Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

So, first off, I’m gonna say a spoiler warning. If you don’t care about spoilers, then go ahead and continue reading. But if you care a lot about spoilers and stuff about the book, click out of this, read the book, and then come back. I’ll wait.

Okay, so, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is this really awesome book. It’s basically a psychological, dystopian future, action book. If you love psychological books, action books, or dystopian books, you will love this. If you love all three genres, you will absolutely lose your mind over this novel. It’s about a fireman in the future, but their job is not to put out fires, it’s to start them. In this society that is established, books are hated and banned by basically the government. Apparently, it’s because books can make people feel bad about themselves and they can also cause controversial issues and start wars, so the government is trying to be careful and take no chances, so they decide to get rid of all books.

The main character, Montag, is one of the firefighters and he thinks it is a good and normal job to have. He does not think anything about it for a while. Then, all of a sudden this girl pops up and tells him that firefighters used to be good people and stopped fires rather than start them. Montag’s mind was blown by this, and he was trying to wrap his head around that idea that maybe the firefighters in his time aren’t really helping anything.

Later, a woman has some books and it is reported. So, Montag goes to the house and he does what he was supposed to do. He burned the house down with the books in them. But, the woman would not leave because she would rather have her books than live. Montag ‘s entire world was changed from this point on. He didn’t know why someone was so dedicated to books, and also mainly because he killed her. He decided to take a break from work, but he had been taking a little bit of books home with him, trying to know why people care about them so much.

Montag’s wife is kind of not caring at all to Montag. she cared more about escaping reality by doing interactive TV than caring about Montag and how he feels during that hard time. Later on, Montag makes a deal with this smart dude that likes books that they can make prints of these books. After some time, Montag goes to his house and his wife and her friends are there. He does what any normal person would do and whips out poetry and recites it to these women, even though it was illegal, he didn’t care. He was then reported by his wife. She left and the firemen came to his house. He was forced to burn his house down and all the books, but the captain was gonna arrest him too. So, Montag kills the captain and a mechanical hound. He then escapes from the helicopters and new hound looking for him. He then finds these refugees that love books too and they plan to make a new world that likes books and intellectual things after the war was over. To end the book, atomic bombs were dropped and Montag and the boys make their new civilization.

This book is such an awesome experience. Reading it is so much fun, because the whole time, there is a lot of humor and interesting things that happen that keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s such a unique story, I’ve never read anything even similar to it. I recommend this story so much. My only problem with this novel is that it can be a little tough to read and also the ending is really uneventful and not good. The worst thing is when a book is so good and then the end never rewards you with something huge, this book did exactly that. There was nothing incredibly shocking or anything that was a good and satisfying closure to this book. Other than that, I do recommend.

Barn Burning

The short story “Barn Burning”, by William Faulkner is honestly a brilliantly worded and well-written story about a physically and emotionally abuse father who may be extremely crazy. There may be some spoilers in this review, but honestly, I’d recommend to go online and read a PDF file of it real quick and come back, it’s great.

So, first off, the book takes place in early 1900s, maybe 1890s, in the American South. The people there are still extremely racist, many are poor, and hard working. The main character is Sarty and the story is written in third person, but kind of told by Sarty twenty years from now. The story starts off with his father, Abner, in court because he is accused of burning somebody’s barn, which is pretty illegal. William Faulkner makes the beginning extremely easy to read and understand, but he also makes it extremely interesting and tense, making the reader wonder the entire time of what was going to happen. Sarty is then called to the stand to actually testify against his own father, Faulkner adds this conflict in brilliantly, bringing this up later to prove that Abner is physically abusive and paranoid that his own son won’t even help him.

Abner is then told to leave the city they were in, so they move for the twelfth time. Faulkner does a great job in this story of adding great information at the right time, and he gives us just enough so we could understand everything. He also establishes that Abner was in the war, he does this while they were moving from the city they just lived in, so Faulkner would not waste any time by doing this portion another time, it also gives a great transition to the next portion of the story.

They then go to Abner’s new bosse’s house. Abner steps in horse poop and kind of purposely rub his poopy shoe on a one-hundred dollar rug from France. His boss brings the rug to be cleaned to Abner, and Abner ruins it after being told by his wife to not put lye on it and rub it violently with a stone, which is what he did. His boss then tells him that he will pay him back for the rug, not with money, but with corn. Abner goes to court to get rid of the charge, but the charge is instead cut in half.

