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 .
“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.
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, 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.
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.