Monday, May 25, 2009

Reflection of my Sophmore Year

Personally I really dislike high school and can't wait to be in college. I'm ready to be around more mature people who don't start drama just for the heck of it. I hate that we have so much homework but I guess that is just part of school. Maybe next year will be better. I enjoy being around friends but there is just too much stress to handle sometimes. This year has flew by! Two more! Some people just don't know when to keep their mouth shut and can be very hurtful or annoying at times. I need this summer break.

Of Mice and Men

Shooting your best friend is the hardest thing in the world to do. Sometimes it is for the better.

George and Lennie travel together in hope of earning enough money to buy their own land and "live off the fatta the land." Lennie is a built man with the mind of a child. He does not realize how to be gentle. Lennie kills without knowing. George has taken care of Lennie for years on end. Now that Lennie has accidentally killed Curley's wife something has to be done. Unfortunately this action is very hard.

I loved this book. This book was very easy to understand and follow. The book was laid out scene by scene and very easy to understand. No missed details to leave you in the dark. I thought that what happened in the end was the best thing to do. Even though that action would definitely scar someone for life. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

House on Mango Streeet

Growing up in rough neighborhood is never any fun. Esperanza grew up in a rough neighborhood and met all sorts of people. She made many friends and then lost half of them because they all moved around.

I could not follow this book. I'm not sure why this book is required of high school students to read. I did not enjoy this book at all. It could not hold my attention. I know this book is about her life as she grew up in a rough neighborhood but truthfully it was not that interesting. It sounds like a typical neighborhood. You are always going to have bad people in the world. I would not recommend this book unless you enjoy reading about someones life in brief details.

The Giver Review

Jonas is used to everything being perfect. Until one day his whole world came crashing down. Being The Receiver of Memory is not all it is cracked up to be. Maybe being the Receiver of Memory is not that honorable at all.

The Giver is not my favorite book. I found this book really strange. I don't like the ending either. I hate being left in the dark on an ending. Lois Lowery leaves you hanging. I like to know what happens to the characters after they go through all that trouble to get there. Although I did not enjoy the book, I did find some good points. Being left in the dark is good for a little while. Controlling the environment and people's minds will not work forever. And Everybody should live their life how they want to live it. I would recommend this book because Lois Lowery has some very good and interesting points throughout the story.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Animal Farm

Talking Animals? IMPOSSIBLE!!

Animal Farm by George Orwell is a compelling story about animals who band together and overthrow their master in a rebellion.

I did not fully understand this book's parallelism with the Russian Revolution. I understood the story of the animals taking over and I enjoyed reading that but i could never put two and two together. I could not tell what was happening during the war and with the characters.

The theme I got from the story was that power corrupts people. This story is very effective and shows what happens when people or animals in this case are naive and blinded and allow someone to gradually take over and not doing anything. I recommend this book to everybody in high school and older who can understand the motive.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

My Favorite Techie Tool

My Favorite Techie Tool would have to be the blogs. The blogs provide us with an excellent way to exercise our creative writing abilities. The blogs also provide us with a way of communication with friends and family by telling the stories of our day, vacations, and memories. Also, they give us an opportunity to be recognized for our creative writing abilities by someone that may give us an opportunity to be a professional writer. Writing can relieve stress, help keep our thoughts straight, and remember what we did over the years. Kind of like an online journal. For me writing relieves stress and keeps me occupied when I have absolutely nothing to do. I really enjoy using the blogs.


Why do the good die young? In the book Anthem by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2527 has dreams of breaking the barrier of their brainwashed civilization. He knows there is more to the world than what they are being taught. Equality describes humans at the age of forty-five being the "Ancient Ones." In our society forty-five is around middle aged. Not having the will to live will drastically shorten the life of mankind.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


"A shape materialized at the edge of the meadow, just inside the shadows of the trees. I could see his body because the moonlight caught the smooth, chiseled lines of his skin.

I stopped cold. Something about this dream didn't seem right.

"You hesitate, my love?"

