So here is my product of my zip.  Sorry, I meant to post this yesterday but I was occupied with basketball.


Book Review

I have just read a fantastic book about a young girl who has lost everything and has been given up for adoption.  At the start of the book she discovers her new family and friends and throughout the book she dives into many adventures that deal with thievery, keeping a huge secret, and most of all books.  Through the eyes of death itself, Markus Zusak’s incredible story, “The Book Thief”,  Tells the tale of a Liesel Meminger.

Before I started reading this book; countless people told me that it was a great read so I decided to find out for myself.  It amazes me how right they were.  I truly have fallen in love with “The Book Thief”.  I found the book quite intriguing for many reasons.  One of them was how it was written.  Markus Zusak uses Death as the narrator of Liesel’s Life.  Death is a narrator who can easily go off track and spoil a huge part of the book.  Death would quickly go from place to place and person to person.  I really enjoyed this way of viewing a story; I have never read a book written this way.  Another factor of my growing love for the book thief is for its characters.  While reading this book, I quickly fell in love with so many different characters and their open heart.  From Liesel’s curiosity, her mother’s generosity and her father’s wit; the characters really came alive in my mind.  The one setback I had while reading “The Book Thief” was having to constantly reread bits and pieces of the book so I could understand it.  Truth be told, because of the jumpiness of the narrator, sometimes it would become difficult to follow along with the story.

Overall “The Book Thief” is an incredible book that I will never regret reading.  The many trials that young Liesel Meminger had to go through is really astounding and kept me flipping the pages so I could see what happened.  I would totally recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of reading adventures, a bit of mystery and of course anyone who doesn’t mind stealing.  For this book lover I would rate “The Book Thief” 8.5/10.


Movie Review.

I have just watched this beautiful movie telling the tales of an adventurous and curious young girl.  At the start of the movie she discovers her new family and friends and throughout the film she dives into many adventures that deal with thievery, keeping a huge secret, and most of all books.  Through the eyes of death itself, Markus Zusak’s incredible story, “The Book Thief”,  Tells the tale of a Liesel Meminger.

I have to be honest here and my honest opinion is that this movie is not that good.  To start us off the movie would bounce from story plot to story plot without clearly showing the relationship between them.  It was really hard to understand the connection between two different scenes.  I also found the film very dark.  I know that they were difficult times that probably were very dark, but in the original book that this movie was based of off, the characters still found happiness in very difficult situations.  The actors that played these characters, in my opinion, were pretty good.  They portrayed them quite thoroughly.  There were some small details that I would have like to have seen but you can’t get everything you want.  I feel like the director did a good job portraying the dark atmosphere and that was really compelling.

Overall this movie alone is a pretty good movie.  If there was no relation to a book I probably would have enjoyed it more.  Since it was based off a book I was very critical about it and it did not meet my standards of what the movie of “The Book Thief” should be.  So if you love movies but hate reading the books they are based off of, than this is the perfect movie for you.


Romeo and Juliet

Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children is very unaffected.  Kulich is very wrong when he states that it was common that people would marry vey young.  It is indeed the opposite.  Even though the common age is quite younger then the common age to marry is now it still is not right to view Romeo and Juliet as mature enough to make this decision on their own.   As far as my research shows the only marriages that took place with people this young, is if they were of the nobility.  But those marriages would only take place because the parents arranged it to be that way.  Most of the time people would marry at 20-25 years of age.   In this case Romeo and Juliet would not be viewed as Children but they also wouldn’t be viewed as Adults.  Most likely they would be treated like teenagers; too young to be adults but to old to be children.

Duh de da Duh (cue trumpets) Now Introducing My In-Depth Project

Well lets see; new year, new In-Depth project.  Before I go any further I guess I have to say what my In-Depth project is on.  As many of you know I have a passion for sports, so this year I decided that I would add a new sport to my already growing repertoire.  The sport in question is none other then Box Lacrosse.

I decided on this sport as my project for a couple of reasons.  Reason number 1: my sister started playing Box Lacrosse last year and after watching a couple games I started to grow and interest in not only watching it but playing it.  Reason number 2: the season almost perfectly lines up with In-Depth.  Reason number 3: I thought it would make a really interesting project.  Reason number 3: I had no other ideas.

So after much (not really) thought, Box Lacrosse was the newest sport I will learn.  To learn this subject that will probably prove to be very difficult, I would have to find a mentor.  Here comes the difficult part.  As of right now I do not have a mentor, but I am working quickly to change that as soon as I can.  I hope I will get one soon because I want/need to start right away.

Now to end of my first post of In-Depth as of 2018, I wish all my fellow T.A.L.O.N.S. a good luck with their In-Depth project.

Christmas break D.O.L.

Well this Christmas break I was quite productive with my Zip project.  Because I was a bit behind schedule so I had two weeks to get back on track.  For the first week of break I dedicated that to finishing reading The Book Thief.  It work out perfectly because I had a three hour plane ride just to read.  During the next 6 days I spent every moment I could reading.  Luckily before the flight back I finished the book.  So the whole trip home was the time I worked on the review for it.  I stuck true to my opinions of the book and wrote and edited it on the plane.  I am really proud of my end product.  Yet I was not finished I still had to watch the movie.  As always I think the book is ten times better then the movie, but the movie was still pretty good.  Writing the review was a lot easier then writing the review for the book.  I think it was because I had already written a review of the story so I knew how to go about it.  It was also easier because I only  had to remember 2h 15min movie instead of recalling a book I had been written for over a week.

After I finished I felt a bit of relief wash over me.  Now all I have to do is to make a presentation and I am finished my second Zip project.