Abner does what any normal person would do, he goes home and prepares kerosene and oil to burn his bosse’s barn down. Sarty wants to stop him, but his father then commands Sarty’s mom to hold him down, or she would probably get beat, so she holds him down. Sarty escapes and tries to warn the boss, but the barn is already being burned down. The boss the gets a gun and shoots Abner. Sarty then ponders his father’s life and states that he respected him.

I recommend this story to anybody who is willing to embrace a wonderful story that showcases a father who is extremely abusive, narcissistic, impulsive liar, and might be insane. This story shows that even though you may be abused, you can still love that person, because in the end, Abner did try his best to protect his family.

The Story of an Hour

The story “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is about a woman who thinks her husband is dead and she begins to go through the stages of grief along with hallucinations that things are happening that aren’t actually happening. The main character basically is married and she’s in love with him, having a great future for them in mind. Her friends then come over to the house to tell her that they think her husband died in an accident. She then goes to a room by herself and locks everybody out, sitting in a chair in front of an open window, and crying desperately. It’s also pointed out that she has heart problems and her friends wanted to give her the information delicately so she wouldn’t have a heart attack.

This entire story focuses heavily about how when you are in love, you have to face grief when your spouse passes away, especially whenever it is unexpected. What I’ve noticed while reading is that the writer loads this story with filler words and figurative language. The filler words is basically her reaching for elegant sounding descriptions of things, but it just sounds choppy and unappealing, also making it difficult to read. The figurative language in this story is the only saving grace of this story, even though it doesn’t make that much of a difference. During her time of crying hysterically and trying to comprehend that her husband is dead, she begins to convulse violently, like she’s having a heart attack. I believe that she started to have a heart attack while sitting down, but she managed to control the attack and calm down. Kate Chopin uses great descriptions in this time, making the reader think about everything they are reading, having to concentrate on every little word that was in the story. After the main character was finished with her grief and contemplation, she left the room and noticed that her friends were worried about her, their ears were against the door. After she talked with her friends for a bit, her husband entered the house and she died from a heart attack from seeing that he didn’t die.

I do not recommend this story. It was uninteresting and every character remained the same. All sentences had a bunch of filler words, reaching for very descriptive images and attempting to sound like an incredibly elegant and greatly descriptive writer. The plot of the story was very one-dimensional, and it was so boring to have to sit through and read. The ending was a very degrading ending for a reader. I didn’t like how the ending was so sudden and all it did was kill off the main character, a cheap cop out for someone who didn’t know how to actually end a story. It’s a disrespectful way to end a story, especially to the reader because the reader spent the entire time reading, hoping for a good plot and a great ending to summarize everything. This story did not give a good ending that gave the plot justice, it just killed the main character off while doing a plot twist that the husband was never dead. Again, not recommended.

The Necklace

“The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant is a wonderful short story that takes place in a time when women were viewed only useful for chores and being a trophy wife. In this story, the main character, Mathilde Loisel is the wife of Monsieur Loisel. She is so hungry to be a part of the rich group and that of the upper class in the economy. Every day, she dreams more and more to go to balls and dance with rich people rather than spend time with her husband. She is a very bitter person, and seems to only care about herself throughout the story. Her husband is a very nice and caring individual. He proves that to us as readers, when he walks back into his home with an invitation that is very difficult to get to a ball with only select upper class. Instead of her reacting in a happy and positive way, she tells him that it’s a pointless invitation because the good dress she wears to the movies isn’t good enough to wear to this party. He gives her the money that he has been saving up for a gun for himself, that will also be beneficial for his family, so she can buy a dress. The main character in this story is very unlikable, but it’s definitely a great way to drive the story forward. It keeps the reader’s emotions open and available throughout the entire story. Even though this character is very disrespectful and annoying, it keeps our attention throughout the story.

After the main character buys an expensive dress, she gets sad and again manipulates her husband. She tells him that she doesn’t have any good jewelry for the ball and so she won’t go.  He tells her to go see her rich friend, Madame Forestier for some jewelry to borrow. After she goes, she picks out a nice necklace to borrow. She then goes to the ball and has a great time. She loses the necklace, not being able to find it at all. Her husband and her end up working for around ten years to try to pay off the expensive amount it would have costed. They went from being upper middle-class to poor all because of the main character’s very selfish decision. After they pay everything, we get to see inside of her mind again, and she is still focused on being upper class. After we get that really cool image, she meets her old rich friend, Forestier. It turns out that the necklace that Mathilde lost was just a fake the entire time, they bought Forestier an actual diamond necklace. Loisel never thought to tell the truth, all she did was lie and think about ways to cover up her tracks and opinions about her in the eyes of Forestier.

