Archive for February 2011
I’ am reading the book Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. For my genre piece I wrote a paragraph that shows my opinion on a character in the book.
My favorite character in the book Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard is Hanna. She’s my favorite because she seems to be absolutely perfect from other people’s point of view, but really she’s a lot different from what you may think. Those are the kinds of characters I really enjoy reading about. Hanna can be really mean to people she doesn’t like and when it comes to her friends she is like a totally different person. I also like her because she had kind of a hard childhood and I know how that’s hard to deal with. She’s smart, pretty, and helpful, but she wasn’t always like that. In the beginning of high school she had split apart from her friends and became a whole different person. That different person was mean, a liar, a thief, and got in trouble often. But, now she’s back with her friends and its how things used to be. Hanna is also my favorite character because she is part of what happened in the story not just an extra character but she knows a little bit more than the other girls do. She just doesn’t want to share it. I think that’s what makes the story a lot more interesting when there is a rebel in it. Also I like how Hanna’s like her mom. Not that many teenagers are like their mom in many ways. Hanna is a very interesting character and can cause big drama that you just can’t wait to figure out what’s going to happen next. Finally, Hanna is the person I would put myself as because she’s the character that I feel like I can mainly connect to.
What I have learned about myself as a student during the first semester of high school is that I’ve changed a lot from how I used to be in middle school. In middle school it’s all kind of slow and I wasn’t really organized with all of my assignments and books. But this first semester of high school I knew where everything was and everything was handed in on time. It was just perfect. Also, I learned that some of my worst subjects can end up being my best. An example would be math. In seventh grade I was getting a C in math and now in my first semester I got an A. I was really proud of myself because I never thought it would have just changed like that. Some of my strengths of my success are having people around me to help, having all the right things to get the job done, and understanding what’s going on. But, some of my weaknesses are not asking questions, not reading directions carefully enough, being unfocused, and being confused a lot. My strategy for not asking questions is to ask a lot of questions no matter how dumb they may be, some people don’t understand everything the first time. A strategy for reading directions is reading them twice slowly or even more than twice if needed. Some strategies to get focused are to not talk to other people when I’m in the middle of doing something school related, don’t think about other classes or anything else besides what you’re doing, and think to yourself or you may get distracted. I think my first semester went pretty good but, I think my second semester should go even better since I know what it’s going to be like.
The conflict that the author Sara Shepard uses in the beginning of the story Pretty Little Liars is that the story starts off with something happy, new, and relatable. Like, 5 best friends in the summer just having fun and living there lives to the fullest. And then it takes a twist and becomes a mystery. One of the girls has gone missing and they think she has been murdered. That’s when a lot of action happens and it gets kind of scary. Then it just moves forward in time, people change, and split apart. That’s what makes it different from other series. It just totally changes into something you wouldn’t expect it to be. Also, it gets really interesting and really hard to put down. It just makes you want to figure out how it will end.
I think the author chose that kind of incident for the beginning because it’s really something people will understand more. If you have ever been in high school then you pretty much know how the girls feel. But, not everyone has lost a friend. We all see how many people go missing in a year and that’s something everyone can relate to. Also, I think Sara chose this beginning because it makes you want to keep reading and not stop just to figure out who the mystery person really is. Who knows, maybe the girl that went missing never died, but who ever the mystery person is they obviously know a lot about the missing girl’s friends. And the mystery person is not afraid to reveal all of their secrets to the world that only one person ever knew about. Now that’s pretty freaky.
Shepard, Sara. Pretty Little Liars. New York: HarperTeen, 2006. Print.