Au Revoir !!

Welcome back Crew! So, today is a very sad day. Some would say “Well Dom, why is it a bad day?” I would answer back BECAUSE THIS IS MY LAST BLOG POST… I know, sad right?¬†ūüė¶

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Wow, I cant believe its over already. I’ve read 5 books within the past 3¬†months of this semester. To be honest, that the most books I have EVER read in that period of time. I’m not really the type to pick up a book and read it unless theirs a lot of hype about it or my book worm bestfriend tells me about it. I’m the type to spend my free time playing viola, in orchestra rehearsals, or hanging out with my squad… never reading. But wow, books have really opened my eyes and made me experience a world outside of my own. I never really knew how exciting and quite invigorating it is. I’ve lived so many different lives in the books I have read. I’ve lived the life of a 12 year old girl trying to impress her friends. I’ve lived the life of a young autistic boy who goes on a mission to uncover who killed the mysterious dog. I’ve lived the life of a “monsterous”¬†13 year old boy on trial for murder. I’ve lived the life of a obese and illiterate 16 year old girl who¬†has been abused beyond compare.¬†IT IS SO COOL!! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to read books before in lifeeeee! From here on out ill will be reading a lot more. Is such a fun and illuminating time. Here a link to all of my book reviews this semester ūüôā

Now, I just want to take a moment to shout out my AMAZING English teacher, Professor Brown! I’ve had so much fun in¬†and English¬†class! Besides the¬†strict grading and our horrible attempts at essays and bibliography’s, I have¬†learned¬†tons. Next¬†time, ill make sure to¬†properly format my assignments.

But anyways, this is my goodbye good friends. Until we meet again this is Dom signing out, Au Revoir ūüėÄ

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‚ÄúA reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.‚ÄĚ – George R.R Martin, A Dance With Dragons

 

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Push by Sapphire

Hello Hello Hello! Welcome back classmates and people all around. This is the last assigned¬†blog of the semester and I am actually pretty sad about it. But as always, I will continue to read and enjoy my adventures in books.¬†But¬†without further do, here goes my final book review ūüôā

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I have been reading a book called Push written by Sapphire with roughly 177 pages of¬†rough life. The main character Clarieece¬† Jones (better known as Precious) is a young 16-year old African American girl who‚Äôs life isn‚Äôt treating here too well. She lives with her abusive mom, pregnant with her second child from rape of her father and still in junior high. Her first child has down syndrome and is in the care of her grandmother. Her schools notices her pregnancy and believes it will be better for her to go to a different school that can help her get her GED and graduate. There she grows a relationship with her teacher Ms. Rain who helps young women gain reading and writing skills. She makes all of her student keep a journal and write about their life which they call ‚ÄúLife Stories‚ÄĚ.¬†Throughout the novel, Precious is constantly faced with abuse from her alcoholic¬†mom who continues to kills her confidence and never allows her to be her own person. They get into many arguments and¬†her mother even dropped a tv on her…. (yeah their relationship isn’t¬†the best). But throughout the novel, Precious deals with her hard life while accepting help from the people around her like Ms. Rain and social workers. She sees learning as an escape from her rough life tries to get better everyday.

The book was pretty difficult to read due to the writing style. Saying how she is very illiterate, it is phonetically weird to read because its writing how would speak and write. It is a very graphic book in her giving indept details of her life and experiences. Following her through her physically, emotionally, and mentally abuse life, Precious is a very strong individual from what I have read Giving the rough life she is in, she continues to push for life  even though it may be hard. She has lots of dreams and big wishes like being in a BET music video, and finding her perfect light skinned boyfriend that will take her from her misery of life at home. In  the end, she continues on her life getting better at learning and starting a free life of her own.

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As most may know, Push was made into a Grammy award winning film call “Precious”. It is a fantastic film that I¬†think presents the novel fairly well. Here I embedded a trailer for anyone interested or have never seen the movie before. Enjoy ūüôā

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‚ÄúEvery blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers: “Grow, Grow”.‚ÄĚ -Sapphire

It’s Monday, lets talk about what im reading ^_^

Good morning world and everyone in it! Its about 11:16am on this beautiful Monday morning in the Sunshine State. Since it is Monday, lets talk about what i’ve been reading reading ūüôā

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For the past week, i have been reading a book called Push written by Sapphire with roughly 177 of hard life. The main character Clarieece¬† Jones (better known as Precious) is a young 16-year old African American girl who’s life isn’t treating here too well. Shes lives with her abusive mom, pregnant with her second child from rape of her father and still in junior high. Her first child has down syndrome and is in the car of her grandmother. Her schools notices her pregnancy and believes it will be better for her to go to a different school that can help her get her GED and graduate. Although at first Precious is infuriated, he counselor come to her home to help motivate her to go.There she grows a relationship with her teacher Ms. Rain who helps young women gain reading and writing skills. She makes all of her student keep a journal and write about their life which they call “Life Stories”.¬† Going though her physically, emotionally, and mentally abuse life, Precious is a very strong individual from what i can tell so far. Giving the rough life she is in, she continues to push for life¬† even though it may be hard. She has lots of dreams and big wishes like being in a BET music video, and finding her perfect light skinned boyfriend that will take her from her misery of life at home.

