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Coney Island Adventures Essay

1226 words - 5 pages

At merely six years old Luna, who goes by her middle name Jane, lost her mother. Jane’s mother grew up in Coney Island, NY. Her grandfather was a famous man on the island and had a home that he passed down to Jane’s family. Jane’s family, which consisted of her brother Marcus and their father, were constantly moving from place to place. When Jane and her brother became high-schoolers, their dad moved them into the inherited home on Coney. Soon enough, she meets some people, and not exactly the type of people she was planning on meeting either; misfits. She grows to like them because they are all that she has, and becomes curious of a club she thinks they participate in. Posters around the school with weird messages pop up about the, “Dreamland Social Club.” Jane soon takes a leap of faith, to explore who she really is and get closer to her tattooed crush. She goes and joins the club, she sets things straight with old rivalries and most importantly, she discovers where she belongs.
I would like to focus on Jane’s mom. Although she wasn’t physically there, she impacts Jane throughout the book. Whether it’s clues left behind in a journal, keys to some of the amusement park rides or flashbacks into certain memories, she was very present in the novel. In a world so filled with judgement and trying to please society, Jane’s mom wanted to break the trend. Creator of the “Dreamland Social Club” and aspiring to be a mermaid, she consistently defied the norms. She tried to teach this to her daughter at a young as best she could. The best example of this is when an odd looking stranger walked towards Jane and her mother. A bit shocked Jane remarks, "’She didn't have a nose, Mom.’" But when her mother, “stops at the corner and looks at [Jane], sort of disappointed,” she tries to teach Jane to look at the best part of people and not judge on what you are afraid of by asking her, "’Did you happen to notice that her eyes were the most remarkable green?’" (Altebrando 328). A big factor that Jane’s mom implicated into the club was perfect balance between secrecy and publicity. Secrecy in a way that no one can tell you about the club, you aren’t invited directly by a person. Publicity by having the group members of the club pulling stunts to raise awareness of the reality around them. Leo, Jane’s crush, also has an indirect relationship to Jane, both of their moms were friends and members of the original “Dreamland Social Club” together! A big part of the role Jane’s mom plays that brings her closer to Leo is leaving behind hints that lead to keys. These keys give her access to certain rides around the amusement park but what would be the fun if she goes alone? As Leo and her adventure more and more together they dive into the new clues and information Jane starts really understanding who she is.
That leads us into the main conflict. Finding one's place in the world and discovering who you truly are. Because of Jane’s mother dying while she was so small, she was...

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