I watched this years ago, probably more than once, but watching it again the other day made me realise what a timeless movie it was.
While there are some scenes that are problematic, like the use of fag as an insult, the characterisation of adolescence and the way they are stereotyped both by their peers and adults is so true to life.
I also found the power play between teachers and teenagers very eye opening. Now that I'm in the classroom it is something I am so aware of and the conversation between the principal and the janitor:
Principal: "They used to respect me more."
Janitor: "You thought this was going to be a fun job and now it's work."
This book was my mother's day present. It's the latest thriller that's broken internationally. I really enjoyed it. There was a sense of menace, an unerliable narrator and a twist.
However it very much made me think about this blog post by Lee Koffman about How To Be a Writer. While the books do not share many similarities the marketing of Girl Gone and Girl on a Train are just so similar.
I went rollerskating today with Madame Six. We went to Sunshine Roller Skating Centre and for $10 each we had a 1 hour rollerskating session with support from trainers.
By the end of the hour we had learnt to balance and had moved away from the partition. So for the rest of the year one of our activities will be developing our rollerskating skills.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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