Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Outside the Lines

Coloring is easy. All you have to do is stay coloring inside the lines... but the closer you get to the line, the more careful you have to be. You cannot color outside the lines. In The Outsiders, written by S. E. Hinton, Ponyboy -along the other Greasers- are considered outsiders. They're filthy, repulsive, and a waste of space to those of the Socs clan. It doesn't seem so hard though, right? You stay on your  side of the town and I'll stay on mine? Seems simple... but when someone gets too close to the line, they don't have much time to back up before a brawl will occur. One night a fight busted out between the Greasers and the Socs, but not just any fight. This was a fight that changed Ponyboy's life forever. A fight where his best friend, Johnny, were to kill a Soc. Because of this accidental murder, Johnny and Ponyboy ar forced to runaway from town. Through their journey from home, Pony learns a true sense of himself through Johnny's words, "Stay gold, Ponyboy." This quote in The Outsiders is a reference to a Robert Frost poem that ironically tells us that "nothing can stay gold". The Greasers are apart of such a harsh society of life, whether it's getting to close to the line or crossing it... It's important to remain gold, or innocent in a time of messy scribbles and unfortunate events. Ponyboy needs to stay innocent through the time of his best friend suffering, his brothers taking care of him, and the Socs ruining his own life, he needs to stay gold.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Creating a New Life

Growing up I had two brothers. My family's life was so normal; there was no major deaths, nor were there serious cancers or injuries. As we got older, my family's life altered. One of my older brothers had finally come out of the closet, admitting he was gay and that he's know since he was young that he would one day marry a man. This brought chaos at first, my dad refused to believe that God made him that way. My mom luckily believed in what my brother said and put her faith in his word, that this being gay was not a choice. To this day, my entire immediate and extended family is completely in favor of Jared being born gay. He and I are closer than we've ever been. That secret that he had been keeping was the bomb that brought our family together. In a more literal way, the novel The Bombs That Brought Us Together, written by Brian Conaghan, shares a story of fourteen year old Charlie and his family during the time when bombs and militia attack. This is a book I have just began after finishing my AP title, and I have not been able to put it down. Charlie has lived in this small town his whole life, always following the rules. He thought as long as he follows the rules as a good steward and student, nothing could ever go wrong, but sadly this is out of his hands. He is placed in a life or death situation just to be set free, just for a chance to get his lie back. The Bombs That Brought Us Together reminds me of the song "Wavin' flag" by K'naan because he talks about waiting for the day of freedom. Family comes together when there is a tough situation, just as mine did when a challenge came upon us.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


In life, our opinions on different ideas vary based on our own knowledge of them. We don't rely on other people to think for us, though it's always a good idea to receive the point of view and help from someone else. For the AP title I just finished reading (today, actually), I was recommended Beloved, a book written by Toni Morrison. If I were to have seen this book in a library on my own, I would have passed it right up! Unfortunately, I am a "judge-a-book-by-it's-cover" kind of girl and wasn't impressed to see a grumpy, middle aged lady on the front cover. But this is where sharing knowledge with your peers comes in handy, for people like me. My teacher Mrs. mayo reccommeded this book to me since I was having trouble finding one myself. I gladly accepted her help and read the book on my own time. I do most of my reading at home since I am unable to focus at school (because I'm always so tired and my body begins to ache from being at school all day by the time I get into fourth period)! I read Beloved at home every night for about 30 minutes and managed to finish within a span of fourteen days. The story the novel tells is riveting, also kind of disturbing. It's plot lines like these that make me feel grateful that I grew up the way and did, and with the family I have... Because this book makes it very clear that some family members can't keep you safe, even if they think they can. There are some forces that are so supernatural they are unexplainable, but it's up to you to believe if they are real and worth risking family over. These are the thought processes of the character Sethe in Beloved as she tries to lived her life after being a former slave. No one else can think for her. As Morrison says in her book, "She is a friend of mine. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gathered them and give them back to me is all the right order."

Friday, April 7, 2017

About Me

What's good fellow bookworms! Marisa Martinez here, and I cannot wait to extend my reading habits and favorite books to all who read this. Reading for me started really young, as long as my memory goes back. However, the series that impacted my reading lifestyle was The Magic Tree House series, all written by Mary Pope Osborne. Reading was one of my favorite pastimes when I was in first grade and has continued to help me spontaneously grow as a student. As I got older, my love for adventurous books remained (though I did begin to read more challenging books than The Magic Tree House). Being adventurous has always been my number one quality (after my humourous trait, of course). I thirst for adventure! Some would say I'm a lot like Katniss Everdeen in one of my all-time favorite books, The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins. Her sense for danger and problematic thinking draws my attention like no other novel has. Suzanne Collins has caught my attention in her book as I wish to catch your attention throughout my blog! May the odds be ever in your favor. XOXO

Outside the Lines

Coloring is easy. All you have to do is stay coloring inside the lines... but the closer you get to the line, the more careful you have to b...