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United For One Essay

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In the book, Outcasts United, by St. John, my favorite chapter is actually the first one. Chapter one is all about Luma, the soccer coach of the refugees. The reason chapter one is my favorite is because she reminds me a lot of myself. Luma wants to part from her parents and stay in the United States of America. Her choice came with the consequences of her parents and sister not communicating with her again if she chooses to stay in the US. Her grandma would still communicate about the family until she passes away in a later chapter. Another example of why this is my favorite is because I can relate to tons of it. My dad no longer talks to me due to me moving out at “too young” of an age. I moved to the city to be closer to work and school but in his eyes I was sinning. This is also why I think I relate most to Luma.
There are other reasons why I think that I relate to Luma. Throughout the whole book, Luma never wants to give up. For example in chapter nine, “Get Lost”, when Luma knows she has to find a new field for her fugees to play on. According to St John, on page 93, the YMCA calls and lets Luma know they found a field for her. She never gave up on her high hopes. Luma always wanted the best for her players. I am just like Luma, as I never give up on things. My number one struggle I never give up on is my exercise. Luma has a great strength in her hopes. She honestly doesn’t care about anyone’s negative opinions. It is crazy how much I think I relate to Luma. Just because she is a soccer junkie doesn’t mean we cannot relate, right? Right! “Luma’s very sensitive but she never shows it. She doesn’t anyone to know where her soft spot is.”(St. John, 2009, p.16) This last one shows another strength in her that I seem to have. Nobody wants anyone to see their soft spot. Now on to the good part!
As in anyone’s life, there are numerous conflicts through out this book. In chapter 9, there was a major conflict that stood out most to me with the YMCA. The refugees practice at the YMCA field and some refugees at some point in time, got into a fight near the field. The management did not like to hear that and they wanted to hire security guards and have Luma start paying lots of money for her services. The whole town didn’t approve that the refugees should be allowed to play there because they didn’t contribute to paying for the upkeep of the place. Finally the management got frustrated and informed Luma they were no longer aloud on the field. This required Luma to scramble around trying to figure out what to do. Some temporary solutions were made to help her out at first. YMCA agreed to let Luma use the van to transport to and from practice. This wasn’t permanent or a whenever she wanted thing. She wanted to find a field closer to the apartments that the Refugees live in, that way it will be walking distance. Luma saw a post in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the lost boys wanting to play on the field at Milam Park. (St.John,2009) Mayor...

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