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False Reflections Essay

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False Reflections The book that I read was fittingly titled Amazing Gracie. This book was selected as Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. The author is A.E. Cannon, who is a creative and talented writer. The book's main theme is about finding out who you are in life. Cannon shows the theme as the protagonist having a role model or a person she looks up to and it being her mother. However, when she sees that her so-called "role model" is falling apart mentally and emotionally, she realizes that she's her own unique person and is not exactly like her mother. The theme is fascinatingly written out and is a great influence for the readers, who are mostly young adults or teenagers. The protagonist, or main character, is Gracie, who looks, acts, and not only dresses like but also has the same tastes as her mother. Gracie and her mother are so much alike; they can be sister instead of Mother and daughter. Gracie's mother gets remarried to Pete, who has a son and is names Sinjian. Pete is a sloppy, overweight man, who has tacky taste in clothes. Sinjian annoys Gracie at first, but then she can't live without him. They story takes place in Salt Lake City, where they have just recently moved to. Gracie helps to keep the family together meanwhile her mother is falling into a deep depression. At the same time, Gracie meets Tiimo, who introduces her to new friends. Gracie sees how everyone is different and when her mother tries to commit suicide, Gracie feels that she will fall apart just like her mother, since they are so much alike. It isn't until Gracie realizes that she and her mother are more different than how she thought they were, that Gracie lets herself fall in love with Tiimo. The protagonist, Gracie, changes throughout the story. In the beginning of the book she sees herself as being and acting, and even sometimes feeling like her mother. But throughout the story, when she sees her mother falling into depression, she starts to realize that she feels like she's going to become just like her...

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