I did not find myself to keep wanting to read this book. The author though did have some good humor at some parts. The author failed with the plot. I felt like it was all over the place. It was little stories in one big story of Calpurnia’s life.
Irony is a fickle thing. Some people can laugh at irony and its unusual and unexpected ways it can reveal itself. But to the author of the book Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, didn’t find irony to be funny whatsoever. This however did not stop him from ironically naming his book. One would think that a book with the word mercy in its title would be about just that.
In this article it does not seem to be very biased. The author is not really persuading the reader of anything, mostly informing and giving facts. In this article the thesis statement is kind of unclear. To my understanding it is how texting and driving seems to be getting worse. The author never really states exactly what he will be talking about.
To me that lack of experience was very apparent. The scenes that described the act of cutting seemed superficial. Callie’s thoughts while cutting where mainly of how good it felt. There was no exploration of the mental burdens it caused or what really pushed her to this in the first place. Cuts by Patricia McCormick really could have been a powerful book that pushed teens to seek help.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a wonderful read, however there is one major flaw that is hard to look past. Science. Science is the Achilles heel of Stevenson’s writings, as it is probably something he himself does not fully understand. Though I am mostly sure Stevenson is logical enough to understand that it is entirely impossible to split a human into two separate beings, it is my thought that even his lack of science is a bit disappointing even for the average reader. The science of Jekyll and Hyde is minimally described, if at all.
When I first read the story, it was very slow. The way it started in the first chapter did not really catch my attention, and it is also because I am not into war stories. Usually when I read books, it would immediately catch my attention, in which this book has not. Another key factor that I did not like about this book is that there should be more fighting scenes, or more experiences. A good fight scene between the soldiers and the Vietnam people would have catched all of our attention, because everyone likes a good fighting description.
To my knowledge. And back to the writing in general - poor, at best. I couldn 't take the writing seriously, because it seemed choppy and almost conversational, but not a good kind of conversational. Like a conversational with someone that isn 't telling the story well. It was like the author was trying too hard for this book to be fun and light and cute... but it just seemed silly and poorly written.
Simpson would have to wear an iron bar on his legs everyday for just a couple hours until he was 5 years old to straighten out/ strengthen his legs. He lived a very troubled childhood, in 1952 his parents separated and he along with his 3 siblings was raised by his mother and at the age of 13 Simpson joined a local gang called the Persian Warriors. With this gang he got into a fight in 1962 which put him in a Guidance Center for at least a week. Later on in his life, Simpson was able to stay out of trouble by displaying very good play on the football field. At Galileo High School, Simpson stood out and showed a ton of promise and was attracting attention from some major college football programs, but very poor grades were looming large between OJ Simpson and college football.