Hana Kimi

Posted by on Mar 11th, 2010 from
2010
Mar 11

It has been said that when a person is in love, they would give everything for the other, including themselves and everything to make their other happy. The title, Hanazakari No Kimitachi E, means “For you in full blossom;” so to say one person giving everything they could for another, due to love. Mizuki Ashiya is infatuated with Sano Izumi; which is defined as someone thinking they are in love when it is indeed just a like for another. Of course, the infatuation you have for a person can be transformed into what we call love; although only after having the opportunity to get to know and connect with them.

When Mizuki made the decision to cut off her hair, change her appearance, and move to Japan, she had no idea that her relationship with famous High Jump Athlete, Sano Izumi, would turn into anything more than friendship, even though she hoped it would. The reason for that being: Mizuki looking like a boy, and attending an all boys school; where no one could find out she was really a girl. Throughout the series, Sano becomes protective of Mizuki because of her secret that she is a girl; not to mention falling in love with her. Mizuki also falls in love with Sano, but the catch is that neither can tell each other for fear of Mizuki having to leave if her true identity becomes known. This is referred to as a secret love; when two individuals love each other, but the fact isn’t known by others, and sometimes even themselves.

The term “love” can be referred to many different feelings, but most of them are merely just feelings that have been confused with love. Hisaya Nakajo writes such an intricate storyline, that it leaves you with almost no doubt that what Sano and Mizuki are feeling is what some people refer to as true love. True love has been described as being your soul’s recognition of it’s counterpoint in another being; your soul being an eternal part of you, although separate from your body in existence. The soul has been deemed essential to consciousness, personality, mind, spirit, and self. The fact that your soul is connected to every aspect of your life also includes it in being the one to recognize who, when, and how you will “fall” in love.

When people say that you “fall” in love, it is merely a metaphorical term to describe the feeling. Really how it happens is that you grow into love, after you try to have a connection with that person, and learn about them. Throughout all the time that Mizuki and Sano spend together from being roommates, a special relation thrives between them that none other could share. By getting to know each other, they are able to connect on an entirely different level than they would have been able to if they had just “hung out” from time to time. Although Sano and Mizuki love and care for each other, Sano’s best friend Nakatsu Shuichi grows to love Mizuki as well; posing a problem and a tedious love triangle for all three.

If you like books filled with love, humor, and difficult life decisions, than I highly recommend Hana Kimi. It has a storyline filled with sweet sensitivity, as well as chances to make the wrong or right choice. Although it is meant to be more of a love story than a life changing tale, I feel as though it has changed me. Other than just changing my fandom and genre types I enjoy, Hana Kimi has also converted the way I feel about others. Sano and Mizuki’s twisted tale of hidden love is by far one of the most charming relationships I have come across in books, and it deserves to be known by far more than those who are already aware of it.

Twilight and New Moon

Posted by on Mar 30th, 2009 from Scripts
2009
Mar 30

After reading New Moon by Stephanie Meyer I have a load of interesting events that I found influenced me in a certain way of thinking about the book. I never really thought about reading New Moon until just about everyone in my classroom was talks. I decided to start reading the book, and after the first two chapters I couldn’t lay down the book from my hands, every time I had to stop reading I felt as if I stoped a movie. Even though Bella had an exhausting and depressing time dealing with the break up, the best part was that she had a friend to rely on and as time passed their friendship become closer and closer with every second, Jacob Black(Taylor Lautner) was the only one that was able to get Bella through the rough time she went through. There was three chapters that really caught my attention, The Funeral, The Ending, Vote.

The first chapter 18 is called The Funeral, the reason for that is because Charlie’s friend Harry died from a heart attack , so Harry was going to his funeral. After Charlie(Billy Burke) leaves, keeping Bella with Alice, Jacob dropes by. As he was talking to Bella the phone rings and Jacob quickly grabs the phone and answers. The caller is Edward(Robert Pattinson) but he says he’s Carlisle. Edward asks for Charlie, but Jacob tells him that he’s in a funeral. Now the interesting concept is that Edward gets the wrong message without asking who’s funeral that was, he thinks thats Bella’s funeral. And the rest of the other 6 chapter talk about how that trigired Bella’s life. If he would have asked who’s funeral that was before taking action that would have saved him the trouble with the Volterra’s, and saved the fact that Bella knows about vampires so that she would have had not to turn into a vampire. When I read the part where Edward calls I immediately knew what the ending was going to be.

The second Chapter that I liked is chapter 3 called The End. The End talks about Edwrad telling Bella that he doesn’t love her any more and she doesn’t belong to his world. I was so heart broken when he said that, I wondered how I would react if I was in Bella place and how I would feel. I would be fell terribly bitter and depressed. I thought that there was no need for the shocking break up, just because Jasper attacked Bella after a paper cut, because that wasn’t her fault that Jasper could not handle being around her. I considered the fact that Edwrad should have measered all the possibilities of Bella being around a family of vampires, not after he stole her heart and put her in danger. That was one of my preferred events in the whole book since that showed how Bella’s life would be changed by that one careless decision by Edward.

