98 Days Before...

Hello! To finish off the first week of reading and blogging, I'm going to summarize the section we all just read. Miles began the book, with not having many friends. However, despite Miles' parents' realization of his lack of friends, they ask why he wants to goto a new school: Culver Creek. Miles has a love for last words, and explains that Francois Rabelais was a famous poet whose last words were, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." When he arrives at Culver Creek, he meets his new roommate, Chip Martin. Whose nickname is the Colonel. The Colonel explains the "rules" of the school; Weekday Warriors are the rich cool kids. The Colonel is not one of them, and advises Miles to not to go along with him.But, Miles is not. Miles is one of the others. The Colonel gives Miles the                                           nickname Pudge. Ironically, Pudge is extremely thin. It also comes to our attention that most of the students like Pudge and Miles are extremely intelligent. Pudge finds himself being accepted and is learning what that means. He's used to being quiet, and a bit of a loner, but suddenly he has friends who have his back, and give him confidence. Pudge meets Alaska, a girl who is not only beautiful and smart, but sexy. She's confident and a little bit eccentric. Smoking is also a major trend at the school. Takumi, is also a new friend of Pudge's. Pudge is experiencing friendship and life at a boarding school. Which include pranks and the unspoken rule of no snitching. Payback is returned as revenge, a lesson Pudge learns the hard way when an innocent prank turns to anger and he's duct-taped together and thrown into the lake. Alaska introduces a question asked multiples of times within the work: "How will I ever get out of this Labyrinth?" as well as leaves questions about her past for Pudge. She show's a darker side of her personality when she explains that "she smokes to die".  Pudge is exposed to teenage angst and rebelling, as well as discovers that basketball is one of the very few entertaining things there. Major themes within this section are coming of age, attraction, the mystery of life, and friendship.
Until next post,


Kathy Z said...

Another major scene is their study session at McDonald's and the increasing romantic tension between Pudge and Alaska. It should also be noted that Pudge tends to pay for the cigarettes the Colonel buys from Alaska, so it's not like Pudge has a fake ID to buy the cigarettes. The clover scene - after Alaska and Pudge are kicked out of World Religions - is also fairly important.

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