Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Lea's mother asks Brent, as restitution, to travel the country and place 4 whirligigs in Lea's image in the corners of the country -- to pass on the joy that Lea would have brought to the world. Glad I read it, and glad I didn't spend too much time on it. Despite his best attempts to hate the place for dragging him from the comforting chaos of London, Gordon could be on the verge of finding everything he has ever wanted, if he would only let go and embrace the unknown. The author incorporated geography with what the characters went through within every chapter. Florida, and California to help reserve the image of Lea, the girl he killed.
If I'd put all of Brent's opening scenes into the first chapter--the party, the accident, the meeting with Lea's mother--it would have been far longer than all the others, unbalancing the book. I had expectations that things were going to come together differently at the end, so I was a bit thrown off when it was over. What I saw you should never dream. He decides to talk to Brianna, a popular girl at the party. The whirligigs left behind impact the lives of other people that come across them long after Brent has left that area of the United States. This lets Brent realize that he is a good person.
Brent is just starting to figure it all out at his new school when he goes to a party he's not strictly invited to, drinks a bit too much, and gets publicly humiliated by the girl he's had a crush on since moving. Also some of the people really annoyed me, and I think it was because of their voices. Seventeen or maybe 16 year old Brent has moved around a lot. A mechanical instrument or toy that whirls or rotates. Before this book, I read Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom and loved it. I did make a big cross-country trip when I was not much older than Brent, but for very different reasons.
More advanced readers would probably understand and enjoy this book more. A fickle, giddy or inconstant person. But unlike what I thought the book would be, the book is not entirely based off of the actions and story of Brent. I think this is a great book for teenagers to read. Years later I was shocked when someone informed me that there is such a town, far inland.
Initially, I had a hard time buying into Brent's existential angst which led to his suicide attempt. In , he ponders the concepts of religion. But the ensuing accident kills a girl in the other car instead. He receives a bus pass and supplies to help him build his whirligigs. In Whirligig, Brent gets caught up in the moment and realizes on pg. The beginning of the novel was a bit flat, but the ending was brilliant A very typical teenage boy, Brent Bishop, goes to a party, gets drunk, is mocked, and decides on the way home to kill himself. Brent is a bit of a spoiled brat at the beginning of the story but he is a person with values at the end.
I saved my money, bought a good bicycle, and rode from Los Angeles to Vancouver. Most of the challenges are in the road of trials, where Brent builds the four whirligigs. The beginning was especially awful and I almost put the book down. He is put on probation and meets with Lea's mom. It's a powerful, complex tale of guilt and redemption that may inspires in kids a desire to create their own whirligigs, and to explore the country. He asked an oracle what he could do to wipe out this stain. Honestly, I didn't like this book.
I really enjoyed the beginning where you discover an average teenager murdered an 18 year old girl and whose life was changed forever because of it , but everything after that sort of seemed to have fallen out of place. He meets a foreign student named Emil at the hostel. It starts out a little slow, but the real emotions Brent and the other characters experience drew me in and got me hooked on the story. But after reading the second chapter, I found that I enjoyed these random tidbits of life after Brent's journey. The whirligigs resembled Lea the girl killed in all the things that she liked. Unprepared and completely out of his depth in the strange countryside, he has to contend with landed gentry, hippies, environmentalists, psychedelic drugs and the occasion Gordon S Claypole's life is collapsing in on itself. The son of well-known children's novelist Sid Fleischman, Paul was in the unique position of having his famous father's books read out loud to him by the author as they were being written.
I thought it was beautifully written, poignant, and nearly impossible to put down. I think one of the most touching aspects of this book was the mother's willingness to forgive. I'd have certainly picked a different name if I'd known. The girl's mother asks Brent to go build memorial whirligigs for her daughter at the four corners of the United States. It was rough getting through it, but I felt accomplished in the end. Lea's mother asks one thing of Brent: that he create four whirligigs from a picture of Lea and set them up at the four corners of the United States. One of the best things about writing is the variety.