Analyzing “Split” by Swati Avasthi


So a couple months ago, I was reading this book, Split, by Swati Avasthi for an English class of mine. I, without a doubt, enjoyed the book I was reading. Here’s my analysis that I wrote:

Split is an award-winning, realistic fiction book written by Swati Avasthi. The book has a total number of 280 pages, and it could be found in our school library. The story focuses mainly on two brothers, Jace and Christian Witherspoon. After years of suffering from abuse from his father, Jace eventually runs away from home like his older brother did before. Finding himself, bruised and tattered, at Christian’s doorsteps, Christian decides to take him in because he is family. Along with new identities and new friends, the story centers on the two brothers settling into a better life while trying to figure a way to rescue someone that has been unable to escape from the wrath of their enemy for years: their mother. However, they are left with a devastating answer. This report will focus on one of the primary protagonists, Jace Witherspoon, a significant event, and the overall theme that the author is trying to convey. Continue reading


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge And Other Viral Challenges

I know this is super late but then again ALS is still here so let’s chat! Recently, I saw a video about a man who had ALS but kept the will to live through his love for writing. I wished I had seen this video when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was still popular but it really touched my heart how someone was close to death and practically in a vegetative state but still found some value in life. I believe that we should all find someone we truly enjoy in life, through bad or good times. Although I never did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I know that the challenge raises awareness by posting your video on the Internet and by nominating 3 people and those 3 people have 24 hours to do it. The purpose of drenching yourself in a cold shower is to make yourself feel numb for a few seconds, while people with ALS feel numb all the time. Lastly, you’re supposed to donate $100 if you don’t do the challenge or $10 if you do. I heard complaints that the challenge wastes water (we’re in a drought!) and celebrities just use it to seek attention.

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You know what grinds my gears?

As you can see, this post will discuss one of the most serious problems to date: The purchase of in-game currency. DUN DUN DUUUUUN.
We’ve all played those kinds of games. Yeah, those games. You start off with free currency, for a limited amount of time. You think, ‘Hey. I like this game. And free currency? Heck yeah!’ The trap is set. Once you reach a certain level or period of time, reality sets in, and now come all the offers from the game. The game gives you the option to either: wait a billion hours while it replenishes your energy or purchase coins (or whatever the assorted currency may be). And even worse, there’s always some flashy “discount” sign in the menu that says something similar to “Get 5000 Doughnut Bucks and get a BONUS (Extra emphasis on BONUS) 3000 Noodle coins for FREE!!!”. At the time, your minds go, ‘Yeah, it’s only like 10 bucks, and just for that, I can go speed up the construction time for my Doughnut shop!’, but then at some point, everyone realizes that they’re paying for a virtual currency. But, by then, it’s already too late. We’ve given up real money for some virtual coins, just so that we could enjoy some virtual doughnuts and see our virtual profits from our virtual Doughnut shop rise and rise. Virtual, virtual, virtual, BLEH. For a minute or so, it seems as if you’ve dominated the game, but in all the time it took to go enter your paypal info or purchase that one seemingly great “deal”, you could’ve been buying doughnuts in real life- REAL LIFE!!! I know. Isn’t the thought of eating real doughnuts versus virtual doughnuts just absolutely terrifying? Speaking of terrifying…

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I’m reading a book about anti-gravity, and I can’t seem to put it down.

Have you heard of Pavlov? Yeah, his name rings a bell.

Want to hear a joke about Sodium? Na.

So, Schrödinger’s cat walks into a bar…and doesn’t.

It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs, because they always take things literally.

Did you hear about the man who got cooled to absolute zero? He’s 0K now.

One atom says to the other, “I think I lost an electron.” The other atom goes, “Are you sure?” The first atom replies, “Yeah, I’m positive.”

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What Makes A Movie Good?

Seeing the new, leaked trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, I thought about visiting the movie theater some time soon (and thinking about how the creators of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are going to get more viewers now). Since the movie doesn’t come out until May 2015, I’m just going to talk about why good movies are good. Let’s start on the categories. According to this website,, the most popular genre was action/adventure in 2012. I wasn’t really surprised about this data. Some of the highest-grossing films in 2012 were action movies, such as Skyfall, The Avengers, and The Dark Knight Rises. Some may argue that movies that make the most money aren’t necessarily the best ones, but I have heard my friends admiring these films in the past. I guess most people, including myself, love action/adventure movies because since most of the plots and fights would never happen in real life, our curiosity drives us to see what it would be like to live in a universe where all of this could take place. Also, I remembered hearing about how many people love horror movies because since some of us aren’t in these dangerous situations a lot, it’s actually enjoyable to feel such powerful fear to satisfy their dull lives.

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