IRJE #4

I am still currently reading It starts with us by Colleen Hoover. Atlas and Lily have reunited and they have started dating. Lily told Atlas she wanted to take things slow because she know that her ex husband Ryle hates Atlas. Sure, she has no feelings for Ryle anymore but he is the father of her child and still has to see him almost everyday. After Ryle and Lily have a fight/argument on the rooftop of her old apartment building (where he lives now), she feels overwhelmed and goes home. She then gets ready for bed, as she’s climbing into her bed she gets a FaceTime call from Atlas. She tells him about her day and he offers to come by her house and give her a hug. Lily says;

“You’re going to drive five miles just to give me a hug?”(p.122)

Atlas then replies with;

“I’d run five miles just to give you a hug.” (p.122)

I love these quotes because it shows the love and appreciation he has for her. He is saying that no matter what happens he will always be there for her, and that there is nothing more important than making her feel like she’s is the most important person in the world and making sure that she feels and is loved and cared for.

IRJE #3

I am currently reading It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover. It is a sequel to It Ends with Us. Lily Bloom and her ex-husband, Ryle Kincaid, have just settled into a  coparenting rhythm when she suddenly bumps into, Atlas Corrigan, again. After nearly two years separated, she is ecstatic that for once, time is on their side, and she immediately says yes when Atlas asks her on a date. Atlas then says;

“You can stop swimming now, Lily. We have finally reached the shore”

Atlas said this because he knows that when he was a teenager he was homeless  living in and abandoned house across the street from Lily. When Lily was a teenager she watched as her father beat up her mother. He knew that the both of them went through tough times but, now that they are adults and have their own businesses they are both thriving.

 

IRJE #2

In the book The Deal, by Elle Kennedy, Hannah is a university student and has just been given her midterm grade, found out that she is the only one who had aced it. She looks around her and sees Justin, Hannah has the world’s biggest crush on him. He looked back at her and gave her a slight smile. As soon as class is over she stands up and starts heading out of the lecture hall with her friend when she realizes she had forgotten something. She hurries inside and  sees Garrett Graham the captain of the hockey team. He is still sitting in his seat gripping is midterm as tightly as possible. She inquires about what is making him mad and sees that he had gotten a C-. He then looks up and sees that Hannah had gotten an A and immediately asks if she could tutor him. SHe refuses and walks away. Over the next few days every time Garrett sees Hannah he keeps asking and she keeps refusing. Until one day Hannah agrees when garrett says he knows how to help her get with Justin. Over the next few weeks Hannah helps Garrett study for the retake. Garrett and Hannah start to fall for eachother and thats when he realizes

“Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.”(p.554)

I like this quote because I relate to it. When I came to Canada I refused to make any new friends because I didn’t want to forget about my old ones. But after I met my best friends I realized that when people sneak up on you, you forget how you could have ever lived without them.

IRJE

In the book It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover, The day Lily Bloom delivers her father’s eulogy is the day she leaves her hometown in Maine for the bustling city of Boston. A few months after she moved to Boston she meets Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon on a rooftop balcony. He enters the balcony looking very angry and doesn’t notice lily until until she clears her throat, the two of them get to talking and they come up with something called a ‘naked truth’. A ‘naked truth’ is telling the raw truth with no filter. This is when Lily starts explaining how she felt like a terrible person, when she sometimes looked forward to when her father would be abusive toward her mother, because for a few weeks after he would take them out to dinner and would be really nice to the both of them. After hearing this story Ryle then reassured Lily by saying;

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.” (p.17)

This quote has allowed me to change the way I view the other people around me. For example, when someone has been a little bit cranky towards me I now don’t assume they are a bad person, I just think of what they are going through and how maybe that is why they are doing or saying bad things.

All Quiet on the Western Front (Personal Response)

Upon reading All Quiet on the Western Front. I found it fascinating how Erich Remarque was able to depict the horrors of war, and display them in a perspective which I had not heard before. The book describes how the war destroyed an entire generation with its horrific brutality. An example of this is when Paul Bäumer says;

We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.” p.123

Paul says “we are forlorn like children” because the war had destroyed the very foundation on which their childhood was based on. It’s as if they are restarting their lives over again learning to understand the new world and learning to perceive the different ideas and parameters of war. He then says they are “experienced like old men”. Paul says this because they had seen horrific things so much so that it has taken away all of their innocence. “we are crude and sorrowful and superficial”, they are rude and rough, sad and they are shallow. Paul then says “I believe we are lost” meaning him and his fellow soldiers are not the same boys they once were.

Another fascinating thing I find about the book is how Remarque was able to include a common outcome of the war, loss of identity, not being able to settle into the life they once had.

“I imagined leave would be different from this. Indeed, it was different a year ago. It is I of course that have changed in the interval. There lies a gulf between that time and today. At that time I still knew nothing about the war, we had only been in quiet sectors. But now I see that I have been crushed without knowing it. I find I do not belong here anymore, it is a foreign world.” P. 168

No matter how bad the war was, Paul had adapted to life on the front lines. As he returned home Paul had realized that life will never be the same. He is able to see how the war stripped him of his childhood and innocence. Life on the front lines had become his new ‘normal’. I am astounded at how one can become so disconnected from his childhood and that the only place that felt like home were the trenches.