I think that this story is a really great way to show people that you don’t need to lie to people. Honesty is a good way to just deal with the situation at hand. Lying will just dig you a deeper hole.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is one of those incredible books that you read and you begin to question really what the rich life is like. The book is about a cool dude named Nick who lives in kind of a crappy apartment next to Gatsby who is a very rich man. Gatsby is very popular and has a lot of parties in his own house and is really loud. One day Nick gets an invitation to one of Gatsby’s parties, which is kind of rare, and goes to it, meeting Gatsby, which is also kind of rare. They become really close and have a really good time with each other.

This story is kind of like a really good book about economy and how even though you are rich, you can still feel empty inside. I really love the metaphor to the human condition that is in the story and I love how Nick doesn’t start out rich and inside of the rich life, but when he gets into the rich life, he begins to notice how different it is and doesn’t enjoy it.

Even though there aren’t many characters in this story, the main characters have a lot of development and aspects to them. The reader always manages to take away a new trait of each character each chapter. I really love in this book the chemistry that Nick and Gatsby has and just the incredible relationship that they develop just because of the invite to a party. I also enjoy that even though Gatsby is rich we see more to him than just an older rich person that has worked hard for his earnings.

This story is very good at bringing up questions of morals to the readers. There’s morals that comes into play with each character that can impact the reader. From the actual intentions of Daisy to the real feelings of Tom to the deep truth of who Gatsby is, F. Scott Fitzgerald never fails at growing these characters in a positive or negative way. I think the character arcs and development of each character is executed extremely well and that his storytelling ability and sensory details were very defined and pinpoint in this story. Faulkner manages to show a lot of his talent through this wonderful story and it definitely shines throughout.

I do enjoy his way of tackling topics in the real world in this story. Cheating, being rich, and maybe even exploration of yourself when you are older instead of a coming of age from a teenager. I believe that he did a great job at doing a coming of age portion of the story while avoiding the cliche of it being about a teenager and a group of kids who are experimental, emo, and trying to understand who they are. Faulkner dodged a lot of cliches in this story, and maybe even invented some from this story. He added his own flare and originality to affairs and the rich life and it definitely shines through.

I highly recommend reading this book. It’s great.

The Outsiders

The book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, is a wonderful story about greasers. I think that this book might be one of the best books I have ever read. It’s a great book that has described greasers perfectly as characters. The way that this book is written is wonderful. It manages to constantly pull you back in every single sentence. The story gives you these incredible characters that you become easily attached to. It manages to give out the background story of many important characters so well without interrupting the flow.

There are so many great characters in this story. There are basically two groups that don’t necessarily get along. There are the Greasers and the Socs. You automatically get sucked into the world of the Greasers as a group and so you start to not really like the Socs. I think the Socs might be one of the greatest antagonists I have ever read in a book. They genuinely strike you as people that you want to get away from the main characters.

In the story, we follow Ponyboy, a 14 year old boy who runs track. As soon as you understand that these people are all about 14-20 you begin to get sucked into this world that has horrible kind of situations. It manages to pull us in because it doesn’t spare us the straightforward areas in this story.  Sodapop Curtis is 16 and Ponyboy’s brother. he dropped out of school and works at a gas station. again, just small aspects of a character brings the reader right into where they are and what is happening. The author writes these characters so well and it manages to keep our attention. Johnny Cade is Ponyboy’s best friend who is 16 and lives with his abusive parents. I think that even though abuse is considered very cliche now in writing, I believe that this book writes about how abuse can cause kids to act certain ways because of what happened to them and how they were raised. Johnny is a great character and he is written very well, he just came from a bad area in his life. Darrel, known as “Darry” is the oldest brother in the Curtis family. He is 20 and basically leads the gang. Darry is one of those characters that are tough but is a very loving character. He cared for his two younger brothers when their parents died from a car crash.

There are so many great characters in this story. I appreciate how well written every single character is and how the author doesn’t seem to care about what people think because he does not shy away from serious issues. The writer understands what makes a great character and he does. I think that there is just a perfect balance of protagonist and antagonist in this story. Enemies are very well written here and the plot of the story is so well thought out and well executed. I think that many people should read The Outsiders. I highly recommend it.

