- How did you experience the book? I found it Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to
“get into it”? How did you feel reading it—amused,
sad, disturbed, confused, bored…?
I experienced the book well because I could imagine what was going on i the book. I was not engaged in the book immediately but after reading it a bit I was interested . I found the reading normal I did not like it a lot neither did I dislike it.
- Describe the main character’s—personality traits, motivations, and inner qualities.
- Why do characters do what they do?
- Are their actions justified?
- Describe the dynamics between characters (in a
marriage, family, or friendship).
- How has the past shaped their lives?
- Do you admire or disapprove of them?
- Do they remind you of people you know?
Ceci dos what she does because she wants to find out about her family on her dad’s side and she is a brave young girl that embarks on a journey from San Diego to Tijuana Mexico to find out about her family’s heritage and about her dad’s family side. She is so interested in this because she has never been told about her family’s story. The reason why she wants to find out is because she feels that she needs to know more about it.
The past has shaped their lives because ceci does not know anything about her mexican culture so the past has shaped her life a lot because she was never really informed about it and the she feels that she needs to know this because it is part of her family’s identity and that she wants to know more about it.Her motivation is that she wants to go to Mexico and she wants to find out more about her family’s culture
- Are the main characters dynamic—changing or maturing by the end of the book? Do they learn about themselves, how the world works and their role in it?
At the end of the book she finds out a lot about her family and she learns a lot of things she learns and she finds her role in the family and how the world works.
- Discuss the plot:
- Is it engaging—do you find the story interesting?
- Is this a plot-driven book—a fast-paced page-turner?
- Does the plot unfold slowly with a focus on character?
- Were you surprised by complications, twists & turns?
- Did you find the plot predictable, even formulaic?
The story was a little bit engaging for me because they were a lot interesting parts of the story one interesting part of the story was when she got mugged in the water fountain in Mexico because she gets into an arguement with tony about how she was calling all of the Mexican people robbers.
This is a fast paced book because it is short and a lot of interesting things happen in this book and the book move by for me really quickly because they explain a lot of things into a short amount of time.
- Talk about the book’s structure.
- Is it a continuous story…or interlocking short stories?
- Does the timeline move forward chronologically?
- Does time shift back & forth from past to present?
- Is there a single viewpoint or shifting viewpoints?
- Why might the author have chosen to tell the story
the way he or she did?
- What difference does the structure make in the way
you read or understand the book?
The date shifts back from present and past a lot because in the story she always have some flashbacks like in every second chapter so the story really goes from past to the present. Because when one chapter on the train ends she goes back to the past about her family
The book is broken up into little short stories stories because her flashbacks are little stories she tell when she is young so the story is broken up into a lot of different parts so the book for me is an interlocking stories
- What main ideas—themes—does the author explore? (Consider the title, often a clue to a theme.) Does the author use symbols to reinforce the main ideas? (See our free List Courses on both Symbol and Theme.)
I would say one of the theme of the story would be adventure because the girl in the book she has a really cool adventure by going into Mexico that would be my theme. Another theme I would have for my story would be courage because ceci is a very courageous girl traveling to Mexico all alone.
- What passages strike you as insightful, even profound? Perhaps a bit of dialog that’s funny or poignant or that encapsulates a character? Maybe there’s a particular comment that states the book’s thematic concerns?
A passage that I found interesting in the book is when she goes back home with her dad and that her dad apologizes to her about him not telling her about her Mexican culture .
- Is the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not…and how would you change it?
The ending for me was satisfying because she learns more about her family and she learns a lot about her dad so for me the end of the book is satisfying. She learns that her family moved location really quickly to another city in the us.
- If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask? Have you read other books by the same author? If so how does this book compare. If not, does this book inspire you to read others?
I would ask the author where he got the idea for the name Ceci because I find it interesting because I have never read a book with the main character called Ceci so I would ask that.
I would also ask her if it is related to her personal life.
I have not read any other book by the author from border crossing.
This book does not inspire me enough to read another of her books so I would not read another one of her books. I did not like her technique using flashbacks.
- Has this novel changed you—broadened your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas about people or a certain part of the world?
This novel has not changed me a lot but it has broadened my perspective about my identity because it shows by how much people want to know about their identity. It inspired me to learn more about my identity.