Naomi: "It was one of those stories, plain and simple, I enjoyed reading, and I felt it was a very complete portrait of what it attempted to depict. It told about childhood. It's a coming-of-age story, which bothers me generally, but this didn't bother me. When I talk about what it's about, I don't like the idea, but I liked reading this story. It changed my mind."
Sarya: "I liked it. Just the process; it has a lot of detail in the life process of a girl. It rang true to me."
Arianna: "But what about the tone? It starts out one way, and I was initially drawn to that, and then there was a jarring change."
Naomi: "It just wasn't so chronological because she's talking about it from her perspective, about certain things she couldn't remember."
Tanea: "If I had a bum-eye, I would describe it how other people would describe it."
Terence: "I think in the perspective of another person and how he would think about things about me. The way that I think would do justice to another's perception."
Carmen: [Says nothing and only shows a thumbs up.]
Yael: "You know how people on facebook write about themselves in their bios, like how they're really fake because they're trying to make themselves sound really cool?"
Bora: "I think part of it is that coming-of-age is an awkward process, so it's hard to write about it. It's hard to read about it too. You know when you're watching a movie, and you feel embarrassed for a character and it hurts for you too? I felt like that while reading this."
Here are some other coming-of-age books and movies the students believe got it right:
The Dead Poet's Society
Catcher in the Rye
The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys
Laurie Halse Anderson books
Here is one coming-of-age movie that Bora thought got it wrong: