IRJE (Dual Version)

In my book Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch the main character Liv is still visiting her father in Santorini. Liv was forced by her mom to spend her summer break to hopefully connect with her father after their divorce. During her stay she hasn’t been the most open minded with the idea of having her father back in her life. Initially Liv had disregarded the thought of seeing her dad again but the more time she spends in Santorini the more she starts to warm up to her father. In Liv’s past her and her father would dream of discovering the lost city of Atlantis together. When livs dad moved back to Santorini she felt abandoned and tries to forget the thought of Atlantis and her dad. In this quote her father is doing a documentary about the Atlantis, you can see that even thought she has turned a blind eye to Atlantis she still has some longing for it.

“He hadn’t looked at his notes once. He hadn’t even paused. And he’d quoted Pleto like he was someone he met up with once a week for coffee. Listening to him I latched on to every word, every rise and crackle of his voice. He had completely sucked me in.” (p.230)

 This is an important part because liv had always tried to push away her feeling toward her father. It his paragraph you can see some feelings of trust “I latched on the every word, every rise and crackle of his voice”, and her feeling of letting go toward her past thoughts “He had completely sucked me in”. I feel like after this important paragraph she finally started to trust her father and became more optimistic towards her new life, including her father again.

I am still continuing reading the book Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch where the main character Liv was forced by her mom to spend the summer break in Santorini to reunite with her father. Liv used to have a good relationship with her father, they would dream of one day discovering Atlantis together. After the divorce her father had moved away and they haven’t seen each other for years. This broke little Liv’s heart and ever since then Liv had shut her father and their shared love for Atlantis away. Liv had tried to forget her loving memories with her dad, because she felt betrayed that he left her behind. However, the longer she was visiting her father on Santorini, the more she realized that being around him made her aware of how much of an influence he had on her.

“Listening to him, I latched on to every word, every rise in crackle of his voice. He had completely sucked me in. One minute I’d been sweating it out with the rest of the residents with modern Thira, and the next I was transported back in time to the moment when it had all changed. I had heard the panic of the Minoans waking in their beds, confused, then running for their lives. I’d smelled the sulfur. I’d felt the impending rush and terror of the tsunami. I’d been there.” (p. 230)

In this quote you can see that even though Liv had closed her heart towards her father and their love of Atlantis she still has hope to return to her childhood adoration of her father and the shared dreams they had.


I am still continuing the book called Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch. Since I am further along into the book it has really started to take shape. The main character Liv is now in Santorini to visit her father after being apart from him for most of her life. Things are awkward and unfamiliar but with the friendly help of other new characters like Theo, Ana and ‘Geoffrey the Canadian’ she is getting used to this chaotic summer. Something I have noticed in this book about Liv is that she is very creative and artsy, she always finds a way to create art in any situation. I like this about Liv because I also like art and the idea of creating something out of nothing.

Most kids grew up learning colours like red, yellow, orange, and green. I grew up knowing colour names like burnt umber, sap green, and Prussian blue. (p.92)

This quote was interesting to me because it really shows the passion Liv has for art. It is telling readers that even at a young age she has always loved art, and it also lets us get to know her personality as well.

Personal Writing

I wake up to the sudden sound of my alarm clock. I drowsily roll over to turn it off. The soft taps of the rain hitting my window and the warmth of my bed is all I can think about. I lay there in peace, as though I have no care in the world. A few minutes pass and I suddenly hear my name, “Lisha come down, your going to be late”, my mother’s stern voice calls. I pick myself up from my bed, feeling like I am made of bricks, and slowly make my way downstairs. “You have to walk to school today, ok?” my mother says while she rushes around the house frantically. “And for the rain, I bought you a new rain jacket yesterday so you won’t get wet.” I look down at my cereal rubbing my eyes. “What about after school?” I ask, “Will you be able to get me or should I walk back?” “Ya, that would probably make things easier. Thank you” she says with relief hugging me. I nod and she rushes off again. “Ok I have to get going, see you after school!” she calls across the room as she slams the front door. I sit there in silence for a few seconds before I realize the time and decide to get moving.

I step off the front porch closing the door behind me. I see cars full of busy families rushing to school and work, hoping to get there in time. I also see the rain pouring from the sky and making puddles on the ground. I sigh as I turn around and go back inside. “I’ll go to school tomorrow” I say as I slip myself back into bed.

“We Shall Not Grow Old” Comparison

After watching the movie We Shall Not Grow Old it really made me realize the true horrors of war. For example when reading a book like All Quiet on the Western Front and Soldiers Home you wouldn’t get the same feeling that this movie gave you. This movie showed real footage of World War I and the real people that suffered through it. In my opinion having the real footage shows people proof that these events are really as bad as people say, unlike books were there isn’t any evidence of war besides made up characters in a war-like scenario. The movie We Shall Not Grow Old really made me realize the trauma of war and why these men would come home feeling isolated and out of place, seeing bodies of the people you once knew and talked to would have been horrifying and unimaginable.