A Long Day’s Journey Into Night Play Review

A Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a play by Eugene O’Neill. The play is about Mary, Tyrone, Jamie, and Edmund. These four characters are very smart and seem very wealthy. The father, Tyrone, is extremely cheap and stingy, he is a businessman that buys land and rents it out, but he gets scammed a lot by in his mind, a friend, and he is into the theater and Shakespeare. The mother, Mary, has a bunch of things that happen to her. She is very caring, but she has a troubling past of mental and drug problems. She starts showing signs again in the play of mental illness and the characters become worried for her. The older brother, Jamie, is a very interesting character. He is kind of like the mentor to Edmund and he sleeps with prostitutes and drinks a lot of alcohol. He shows a lot of signs of jealousy at Edmund, he also seems very angry. The younger brother, Edmund, is kind of like the baby in the story. He talks a lot about philosophy, writers of philosophy, poetry, poets, and he also drinks a long with Jamie. He is sick in the play and the mother worries about him, but he seems content with his sickness. Edmund has signs of being very pretentious and stuck up.

I think that the idea in this play is very good and unique. I think that the stage directions in this play is extremely well thought out and great. The stage directions throughout the play definitely add a very strong feel to the play and gives a good punch to the story. They are very detailed.

I like the idea of the story and the play is very well thought out and put together well, but I did have some problems with the story. I think that the author had so many ideas for each character that he felt he should put in, that it seems more of a grocery list of problems and characteristics. It all kind of jumbles together and dos not necessarily work with the effect that the play has ultimately. The plot is very slow and it does not seem to build up for me. It was lacking action or even intense moments in the play. When a character revealed a big thing that happened, it’s more glossed over and there seems to be no reaction or turmoil from what they revealed. The big reveals of the mom, Edmund, and Jamie did not have a big effect of a big reveal of what was happening because too many hints and reveals was scattered throughout the play. The reveal didn’t have an effect that it should have had because all of the reveal was scattered throughout. I understand that the mom is very crazy and many of the characters seem crazy, but in this play, so many things were repeated more than once. At times a character would say something to another character that they already told another character, but it was done multiple times and that specific strategy even got repetitive.

The play has a great story and it is well put together, I just feel that it lacks excitement.


Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska is a wonderful book by John Green. In this book, the characters are in a prestigious boarding school. The main characters are Miles “Pudge” Halter, Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Takumi Hikohito, Alaska Young, and Lara Buterskaya. The book is about these teenagers trying to understand life. The main character, Miles, tries to find out who he is and tries to experience new things in his life. When Alaska goes missing, he begins to try to understand what happened to her and misses her. When she goes missing, he thinks back to the fond memories that he has of her.

The story is told in a brilliant way. It manages to pull the reader along to whatever is going on in the story.  John Green does a good job at making ever character very relatable in some way, he wants to constantly make us emotionally invested with every character in the story. Even though the story is about the protagonist trying to get over his feelings for Alaska and us experiencing his incredible bond with her, it’s also a wonderful story about people learning new things constantly in their teenage years. Miles is an inexperienced nerdy kind of guy, and he is introduced to Chip who is a really cool person, almost the exactly the opposite of Miles. Miles goes through a journey of exploration of smoking, drinking, and other things with Chip who is also, in a way, trying to find out who he really is as well.

I believe that this book is very symbolic. Cigarettes are used as a symbol in this story. It is used as a sign of rebellion, but also it symbolizes time running out. One very popular quote from Alaska is, “Y’all smoke to enjoy it, I smoke to die.” I believe that cigarettes are used as a way to symbolize death and time running out. Alaska goes missing and it ultimately shows other people that time is very scarce. I think the book is a good way to show people that time matters in our life and we shouldn’t throw it away.  Instead of spending all of our time trying to understand life, it symbolizes that we should spend our life trying new things and not being scared. That we should always jump into everything head first because life is too short and valuable. The book represents a giant  example that we can literally die at any time.

