31 August, 2012
Determination, Admiration, Preservation
Every year the BGSU Common Read Experience Committee selected the common read book for the incoming freshmen. This year the committee chose A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean as the common read experience. This book is a rip-roaring adventure that really catches your attention and really explains in great detail the struggles a hardworking woman has went through; the author Tori Murden McClure. Not only did this book pull you in and keep you wanting to read more it also received a very high award, the Christopher award, which celebrates films, TV, and books that contain the highest values of the human spirit. A Pearl in the Storm has also received national recognition. I personally believe that Tori Murden McClure’s book A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean shows off these values and human spirit, I think she is worthy of the Christopher award that she has received. Tori is a hard working individual and through out her book you were able to capture that from her very easily. She constantly stuck up for her younger brother when no one else would, she never let love get in the way which really helps to show her individuality, she even pursued more sports than your average American girl while growing up and throughout her life, and she defiantly took on a more manly outlook, skills, and body structure.
I understand that people are entitled to their own opinion and some may think that Tori are not worthy of the Christopher award. Although her story is a great tale it was actually very sad before it was uplifting or inspiring. Her story did not exactly look at the better side of human nature it looked more at the depressing side. McClure’s life from when she was a child up to an adult was more of a detailed struggle and how she shut herself from the world due to her own shame of “failing”....
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