March 24, 2015
Reading the first 12 pages of "Gym Candy", really showed me the plot of the story. Mick Johnson has played football for as long as he can remember. His father has always wanted him to pursue his career in football. His mother on the other hand wants him to participate in other than living his life through football. Mick's father was almost a professional in his career as a football player. He sprained his ankle, which caused his career to come to a dramatic end. He wants to see his son, Mick, go further into football then he himself did. So far Mick has been very good in football. He has received many trophies and metals but not near as many as his father.
March 25, 2015
Words of the Wiser
As I continued to read an addition 18 pages I learned a little more about Mick and his relation ship with his father. His father was upset about Mick's questions about football. I feel that he was upset that he could not go further into his career and he was taking his frustration out on Mick. After Mick went to sleep he was focused on his big game the next day. During the game he was tackled and brought down to the ground. His mother was very worried about him and she started to get concerned for Mick. She went to his room after the game to explain that she would no longer be going to the games. She wanted to tell him "Don't let this one tackle keep you from playing football.". Mick felt bad that his mother would longer be attending his games, but he takes her advice to heart. I think it would be very upsetting if your mother had just stopped coming to your games but she has a point.
March 26, 2015
Again and Again
I read an additional 25 pages and noticed a pattern through out the chapter. Mick and Drew were both invited to try out for the varsity team. They have been working all through out the summer on there technique and speed for varsity. When it came time for the roster to go you up Mick was on the varsity tea, as well as Drew. They practiced til the end of the summer every day for about 5 hours. The pattern that the author keeps repeating is the improvement of Mick. Mick beats another running back each week. It is constantly showing how Mick has improved his speed, or Mick has accomplished the pitch-out. It keeps repeating the progress of Mick, and how excellent he has become.