The Leavers (Up to page 149)

I’ve gotten to part 2 of the Leavers, and it’s gotten a lot better in the recent chapters. A few chapters into part 2, the perspective switched to someone else, and while I was confused about this at first because I thought we didn’t know who this was, it turned out she was actually Deming (Daniel)’s mom, Polly. Deming’s mom has been a bit of a mystery after the first few chapters, and getting to see some of the story from her perspective is cool. The story shows a lot about her life raising Deming and, at least so far, it looks like Polly liked to raise him. Even though it was tough, she decided to keep raising him. This is kind of confusing.

The reason this is confusing is because, in the present, Polly abandoned Deming. So, I’m gonna keep reading because I want to know if there was a real reason Polly left Deming. The book usually goes from boring to interesting and then boring again, but since it’s interesting, It’ll probably get a bit boring after I find out why Polly really left Deming, but I’m still going to finish the book.

The Leavers

I’ve gotten a couple chapters into The Leavers and im liking it. It started off slowly, but it got a lot more enjoyable in the recent chapters. I’m still at a point where the book is introducing characters, but they do it well so it’s not that boring. The book’s main character is in foster care and the story goes through his time being adopted. Throughout the story he gets used to his new life, and I like how they do that.

The Leavers

The Leavers (by Lisa Ko) starts off by telling us about Deming, who’s the main character. The book starts ten years before his mom died, and shows a moment where he and his mom were on a walk. They were just talking about stuff and laughing about things. Deming explains his relationship with his mom. He explains how he really enjoys spending time with her and how he would always try to make her laugh. It’s nice to see their relationship before she passed away. Even after that, it’s nice to see how she stuck with him .

Music Poetry: Riptide

“Riptide” by Vance Joy is a song about a guy who likes a girl and thinks about her a lot. While the guy likes her, he thinks that she’ll head down a bad path. When he sings,

“Lady, running down to the riptide
Taken away to the dark side
I wanna be your left-hand man”

it basically means that he’s worried that she’ll go down the wrong path and mess up her life. He wants to be there with her not only because he likes her but because he thinks he can keep her from messing up her life. Unfortunately, his love for her seems to become obsessive when he sings,

“I just wanna, I just wanna know
If you’re gonna, if you’re gonna stay
I just gotta, I just gotta know
I can’t have it, I can’t have it any other way”

He also seems to blame most of their relationship’s problems on the girl because of the bad choices she makes, and this convinces him that she’ll always make the wrong choice no matter what. I like how this song progresses because it shows how liking someone can become something toxic, without the person even realizing it.

Paradise, WV (Review 2)

I would say that I’m in the best part of the book. It is the climax of the book. What just happened was that all of the main characters went to investigate their father’s past. Jane went to talk to their dad about his time with the cult, then they went to talk to their grandfather about why he left Harlan as a kid. Henry went to the cult to investigate, but he got kidnapped. This is easily the best part of the book because of how much is going on and how much is revealed. I am almost done with the book, so I’ll see how it all ends soon.

Paradise, WV

Paradise, WV, by Rob Rufus, is a book about a family whose father is a serial killer, or at least, that’s what people say. His family doesn’t believe that he is a killer, and now they’re trying to prove that he’s innocent. And after a girl that Jane knows mysteriously goes missing, the family decides to investigate their dad’s case. While the main characters, Henry, Jane, and Otis (Otis is Henry’s friend), are investigating his case, the news reports Henry and Jane might have been behind the recent killing. This gets them involved in a police case investigating their dad’s case.

Racism in the Jungle Book

I liked what the Jungle Book group said about their movie. Saying that Disney showed stereotypes through their animals was good. I never really noticed how the apes might have been stereotypes of African people. Having them say that they want to be like humans is definitely a stereotype of how African people are less civilized than everyone else. I also like their points about how the jaguar might also be a stereotype. Overall, I agreed with their presentation and the points that they made.