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In Whale Talk Chris Crutcher attempted to capture the teen spirit By doing this he perfectly described the anger hormones cursing hazing racial tension fear and all around emotions of the high school age Yet he overlooked one of the most important components of coming of age The normality our lives All that was highlighted in this story were the quarrels races debate etc of TJs life Crutcher failed to grasp in this story at least the ordinary days that make up the majority of the school year As I reflect on my freshman year all I remember are the good times and the monotonous school days The fights have disappeared from my mind I do not know how it is in Washington state but I know that the youth did not have a battle with a football star or have a gun pulled on them by an alumni every day I understand that Mr Crutcher was merely trying to grip his audience for the duration of the novel but I feel that he needed to balance out the story with an example or two of a day where he forgot his books for class or did not prepare for a test This would have made the action more exciting and given the audience a more roller coaster feel to the story Aside from that the storys characters were believable and I could relate to all of them including Mott whose battle through the water with only one leg was inspiring Another problem I had with the story was the way the climax was played out The gun shots and scenery were explained beautifully but the event happened in the blink of an eye Before we the audience knew what was going on the event had ended If he had slowed down the action for a moment the climax would have been more dramatic and I could have felt more compassion for TJ
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