Although the book mentions sex, drugs, cussing, they are passing realities instead of in-your-face content. That is why he went down to Walter Payton High School in Chicago. They reveal their hopes for the future and concerns for the moment and second guess everything they think and do. Most of them were seniors, but there were a couple of juniors as well. Ridiculous Hilarious Terrible Cool A Year In An American High School By Elisha Cooper 2008 03 13 File Name: ridiculous-hilarious-terrible-cool-a-year-in-an-american-high-school-by-elisha-cooper-2008-03-13. This book is like a personality test for adults.
In the end he finds where he belongs, and also the truth about the book of fairy tales. Things are happening at home. Unlike the situation in No Castles Here there is no potential for a school board miracle; these kids know that they are going to have to face a different world in the future and they are mostly all terrified or angry at the prospect. It's hard to apply an adjective, actually, to a book about which I feel so resolutely neutral. Summary Emily has big goals. Her world gets even more upset when her math teacher suggests that some calculations are unsolvable. Cooper is the author of the memoir Crawling: A Father's First Year, and the sketchbook A Year in New York.
She knows she will only be at Payton for a year, so what's the point in making friends? I'll update when I've read more of it, but for now I am optimistic. Somewhere before winter break, I was firmly sucked into the hopes and dreams of all eight lives. It was sort of choppy in my opinion. One is an athlete, one is driving to be a politician, one is a dancer, one is a slacker, one is a player, one is an immigrant. He followed eight kids, mostly seniors, through their entire year, and by telling their specific stories he gives us a more general picture of what it's like to be a high school student. In a post-modern world, a more transparent perspective how did this guy get the kids to talk with him in the first place? In the vein of beloved classics like Flotsam and Good Night, Gorilla, this book is the perfect gift for future graphic novel enthusiasts. Naturally, he's applying to Harvard.
For me, it was Zef. Aisha is the new girl, transferring from her last school located in Florida. Out of the entire school, eight students stand out the most, in more ways than one. These are unique experiments in writing that pack significant punch. It can sometimes be frustrating to read young adult fiction as the adult authors often find it difficult to resist telling us who they think teens are or want them to be.
Captivating and unique, Elisha Cooper manages to write a true account that can tell a story so raw and so real. Next is Emily, the girl's soccer captain since she was a junior. Next is Emily, the girls' soccer team captain. Anais just wants to dance. Elisha Cooper gave his readers a realistic view on high school for the average teenager. Diana is very proper and polite. The E-mail message field is required.
No one knows what goes on in her head, but to them it doesn't really matter. He tells stories of each of their amazing and different lives. Part documentary, part sketchbook, this is a, thoroughly entertaining account. Until next month catch me at. Captivating and unique, Elisha Cooper manages to write a true account that can tell a story so raw and so real. The interaction between author and subject is seamless; the reader feels more as if they are a fly on the wall at Walter Payton then reading what amount to research notes. Some of the descriptions of the student body at large, though, were a little problematic and over-generalized--perhaps even a little condescending.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, but neither would I recommend not reading it. It is in the inner city and full of a lot of disaffected students and frustrated teachers. The students are all different races including the class president, a soccer player, a dropout, a swimmer, and a dancer. Aisha is the only new student in her class, and the only Muslim. Part documentary, part soap opera, part sketchbook, this is an eye-opening, thoroughly entertaining account—one that will appeal equally to readers who are looking forward to high school and those who are looking back. He followed eight kids in particular, mostly seniors, through their entire year, and by telling their specific stories-of classes, extra-curriculars, friends, romances, and family-he gives us a more general picture of what it's like to be a high school student today. This book is just a disappointment.
Zef can't stay awake in class. All of them fit some sort of label: the jock, the slacker, the class president, etc. Like leading her soccer team to State. For the rest of this review and others, see my site. Dancing is obviously her life, spending every day going to dance practice, hoping that one day she will be able to attend Julliard.
Elisha Cooper spent a year hanging out at a Chicago high school— listening, watching, questioning, and sketching the students. Getting it into their hands might be more the problem. Anais just wants to dance. Zef can't stay awake in class. Naturally, he's applying to Harvard.