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Jesse Tonga
10:23 AM ET (US)
The name of my book is Red Blood, Black sand with 346 pages and i stop at page 33.

One major problem that the main character has that he has to try to past marine corp for a second time with a differ went group of people. Another major problem in the book was the fact that he was going have to go to war and away from his family and friends.
Alyssa Bossman
02:39 PM ET (US)
The name of my book is 3096 Days in Captivity, it's 299 pages and I stopped on page 39 today.
2.(and kinda 4) My main character started the book in a very happy place. Both of her parents were happy with each other and very loving, and she had a grandma that cared very much for her and lived really close. Her father and grandma would always give her treats and basically worship her, giving her all of their love. After a couple of years things started to change, her parents spent their days and nights fighting, leaving her in her room with nowhere to go to escape from the constant yells. She contemplated running away multiple times but couldn't follow through since she was so little. She spent the days watching the news where she learned about all of the girls in her county that would get kidnapped, raped, and murdered. This happened monthly and was very frightening to her. She knew that the girls were very happy and skinny blonde girls, she wasn't that type anymore so she thought there's no way this would happen to her.
Kailee Jorgensen
01:47 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Maus, it is 296 pages and I stopped on page 43.

4. The broad topic of my book is the Holocaust. I know quite a bit about the Holocaust. Germany, under the rule of Hitler, killed around 6 million Jews and disabled people. My book is currently introducing the author’s father, who the story is about. His father married a rich girl and her father gave him some money to start his own company. After having her first child, she got really depressed and he took her to a mental hospital so she could get help. While away, his company was robbed and everything was taken. It is easy to see that they know about Hitler and worry about him and what is going to happen but they also think that everything is going to be okay and that they are safe.
Alyssa Anderson
12:32 PM ET (US)
I am reading A Memoir of Hope written by Hope Solo. I am on page 69 of 281. The main character in this book is obviously Hope Solo. She has faced many challenges growing up. I'm honestly very surprised at how successful she is coming from the kind of family she grew up in.The biggest challenge was probably her family. Her mother was an alcoholic, and her father cheated on her mom, went to jail, and later became homeless living in Seattle. Her mom remarried; they had very little money and could hardly afford for her to play ODP soccer. Her father was hardly apart of her childhood, and her mom was constantly drunk. This was a huge challenge for her, so she moved out for a while and went to live with her friend Cheryl and her father. They would help fund for her club soccer expenses such as travel, hotels, and snacks as would other people in her community and her soccer club. I'm very intrigued by this book and can't wait to keep reading to see how the rest of her life went after a very unfortunate childhood.
Edited 03-15-2016 12:52 PM
Ashlynn Anderson
10:40 AM ET (US)
I'm reading Laughing at my Nightmare by Shane Burcaw. It is 248 pages long and I am on page 183. So far, Shane is explaining what it's like to live with SMA, or spinal muscular atrophy. He goes over what his childhood was like living with his disease and how he was either upset, peeing himself, excited about driving his wheelchair, or feeling like he should give away his balloons after surgery. Shane knows his condition is going to kill him slowly someday, but he basically makes fun of it the whole time in this book. He has had some rough times with having his things taken from him by his brother, his cats tearing each other to shreds, getting pimples, but he manages to keep himself content with his situation. He has taken questions from anonymous users on the internet and his responses are hilarious. Right now, he's talking about his first (real) girlfriend. I'm enjoying this book a lot and I can't wait to finish it.
Edited 03-15-2016 10:41 AM
Isabel West
05:39 PM ET (US)
A major problem my main character faced was Lucia Greenberg. She stalked Vladek where ever he went. He decided to get into a relationship with her, which was a terrible idea. She ended up getting overly attached to him to the point where she showed up at his house after they broke up. She also ended up sending a letter to his fiance which almost ended their engagement. In the end, he moved away from the city and Lucia. He went to Sosnowiec to marry Anja.
Jasmine DeMent
09:20 PM ET (US)
I'm reading VIsitiong Hours A memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher. Currently, I'm on page 173 of 245. This is a story about Amy Butcher and her friend who murdered his girlfriend. So far, Amy has talked about her struggles with PTSD as she was the last person to be with her friend before he killed his girlfriend. She has expressed multiple times her confusion for why her friend would do such a thing as it is so unreal that anything like this could happen. The story starts off with her on the way to visit her friend in prison and throughout the book, she looks back on her life in college with her life before this ever happened and what could have been for her.
Bailey Olson
06:52 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Maus by Art Spiegelman. This book has 396 pages, and I am on page 219. The major problem that the main character in this book, Art Spiegelman, is facing, is how to deal with understanding what his family had to go through during the Holocaust. So far he has tried to talk to his father and record what his father had to go through. He also tries to understand the reasons why his father does the things that he does. Along with this, he has tried to create a comic over what his family went through. He has also tried to locate where his mother’s diaries went because this would make his comic more interesting.
Emma Habben
01:13 PM ET (US)
I am reading Finding Me by Michelle Knight, there is 252 pages in the book and I am on page 151. Michelle Knight has faced more than one major problem in her life, but I would say getting kidnapped by her friends father and tortured would probably be the worst. She has a son, but he got taken away from her and put into foster care. The day she was kidnapped she was trying to find the meeting place to see her son, and she asked for directions and her friend's dad offered to help. She went with him because she thought that she could trust her friend's dad, but that was obviously not the case. He took her to his disgusting house and did terrible things to her for many years. I don't understand how someone can do that to another person. I am just glad that she is okay today and away from that man.
Jenni Blue
02:14 PM ET (US)
I am reading This Star Won't Go Out and I am on page 132 out of 430.
(Prompt 1) So far in my book, the main character Esther Earl has been diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer and has a large build up of fluid in her lungs. So far, she has been almost completely bedridden and she has said that it takes a lot of effort to move around. To deal with this, she's taken on many hobbies. In her spare time she keeps entertained by drawing, writing in her journal (she aspires to be a writer), watching her favorite people on YouTube, spending time with family, nerding out to Harry Potter and catching up on her favorite TV shows. She stays positive by continuing to live each day positively and increase her relationship with her family.
Jennifer Kuiken
10:18 PM ET (US)
I am reading Laughing at my Nightmare by Shane Burcaw. I am on page 44 of 250. Shane struggles with SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). He is completely dependent upon other people for basically everything, including moving his own body even the slightest bit. One of his greatest fears is being stuck in bed with no one around so that he is literally helpless and hopeless. He works on not being afraid by trusting his family to know that he can't be left alone and staying positive. He even has a method for staying positive and deciding what is worth worrying about and what isn't. When he encounters a dilemma he asks himself if 10 years from now that problem will have negatively and irreparably changed his life. If no he doesn't worry about it and if yes he simply refuses to think about it. Choosing instead to focus on the things he enjoys: Laughing, eating, joking, and spending time with friends. So despite his circumstances, he is always an upbeat, fun-to-be-around person.

