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Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Book summary...

The story is about three teenage girls trying to live on their own on an island. One is the mother, another is the mediator and the other is the baby of the group. They face challenges living with each other as all of them have different outlooks on life. The mother of the group, Jennifer, always try to act responsibly and let the plans that she had, for the 3 months there, run smoothly. But, her two friends don't always like the plans that she had. Amy, the mediator, always try to avoid conflicts and confrontation while Chelsea, being the last child in her family, always want things to go her way. So, naturally, there were disagreements and fights, even over petty things. One good thing about the book is that it helps me understand the feeling of independence, as the characters in the book try to lead their live with no restrictions or existence of their parents. They use their own money to pay the utilities bill and handphone bills. They are learning how hard it is when you have things to take care of, things to be responsible about.

However, their island life doesn't go as plan as obstacles, such as boys and strays, get in the way of their summer holiday. As teenagers, it is perfectly normal that they tend to find things to distract them from the norm of their life. Although the three girls have each other, they find other means to have fun and be happy. Throughout the book, i was sad to see that they always view other elements to be more important than their friendship. They each has a boyfriend by the end of the book. I stopped to think whether this is important for the characters, since they are younger than me. (The characters are awaiting their entry to college. So, i assume they are 18 or 19 years of age) Nevertheless, i really like the fact that by the end of the book, they live their life as how one would on an island. As you know, people living on an island are usually carefree and they live and let live. The girls realise that the obstacles that they face help to loosen the gap that had occurred between them and they were serene by the end of the book as they know that grieving is of no point. It definitely help me see that to live life to the fullest, we have to view the positive side of life and not dwell on the past.

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adila nurhana


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