Life is too short to dwell on mistakes we made in the past and worry about everything that will happen in the future. The book shows that we should not worry about the future, especially since we are young, because we could also die at any time. Time is valuable, but also the time for us to die does not have any limits to how old we are. I think that John Green made this book to get people out of their comfort zones and to just dive in all the way into life and not regret things that we do.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Review

The book Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is one of those books that most likely read in eighth grade or freshman year. I think one of the reasons it became so popular in schools is because it’s relatively new and it’s a very refreshing book. I have read this book around four or five times and every time I read it, I get another perspective on it, learn something new, or just have a good experience of a fresh breather. This book is such a good example of being a great book fro pretty much all ages. I enjoyed reading at a younger age, and I still enjoy reading it now.

The book is about a kid named Percy Jackson who is kind of like an outsider. He is a half-blood, a half mortal, half god. He gets chased down by monsters that kind of don’t like him and it kinda turns out to be inconvenient most of the time, like it would any time you’re on a school field trip and some teacher actually turns out to have bat wings and is trying to kill you. In literally the first chapter, we manage to get so much information, like his crippled teacher has a powerful sword inside of a fountain pen, Percy kind of has powers related to water, Percy is a half-blood. This book just jumps into this awesome world and manages to scoop up the reader and bring the reader on a crazy ride. I find myself being severely emotionally attached to many of the characters and I also managed to be at the edge of my seat several times during the book.

After the kid defeats a monster in a museum, he is then taken to a special camp for kids who are half-bloods. The camp is known as Camp Half-Blood. This camp allows Percy to learn who his dad is, since his mom is Sally Jackson. The camp also allows him to train in combat and enhance his skills. He then goes on to do a quest and that is basically where the book’s main plot kicks off.

I think this is an awesome book for young kids. I learned a lot about mythology because of this book, and I think that it can be beneficial for children to read it, and if anyone else knows nothing about mythology, they should read the book as well. The book is a well-written book that brings you on one adventure, but has so much put into it. You can always expect an encounter with a crazy monster attacking the kids, or some very interesting dialogue. The author does a really good job at introducing new characters and aspects of them at the perfect time. It brings up background details at the correct timing and it brings in so many different aspects of the same characters.

Some of the main characters include Grover Underwood, Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Clarissa La Rue, Luke Castellan, Sally Jackson, Chiron, and Silena Beauregard. Every character has a very clever background and interesting plot.

The first book branched into a larger series, which is extremely understandable. Mythology is a very large concept and there was so much that wasn’t explained in the first book. The first book got many people into the characters that they just constantly wanted to learn more about the characters and the story in general.

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies is a book that is a perfect example of pure taboo. No parent wants to have the thought that their kids are dead or stranded on an island with no supervision of a guardian or adult. In the book about twenty-five twelve year old boys from Britain ended up on an island because of a plane crash. The book features main characters such as: Jack, Ralph, Simon, Piggy, Roger, Sam, Eric, etc.

The book is a perfect example of society. Ralph is the character that shows respect to people and respects order. He represents the government of society, could be looked at as a controlling person. He made sure that all of the little ones in the tribe who were six and up would get food. He was respected by most in the tribe. Piggy could represent a secretary. He was the brains of the tribe and the right hand man of Ralph. He was bullied by others because he was different and because of his weight, asthma, and inability to do physical activity. I personally look at Simon as someone who is just a citizen. He’s the guy who stays back and is affected by everything that happens. Simon is quiet and observes. He values his time alone and doesn’t try to bother anybody. Sam and Eric can represent businesses that are controlled by the government. Sam and Eric are twin brothers that always finish each other’s sentences or speak at the same time who is in charge of keeping the fire ablaze. They do what they are told by Ralph.

Jack could represent an anarchist. He does not respect what Ralph is doing on the island and he wants to be free, hunt, and take power over the island. Jack is an alpha and a leader. Roger represents the court. In society, many people dread court, even hate court. Court can be completely unfair and gives out punishments. In the book, Roger is a bully that likes to give unfair punishments to other people.

I love this book because it has so many different ways that it could represent. It has some aspects of religion in it, it represents society, it is all a book that can relate to taboo. It can also be looked at as a dog eat dog world kind of thing. In the book, it’s Jack versus Ralph. The government versus the anarchist. Jack does not stop causing trouble. Jack wants to be in control. This book could represent something like a social experiment. If you put a group of kids on an island who have to fend for them self and have absolutely no parental supervision.

I highly recommend this book. It can give the reader a whole different look on society or maybe a whole different perspective from me. It can give the reader a roller coaster of emotions. Lord of the Flies may be one of the best books I have ever read and I highly recommend people to read it.