The third best chapter is chapter 24 called Vote. That chapter adress the point of when Bella(Kristen Stewart) asks the Cullen family to vote in favor of her becoming a vampire, and of course she wins the votes and gets the approval to become a vampire. I have always wanted her to become a vampire a nd a part of the Cullen family, since she really understands them and is loved by everyonee in the family. Plus she knew all the facts and rules about vampires, so she didn’t have to wait to be able to know all the rules of becoming a vampire. The only worry is that what is she going to tell Charlie after becoming a vampire, because she won’t be able to be in the sun, eat normal food, maybe no be able to resist the scent and attacks him, but I am sure that they’ll come up with an excuse or not tell him at all.

Overall, I considered New Moon to be an interesting, captivating, and an intense book. There were so many events that made me feel as if I was in the book with them, like when Bella jumped off of the cliff, she described the water so well that I felt as if I was there with her. The way Stephanie Meyer wrote the book made all the events in New Moon seem alive. The Funeral, The End, and Vote are all situations that trigered Bella’s life to becoming closer and closer to a vampire even though she didn’t know that, and thought that they were unfortunate events.

The Secret Language of Girls

Posted by on Mar 12th, 2009 from Scripts
2009
Mar 12

 The last book I’ve read is called ”The Secret Language of Girls ” by ”Frances O’Roark Dowell ”. The author portrays the changing dynamics of middle-school relationships. Neighbors Kate and Marylin, who have been best friends since nursery school, find themselves drifting apart at the beginning of sixth grade. Marylin suddenly focuses on her appearance, while Kate pays more attention to other issues, like the health of her father. Flannery, the new girl in town, moves into their neighborhood and is the cause to driving a wedge between the two friends as she uses her influence to manipulate Marylin to shut Kate out.

Marylin getting encouraged by Flannery to try out for the cheerleading squad, makes the cheerleading squad and becomes popular, but happiness always seems just beyond her grasp. Meanwhile, Kate feels abandoned by Marylin and strives to develop new friendships with other classmates at school. As the girls hover between childhood and womanhood, and between being buddies and just ”acquaintances”, their bond is tried again and again. Much of the plot matter is familiar — both girls fall in and out of love, sample different social circles and end up realizing that they miss each other. The friends periodically drift apart and then are pulled back together throughout The Secret Language of Girls. In this book, Kate and Marylin explore how far their true friendship can be stretched as they struggle through the unexpectedness of sixth grade.

Each chapter in this book is a perfect little story with the power to make the reader giggle or choke up. It is a satisfying read with tremendous heart. I wholeheartedly recommend The Secret Language of Girls to any female who has a best friend, had a best friend, or wants a best friend. After I finished reading the book, I found that it had excellent characterization with an accurate portrayal of the painful and often cruel machinations of preteens. I would definitely read The Secret Language of Girls again.

Everyone in today’s society is pushed to the limits. An example  has been portrayed in the novel. Marylin was forced by her best friend to join the cheerleader squad, which showed us that decisions in an individual’s life can be the cause of pressure from friends and family. We as humans have to make decisions everyday and those decisions have to be chosen wisely, because they can affect us in the long run. Some of the people who play an important role in our decision making process include peers, parents, and teachers. Parents usually force their children to  make wise career decisions that can get them far in life and teachers help students pick good choices in their education that can help them in the future. Even though some people get help when making their decisions, they might still go in the wrong direction. Not everyone makes the right choices and those people might get directed to the wrong path. When people  make bad decisions, they learn from their mistakes. When people experience the consequences of bad decisions, it keeps them from making the same choices again. That is how people learn from their mistakes.

Mermaid Park

Posted by on Feb 10th, 2009 from
2009
Feb 10

Mermaid Park, creatively written by Beth Mayall, brings the excitement of summer love, frustration of family drama, and the curiosity of real-life magic into an entertaining story. As an unenthusiastic teenager, Amy Rush isn’t looking forward to a weekend vacation to Jersey Shore with her traffic-obsessed stepfather and her sister’s annoying friend, Trina. Relief starts to settle over Amy when she meets Dylan, the cute and adventurous boy she has always been waiting for. Amy is guaranteed her most wild summer yet, as she convinces her mother to allow her to stay on the shore with her godmother Lynne.

The drama continues when Amy lies about a pizza restaurant she has been employed at and she continues to spend long nights at Mermaid Park against Lynne’s rules. Compelled by the fantasy and secrets behind the daily mermaid shows, Amy begins to neglect life at Lynne’s motel. Her relationship with Dylan peaks and then quickly reveals the clingy side of him she never wanted. Her friendship with mermaid actress, Stephanie, grows, and she learns the tricks behind the aquarium windows. When her disguised employment is revealed to Lynne, an unexpected complication with Stephanie’s autistic brother occurs and sends Amy’s life into a tailspin. Between the responsibility of Stephanie’s routines, her sister’s lies, and her mother’s duty to return her home, the darkest secret of Amy’s past is exposed. The pain of her mother’s heartbreaking history brings out the truth of Amy’s real father. Beyond this discovery, hearts are mended just in time for Amy to complete the mermaid’s final show of the summer.