 2. Describe at least 1 major problem or challenge your main character has faced so far in the book and talk about how the character worked to solve it or is working to solve it. Answer in 5 sentences.
Kyra Lunde
08:41 PM ET (US)
I am reading Crash Into Me, it has 242 pages, and I stopped on page 218. Liz Secure was raped in 1984 by a man. Her university didn’t go to the police but handled it “internally”. Nothing was ever actually reported, but she did write to a newspaper. When her rapist writes to her, she presses charges. As she gets further into the investigation she finds out that she wasn’t raped by just one person, but by three. She continues to try and press charges. Her rapist that she remembers is put in jail and I haven’t found out for how long yet. They are going to stop pursuing the other rapists because there isn’t enough evidence or witnesses to put them in jail.
Aaron Mallinger
01:33 PM ET (US)
The first part in the timeline would be meeting Vladek and his father when the story begins. This sets up how the story will take place and how it will be told. The second part would be when we learn about Vladek and his life before the war. Next, Vladek meets his soon-to-be wife Anja. Then, we find that Vladek is in the Polish army and has to go to war against the Germans. Lastly, I would say that Vladek is captured when fighting against the Germans, but escapes eventually.
Devlin Rue
01:03 PM ET (US)
My book is Outlaw Platoon; it has 320 pages and I am on page 111.

1. So far in my book Sean Parnell, the platoon leader, has deployed to Afghanistan with his group of men, The Outlaws. The reason he joined the army is because he wanted to avenge all of the deaths that had occurred on 9/11 and not be a drunk college kid. Once he joined, he met the interpreter named Abdul and became very close because they were from the same walks of life and were fighting for the same reason. Soon after, Abdul heard that his family was receiving night letters, or black mail, and soon left to his home city to see if they were alright. One his way back he was shot in the leg and then in the head because he was helping america. They then began to move to a different city when they were ambushed and that is where I currently am.
Madison Froke
12:57 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, which includes 223 pages, and I am on page 31.
2. Hermann Goring is a one of the main characters in this novel and he is the Nazi named in the title. He is the Nazi that Kelley, the psychiatrist, interviews and talks about the most. Goring was the highest ranking Nazi official under Hitler. Throughout his life, he had a major drug addiction. At one point, he would take up to 160 pills a day. While in prison after the war, Kelley was asked to come to the prison to interview the prisoners. He was also asked to help Goring with his addiction problem. After almost a lifetime of addiction, Goring managed to end his addiction with the help of Kelley. He still has the urge to relapse every once in a while, but Kelley helps him cope with that.
Brendan Jensen
12:54 PM ET (US)
When Howard Wasdin was at BUDs training he had very tough time. BUDs training is arguably the hardest military training in the world. During BUDs training there is a portion called Hell Week. This week is filled with almost no sleep or food. People barely make it through this. During hell week the platoon had to jump into the ocean. This is during the colder months so they are experiencing stage 2 hypothermia. Enough people quit where they got a break. A man called Wasdin over and handed him hot chocolate. He said "You have a wife right? Go home. Ring the bell and go home." He handed the hot chocolate back to him and trained more. He said it was the hardens decision of his life.
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