Saturday, November 3, 2007

Stealed With A Diss

In the beginning of this book, The Pretty Committee wins "The Alfa Room", they are so exited, and know that it will be all theirs next year. To ruin all of that, Massie makes a deal with Skye that she would get Chris Albeley to ask her to her costume party. That was before they found out about ESP. Apparently, they Briarwood boys take a class that they reveal their deepest secrets, and there is a hidden camera in that room. The Pretty Committee sneaks in during science, and uses it to find dates to Skye's party. Claire and Massie find out some secrets about them that they would have rather not known. Cam, (Claire's boyfriend) is talking about some Nikki person and Claire thinks that he is cheating on her. Derrington, (Massie's boyfriend) has a huge problem with Massie... he thinks that she is immature, when she thinks he is immature. In the end of the book, everyone breaks up, except Alicia. ESP did not help them at all, it ruined them. The only thing that did work out was they got Chris Albeley to date Skye, before they found out that she didn't like him anymore.

The theme of this book is drama, because almost everything that goes on in this book develops a problem. All of the problems are boy related, and that causes lots of drama between friends. That is why I think that the main theme of this book is drama.

One conflict that they needed to solve was that they needed to get Skye a date to her costume party. At the time Skye really liked Chris Albeley, but apparently, Chris liked Massie. It was really hard for them to get him with Skye because Chris thought that he was Massie's date. To solve the problem, Massie ditched Chris right in front of Skye and then Skye dissed him and walked away. Skye found Massie, Claire, Alicia, Kristen and Dylan and told them thanks for trying, but she didn't like Chris anymore. So it took months of planning , and there was never anything to plan in the end.

They're are four main characters in my book, and they make up the Pretty Committee. There is Massie, Alicia, Kristen, Dylan and Claire. They are the most popular people in the seventh grade, and soon to be eight grade. They are all stuck up rich people that live in Westchester, and are mean to everyone else for their own sick pleasure. I don't know what it is, but I just love these characters!

One thing that I love about Lisi Harrison's writing, is that I can never put down any of her books, they are so good. She always paints a great mental picture in my head whenever I read one of her books. She is also good at knowing exactly how our lives are right now, and is almost exactly right about what goes on in our heads.

Some things that I hate about her books, is that she always finds something mean to say to another character, even ones in the Pretty Committee. Other than that, I love everything about this book.

One reading strategy that I used while reading this book was visualization. I can always picture something in my head in every seen, it was like a never-ending movie. I also used a book to life connection, because my friends and I always tease each other, just like in the book.

The author of this book is Lisi Harrison, and she also wrote The Clique, Best Friends For Never, Revenge of the Wannabes, Invasion of the Boy Snatchers, The Pretty Committee Strikes Back, Dial L For Loser, and Breakfast at Tiffany's. This is my favorite series, and one of my favorite authors!

Romiette and Julio

In the beginning of this book, Romiette and Julio were living two separate lives. Romiette was almost popular, had allot of friends, and was loved by everyone. Julio was the new kid in school, so he was very unpopular. One thing that they shared was that they are good-looking. In the middle of the book, they sort of become one person, because they both develop the same social status and the same friends...and in some ways that is not a good thing. The gangs in their school start to threaten them because Romiette is black and Julio is Hispanic. The gangs don't like them being boyfriend and girlfriend, so they threaten them with murder. Romiette and Julio have to come up with a plan to show the gang that hanging out with someone different then you are is not a bad thing.

There are two main characters in this book, and they are Romiette and Julio. Romiette has a really spunky, can-be-hyper, play-it-cool personality. Julio is a rebel, he is shy, but he is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. I think that they complete each other, and their best friends are like soul mates. Destiny and Ben have almost the exact same personality.

I really like this book because, I don't get board of it and want to put it down. I also like how she tells the story from two points of view, Romiette's and Julio's. I also like how she does not use cliff-hangers...I hate it when authors do that. This author made this book have to deal with what some people have to deal with today, and also made it into a romance novel. Some things that I don't like about this book, is how they have to use gangs, because gangs make me feel weird when I think about them, because I've never actually seen one. I also don't like it when the author describes the puppy named Taco, because I hate Julio, and all the ways he uses Spanish. I don't know why, because I understand what he says but I like it when people speak English.

One reading habit that I used was to visualize. Every single seen, I can see in my head. I can see all of the purple hooded freaks getting out of their car in unison. It makes me scared to think about them. Another strategy that I made a connection to the book Romeo and Juliet. It is almost the same story line, except instead of mad family members there is angry gang members.

The author of Romiette and Julio, Sharon M. Draper is also the author of Tears of a Tiger, The Battle of Jericho, Darkness Before Dawn, Double Dutch and Forged by Fire. I like how she really paints a picture in your mind, she is a really good author!