At the sound of Kalona's voice, a shiver passed through my body and a terrible, mocking laughter whispered through the leaves of the trees."

Zoey Redbird is not an average teenage girl. She is now a powerful fledgling and now she is being hunted by a fallen angel who is absolutely gorgeous and almost irresistible. Zoey MUST resist him. The fate of the House of Night is in her hands.

I absolutely love this series! My opinion is that this series is the new Twilight Series. With all the epic details and the vivid words are almost like a movie. I have gotten to where I don't see the words as I read this series. I see a movie. This book is the latest of the series and is absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend this series! Make sure you start at the beginning or you will get very confused!

Hunted is the fifth book in the series!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring Break!!

Disney World!! I felt like a little girl once again as I walked through the gate to Disney World. I felt as if I was a princess late to a ball walking through the legendary castle in Magic Kingdom! (and of course Will was my gorgeous Prince Charming!) At night the fireworks were absolutely amazing!

However, as a teenager, I enjoyed Universal Studios more. There were name brand stores that contained a variety of clothing which made me extremely happy! In Disney World all the stores had nothing but Mickey Mouse inventory. I think i can do without Mickey Mouse for a little while. In Universal Studios, Will and I rode the amazing Hulk roller coaster, the exciting Dueling Dragons roller coaster, and Ripsaw Falls!

I also got to meet Wills older sister Charity! I was excited! I had heard so much about her and she sounded just like me! She gave Will and me their Express Passes! So then Will, Will's nephew Baily, and I went and rode a bunch of thrill rides!! I had a blast!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Anthem Review

Anthem is quite confusing when reading the first couple of pages. When I figured out that there was no "I" in their language or thinking, the book made a little more sense to me. I both dislike and like this story. I dislike this story because of the ending. I want to know more about what they did after they found the house from the Unmentionable times. I liked this story because of Equality 7-2521's rebellion. He chose to love The Golden One even when he was not supposed to and he developed the reuse of the lightbulb which caused him to be rejected in front of the World Council. This story shows the importance of freedom and individuality. I really enjoyed Anthem by Ayn Rand.

Untamed Review

The House of Night series is my new Twilight Series, but not as intense. Truthfully I like the Twilight Series better but the House of Night series runs a close second. Zoey Redbird is a unique fledgling at the House of Night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is gifted with the affinity for all five elements, Wind, Earth, Fire, Water, and Spirit. She is very unique. No other fledgling, or a type of freshman, has every been that gifted. Untamed is the fourth book in the series, and like all of the others, is amazing. There is constant suspense and even romance. The perfect combination! I recommend this book to every girl who enjoyed the twilight series and even to the ones that did not like the series. Besides Twilight, this is the best series I have ever read.

338 pages.

Friday, March 13, 2009

To Perfect My World.....

Is there a way to perfect my world? There are several ways but the majority lies under the category of Dictatorship. I am by no means going to be a dictator. The world we live in is not perfect by any means but is better than most. I personally do not think that I could perfect this world. In order to gain Utopia there must be Dystopia. Therefore my world could never be perfect. To achieve Utopia I must overcome the Dystopia, which then could cause more Dystopia. For example, in the book Anthem by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 lived in a supposed to be Utopia. The World Council is basically a dictator who controlls everybody. They end up taking the will from people. The civilians have no will to live because they have taken their freedom and have nothing to look forward to. Eventually, when trying to overcome Dystopia, I would be taking the freedom away from the people and controlling what they can and cannot do, which is wrong! There is no way to perfect my world without it leading to dictatorship.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Kiss Review

How would you like to be a medical experiment without even knowing? Within the last week or two I have read the novel Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy. Shauna (the main character) has had a very rough life. She had a major car accident that put her in to a coma and made her brother half brain dead. When she wakes up from the accident six weeks later she cannot remember anything from the past six months! That would be awful! This book is full of suspense that never ends! I did not want to put this book down! She later finds out that her well trusted friends we actually her worst nightmares. I could not imagine finding that out for myself. On her long journey of trying to regain her memory she finds out interesting/heartbreaking/major eye-opening facts.


