Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The "Great" Dream

Hello! I honestly haven't had much time to read due to the busy schedule I have with my extra curricular activities but I have been reading 20 minutes in class during independent reading time. Upon the rough schedule I have, I try to at least 15 minutes before I go to bed and sometimes even more if I'm enjoying the book and want to know what will happen next. Within a course of a couple of weeks, I have been reading a non fiction book called When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and have started my AP book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


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SPOILER

The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway about Daisy and his next door neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Daisy and Gatsby had fallen in love before she had met her husband Tom but they could not get married because Gatsby was not rich enough for such a wealthy woman like Daisy due to being stationed at a camp. After he is released from the camp he is able to provide for himself and become wealthy to get Daisy back.

Throughout the book, Gatsby tries to overcome his past of being poor in New York City and succeeds in the "American Dream" by being able to afford "a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thing beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden"(Fitzgerald 5). Everyone talks about the American Dream as being very famous and rich but thats not what reality is. Most foreigners think that everyone in America live life the easy way with a luxurious lifestyle but there are a lot of people who live ordinary lives. In the story, Fitzgerald uses the green light as a symbol to portray Gatsby's hopes and dreams for his love life with Daisy. As Gatsby is sitting on a dock he "glances seaward--and distinguishe[s] nothing except a single green light, minute and far away"(Fitzgerald 21). He is reaching for something that is too far out of his reach but something that he can imagine. Gatsby never ending love for Daisy makes him continue to strive for his wealth through hard work and determination.




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Don't Get Exposed...

Hello! I have been reading much more than I actually thought I would read outside of school. I finished my first book of the second semester, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. With having to be on the course everyday and missing a lot of school because of my extracurricular activities, it is hard for me to find time outside of school but I try to anyways. Even though I read 20 minutes in class everyday, personally, it is not enough for the book I am currently reading. As of now, I am finishing 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher with less than 50 pages left and enjoying it very much. It is about a teenage boy who comes home from school one day and finds a box of cassette tapes made by Hannah Baker who killed herself and the tapes are about the 13 reasons why she decided to commit suicide.



Throughout the book, Hannah Baker blames her reason of suicide to the people who impacted her life in different ways. As Hannah is introducing her audience to the tape she says "Betrayal. It's one of the worst feelings" (13). This quote portrays how Hannah felt when she was exposed by one of her friends she wrote a tape about. I personally agree with Hannah Baker and can relate to her in many ways because I have been betrayed before. Whenever someone "reveals" your secret to other people, it does not feel good at all because usually it's one of your insecurities. Also once you've been exposed, everyone starts rumors about you and your whole world just turns upside down. After I've been betrayed once in middle school, I learned to never trust people no matter who they are under any circumstances because whoever they are they have a high chance on telling other people around them and not keep it to themselves.




Friday, April 7, 2017

Tracing Grace...

Hi! My name is Grace Cho and I'm a sophomore at Hebron High School. Whenever I'm not at home doing homework or have any free time, I am stuck on the golf course or range hitting tiny golf balls with a metal stick. Yeah, I know it sounds lifeless because that's what I thought in the beginning too but once you start going out on the field that's where all the fun begins! As a reader, I have a very slow pace of reading and comprehending what I read. I personally do not find myself attracted to reading but when I find a book that's interesting I am eager to finish the book in no time. I usually only read genres of books that relate to romance or humor but I intend to try and read more classics.

This nine weeks, my goal is to read at least 5 books which includes an AP book. Currently, I am reading 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and also watching the show on Netflix which helps me comprehend the story with the visuals that the show portrays. Throughout the year, I have mostly read young adult fiction books and some non fiction books. In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park was a great book that I could relate to and go through the journey of Yeonmi Parks escape through North Korea. For the duration of this semester, I plan on reading more classics and genres that are out of my comfort zone such as Looking For Alaska by John Green, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, and books from the AP book list that I haven't decided on which titles to read yet. Therefore, I would really like to make reading a new habit for the rest of my life because as everyone says, reading broadens your knowledge.