Lara Tomlinson-journal 1

My first impression of Josie was that she was a rebellious and stubborn teenager as she was distracted in class and was disobedient towards authority. She also came across as dissatisfied with her lifestyle implying that being a European was a burden. From the start, it was clear that  had a strong relationship with her mother as both became Josie independent after being outcasts in the Italian community for Josie being born out of marriage.  Josie views herself as disadvantaged in her school because her scholarship is the only reason she’s at the prestigious school and she vocalizes this hang-up by stating in chapter 1, “I felt disadvantaged from the beginning.” (Page 7)  John Barton views Josie as chill and in control of her life which are qualities he wishes on having in his life. When Josie and John were talking after the debate in chapter 4 John vocalized this by saying, “you haven’t got any pressures in life,” and “you always seem so in control.” (Page 46) In chapter 8, when Josie caught Carly being racist and then got into a heated argument, I felt a strong empathy for Josie relating back to times when I was offended by racism. I was both shocked and proud of Josie, however, when she retaliated after Carly called her a

Josie views herself as disadvantaged in her school because her scholarship is the only reason she’s at the prestigious school and she vocalizes this hang-up by stating in chapter 1, “I felt disadvantaged from the beginning.” (Page 7) John Barton views Josie as chill and in control of her life which are qualities he wishes on having in his life. When Josie and John were talking after the debate in chapter 4 John vocalized this by saying, “you haven’t got any pressures in life,” and “you always seem so in control.” However, Josie does not feel as though she does have control in her life

(Page 46) In chapter 8, when Josie caught Carly being racist and then got into a heated argument, I felt a strong empathy for Josie. It reminded me of  times when I was offended by racism and name calling. I was both shocked and proud of Josie, however, when she retaliated after Carly called her a ‘wog’ and hit her with a science book as I felt a sense of victory for Josie.

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