Intellectual Musings of Mr. Walsh's Two Sophomore English Classes.
Ok so i've just started reading the first couple chapters of our book, and i can already see that Marcus and Will are going to have some type of interaction. I love how people that have completely different lives come in contact with each other and come to have a powerful impact on each other. This reminds me of "After the First Death"; poeple having different lives, whose paths cross unexpectedly. Does anyone else have first impressions of the book so far?
So far, I don't really know whether or not I'm a big fan of Will or not. I think the whole idea of dating someone who has kids and then pretending to like the kids just to get to the mother is not just untruthful but wrong. Because now he is leading the kids and the mother on. And then when she told Will it wasn't going to work out he was relieved. What are your feelings about Will? Oh, and does anybody feel bad for Marcus?
I’ve also just started reading the book and I like it so far. Like Christina said I don’t like how Will is using kids to get to the mothers. As a grown man he should handle this differently. For some reasons, while I was reading I thought that what he does kind of related to his name. Will Freeman–he is free to do his will or how he pleases to. I wonder if the author did this purposely for us to know more about his character. Anyways, I thought that switching from Marcus’ story to Will’s story was annoying at first but I got used to it. Did any of you guys get confuse at first?
No, I liked how they have different stories. I can't wait to find out how they meet and what happens. Because its obvious that they are going to meet like Jillann said. Do you think Will's scheme will work, will the other mothers, who have so much going on and so much to worry about will catch on. Because unlike the other single parents, Will has no responsibilities what so ever.
I don't believe that the SPAT memebers will catch on. I think Will will meet Marcus and his mother through the group because they are both members of the SPAT group.
What did you think of Fiona's suicide letter?
I understand that when everything in your life is going wrong and you feel like there is no hope in this world for you that you feel like killing yourself but this was ridiculous. I mean she has a child that loves her and wants the best for her and she is writing about how she wants to commit suicide. Like she said it would have been a selfish act if she had done it because she is not the only one suffering in this situation. Marcus got separated from his father, from his mom ex-boyfriend, which he had come to like, he moves to London where gets laugh at, and sees his mother depress all the time. But instead of complaining he accepts it and still supports his mother. With a child like she should had gain courage and fight the battle like a grown woman.
who likes the book? because so far i am really bored. Ireally thought it was going to be better than this but I guess I was wrong because I feel like I'm reading the same thing over and over again. It has turned out to be one of thoise books that you don't get into it until you reach the 100 page mark. It's just not my type of book I guess.
I actually like the book. I thought it was the book that kept awake. I am just eager to get to the part where Marcus and his mom and Will meet up with one another. Maybe we should start focusing on bigger ideas of the book. For instance Marcus and his mother and how he does things according to what she says. The way he dresses and what he listens to. I mean it is good that he listens to his mom but is it really what he wants? I don’t know but as I was reading the book I was wondering about that.
I am sort of in the middle. I think the book is ok. I think that Will is one of the weirdest characters I have ever read about. He is only in the SPAT group just for the single mothers. I feel bad about Marcus's situation with the kids at school and with his mother at home.
i completely agree with Kyle. I'm also in the middle with liking the book and i definately think that Will is an extremelyyyyyyyyy wierd character. The book reallyyyy needs to start picking up the pace too.
ok so I have a question. If you could be any character in the book, who would you be? WHY?
I know it's later than 8, but I just got back from GBL's. Anyway I think Will is exactly what Marcus needs to help him deal with his crazy mother. Right now I'm not that far into the book so its too early to tell. :)
I'm with Cristina but i also think that Marcus also needs Will just as much as Will needs Marcus.
Who do you think actually has to do thegrowing up in this relationship. Will or Marcus?throughout the book I have gone back and forth between liking Will and liking Marcus. I don't know what to think now. Will keeps the story exciting but Marcus is more sensible. I think that eventhough Marcus thinks Will knows everything about women and relationships MArcus actually knows more because Will just seems to want to sleep with them and Marcus just wants someone to be with. (refer to page 212)
Here is a music video of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOL5cpwTkes&feature=related
I think that Will has to do the growing up because he is the one that joined a SPAT program just to meet a woman that could satisfy his needs and that even made up a fake child to get to them. He also did not want to see anything as reality but with Fiona and Marcus I think he has grown up from his maturity. I didn’t quite finish with the book so I don’t whats going to happen next but I definitely think that he is the protagonist. As for Marcus, he doesn’t really need to grow up he is just a little kid trying to find his way on his own rather than his mother.
I agree with Barbara, I think MArcus finished growing up when his parents split up and he had to deal with all of his mother's breakups. I'm still reading the book too, and I think Marcus and Ellie will end up together, and possibly Will and Rachel, I'm still not too sure about Fiona, I don't even know if she will appear again. Oh, I listened to Nirvana earlier and they're actually really good, then again I think i was born in the wrong decade. :)
O, Mr. Walsh you were right the book is getting better. I just hope the ending isn't one of those that you read and then say "Now what? That's it?" I hate those endings.
Yeah, Cristina was defiantely born in the wrong decade, but that's besides the point. BUt goig back to the book, I deifinately agree with Barbara as well when saying that Marcus grew up threw his mother's reltionaships because of the obvious reason that he didn't have much or a parent to care for him. I think he had to care for himself a lot of the time. Soooo Marcus' coming-of-age definately relates to the fact that he grew up threw his mother's disfunctional relationships.
OMG if the book ends ubruptly...someone's gunna die...I haven't read this wholeeeeeeee book for nothinggggggg.
To go with what Cristina said about Nirvana song, I also thought that they were pretty good even though it isn’t really my type. Anyways I listened to Come As You Are and I thought that this song was for Marcus. Marcus’s mom is like enforcing her way of living on Marcus so he kind of dresses like a srub and listens to musics that are not known by people in his school at all and this song was saying to come as you are. You might look like this and that but just come. I think this type of song would make him realize that he must accept himself for who he is. Once Will gets to make him listen to this type of song and everything else, he finally gets the chance to be someone normal like evryone else. Yeah.
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