We Shall Not Grow Old, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Soldiers Home all have the same thing in common, the fact that once the surviving soldiers came home after fighting the war they never fully settled and most became lost souls.


For my independent reading journal I am reading Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch. From what I have read so far the book is about a young girl named Liv (Olivia) Varanakis. Liv lives in Seattle with her Mom, her step dad James and her little brother. Liv’s real father picked up his stuff when she was just eight, and fled one day to Santorini to investigate his true passion for finding the lost city of Atlantis. In this quote it is talking about Liv’s father and her relationship before he moved to Greece.

His eyes are bright, because he’s talking about our shared love of Atlantis. Child Me is hanging on to every word, because back then I wasn’t just Olive. I was indiana Olive, the world-famous explorer…..she always had her dad next to her.

until she didn’t.  (P.2-3)

This is surprising to me because reading this everyone would say they had a perfect father daughter relationship (“she always had her dad next to her”), which is clearly not the case since now he is out of the picture (“until she didn’t”)

Comparison between Soldier’s Home and All Quiet on the Wester Front


Soldiers Home by Ernest Hemingway and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque have many similarity’s and differences between the two main characters Harold Krebs and Paul Baumer and what they experienced in their life.

Harold Krebs was a soldier from World War 1. Krebs and Paul Baumer were fighting from different sides of the war but ended up sharing many things, for example, Paul and Krebs were both school boys, meaning they were both young. Yet the biggest difficulty they shared was the isolating loneliness after coming back from the war, the feeling that they were not like the rest of the people in their town/village or they where not their old selves. “I am not myself here.” (Page 75) was said by Paul when he got home. It’s not that they didn’t want to be its just after fighting in the war they changed and could not go back to their old selves. Another similarity is the way that the authors symbolized the loss of love in the characters’ lives. After being in the war and seeing so many of their close friends being killed they probably couldn’t take it and decided to suppress their emotions. This was most likely a defence mechanism that soldiers had after the war to make sure they wouldn’t be hurt again, and so the the whole aspect of war would be easier if they couldn’t feel any emotional pain. Krebs says to his mother when confronted about love “I do not love anybody.” (Page 6). And for Paul, he shares the same thoughts “I am so alone, and so without hope that I can confront them without fear.” (Page 139)

Though the books were about the same message, they had quite a few differences. Like the fact that Krebs had actually enjoyed the war and the excitement it had where as for Paul it was the opposite. After Paul gets on the train to go back home he says “Suddenly i become filled with a consuming impatience to be gone” (page 72) where as for Krebs it was “He did not want to leave Germany. He did not was to come home.” (Page 3)  Soldiers Home had also a more religious side to  “god has some work for everyone to do,” his mother said….”I’m not in His Kingdom,” Krebs said.” (Page 6) some more important differences in this book are the status of the characters and their families, in Soldiers Home they made it clear that Krebs’ family wanted to impress others in their town and cared about the girls Kerbs would be with (the nice girls vs the bad girls) in one part Kerbs mother said “you can see that boys like Charley Simmons are on their was to being really a credit to the community.” (Page 6) In this passage, she is Implying that Krebs should be more involved in their community just like the boy named Charley.

In conclusion, when you compare the short story Soldiers Home to All Quiet on the Western Front, you will realize that even though they are different books about different people who fight on different sides, the writers created many similarities and differences for these two characters.

My Personal Response To ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

I enjoyed All Quiet on the Western Front more then i thought I would have, this was because of the way Erich Maria Remarque portrays the characters. It shows the readers how those who fought in these wars weren’t just soldiers, they where common young people. This was made obvious when Paul Baumer (the main character) says “ An hour passes. What if he were to open his mouth and cry out! But he only weeps, his head turned aside. He does not speak of his mother or his brothers and sisters. He says nothing; all that lies behind him; he is entirely alone now with his little life of nineteen years, and cries because it leaves him.” (P. 31) Another instance that the writer shows realistic emotions through the characters is when “Tiedjen, who called for his mother- a big bear of a fellow who, with wild eyes full of terror, held off the doctor from his bed with a dagger until he collapsed.” (P. 31) This tells us that Franz and Tiedjen, along with many other young boys at the time, never wanted to die in battle, and the majority were very scared of death.

The book gives a different and more educational perspective on the war. It explains to the readers how the war really damaged and scarred everyone who was a part of it, meaning family, friends, and people who experienced the war first handed. It told the story of the main character Paul and his classmates and what they experienced when they went to war. When you read this book you will notice that the soldiers never fought like how normal fiction war story’s would, this is because this story is focused on the more realistic side of the war, and how in real life it is never the good guys who always win. This is shown at the end of the book when describing Paul, “He had fallen forward and lay on the earth as though sleeping. Turning him over one saw that he could not have suffered long; his face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the end had come.”

In conclusion I think ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ represents a more realistic picture of what war was like and how it effected all who where involved. I enjoyed reading how Erich Maria Remarque represented the emotions of the characters.