slowly open up to each other, and maybe include a few awkward moments that shows the development of their love for each other. Despite the minor setback, I could not contain my excitement and muffled my squeals with a pillow.
If you see someone struggling with something just try to help out. Also try to be kind to others because you don’t know what they are going through. What I liked about the book is when Papa came to Francisco graduation. The part of the book that i didn’t like is when Papa didn’t go to most of Francisco’s graduation’s.
To emphasizes, I choose this book for many reasons. When I got to choose a book the book that I first say was “She Went to War” and I had to write down 5 books that I wanted. That was the first book that I wanted. On the paper I had Circled,Started it and also Underlined it so many times to show that I really wanted the book. There are many things that are relatable to people.
The author writes in a serious tone for everyone. This work is significant because i really do agree
It taught me that strength and perseverance can make a significant impact in life. I also learned that forgiveness and the ability to forgive is much more powerful than I ever realized. This novel sucked me into the story and its characters and took me on an emotional ride of highs and lows. Finally, it forced me to reevaluate my previous judgement of the homeless.
Hard times are inevitable. Everyone experiences difficult times at one point or another in their life, whether it be relationship issues, failure in school or a diagnosis of a mental illness. During these times it is essential to have friends and family there for encouragement, provide an external perspective, and support. Examples of these instances can be seen in the following comics: Lighter Than my Shadow by Katie Green, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney, and “Adventures in Depression” and “Depression Part 2” from Hyperbole and a Half.
In the book Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama, many diseases present themselves and show the reader how they affect each character. Tuberculosis, leprosy, and many mental diseases take a toll on almost every character. One of the main characters, Stephen, suffers from tuberculosis and another main character, Sachi, suffers from leprosy. Along with leprosy, she suffers from depression and self-confidence issues. When one suffers from any outward image altering disease, suicide often offers itself as honorable or a way of freeing their family of the disease or other sins.
It has a ⅘ rating on commonsensemedia.org, a 4.4/5 rating on goodreads.com , and a 4.8/5 rating on dogobooks.com. It is also like by 97% of google users that voted. This shows that a lot of the people the read this book really liked it. This book is an action-packed, yet enjoyable book that can hook any reader in a heartbeat.
She has been nominated for a couple awards, including; Michael L. Printz Award, and The Edgar Award for Best Young Adult. In one of her more recent books, The Streams of Babel, she is praised for her top quality writing style. The element of literature that is superior in this novel is the multiple first person viewpoints. The multiple first person viewpoints make this novel excellent, because it never becomes boring, gives the reader more information, and helps with the development of the characters.