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Living With Jackie Chan
Transcript of Living With Jackie Chan
A true karate man is with godlike capacity to think and feel for others; irrespective of their rank or position, Gichin Funakoshi. This phrase is used as the foundation for building character of a senior boy, Josh, as he comes to terms with events from his previous year. Living with his Uncle Larry, who is obsessed with karate, and away from his two best friends, Dave and Caleb, Josh is joined with a complicated friendship with the girl upstairs, Stella as he tries to find himself again. Throughout the novel Josh is trying to run away from a one night stand pregnancy by starting over in the city, but with Stella and over happy go-lucky Uncle Larry around it is still a struggle to start over. Josh seems to be haunted throughout the book of a baby that is living above Josh’s room in the apartment that so happens to be babysat frequently by Stella. Josh tries to conceal his connection and feelings with Stella due to his past and her present jealous boyfriend.
I, Alexa Brill, in my senior year can never get enough time spent with family, and friends; I love trying new things even if they are intimidating at first impression. Exercise, especially when it comes to water sports, is my favorite thing as a hobby and on the side whenever I catch myself inside a book I find the reason to read is for the insight and advice the author is able to give to their own characters and indirectly to their readers. Quotes from novels that give profound meaning to life and purpose are what I search for in books, which keeps me coming back for more. My favorite quote that I have found was from Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier.
Living with Jackie Chan
, is the sequel to Jo Knowles’
Jumping off Swings
novel. This sequel Knowles illustrates a close knit relationship the reader can have with Josh throughout his struggles and triumphs in his last year of high school.
Jo Knowles is a family oriented person and has been her whole life. Knowles parents tried their hands at different businesses, one being an ice cream factory. She spent much of her time growing up around her mother and sister while being read to and just enjoying time spent with her many pets of dogs, cats, and ponies. In high school she found a passion for reading on her own. In a small New Hampshire town Jo Knowles grew up to be the author of
Pearl, Lessons from a Dead Girl, See You at Henry’s and Jumping off Swings
. Knowles currently is a mother, wife, and freelance writer who believes deeply that reading makes a writer better. Few of her goals as a writer are to continue writing fiction during free time and reading at least a novel a week. If you enjoy being in characters’ journey through changes you’ll enjoy Living with Jackie Chan and should try the prequel, Jumping Off Swings.
“That’s just pain, she said. It goes eventually. And when it’s gone, there’s no lasting memory. Not the worst of it, anyway. It fades. Our minds aren’t made to hold on to the particulars of pain the way we do bliss. It’s a gift God gives us, a sign of His care for us” (Frazier 277). I plan to continue my reading for insight on the campus of St. Norbert College next fall with the idea to focus on Religious Studies and Sociology.