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Although i have only read about 80 pages of the novel, every page is a touches my heart. It makes me want to jump in the book and help Precious fight off her demons that continue to drag her down.  I have lots of care for her and am excited to see how she will end her story.

*FUN FACT* Push has been made into a Grammy Award Winning movie called Precious. Presented by famous screen writers and actors Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. It is a phenomenal Motion picture. Here¬†I left a link for the trailer of the film. Enjoy ūüôā

Depression is anger turned inward- Sapphire (3)

Until next time, this is Dom signing out. Peace

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Brave New World Book Review

Welcome back!! Dom is back at it again with yet another book review. Todays review is going to be of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. It has 259 pages of absolute creative nonsense.¬†But without¬†without further or-do, lets get into it.

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This novel was a very interesting one. Its about a group of “civilized” people who have created their own society where they mass produce babies in an assembly line and train them to¬† do anything but what their government has told them to do. The are pretty much tortured to be happy.. (well¬†the government’s term of happy). Consume a drug called “Soma”¬†to make them forget how unhappy they really are. And sex… lots and lots of sex.

 

The story follows this main character Bernard who isn’t like the rest of them. he actually had a family and came from a mother. He meets a¬†woman names Lalina who he falls in love with and tried to get her to come back with him to regular civilization. So refuses to go, so he goes alone where he meets these natives who are called “the savages”. While he is there he meets a guy named john who he takes back to London where¬†falls in love with Lalina,¬†looses his mind when his¬†mom dies and he pops a whole lot of Soma pills¬†then goes crazy. Later Bernard gets exiled while John stays¬†back because they want to know more about this experiment. After being fed up with this new system,¬†John locks himself in a lighthouse tower to try to separate himself from the rest of this weird group of civilization. While in the lighthouse, he begins to beat and torture himself. While doing so a guy sees him torturing himself and takes a picture and tells everyone in civilization.¬†Everyone¬†comes over, including Lalina,¬†to see what they cant believe. While they are there¬†John sees Lalina and begins to call her dirty names and starts to beat her with the whip. As the crowd sees this they get¬†super anxious¬†and horny and¬†begins to pop their “happy pill” and start¬†screaming “Orgy Porgy”. One thing leads to another and everyone in the crowd begins to have a gigantic orgy .After that night Jon realizes there is nothing he can do to change the world he lives in, so he hangs himself to take way his misery.

 

“Christianity with out tears”- Huxley(210)

The book brings to part a question of if it is better to be free or better to be happy. We see this question through John who got to live both the civilized and uncivilized world where he is pretty much hates both. His emotions and love get the best of him which causes him to take his life in the end. Being what the whole “brave new world” was supposed to save them from. To live according to the government rules and get strung out on drugs so you wont feel the pain of a real life although both words pose their own problems. This shows how their is no perfect world and no one lives a perfect life, but if you can be happy in what your in, that is all that matters…. well atleast that’s what I got out of it. Let me know what you guys think about the happy vs. free debate. Until next time, peace. -Dom

*Fun sidenote* I was doing a little research of the novel and apparently there was a TV production made back in 1980. Which I though was really cool, so here I added the link to the 3-hour long production. It is a little lengthy, but it is a pretty cool.

 

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Am I a Monster?

Welcome back crew! It’s another Monday here in Florida, so that means it time for another book review. As some of you might know from my IMWRYR post, the book I have just finished is Monster by Walter Dean Myers. So lets go talk about that ūüôā

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First off, I just want to point out this book was probably the most realistic, emotional, heart felt book I have read.

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Although yes, it is a narrative fiction, it is based off of real stories and its so true-to-life. Monster was a great read. The books is about a young 16 year old boy named Steve Harmon¬†who is on trial for¬†the murder of a corner store clerk while in the midst of a store robbery. While on trial, Steve keep a person journal to white down his experiences while being in jail, and also writes a screen play. He is presented my his¬†defense attorney ¬†named¬†O’Brian, who is trying to help the jury see him as a¬†person and not a “monster” that they and other people see him as.¬†The novel is written all in the eyes of Steve and we live his life along with him.

*From here on out, I will be talking about the ending of the Novel which could spoil it for readers. But it is a big moment that deserves discussing*

I have¬†many love-hate feelings about the conclusion. It was¬†a great moment in the novel to read that Steve was found innocent when faced with¬†a 25 years to life sentence for 1st¬†degree murder.¬†But as he stands in joy and goes to hug his defense attorney, she turns away and leaves Harmon with his arms wide open to embrace and empty hug. At that moment all that Harmon has been working for was completely tossed in the trash by the one person who was supposed to be the number one person on his side. Through out the novel all Steve’s goal was, yes to not be seen a guilty in the court, but no to be seen as a monster in the eyes of the people. It hurt me. It made me think, wow, not even someone who is paid to fight and believe you 101%, will still see you as the “monster”. Here I bring in a short clip of Walter Dean Myers¬†discussing the novel.¬†He talks about how the novel stirred up so¬†much passion, and the ending is what was meant to¬†shake the readers. And how the ending isn’t always predictable and pretty, and I think he expressed that in a great way. It¬†builds sentiment and emotion¬†that I believe everyone could experience¬†in the novel.

I just wanted to do the right thing. You know, like a good citizen. (4.57) – Steve Harmon

 

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Happy Monday and Happy Presidents Day!! Its your girl Dom back at it again with a quick review on my book for the week. So lets hop to it.

As you all may know by now, i love children’s literature. Theirs a lot of great things to be learned in those writings. So this week I’m and reading Monster by the award wining writer Walter Dean Myers. In this writing Walter gives us street realness.

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I haven’t gotten very far in the novel yet, just a couple chapters deep, but what i have read has been absolutely mind boggling. The main character Steve Harmon is a tough 16 year old boy from Harlem, who gets caught up in the gang life. Caught up in the trouble of the streets, he get 25 years in prison and it is everything but a dream for him. Steve begins to write this novel about his experience in jail and he calls it “Monster”, which is what the prosecutors call him.He quickly relives that jail isn’t for him. Its not a fantasy or dream, its real. In the first chapter he witnessed an inmate get bashed in the face with a lunch tray. It turns into a blood fest and the guards come in and calls order. Jail is like bad reality show that no one should ever enlist them self in.

 

 

Just from the first couple chapter i have read, i am super excited to finish the novel and see what our Monster goes through next. But that’s all for today folks, those are my thoughts and i hope to see you back here next week when i do a compete book review. See ya next week -Dom

It’s funny, but when I’m sitting in the courtroom, I don’t feel like I’m involved in the case. It’s like the lawyers and the judge and everybody are doing a job that involves me, but I don’t have a role. (5.2) -Steve Harmon

 

Who killed the dog??

Ayye yooo! Welcome back to the blog. Its been a small minute since¬†my¬†last blog book review, so here I am, back with another ūüôā

So, as some of you know in my last review I talked about my thoughts on the¬†Judy Blume novel “Are You There God Its Me Margarett“. So, I thought to my self, “hey Dom! You should totally continue on this children’s novel journey you’ve started, because children are so imaginative and¬†interesting .”¬†So, in this weeks book review i’m going to be discussing my thought and feelings on¬† Mark Haddons 221 page¬†novel of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime“. Little did I know, there was a Broadway production of this novel which made me want to read the book even more! It got many great reviews and according to¬†Ben Brantely of the New York Times,¬†it¬†was¬† “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway.” Sadly, the production was back in 2014, but the reading of the novel itself fully complied with the critics quote of the Broadway showing.

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(p.s. here I added a short clip of the productions from the 2015 Tony Awards Show)

This reading is about a smart, young 15-year-old boy named Christopher John Francis Boone who discovers the body of his neighbors poodle Wellington on their front lawn with a golden fork through it.¬†Being a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, he takes it in his hands to become the¬†detective and¬†uncover the mystery of who killed the dog.¬† Christopher¬†(who I like to call¬†Chris for short)¬†lives with autism, but despite his disorder uses his smart brain to try and crack the mystery that he made his own. While trying to uncover this mystery, he begins to come across many secrets between his parents and neighbors. As you go throughout the story, it reveals that its not really about the incident of the¬†murdered dog, but a story of Christopher’s life and how his thoughts and mind processes¬†with autism.

Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk. -Christopher Boone (5.2)

Haddon does a great job writing the novel to help us as reader really get in tune with our characters brain and to feels and¬†what he is experiencing.¬†It makes the novel somewhat harder to read and ¬†understand¬†due to the writing style being¬†in the first person narrative of Chris. But is all worth it because it adds an extra level of dept and emotion. The plot of the novel was very well written and in my eyes very dramatic. It goes from a smaller issue of the murdered dog to a much bigger and significant issue that Chris unfolds in his trail of¬†investigation. I don’t want to give away and spoilers and big plot twist, but I will say this book is a must read. #RollerCoasterOfEmotions

 

 

But those were my thoughts on this weeks novel. I hope you all enjoyed and stay tuned for the next book review coming soon ūüôā

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