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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

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Mairah Vance

on 9 June 2015

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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Reason 1- Mystery
In the novel, Adam's mother, Carmella, is getting threatening letters from an anonymous person. Carmella constantly questions "who could hate [her] that much?" (103). This causes mystery for the readers, as they question who the anonymous person is. The readers also question what drove somebody to hate that much, and what wrong did Carmella do to that person.
Have YOU ever wanted to be normal?...
In this presentation I will discuss:
-the summary
-the theme
-reasons to read the novel
-a media product
-a final statement defending the book
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is a modern day story about a kid named Adam. Adam is a 15 year old boy who suffers a medical condition known as OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). He falls in love with Robyn and starts having these desires to become normal, so that he can protect her from the dangers of the world. This is difficult for Adam when he has to deal with divorced parents, an alcoholic mother, an annoying step-sibling, and his OCD.
Reason 2- Point of View
The novel is written in third person but seen threw the eyes of Adam. This is a very unique choice by Toten, because the readers see Adam's world through the eyes of an OCD patient. Adam constantly gains these new habits, which he ignores, because he believes they are like "some of the other urges, the OCD ones" (28). Also, Adam would constantly "pick a [prime] number and think about it" whenever he felt anxiety or stress (44).
Reason 3- Humor
Although the novel is quite emotional, Teresa adds humor. For example, when Adam and Robyn are alone in the grave yard "things were happening to [Adam's] body.
thing" (26). Also, when Adam goes to Robyn's house, he compliments her UGG slippers. "Robyn [looks] a little confused but [keeps] smiling" because Adam had complimented her on something people usually don't get compliments on. These small humorous moments brings the novel to life. In real life, embarrassing and awkward things happen, which is funny most of the time.
The message Teresa is trying to portray to her readers is that being normal is not what it seems, and that everyone has flaws, which is what makes us all normal.
Written by: Teresa Toten
He has OCD, divorced parents, a depressed and alcoholic mother, and a scared step-brother.
Will he be able to change for Robyn?
WE all understand!
He's torn!
He's lost!
Emotional recovery is not a new tale, but Toten writes it with depth, understatement and wisdom."-
Toronto Star
"There are no missteps here. . . Excellent novels like this are surefire ways to change the attitude of the young towards mental illness. This deft, thoughtful and hilariously funny novel will remain in the mind for a long, long time."-
Canadian Materials
Media Conventions
The media conventions I used are emotional appeal, use of pronouns and testimonial.
Emotional Appeal- Since the novel is very emotional, I described Adam's life and his feelings in a sad way. This technique makes viewers feel sorry for Adam.
Use of Pronouns- I used words such as, we and you, to connect the viewer with Adam. Adam wants to be normal, and at some point we all felt like that, which is what relates us to him.
Testimonial- I used the words of others to describe the novel. Many people said great things, including many famous places known for books. Viewers see what others say about the book and develop an interest.
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is a great novel to read no matter what age you are. Within minutes of picking up this book I was intrigued by the mystery, point of view, and humor. Not only is the novel a type of entertainment, but also teaches great life lessons. If I had to suggest a book for anyone to read, it would definitely be The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.
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