I would recommend Mermaid Park for the ordinary teenage girl. Beth Mayall develops the main character well and clearly states Amy’s opinions of life. Within the Jersey Shore setting, the wonderment of mermaid magic and the love of swimming creates a unique storyline. There were a few chapters through the middle of the book that were not as exciting as the first, but the powerful punch in the ending make up for this. I can’t see any guy enjoying this book as it starts out with a summer love, and expands on the fascination of mermaids. Beth Mayall writes well for the female audience intended and amplifies the drama of her main character. I enjoyed reading this book, especially the conclusive chapters.

Breaking Dawn

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2009 from
2009
Jan 21

Breaking Dawn is the fourth book in the Twilight series. I have chosen to read this novel because the last three book in these series were really good. Breaking Dawn is continuing off of Eclipse and finishing the Twilight series. This book is different from the rest of the books because this book has three parts in it. Part 1 is Bella point of view, part 2 is Jacob’s point of view, and part 3 is Bella’s point of view. It starts with Bella getting married to Edward and ends up with an expected pregnancy. Then part two comes up with Jacob finding out about Bella and Edward getting married and he runs away from his group. Bella is worried about Jacob and needs him more then ever now, but Jacob wants to run away from all his problems. Bella decides to have the baby but the baby was eating her from the inside. Jacob finally goes and sees Bella when she was having the baby. The baby was eating her so Edward has to turn her into a vampire to save her life. Now Bella has to go through the challenges in being a vampire.

The author focused on the way Edward’s and Bella’s decisions to get married and to keep the baby effected Jacob’s and Bella friendship. Bella loves Jacob but her love for Jacob was must greater and that what made Jacob run away. When Jacob came he decided to except the fact that Bella could never love him the way she loves Edward. Her decision effected her friendship toward Jacob but if she decided to love Jacob she would the same with Edward. She made the right decision by choosing Edward because she followed her heart instead of worrying to much about Jacob’s feelings. Jacob soon realize that Bella could never love him as she love Edward.

Most of the readers were disappointed in the last book Breaking Dawn. Some readers are complaining about Stephenie Meyer’s portrayal of her heroine, Bella, as being disturbingly desperate to hold on to her new husband, Edward. Others are saying the book’s focus on Bella’s unexpected teen pregnancy.Readers say that the book was too focus on the pregnancy and there is a group in the U.S. that is organizing a ‘return your book’ protest.even though there are readers disappointed about this book there are equal amount that are passionate about the book just like the last three books.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul- Midway Review

Posted by on Jan 13th, 2009 from
2009
Jan 13

Chicken Soup books are written by people of real life stories about either their life or someone else’s that’s why I enjoy them so much because they keep it real, not superficial, fake or misleading like many of the articles on magazines, stories and books. Many Chicken Soup books are directed towards certain people, most of them by ages. Some Editions of Chicken Soup are for anyone to read, Chicken Soup for fathers, kids, mothers, Christians, teenagers and many more, they actually go into detailed ones such as chicken soup for the co-workers soul. This edition is the second version of Chicken Soup for the Teenage soul It has 101 more stories about life of teenagers which I can easily relate to.

The writers of these stories have written about Relationships, Friendship, Love and Kindness, Tough Stuff, Family, Learning Lessons, Making a Difference and Growing Up These are all topics teenagers have to deal with, some that I’m dealing with right now. These are topics that teenagers like me can relate to. The authors of the topics vary, most of them are written by teenagers (in this book). Some of the stories are even written by parents who have teenagers and sometimes celebrities write a story. In this particular book actress Jennifer Love Hewitt wrote a touching story.

Many of these stories I have been able to relate to, or admire a story tellers love and compassion. This book has a story written by Jennifer Love Hewitt, which has intrigued many people including me, to read this edition. Her uplifting life changing story is on friendship. The story is called “A Friend For Life.” It’s about Jennifer Love Hewitt meeting a young girl named Nicole who is suffering from cancer. Jennifer was asked by an organization to help young people with sickness have their dream come true. Nicole’s dream was to meet Jennifer. The story explains the kind of personality Nicole had towards life which was very out-going, even though she was suffering from cancer she always had a different way of looking at the world.

Jennifer Love Hewitt also tells how Nicole was always full of energy and how she didn’t want anyone to pity her, she just wanted to live a normal life. She was always positive about everything. Jennifer mentions that her experience with Nicole is a day she’ll never forget and that would affect her forever. That story brought tears to my eyes because my aunty died of cancer about two years ago. She was diagnose around 4 years ago and it wasn’t very easy for my family, but she always had good spirit about life, much like Nicole. Nicole was and always will be Jennifers inspiration, just as my aunty will always be mine.

STJ
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