In the end of the book she finds out that Wayne (her supposed to be boyfriend) tried killing her in that dreadful car accident and Patrice, her dads wife, planted her car and her apartment with Ecstasy. Then told the doctors to inject some her her blood stream to make it look like the accident was all her fault. In reality, her dad's company's faculty tried to kill Shauna by hiring hit men to set up the accident. I was shocked! She ends up surviving all of her harsh treatment and finding her "true" love and getting back in the family! Happy endings are my favorite!

322 pages

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Secret Life of Bees

Love can be found in the strangest places. Lily Owens in relation to our theme "Taking a Stand" took a stand against her father and the legal system in this heartwarming story. When Lily found the house of three beekeeping sisters, that took her in like family. What Lily did not know is that they held the key to her mothers past. Her mother was killed when she was little. I absolutely loved this story. This inspired me greatly. This story also taught me that every cloud has a silver lining. Lily went through very tough times but never gave up.

Call of the Wild Review

Life just is not fair!! Living it up in the sunny Santa Clara Valley then being forced to pull a heavy sled for thousands of miles is not fair at all but Buck made the best of this adventure. Through thick and thin Buck held his ground and took stands for what he believed in even though lives were taken. I enjoyed this adventure story immensely. Some parts in this story were a little hard to understand but other than that this book was great! I am a dog lover so this story touched me in some ways. I am against animal cruelty so when Buck was abused I wanted to show the people who abused him what that felt like to be hit with a club and to see how much they liked it. Seeing the soft side of Buck come out when John Thorton took Buck in was admirable especially after being treated cruelly by other people. This showed me that even though times are tough there is always a better outcome.

Antigone Review

In this play, Antigone was denied the right to bury her brother which in Greek times was an honor and one of the very few rights women had. I really enjoyed this play by Sophocles. I admire Antigone for standing up for what she believed in. In our society today standing up for what you believe in is becoming very difficult. I also greatly admire Haemon for standing up to his father. That takes great courage. I felt sorry for Creon at the end of the play when Creon realized that he was responsible for Antigone, his son Haemon, and his wife's death and that he would carry that excruciating guilt for the rest of his life. That would be enough to put me over the edge.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Taking a Stand

In my eighth grade year I was a Stepper. Being a stepper for the most part was fun but there was nothing but drama the whole year. The older girls got to where they thought that they could boss me around and single me out because I was the littlest girl on the team and could do the moves that they could not do. When we were learning our "cowboy dance" with our cowboy hats two of the girls decided that they would criticize me on every move I made.
"Point your toes! That's not right! That turn was awful! Your jumps need to be higher!"
After a while I started to ignore them and apparently they noticed because they decided to get a little more personal with their remarks.
"Corey you need to lose weight. You won't ever get it right. You can't do your turns right because you are too fat! The only reason you have been going out with Will for a year is because you are too ugly to get another guy."
There are more comments but I cannot put them on here because of the vulgarity of some of the words. I finally asked them nicely to please stop but they continued with their comments but took them to a new level. Finally I told one of the captains and she said that she would talk to the girls then later inform Mrs. Wilson. That did not stop the comments. The girls would call me names while I was walking down the hallway and they somehow got my cell phone number and was leaving nasty voice messages. I realized that I had to stop this myself. During one of the next few practices I had one of the captains in the stalls listening to what they were telling me. I finally just yelled at them.
"This has to stop now! I don't know what you get out of making fun of me and other girls. All you are doing is trying to make yourselves look better because you are jealous of me and others. This is going to stop now! If the comments continue I will get the law involved and my uncle is a lawyer."
When I finished I walked out of the bathroom. The captain went and told Mrs. Wilson what had happened and the girls were almost expelled. The girls did not come and apologize to me but they did stop. This situation was very difficult for me. To this day I am very insecure from that incident but I am glad I made a stand because matters would have just gotten worse. Abusing people verbally is very hurtful and WRONG!!