Applause, laughter and tears are three thing that came from the audience on Friday, April 26 during the 7 p.m. showing of Avengers Endgame. Since Avengers Infinity War, people all over have been talking about how the story would end, how the Avengers would handle what happened in the latest of movie of the series and of course, what happened to everyone that was killed in infinity war.
Usually I read books to escape reality, but A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi,threw me into a harsher one instead. The book focuses on Shirin, a Muslim teenager, and her struggles with the rest of the world as she moves from school to school a year after 9/11. At her most recent school, Shirin meets Ocean James. He genuinely wants to get to know her (which is unusual because of most people’s reactions to Shirin’s ethnicity and religion), and this scares Shirin. The novel follows Shirin as she learns to open up.
According to pop culture, movies, TV shows, and music, high school is supposed to be a time of newfound freedom and revelation for young adolescents. It is supposed to be a time where young adults learn how to reason on their own and learn how to be responsible for their own actions. With the advancement of technology and the rise of the “helicopter parent,” this essential rite of passage is becoming a lot more challenging to obtain.
Helicopter parenting revolves around the idea of knowing where the teenager is at all times and what he/she is doing. It has become a largely common practice by more modern parents with the help of apps like Life360 and tracker devices on teen drivers cars. With these devices, parents are able to see the fastest speed the child drove, how many times they stopped or accelerated too fast, along with constantly being able to view the teenager’s location.
Silla and Nori can’t catch a break in And the Trees Crept In, written by Dawn Kurtagich. They run away from their mother and abusive stepfather to the manor house, which is where their mother and her sisters grew up, to live with Aunt Cathy. For the first couple of years, everything is great until the trees move closer to their house, Nori starts to play with a strange, creepy man that only she can see, and Aunt Cathy goes to the attic and never comes out.