Jacob Have I Loved

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Elizabeth Pittman
English 8
12/10/10
Book Review
Jacob Have I Loved
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson is about a girl who often feels inferior to her twin sister. The story is set on Rass Island in the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1900s. In Jacob Have I Loved, Louise overcomes many difficulties. Including, the struggle against the storms that nearly drown their house, the worry about the war, the feeling of jealousy to her twin sister, and her obnoxious, disagreeable grandmother. As Louis overcomes these hardships, she learns many life lessons. Some of which are: learning to be who she wants to be, learning to find a way to get away from her sister, and seeing that sometimes you just don't get what you want. She also learned that Rass Island isn't the right place for her.

In Jacob Have I Loved a strange man comes to Rass Island, where Call(Louise's best friend), Louise, and her family live. He is believed to be Hiram Wallace, who left the island as a boy. Call and Louise decide to spy on the man, get caught, and are invited into his house. Call and Louise continually visit "The Captain"( Hiram Wallace) and help him around the house. One day a horrible storm comes and floods half the island. The storm completely destroyes the captain's house. So he marries an older woman in the village as a "marriage of convenience". Caroline, who is a great singer, is offered money to go to singing school by the captain. Caroline agrees and leaves and once again Louise is overlooked and stuck on the island. Call leaves for the Navy. Two years later Call and Caroline get married. Louise decides it's time to leave the island and become a doctor. She ends up in a small town in a meadow as a midwife, and she falls in love with and marries Joseph Wojtkiewicz.

The major theme of this book is learning to discover yourself. Throughout the whole book Louise is trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to become. She has put up with her sister her whole life....
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